In the now familiar world of classic rock package tours, Styx have become the masters of the concept, touring nearly every summer with a revised approach that somehow never fails to feel fresh.
This summer, they’re on the road with their old friends REO Speedwagon. And although there’s a definite bond formed through the years of working together, the friendly rivalry between the two still fuels a drive for each to deliver the best show on a nightly basis.
James 'JY' Young of Styx sees a lot of parallels between the state of the world when his band first broke big in the '70s and today, and he thinks those similarities help explain why the band's popularity has endured so strongly.
He was a big part of helping to build their success story, and although Dennis DeYoung has been out of Styx for more than a decade, he says that if the opportunity were to present itself, he’d be game to return to the band.
Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon are teaming up for a 30-date triple-threat summer tour named "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express," which will kick off May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas and cross all over the country before winding up in Gilford, N.Y. on July 7.
When Styx recently became the latest band to engage in the “full album performance” concept, they did so with an added twist.
The Chicago-bred classic rockers took 70,000 pounds of equipment on the road in 2010 for a short series of dates to mount full album renderings (with extensive, awesome video visuals to boot) of not one, but two of their classic albums. Thankfully, they captured one of those nights, filming
The new year is already off to a great start for Styx, who have a lot of irons in the fire only days into 2012. In addition to the band's new live DVD set for release later this month, the iconic outfit is also gearing up to hit the road this year on a U.S. tour that will keep them on the road through a March 10 gig in Silver Springs, Fla.
Wondering what to get the Styx fan on your holiday shopping list for Christmas? Well, wonder no more: In conjunction with New York boutique owner and designer Diana Warner, the band has announced its first-ever line of official Styx jewelry. The collection went on sale November 11, exclusively through the band's website.
Styx's 'Difference in the World,' an acoustically driven song that swells with resonance, is a brand new tune that appears on the band's new album 'Regeneration, Volume I and II.' It's a two-disc set where 15 classic Styx cuts receive a modern makeover courtesy of the band's current lineup.
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