When I was about 14 years old, my friend Fiona and I begged and begged our parental units to let us go see Styx at the venue now known as the Taco Bellarena. Our elders were understandably concerned about letting us attend a concert alone at our tender age, but Kilroy Was Here was playing a huge part in our teen lives (later it would be a band of British boys and Rio that would capture my heart and soul) and we were allowed to go. Funny how events like that have a place in your mind and often when you try to re-live those moments, they fall a little flat. But, sometimes you still have to try. Which, if you ever kissed to "Come Sail Away" (sorry, Cartman) or did the robot to "Mr. Roboto" or cried to "The Best of Times" you need to get to the Bank of America Center on Friday. Styx in its current incarnation will be there to remind us over 30-somethings of the good ol' days. But wait, there's more. So very much more. I wasn't lucky enough to see them in their (or maybe my) heyday but here's my second chance
Co-headliners for this rockin' retro event are ... REO Speedwagon. Totally tubular. With songs like "Ridin' The Storm Out" and "Time For Me To Fly," these guys have made their mark on rock history. Over the last few years, there have been several rock icons who try to take the magic back on the road. Ticket prices have sure gone up since the '80s--prices for REO Speedwagon/Styx are a little spendy at $75, $45 and $35 but minimum wage has increased as well and I figure as long as the mortgage, the car payment and the electric bill are paid, I can eat ramen for a week or two and spend one glorious night reliving my teendom.
Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m., $75, $45 and $35, Bank of America Center.