41 years ago today, Styx rocked a sold-out show at the Civic Center in Portland. Their second Maine appearance was surrounded by the excitement of their mega-album, The Grand Illusion and an upcoming new album. This stop in Blimpville happened on August 18, 1978.

It was also just weeks before the release of Pieces of Eight in September. So cool for Blimpsters to hear Come Sail Away, Fooling Yourself, the Grand Illusion and a new song called, Blue Collar Man live in concert.

It was an historic night in the Maine Summer of ’78 for sure and Styx were at the height of their powers. The line-up was Dennis DeYoung on vocals/keyboards, Tommy Shaw on vocals/guitar, James "JY' Young guitar/vocals, and brothers Chuck Panozzo on bass and John Panozzo on drums.  The Portland audience must have been in American prog-rock  heaven!

Check out what they played!


This rarely seen ‘live’ promo video of the Tommy Shaw led Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) from 1978 is fantastic! It’s probably the best hair moment of their history too.

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