Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) presents a new twist on its popular Solo Sessions series with the '80s rockers Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Jack Blades (Night Ranger) on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the intimate McCoy Studio Theater.
One of the most prolific duos in the history of rock, Shaw and Blades have sold more than 50 million albums among three bands and have scored 12 Top Ten singles on Billboard's Hot 100 list. Guitarist, singer-songwriter Shaw is best known for his work with the progressive rock band Styx (1970s-80s) and hard rock band Damn Yankees (1990s). Bassist-vocalist Blades is a founding member of the rock band Night Ranger (1980s), as well as Damn Yankees.
Together, they have been recording and touring as the duo Shaw-Blades since the release of their 1995 album, "Hallucination." Their latest release is "Influence," rooted in acoustic guitar and backed by their modern rock influences.
Jack Blades (left) and Tommy Shaw will perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater on Saturday, Feb. 21.
"With Shaw-Blades, we're able to take liberties that our respective bands couldn't do," said Blades. "We need to be Styx-sounding, we need to fit in that Night Ranger world, and we even need to think about Damn Yankees, so that's what's fun about Shaw-Blades..."We get to be our alter-egos when we want to be, yet we can truly be ourselves."
Concert-goers will be treated to a night of hits in their signature acoustic style including, "Come Sail Away," "Fooling Yourself," "Sister Christian," "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "(Can You Take Me) High Enough."
Tickets to Shaw-Blades are selling for $45 for standard seats and $65 for premium seating, plus applicable fees. Call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (9469) or visit MauiArts.org.