Photos and review by Raven Divito

On July 29, 2023, the iconic band Styx graced The Venue in Lincoln, CA, bringing the crowd out with their signature sound and captivating performance. The venue was packed to the brim with a devoted longtime fans, who eagerly awaited a night filled with rock and nostalgia.

With a lineup boasting talent from bandmembers Chuck Panozzo, James “J.Y.” Young, Tommy Shaw, Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips, and Will Evankovich, the crowd was in for a treat. The anticipation grew as the lights dimmed, and the thunderous applause echoed through the venue.

Styx has been a force in the rock music scene for decades, and their prowess was evident from the moment they took the stage. Drawing from their extensive discography, the band delivered a setlist that showcased both classic hits and newer material, treating the crowd to a journey through Styx’s musical evolution. They not only performed fan-favorites that have withstood the test of time but also introduced songs from recent releases. The audience was particularly thrilled to hear tracks from “The Mission,” a concept album that embarked on a space-themed odyssey to Mars, and “Crash of the Crown,” which was hailed by critics as one of their finest works.

Throughout the night, the band’s chemistry was palpable, with each member effortlessly complementing the others’ talents. From Chuck Panozzo’s solid basslines to Tommy Shaw’s electrifying guitar solos, the musicians demonstrated why Styx continues to be a powerhouse in the rock genre.

The crowd couldn’t resist singing along to every familiar chorus, and the euphoria was infectious. Lawrence Gowan’s dynamic stage presence added an extra layer of excitement, captivating everyone with his engaging interactions and showmanship.

As the concert reached its climax, the audience was left in awe of Styx’s timeless appeal and undeniable showmanship. The band’s dedication to their craft shone through in every note, leaving no doubt that their music has left a lasting impact on generations of fans.

Styx’s legacy was honored and solidified by being inducted into the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum Hall of Fame in 2022, a fitting tribute to a band that has left an indelible mark on the history of rock music. Check out news and info about Styx at