Rick Springfield “Songs For The End Of The World” covers (released October 9, 2012)
TOMMY SHAW / STYX :: Greek Theatre 05.06.12
I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Tommy Shaw. A multi-talented singer songwriter who has done it all; from bluegrass to heavy metal and done it well. (He’s also a very good photographer and a fellow Canon guy - but I digress…)
I first met the guys in 2003 when they released Cyclorama. A fantastic album featuring blistering rockers like “Do Things My Way” and “Waiting For Our Time” to simply stunning and poetic tracks like “Yes I Can” (my personal favorite). I was working for their record company at the time.
JY called me one afternoon to discuss the marketing plan. I was impressed at how he got it. We ended up doing in-store appearances to promote the record at the Virgin Magastore in Salt Lake City, Tower Records in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. They were such hard-working, down to earth guys, you couldn’t help but immediately roll up your sleeves to pitch in.
A few years later I had the pleasure to reconnect with them at Universal for an iTunes Originals recording session in Chicago. [check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-session-itunes-exclusive/id78264440]
I’ve seen them countless times and I never miss them when they come to town. The boys still put on an amazing live show. They’re not a “guilty pleasure,” they’re just a pleasure. Go see them and you’ll see what I mean.