The Renegades & Juke Box Heroes Tour

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6 21 2024 Styx n Foreigner Dos Equis Pavillion Christie Bilbo Will Crews Photography

 

Written By: Christie Bilbo

 

The Dos Equis Pavilion was ablaze with energy on June 21, 2024, as Foreigner, Styx, and John Waite took the stage. Despite the sweltering 96-degree heat, the venue was packed with ‘Hot Blooded’ fans ready to belt out their favorite tunes. It was a night that promised to be nothing short of epic.

 

As we dive into the scorching summer of 2024, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is preparing for a string of unmissable concerts. The Renegades & Juke Box Heroes Tour, a unique blend of three powerhouse bands, was just the start. They set the stage ablaze, ensuring every cent spent was a worthy investment in a night of unforgettable music.

A few nice things about Dos Equis Pavilion that I would like to point out. Parking is free. Granted, there is the VIP parking at a premium price, but most concert attendees that I see do as I do and are willing to do the walk of shame and park at the back of the lots and walk…we all need to get those steps in folks! Also, if you do have a seat under the pavilion, the massive ceiling fans do help with the circulation of the air. They do occasionally blow mist, so that is also nice. However, the concession workers are the people you want to get to know. These folks are cracking tops of cold beverages to help cool down their guests. They are also the friendliest people. So, make sure you say thank you to those folks that are selling beverages. They are working their tails off to make sure you are comfortable and having a great time.

 

John Waite made sure that he did his job as the opening act and got the house all excited with some great music. Despite some technical difficulties, “Midnight Rendezvous” and “Missing You” went off without a hitch. His closing song had the place really rocking…and I mean everyone was rocking to “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zepplin.

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John Waite

 

Styx hit the stage with “The Grand Illusion” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.” However, when they brought founding member Chuck Panozzo on stage to play bass for “Lady” the house went wild. The crowd was standing on their feet and ecstatic to see a legend up there on stage with his old bandmates. Chuck did come back out and play once more with the guys on “Come Sail Away.” Tommy Shaw won the hearts of all the native Texans by singing, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” With the band wrapping up their set, they came back on stage to an encore of “Mr. Roboto” and “Renegade.”

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STYX

I can tell you that I was a teenager in the 80’s and grew up listening to Styx. I loved this band’s music…except for “Mr. Roboto.” It was great getting to see a band that I loved back in the day.

 

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Now, let’s discuss Foreigner! WOW! Did they do a great job, or what? The guys didn’t play any “Head Games” with the crowd when they took the stage. They were nothing but a bunch of “Dirty White Boys” up on stage, making all the women “Feels Like the First Time.”  There was an instrumental jam session. A kick-ass drum solo. When Kelly Hansen appeared in the middle of the Pavilion and rose to the top of the awning on this lit-up pedestal, the crowd was in hysterics. Streamers were flying everywhere. When you thought nothing more eventful could happen, the band brought out the Grand Prairie Youth Choir to join them in “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

As the night drew to a close, I can assure you that there wasn’t a single person in that venue who hadn’t been singing along at some point. When you attend a concert, knowing all the songs the bands are performing, you become an integral part of the show. Your support is as cherished by the bands as their performance is for us. It’s this mutual appreciation of the music that makes the night a magical experience for everyone.

I, for one, am looking forward to this summer’s concerts. The bands from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are coming out in full force. So, look for your favorite bands. They probably are going to be out there doing what they did best in their prime…kicking ass and taking names.

Hope to see y’all at the next concert!

John Waite

 

Styx

 

Foreigner

 

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