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Memorable melodies: ‘Platinum Rockstars’ and ‘Hits of Styx and Boston’ present classic tunes

David Victor, formerly of the rock band Boston, brings his “Platinum Rockstars” show and a concert celebrating the music of Boston and Styx to Sandia Resort & Casino on Jan. 17 and 18.

Take a musical journey down memory lane with two performances by David Victor, formerly of the rock band Boston.

Victor and his band, the Platinum Rockstars, will perform classic rock hits by bands that made an impact on them over the years. The band, which formed about 13 years ago, will play hits from the ’70s and ’80s during its show on Jan. 17 at Sandia Resort & Casino.

“We just do all the music we loved growing up,” Victor said. “… Journey, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, (Def Leppard, Grand Funk Railroad) – you know, everything that inspired us and made us want to join bands and shake our heads around.”

The next night, on Jan. 18, Victor will change hats and revisit the chart-topping songs by his former band, Boston as well as classic rockers Styx.

“Obviously, my affiliation with Boston was the reason we started the other band and focus on Boston and Styx music because they were touring together when I first kind of got involved with that whole thing, and my drummer and bass player sing great Styx – that operetta Styx style,” Victor said.

Victor joined Boston in 2010, and while waiting to go on tour with the band, he toured around the country with his tribute band, Bostyx.

“What really put Bostyx together is I really wanted to be in shape for the tour,” Victor said. “I kept thinking, ‘We’re going to tour this year.’ Well, we didn’t tour in 2010, we didn’t tour in 2011, so I started thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ but in the meantime I was, like, I need to be singing this stuff so when I get called up then I’ll be ready to go. … So when I finally got the call, I think it was late 2011 that we were going to go on tour in 2012, I was very happy that I had been playing all of the music. Obviously, we did more in Boston than we did in Bostyx, but it was still very helpful to be, ‘OK I know the songs.’ I actually had some input with some of the songs, just knowing the catalog as well as I did.”

The band is no longer able to go by the name Bostyx but continues to carry on the tribute to both bands. “The Hits of Styx and Boston” show also includes a couple original songs by Victor and his band.

“I’ve written five albums of original music, and everybody in the band has produced albums, and they’re original artists in their own right,” Victor said. “So I was, like, let’s write original songs, so last year we put out a song called ‘Heart Open Wide.’ So we do that one when we play. … It sounds like us, and it blends nicely with everything else in the show.”

On his off time, Victor works with his charity Harmony & Healing, which takes music to patients and their families at hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, cancer support groups and other medical facilities. More information on the organization can be found at harmonyandhealing.org.

“Anyplace where there are hospital patients and their families who need a little cheering up, a spark of hope and joy,” Victor said of the charity. “… It’s kids and teenagers and adults, seniors; everybody has health issues throughout their life and crisis things. I would like it for myself. I hope Harmony & Healing will be so successful that they come to see me in my twilight years.”

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