Classic rockers

Classic rockers

The audience goes wild for Styx at the Friday night show. Photos by Phil Custodio

Three of the hottest bands of the ’80s proved they can still bring an audience to their feet last Friday at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Tesla opened the show with “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Signs,” “Love Song,” and their other hits, warming up the crowd for the guitar wielding Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.
The raven-haired punk pioneer Jett jammed to Blackhearts classics like “I Love Rock and Roll,” solo songs like “Bad Reputation,” as well as hits from the Runaways like “Cherry Bomb” and even a rocking “You’re Going to Make It After All” from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Tommy Shaw of Styx kicked their set into high gear with a spirited “Blue Collar Man,” followed up with “Grand Illusion,” “Lady,” and many more of their decade-defining works of musical mastery.

Tommy Shaw of Styx sings lead on “Blue Collar Man,” with Todd Sucherman on drums, Ricky Phillips on bass, and guitarist James Young.