Revolution Wonderland

When Tommy Shaw left Styx, he was replaced by Glen Burtnik (during the Mr. Roboto years). After two years, Styx broke up (for the second time) and then got back together four years later (without Burtnik as Tommy Shaw returned as the lead guitarist). However, when bassist Chuck Panozzo could not play with the band as a full time member, Burtnik rejoined the band as the bass player. Burtnik left Styx in 2004.

During his career as a songwriter and session man, Burtnik wrote songs for Don Henley, Patty Smyth, Randy Travis and Marshall Crenshaw. Along the way he appeared as Paul McCartney in the Broadway production of Beatlemania alongside Crenshaw (who played John Lennon).

For over twenty years, Burtnik pulled friends and musicians together to hold the Xmas Xtravaganza, an annual event held to benefit New Jersey area food banks and other Jersey charities.

These days, Burtnik heads up The Weeklings, a band billed as “America’s most unique tribute to the music and inspiration of THE BEATLES, performing explosive renditions of Beatles classics, uniquely arranged Beatles nuggets plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals.”

Which in a very roundabaout way brings us to tonight’s featured song, Revolution Wonderland. Beatles fans will immediately notice the opening guitar riff from the Beatles’ Revolution on the band’s take on the Christmas Classic, Winter Wonderland.
Burtnik is the lead vocalist and left-handed bass player.

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