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The 'stadium rock' renegades bring it all back

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"You see the world through your cynical eyes," says Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, beckoning his fans to get their act together. "You've got it all in the palm of your hands. Come on, let's see what you've got!"

Sitting on the barstools talking like damn fools, Styx have the 12 o'clock news blues. They've given up hope on the afternoon soaps and bottles of cold brew. Is it any wonder they're not crazy? Is it any wonder they're sane at all?

They were so tired of losing — they had nothing to do and all day to do it. They'd go out cruisin' but they had no place to go and all night to get there. Is it any wonder they're not criminals? Is it any wonder they're not in jail? Is it any wonder they've got too much time on their hands? It's ticking away with their sanity. It's hard to believe such a calamity ... it's ticking away from them.

Styx were jet fuel geniuses: they could solve the world's problems without even trying. Nowadays, they have dozens of friends and the fun never ends — that is, as long as they're buying. Is it any wonder Shaw's not the president? Is it any wonder James isn't null and void?

Give them a job. Give them security. Give them a chance to survive. Figuratively, they're just poor souls in the unemployment line. They'll take those long nights, impossible odds, keeping their eyes to the keyhole. If it takes all that to be just what they are, they're gonna be blue collar men.

On Fri. April 21, Styx play the House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach at 4640 Highway 17. Tickets are $29.50 (check www.hob.com). Styx perform on Sat. April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Plex at 2390 W. Aviation Ave. Tickets are $50 and $32.50. Call 225-PLEX and check www.theplexonline.com.

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