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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A to Z Challenge - 2020 - StyX

I'm using the letter of the day at the end of the word with StyX.  We've seen Styx twice, the first time in 2009 with REO Speedwagon at Shoreline.

We had relatively good seats, right of stage.  These concerts were scrapbooked a while ago so I don't have the before pictures.  I was using my old camera at that time too, so the quality isn't as good.

I see I did use some of the Rhapsody embellishments.  

The bottom picture is the confetti coming down.  I'd hate to clean the place after that!

The second time was a year later, this time with Foreigner, at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord.  

Again, these were scrapbooked already.

It looks like I used one of my stencils for this one and some washi tape across the top to make it match the background paper on the next page.

I used the bubbles corner punch on the pictures, again to match the background paper.

Sometimes I get a shot of the screens behind the band to show what song they were singing.  This one is "Too Much Time on My Hands."

I had a watch embellishment so I used it here.  I think it adds a nice touch.

I think Styx was the headliner for both of these shows but in my opinion, both REO Speedwagon and Foreigner put on better shows.  Styx is good, but obviously not one of our top five if we've only seen them twice. 

I'm going to eXit now.  Two more days. 


  1. Hi, Janet!

    It's groovy that you found a little known loophole in the A to Z rules that permits you to use the last letter in the artist's name. :)

    I think I remember you telling me a while back that Tommy Shaw was going to be featured in your series. If not, then maybe it was a dream. At any rate, I am happy to see Styx in the spotlight today.

    I read that Styx founder Dennis DeYoung left the band in 1999 and that Shaw, who had departed the band in 1984 over friction caused by creative differences with DeYoung (Tommy wanted to rock, Dennis liked ballads), returned to Styx in 1995 and continues to lead the band. Therefore, may I assume that the two shows you went to featured Tommy but not Dennis?

    You were lucky to see Styx two times, first with Speedwagon and later with Foreigner, and it is duly noted that those two bands outperformed Styx in your opinion.

    Mrs. Shady and I have been eyeing Concord, NH, as a potential retirement destination, but I never heard of Concord, California. I needed to look it up. I see it is the 8th largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the largest in Contra Costa County. This is also the first time I heard of the Sleep Train Pavilion. I checked it out and read that it opened in 1975 as Concord Pavilion. In 2000 its name changed to the Chronicle Pavilion, named after the S.F. Chronicle, and in 2006 to Sleep Train Pavilion, named after the California-based mattress retailer. At the end of 2013 the name changed back to Concord Pavilion. The Pavilion is described as "one of the premier outdoor music venues in California" with a seating capacity of 12,500. High school graduations are also held there. Can you tell that I have a natural curiosity about such trivia that always needs satisfying before I can move on to other parts of an article?

    I'll bet the excitement meter was pegged the moment all that confetti rained down upon the audience. That's a super picture! I like the pretty magenta paper and the embellishments including the pocket watch in reference to "Too Much Time On My Hands."

    Happy "X" day, dear friend Janet! Will I be back to see you tomorrow? Sure... "Y" not? :)

    1. You are correct, my friend, Dennis DeYoung was not with them either time. We did, however, see Dennis DeYoung on his own as an opening act at, you guessed it, the Mountain Winery! The Concord Pavilion has changed it's name several times, I suppose to suit whoever, is paying them the most for advertising. It is about a 2 hour drive from us and we've only seen a handful of shows because it is murder to try and get there during traffic, which is always. My favorite of their songs is "Lady," which was written by Dennis DeYoung but continues to be sung by Styx. Dennis did perform the song when we saw him solo as well. Have a great rest of your day!

  2. Styx was at the New year's Eve festival, for free, in Niagara Falls but the idea to be standing there in muck, cold, snow or rain...blechhh. On that note, I like your scrapbook pages and can see the progression from the newer pages you have done. They do look great and I like that you show the songs that were played in each one...wonderful memories

    1. Thanks Birgit. I don't think I'd have stood out in the rain to hear them or almost anybody else really. I definitely have learned some new scrapbooking skills from those early days but it also depends a little on what the pictures look like and how much time I have. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Yes, I thought it would work. Thanks Deborah.

  4. Interesting to see how your creativity has developed between the two scrapbooks.

    1. For sure, Wendy. The quality and quantity of pictures makes a difference but I have gotten a few more supplies and learned a few new techniques since the beginning.

  5. I love the shot of confetti coming down!

    1. Yes it was cool to be in the middle of it all.


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