If the Grand Illusion finally “broke” this erstwhile blue collar Chicago-based band, then August 1978’s Pieces of Eight cemented Styx as an arena-filling headliner forty years ago because of rock anthems “Renegade”, “Blue Collar Man”,”Great White Hope”,”Sing for the Day”, and the thematic American Dream which they explored repeatedly,”Pieces of Eight“. Alpha dogs Tommy Shaw and […]
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Styx “Grand Illusion” 40th anniversary with Tommy Shaw, James Young, Lawrence Gowan, co-founder & former member Dennis DeYoung
Honestly I cannot think of a consistently better live band, which has such stunning live audio/ video production, than our buddies Styx, as evidenced here with “Come Sail Away” from their CD/ DVD/Blu Ray Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas. Alpha dogs Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young are headed this way the week […]
Over the course of years interviewing the various members of Styx it became apparent that, even while ascending to one of America’s most popular bands and selling millions of copies of four consecutive albums between 1977 and 1982, a struggle for artistic control was occurring among keyboardist/ co-founder Dennis DeYoung and Styx guitarists Tommy Shaw […]
This part two with current Styx leaders Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young focuses on the five consecutive studio multi-platinum releases Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, Paradise Theater, and Kilroy Was Here. For the complete story of this legendary run, former member and band co-founder Dennis DeYoung adds context for those albums which include […]
This live performance of “I Am the Walrus” from Styx on September 11, 2004 is simply stunning, and Styx lead singer/ keyboard player Lawrence Gowan and singer/ guitarist Tommy Shaw explain what it takes to pull off a production piece that even the Beatles never attempted live.- Redbeard
Just for fun I combined Tommy Shaw‘s exclusive In the Studio 1981 acoustic version of his “Crystal Ball” ( with the extra verse not on the Styx version) with the full Styx band live in concert. –Redbeard
Tommy Shaw of Styx unplugged doing “Crystal Ball” in Memphis Spring 1981;with an additional verse not on the Styx album!
When Tommy Shaw, just recently estranged then from arena-fillers Styx, brought his Girls With Guns solo band to a Ft. Worth nightclub in an otherwise empty strip mall on a chilly Sunday November night in 1984, what I expected to see and hear, and what was actually offered up, were two completely different things, providing […]
When it’s the REO Speedwagon brand, you’ll be surprised how fresh and tasty forty year old “Tuna Fish” is! Kevin Cronin and Neal Doughty of REO are In the Studio with Redbeard.