Two juggernaut icons of classic rock, STYX and Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), will be in concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, April 13.
Since 1999 (yes 1999), the six men comprising STYX (Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan, and Ricky Phillips) have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by averaging over 100 shows a year every year. Each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last.
Founded in Chicago in 1972, STYX has the unique distinction of being the first band in rock history to have four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row: 1977’s “The Grand Illusion”, 1978’s “Pieces of Eight”, 1979’s “Cornerstone”, and 1981’s “Paradise Theatre”. STYX draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts. Like a symphony that builds to a satisfying Crescendo, a STYX set covers a wide range of stylistic cornerstones. From the progressively sweeping splendor that is “The Grand Illusion” to the hunker-down Fortitude of all that is the “Blue Collar Man”, from the majestic spiritual love for a special “Lady” to the seething indictment of preening, primping pageantry for pageantry’s sake of “Miss America”, from an individual yearning for true connection as a “Man in the Wilderness” to a soul-deep quest to achieve what’s at the heart of one’s personal vision in “Crystal Ball”, from the regal reach-for-the-stars bravado of “Come Sail Away” to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged “Renegade” who had it made, the band draws on an unlimited cache of ways to immerse one’s mind and body in their signature sound.
Renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time, Don Felder has been a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998. Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones. He originated the music and co-wrote The Eaglesʼ biggest hit, the iconic, Grammy-studded smash “Hotel California”, along with fan favorites like “Victim of Love” and “Those Shoes”. He became immediately celebrated for his lyrical, signature guitar work on legendary songs like “Hotel California”, “One of These Nights”, “New Kid in Town”, and numerous more. “Hotel California” was recently voted the Number 1 best 12 string guitar song in the world by Guitar World magazine.
After leaving the Eagles in 2001, Felder also became a New York Times bestselling author when his riveting confessional memoir, “Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles”, proved a major commercial triumph upon publication in 2008 and went on to become a New York Times best seller. Felder has not only worked with The Eagles, but also in both sessions and live performances for numerous music legends spanning the musical spectrum: The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Bob Seger, Michael Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Warren Zevon, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Vince Gill, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, and Barbra Streisand. His most recent release, “he Road To Forever”, features some of the best musicians and close Felder friends in the business including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tommy Shaw (from STYX), Randy Jackson (American Idol), Steve Lukather and David Paich (Toto). The album’s single “Wash Away the Pain” reached #4 on the classic rock media charts and has been critically acclaimed throughout the industry.
Doors 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm
Visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office.