More About Styx
Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, soft rock, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre. The band established itself with a progressive rock sound in the 1970s, and began to incorporate pop rock and soft rock elements in the 1980s.
Styx is best known for the following hit songs which hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100: “Lady”, “Come Sail Away”, “Babe”, “The Best of Times”, “Too Much Time on My Hands”, “Mr. Roboto” ,”Don’t Let It End”, and “Show Me the Way”. Other notable songs include “Renegade”, “The Grand Illusion”, “Blue Collar Man”, “Crystal Ball”, “Fooling Yourself”, “Rockin’ the Paradise”, “Boat on the River”, and “Suite Madame Blue”. Styx has had 4 consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as 16 top 40 singles in the US, 8 of which hit the top 10. Of their 8 Top 10 singles, 7 were written and sung by founding member and former lead singer Dennis DeYoung, including their #1 chart topper, “Babe”. DeYoung has not toured with the band since 1999 after being ousted by guitarists James “J.Y.” Young and Tommy Shaw in an acrimonious split.
On April 21, 2017, Styx announced a studio album entitled The Mission, simultaneously releasing the single “Gone Gone Gone” The album was released on June 16, 2017, and is a concept album about a mission to Mars.
On June 29, 2018, Shaw, along with his guitarist and co-writer of the latest Styx album Will Evankovich, released an acoustic live album with CYO as Styx played with them in 2006 on the album One with Everything: Styx and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra titled “Sing for the Day!”, which they played his own Styx songs, Damn Yankees and solo songs. Although it was broadcast on July 9, 2016, the concert took place at the Waetjen Auditorium on May 27, 2016. It was released on CD and Blu-Ray (without DVD).
In April 2019, DeYoung teamed up with Jim Peterik, formerly of Survivor to release the song “Proof of Heaven.”
Styx 2019 Tour Dates
6/21: Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, VA;
6/23: Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC;
6/24: Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA;
6/27: Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL;
6/29: The Rose Music Center at The Heights in Dayton, OH;
6/30: Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage in Traverse City, MI;
7/24: Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA;
7/25: Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ;
7/26: Pala Casino – Palomar Starlight Theater in Pala, CA;
7/27: Thunder Valley Casino – Amphitheatre in Lincoln, CA;
7/29: Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA;
7/30: Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA;
8/2: The Show – Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA;
8/3: Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, NM;
8/4: The Hudson Gardens & Event Center in Littleton, CO;
8/7: Jackson County Fairground in Jackson, MI;
8/8: Motorcity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI;
8/9: Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI;
8/22: Outdoor Stage At Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, WA;
8/23: Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA;
8/24: Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino in Canyonville, OR;
8/25: PNE Amphitheatre in Vancouver, BC;
8/30: River Cree Casino in Enoch, Canada;
9/4: South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, Canada;
10/3: Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX;
10/10: MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage in Northfield, OH;
11/7: NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY;
11/9: Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA;
11/12: Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY;
11/14 & 15: Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Rama, Canada;
12/13: Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK;
12/15: Abraham Chavez Theatre in El Paso, TX.