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Encyclopedia > Styx (band)
Styx
Origin Roseland, Illinois
Genre(s) Rock, progressive rock, hard rock
Years active 1963 – 1984, 1990-1991, 1995 – present
Label(s) A&M Records
Interscope Records
Website www.styxworld.com
Members
James "J.Y." Young
Tommy Shaw
Todd Sucherman
Lawrence Gowan
Ricky Phillips
Chuck Panozzo
Former members
Dennis DeYoung
John Panozzo
John Curulewski
Glen Burtnik

Styx is an American rock band that has been popular since the 1970s, with such hits as "Come Sail Away", "Babe", "Lady", "Suite Madame Blue", "Mr. Roboto", and "Renegade." Styx is the first band to have four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.[1] Roseland, located on the far south side of the city, is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... A&M redirects here. ... Interscope Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... James J.Y. Young is a member of the rock band Styx. ... Thomas Roland Tommy Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Styx. ... Todd Sucherman (born May 2, 1969) is the current drummer for the rock group Styx. ... Lawrence Gowan is a Canadian musician, who has been both a solo artist and a member of the band Styx. ... Ricky Phillips is a bassist who has played in The Babys, Bad English, and Coverdale Page. ... Chuck Panozzo is a bass player. ... — Dennis DeYoung (born February 18, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx, a tenure which lasted from 1962 to 1999. ... John Anthony Panozzo (September 20, 1947 - July 16, 1996) was the drummer for the American rock band Styx. ... John Curulewski was a former guitarist of Styx, working with the band for their first five albums. ... Born Glenn Burtnick on April 8, 1955, the youngest of three brothers, he was forced at an early age by his brothers into singing harmonies with them. ... This article is about the type of musical group. ... Come Sail Away is a song by Styx from their album The Grand Illusion. ... Babe was the lead single from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... For other uses, see Mr. ... Renegade was a 1979 hit for American rock band Styx. ... The RIAA Logo. ...

Contents

Early Years

The band originally formed in the Chicago, Illinois area in 1961 as "The Tradewinds". The band played local bars while attending Chicago State University. This early line-up included brothers Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo on guitar and drums, respectively; and Dennis DeYoung on vocals and keyboards. Changing their name briefly to "TW4", Chuck switched to bass guitar and the band added guitarists/vocalists James "J.Y." Young and John Curulewski. For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... For the unaffiliated private university also located in Chicago, see the University of Chicago. ... Chuck Panozzo is a bass player. ... John Anthony Panozzo (September 20, 1947 - July 16, 1996) was the drummer for the American rock band Styx. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... — Dennis DeYoung (born February 18, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx, a tenure which lasted from 1962 to 1999. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... James J.Y. Young is a member of the rock band Styx. ... John Curulewski was a former guitarist of Styx, working with the band for their first five albums. ...


The band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records; several suggestions were made and, says DeYoung, Styx was chosen because it was "the only one that none of us hated". [1] Wooden Nickel Records was started in 1971 by Bill Traut, Jim Golden and Jerry Weintraub as a successor of Dunwhich Records. ...


The 1970s

Wooden Nickel years

The band's Wooden Nickel recordings, Styx (1972), Styx II (1973), The Serpent Is Rising (also 1973) and Man of Miracles (1974), were a mixture of straight-ahead rock with some dramatic prog-rock flourishes and art-rock aspirations. The Serpent Is Rising would foreshadow later endeavors by the group—the so-called concept album would be a medium upon which Styx would rely heavily by the 1980s. The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings is a 2-Disc set released by Styx in 2005. ... Styx is the self-titled debut album by Styx, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Styx II is the second album by Styx, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by Styx, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Man of Miracles is the fourth album by Styx, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Art rock is a term used to describe a subgenre of rock music with experimental or avant-garde influences that emphasizes novel sonic texture. ... The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by Styx, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ...


On the strength of these releases and constant playing in local clubs and schools, the band established a fan base in the Chicago area, but was unable to break into the mainstream until an earlier song, the power ballad "Lady" (from Styx II), began to earn some radio time, first on WLS in Chicago and then nationwide. In the spring of 1975, nearly two years after the album had been released, "Lady" hit the top ten, and Styx II went gold soon after. To emphasize the emotional aspect of a power ballad, crowds customarily hold up lit lighters. ... Lady is a popular song written and performed by the rock band Styx. ... WLS is a pioneer Chicago radio station. ...


Move to A&M

On the heels of its belated hit single, Styx signed with A&M Records and released Equinox (1975), which sold well and yielded minor hits in "Lorelei" and "Light Up". Following the move to A&M, Curulewski suddenly left the band just before they were to embark on a nationwide tour, and was replaced by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tommy Shaw after a frantic search to find a last-minute replacement. The first album with Shaw, Crystal Ball (1976), was moderately successful and also includes Shaw's "Mademoiselle" and DeYoung's "This Old Man". Its follow-up, The Grand Illusion (1977) became the group's breakthrough album, reaching triple platinum certification and spawning a top-ten hit and AOR radio staple in the DeYoung-penned "Come Sail Away," as well as a second radio hit, Shaw's "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)". A&M redirects here. ... Equinox is the fifth album by Styx, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Lorelei is the first single released from Styxs Equinox album. ... Thomas Roland Tommy Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Styx. ... Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Mademoiselle is the first single released from Styxs Crystal Ball album. ... Not to be confused with Grand Illusion (album), by Nocturnal Rites. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Album Oriented Rock, abbreviated AOR, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock music artists rather than singles releases. ... Come Sail Away is a song by Styx from their album The Grand Illusion. ... Fooling Yourself is the second single released from Styxs The Grand Illusion album. ...


