Styx and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts set sail into Oklahoma for their co-headlining summer tour last Thursday at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, OK., with Tesla opening the show.
Styx’s 16-song headlining set consisted of four songs from last year’s The Mission, a concept album about traveling to Mars and their first album of new material since 2003’s Cyclorama. Keyboardist Lawrence Gowan used Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” for his solo spotlight, while founding bassist Chuck Panozzo came out for “Fooling Yourself,” the main set closer “Come Sail Away” and the final song of the show, “Renegade.”
Perhaps the most surprising moment of the evening came when Styx began the encore with “Mr. Roboto.” The song and its album, Kilroy Was Here, were a key factor in their split with singer Dennis DeYoung, who came up with the record’s concept. They reportedly have not played the song in its entirety since that tour ended, and, given that DeYoung sang it to backing tapes, last night marked the first-ever full-band performance of the Top 10 hit.
Joan Jett’s set began with “Bad Reputation” and continued with crowd-pleasing songs like “Cherry Bomb,” “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Light of Day,” “Love Is All Around” (the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” She closed with a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People.”
Tesla opened the evening, and their seven-song set gave little time for anything more than their biggest hits, including “Signs” and “Love Song.” A new album, Shock, is due sometime in June. Last summer, the band toured with Def Leppard, whose guitarist Phil Collen produced the album, as well as Poison.
The tour hits more than two dozen more stops over the next few weeks before wrapping up on July 15 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.
Make sure to hit up this tour if it does come to your area you may never love rock n roll more then this tour!!
Covered by Sarah Cowan