February 24, 2012
LIMA — Their rock is classic enough to be woven into the tapestry of today's music scene. And this week, it's old and young both snatching up tickets for the one-show-only Thursday concert by STYX.“A Gallup Poll in 1981 listed STYX as the most popular band in America. Since that time, they've remained such a part of pop culture,” said Peter Kernan of Pacific Coast Concerts, the promoter of the event.“Since that time, their music has been on car commercials, on television shows from ‘Friends' to ‘South Park,' even in the movies. I saw Adam Sandler a few years back and thanked him for mentioning in his movie ‘Big Daddy' that STYX is America's favorite rock band,” he added.And for a band that's toured the world, STYX has quite a connection with Lima.“This is the third time the band has played Lima. I checked with James ‘JY' Young, he's sort of our group historian, and he said the band played here first in December of ‘75. They had ‘Lady,' out, and Tommy Shaw joined the band right before that show,” Kernan said. It's reported that show was at the former Ohio Theatre. The band returned in 2002 to play at the Allen County Fairgrounds.“I like Lima. When I scouted this area for this concert, I made sure I stopped at Kewpee because I'd read that it was one of the 100 best places in the country to get a Kewpee,” Kernan said. “I liked it, and told the guys I'd buy them each a Kewpee for their trip to Michigan for their next show.”If the show sells well, Kernan hopes to bring more of the classic rock and country bands he promotes to Lima. And to date, the show is selling well.“The first couple of days, we had so many people buying tickets and saying, ‘when I was in high school, this was my song.' But then we also had a lot of teens too, knowing these songs and loving them,” said Cindy Wood, chief executive officer of the Civic Center.In one of the strongest ticket sales Wood has seen in her three-year-tenure, 800 tickets were gone in the first four days. Tickets are still available, ranging in price from $39 to $69. “The promoter wanted to give access to everyone, from those who wanted a seat up close to those who wanted to just be present at the concert,” Wood said.