The best Styx songs showcase a group that has always been unafraid to explore new musical ground. The band's best work spans the '70s and the '80s, encompassing everything from guitar-driven hard rock to straight ballads, and incorporating elements of progressive rock, metal, classical music and even techno-pop. From unemployment anthems and songs about the state of
Sept. 20 will most likely be a somewhat bittersweet 64th birthday for Styx founder and bassist, Chuck Panozzo. That's because it also marks the birth of his fraternal twin brother and former bandmate, John Panozzo, who passed away back in 1996.
Together with their childhood neighbor Dennis DeYou
After a highly successful run with their 'Grand Illusion' / 'Pieces of Eight' tour, Styx has decided to extend the U.S. leg with a handful of additional shows that will keep them on the road throughout the end of the year.
Former Styx maestro Dennis DeYoung is 65 years old, but he shows no sign of slowing down. The singer-songwriter and keyboardist currently performs a solo show billed as the Music of Styx, and in a new interview he says playing live keeps him young.
Fans who flocked to the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine this past weekend (Sunday, July 8) were in for an added bonus when Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw reunited on stage with his former Damn Yankees bandmate Ted Nugent as part of the Midwest Rock 'N' Roll Express Tour.
When Styx, Reo Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent announced that they were teaming up this summer for the ‘Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express’ tour, the classic rock gods had to have smiled down from above knowing they had crafted the perfect trifecta.
The roar of the crowd was surprisingly deafening on Saturday evening when Styx frontman Tommy Shaw asked how many in attendance were seeing the group for the first time. It was a moment which provided proof positive that classic rock continues to cross over into new generations.
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.
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