Styx formed in Chicago at the top of the '70s, but it took a few years for them to hit their stride. They scored a Top 10 hit with 'Lady' in 1974, but it would be another few years before they finally broke the Top 10 on the album chart with 1977's 'The Grand Illusion.' After that, they racked up four consecutive hit records, including 1981's No. 1 outing 'Paradise Theater.' After 1983's conceptual misfire 'Kilroy Was Here,' singer-keyboardist Dennis DeYoung and singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw left for solo careers and Styx broke up. They reunited in 1990 without Shaw (who returned to the lineup later). By the end of the decade, DeYoung was gone. The current band includes original members Shaw, guitarist James Young and bassist Chuck Panozzo.
Lawrence Gowan Reveals the Mandate He Received When Joining Styx
The keyboardist and singer replaced Dennis DeYoung in 1999.
45 Years Ago: 'Blue Collar Man' Keeps Styx's New Momentum Going
Tommy Shaw helped them deliver a follow-up that could build on 'The Grand Illusion.'
40 Years Ago: Did 'Mr. Roboto' Really End Styx's Classic Era?
No. 3 hit is often cited as the moment when their relationship with Dennis DeYoung fractured beyond repair.
Why Dennis DeYoung Never Wanted ‘Mr. Roboto' to Be a Styx Single
His bold venture created a schism within the band.
When Styx Made Their First Album Without Dennis DeYoung
'Cyclorama' marked the start a new chapter after splitting with their co-founding frontman.
Foreigner and Styx Never Even Considered for Rock Hall, Says Boss
'Rolling Stone' founder Jann Wenner insists he has no control over nominations.
James Young Looks Back on 50 Years of Styx: Exclusive Interview
"Five decades of Styx and the world still exists," he tells UCR. "We didn’t kill it."