On Saturday night I got to see .38 Special, Styx and Reo Speedwagon in concert at Rio Tinto Stadium. What a great show? I have been a lifetime fan of Styx. I have seen them four times throughout the last 25 or so years. Each time it has been a musical treat. I was invited by my friend and guitar instructor Jon Dansie.

tommy_shawThe musical chops of those guys is amazing. Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young screaming on guitar exchanging lead and rhythm. Todd Sucherman, recently rated as the best drummer for 2009 by Drummer Magazine, laid down impeccable rhythms. Styx stole the show with incredible energy and song selection.

38 Special was extremely tight and blistered through a packed set due to time constraints of the opening band. Reo Speedwagon was ok but I thought their sound was muddled. Vocals were hidden. During my favorite song Roll with the Changes you couldn’t even hear the organ which is my favorite part. They did pull out the vintage songs but they seemed rushed to end by 11 pm. Maybe the concert should have started earlier.

I have been to hundreds of venues seen a hundred concerts or more but Rio Tinto Stadium gets a huge fail. Who the hell builds a nice facility and fails to provide any close parking. The parking situation sucks. We got lucky and were able to park at the South Towne Expo Center and hike 15 minutes to the venue. We could have parked in the variety of street bizarre parking sold by small businesses and private homes. It makes it all so sketchy.

Dave Checketts screwed over Sandy and Utah with this failure to provide parking. This isn’t Europe where you can take a bus to and from. American’s love cars even though that may be changes with Obama’s Government Motors but I digress.

The bottom line is what a lame idea to create no parking.


I will post some other thoughts about the concert later.

Here is the Deseret News Concert Coverage: ’80s bands roll out their hits

Styx, REO Speedwagon and .38 Special were all very good Saturday. But the standout performance on this night belonged to Styx.

The energy level of Styx was high, and the vocals of Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young and Lawrence Gowan were exceptionally strong throughout their entire 80-minute set.