Styx was one of the last bands to come off the road when the COVID-19 lockdown silenced the live music industry in early 2020, and Styx was among the very first to re-emerge back in early June 2021. I simply love what the group does live these days with the AI-themed “Mr. Roboto”.
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If I told you that over forty years ago one of America’s top music acts released a concept album that identified growing cracks in the foundation of our society and presciently predicted everything we find today, who would you guess it was? Bob Dylan? Neil Young? Crosby Stills and Nash? I doubt that Styx would come to mind to many, but that is precisely what “Paradise Theater” was, part lament, part warning. Current members Tommy Shaw, JY, & Lawrence Gowan all weigh in as does ex-member Dennis DeYoung on “Paradise Theater” ‘s fortieth anniversary.
Styx singer/songwriter/guitarist Tommy Shaw rolled out of bed and used a borrowed acoustic guitar to sing live on my afternoon show …1981 acoustic version of his “Crystal Ball” ( with the extra verse not on the Styx version)
there was high drama and great music before with the third-time’s-the-charm “Lady”, then 1975’s strong Equinox album containing “Light Up”, “Lorelei”, and the timeless “Suite: Madame Blue”. Band leaders even today James “JY” Young and Tommy Shaw look back on the Equinox along with the original former co-founding member who wrote and sang all of those songs, Dennis DeYoung
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.
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 […]
This classic rock interview 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 Styx member and band co-founder Dennis DeYoung adds context for those albums which include “Come Sail Away”,”Fooling Yourself”
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