Eligible for Hall of Fame induction for twenty-two years, Styx has continued to be one of the top touring ticket sellers year after year to this day, continued to record and release spectacular high-concept high-tech rock such as 2017’s The Mission , yet surprisingly been unable to conjure up even a single nomination for Rock Hall of Fame consideration.
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Back when deejays on FM rock stations still chose the songs that you heard on the radio, before pre-scheduled computerized playlists, it wass not possible to accurately quantify exactly how many times a particular song or album was getting airplay in a given day, week, or month. But I’ll bet you a rib dinner at […]
Styx here live in blues legend Willie Dixon‘s recording studio at 2120 Michigan Avenue, the site of the original Chess Records, back in 2004 laying down a soul-infused reading of Tommy Shaw‘s working class musical manifesto “Blue Collar Man”. The song and the Styx album on which it originally appeared, Pieces of Eight , mark […]
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 […]
Not since their breakthrough “The Grand Illusion” had Styx singer/ songwriters Dennis DeYoung,Tommy Shaw, and James Young contributed as equally and supportively as they did on January 1981’s “Paradise Theater” containing in-concert perennials “Rockin’ the Paradise”,”Too Much Time on My Hands”,”The Best of Times”,”Snowblind”, “Lonely People”, and “Half Penny, Two Penny”. And not surprisingly, the musical alliance yielded the top-selling Styx album ever.
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!
Here is a playlist for you featuring freedom as the theme from Bruce Springsteen, Boston, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, Chicago, Crosby Stills and Nash, Don Henley, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Paul Simon, The Rascals, Rush, Styx, The Byrds, and The Who to celebrate red, white, and boom!
The Nineties’ first supergroup actually lived up to the hype: containing Styx singer/songwriter/guitarist Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger’s singer/songwriter Jack Blades, drummer Michael Cartellone, and whackmaster Ted Nugent, the Damn Yankees debut sold a whopping two million copies