Rock legend Greg Kihn’s annual show comes through the Shoreline Amphitheater every August. The Kihncert has become a summertime tradition for some and this year didn’t disappoint the Kihncert faithful. The line up included Styx, Yes and Kansas along with a quick 30 minute performance from the Greg Kihn Band. The night kicked off early and allowed all three bands, all head liners in their own right, enough time on stage.
Its seems as though Styx will never stop touring. The group has become a summer mainstay in the Bay Area. Whether it’s a radio show or a headlining tour they always stop in. And they always put on an entertaining live set. This year was no different.
After Kansas brought the audience to their feet, and David Ragsdale wailed on the violin like only he can, Yes took the stage. Their set was rambling and at times it seemed the audience’s attention was elsewhere. The hum of conversation was audible throughout the 60 minutes Yes had on stage. There were a few show stealing guitar solos but not much else to write home about. Once the sun had set it was time for the band most had come to see.
“Lady,” never gets old. Ever. The screams from the massive audience had this oldies concert sounding like a Beiber event. The minute the first chords of that song were struck it was pandemonium at The Shoreline Amphitheater. Tommy Shaw and company don’t struggle with stage fright. Rock star poses were the theme of the night as they mugged for cameras, jumped from the drum kit and got up close and personal with the first few rows.
Even though they come through the same cities on a yearly basis Styx never gets old. The set is pure fun and is truly a family affair. The songs are recognizable and played flawlessly by the group. The 90 minute performance ended too quickly and “Lady,” was saved for the encore. It was another successful installment of Greg Kihn’s annual bash. Styx won’t be headlining this event next year but they’ll be back. If you ever get the chance to sail away with Styx for a night at a venue near you, take it. You won’t regret the trip.