A tour featuring Styx and Foreigner together would probably have been the hottest bill of 1977, the year when both bands released their breakthrough albums, but what’s most impressive about the two bands is that it’s still quite the hot ticket in 2014. In 1977, Styx’s album The Grand Illusion spawned the hits “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself” and the title track, while Foreigner’s self-titled debut the same year featured “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.”
Both bands scored plenty more hits, from Styx’s “Babe” and “Mr. Roboto” to Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” and “Double Vision,” and both bands continue to record new music. Today’s Styx features longtime members James Young and Tommy Shaw, while Foreigner is led by founding member Mick Jones. Those musicians, teamed with newer band members, bring audiences the same excitement and energy they captured decades ago, augmented by the experience of thousands of performances. Seeing Styx and Foreigner together in 1977 would have been amazing, but seeing them together now (along with Don Felder) is just as worthwhile.
Orleans Arena, 7 p.m. July 25, starting at $55 plus tax and fee. 702.284.7777