Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Today I saw a concert poster for Def Leppard's October concert here in Saskatoon. But what surprised me was the opening act: Styx. The idea of Styx being someone's opening act at this late date is something I'm sure no one imagined they'd ever do again in their late '70s-early '80s heyday, when they had four consecutive albums go multiplatinum, a first at the time. But that was a long time ago, and the material they've released in recent years hasn't exactly set the world on fire. So going back to being an opening act at least keeps them in the public eye. Foreigner will also be opening for Def Leppard on some dates, another example of a band that was a huge hitmaker years ago having to play warmup for a band they were on an equal footing with in the rock world 20 some years ago. Of course it can also be argued that Def Leppard are largely touring on their past success, as their recent albums haven't been smash hits either.