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 , Styx guitarists Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young. It became glaringly obvious when Styx followed 1978’s hard-rocking multi-million seller Pieces of Eight, heavily laden with Shaw and Young rockers, with the album Cornerstone containing the huge ballad “Babe” written and sung by DeYoung.
What a revelation it was then to find that the band members never actually discussed the elephant in the room until this classic rock interview, which also includes current Styx singer/ keyboardist Lawrence Gowan‘s somewhat more objective perspective. Not since their breakthrough The Grand Illusion had singer/ songwriters DeYoung, Shaw, and JY 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. Styx lifers JY and Shaw plus DeYoung screen the American Dream alternately in and out of focus at the Paradise Theater . – Redbeard