Through the late 1970s the band enjoyed its greatest success. The album Pieces of Eight (1978) found the group moving in a more straight-ahead pop-rock direction and spawned the Shaw-penned hit singles "Renegade," and "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)," plus a minor hit in the release "Sing for the Day" that stopped just short of the Top Forty at #41.[2] Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Renegade was a 1979 hit for American rock band Styx. ... Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) is the first single that Styx released from the Pieces of Eight album. ... Sing for the Day is the second single that Styx released from the Pieces of Eight album. ...


Cornerstone (1979) yielded the group's first number one hit, the DeYoung ballad "Babe" that he wrote for his wife's birthday [3] (which hit number six in the United Kingdom, January 1980 [4]), as well as becoming their biggest international hit and first million-selling single. The album also included the DeYoung single "Why Me", and "Borrowed Time" which was co-written with Shaw, plus Shaw's "Boat on the River". Styx was nominated for the twenty-second Grammy Awards[5] for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. Cornerstone's engineers Gary Loizzo and Rob Kingsland were nominated for a Grammy[6] at the 22nd Grammy Awards for Best Engineered Recording. Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Babe was the lead single from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Why Me is a song from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Borrowed Time is a single release from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Stardom in the 1980s

Dennis DeYoung as "Kilroy" revealing his identity in the pre-concert film Kilroy Was Here
Dennis DeYoung as "Kilroy" revealing his identity in the pre-concert film Kilroy Was Here

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Paradise Theatre

By 1980, Styx had (over the course of several albums) established themselves with their lyrics, criticizing unemployment ("Blue Collar Man"), consumerism ("The Grand Illusion"), and materialism ("Pieces of Eight").


In January 1981, Styx released Paradise Theatre, a loose concept album that became their biggest hit, reaching number one on the Billboard pop albums chart and yielding five singles, including the top ten hits "The Best of Times" by DeYoung (#3) and "Too Much Time on My Hands" by Shaw (#8). Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ...


The band was accused by a California religious group and later Tipper Gore's P.M.R.C of backmasking Satanic messages in their anti-cocaine anthem, "Snowblind." J.Y. has often gone on the record, refuting this charge during his concert introduction for "Snowblind", with Dennis saying on In the Studio with Redbeard which devoted an entire episode to the making of Paradise Theatre: "we had enough trouble to make the music sound right forward. It was the name Styx which is the river that runs through the underground. Can you imagine attacking the band that made Babe, I mean please!" This article is about the U.S. state. ... Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson Gore (born August 19, 1948), known as Tipper Gore, is the wife of former Vice President Al Gore and was the Second Lady of the United States from 1993 until 2001. ... Tipper Gore, founder of the Parents Music Resource Center The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor... Backmasking (also known incorrectly as backward masking)[1] is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backwards onto a track that is meant to be played forwards. ... Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan. ... In the Studio with Redbeard is a North American radio program, produced and hosted by Dallas, Texas based rock and roll disc jockey Redbeard. ...


Owing to its accessibility and quality production, this album helped win the band a People's Choice Award in 1981, and became the band's fourth consecutive multi-platinum album. The Peoples Choice Awards, held annually in January, is one of the few awards shows to be based on popularity. ...


Throughout the 1980s, the band would use the album's opening track, "Rockin' the Paradise", which hit number six on the rock charts in 1981, to open their shows. The album closes with J.Y.'s "Half-Penny, Two Penny" which segued into Dennis' "A.D. 1958" and ending properly with "State Street Sadie". A.D. 1928 / Rockin the Paradise is the fourth single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ...


Kilroy was Here and breakup

On the successes of the ballad "Babe" and the Paradise Theatre album, Styx founder DeYoung began pushing for a more theatrical direction, while Shaw and Young favored a harder-edged approach. The band followed DeYoung's lead with their next project, Kilroy Was Here (1983), another, more fully-realized concept album, embracing the rock opera form. Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... The Whos Tommy, the first album explicitly billed as a rock opera A rock opera is a rock music album or stage production that resembles the form of an opera. ...


Set in a future where music itself has been outlawed, Dennis DeYoung portrayed Kilroy, an unjustly imprisoned rock star. Representing the "younger" rock generation, Tommy Shaw played Jonathan Chance, who fights for Kilroy's freedom. Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad) is a British hard rock singer-songwriter and musician. ...


Part of the impetus for the Kilroy story, was the false accusations of backwards satanic messages leveled at the band in 1981. J.Y. wrote "Heavy Metal Poisoning", which include lyrics sarcastically mocking the allegations against the group levied by Tipper Gore and the PMRC. Its introduction intentionally included a backward message, the Latin phrase, "annuit coeptis novus ordo seclorum," from the Great Seal of the United States. It is translated to "God has favored our undertakings. A new order for the ages." The song is a swung blues riff in G. Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson Gore (born August 19, 1948), known as Tipper Gore, is the wife of former Vice President Al Gore and was the Second Lady of the United States from 1993 until 2001. ... The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the United States federal government. ...


Sailing high on the Styx name, Kilroy went platinum in 1983, boasting two Top Ten hits, the synthesizer-based "Mr. Roboto" and power ballad "Don't Let It End." Synth redirects here. ... For other uses, see Mr. ... Dont Let It End is the third track on the 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, by Styx. ...


Although time would prove cynical for the members of Styx following Kilroy, at the time Kilroy earned a nominee as Best Engineered Recording for engineer and long-time friend Gary Loizzo, and fellow engineers on the album Will Rascati and Rob Kingslad, for the twenty-sixth Grammy Awards (1983)[7] On the Kilroy Was Here tour of 1983 for half of the Kilroy tracks, the band used the instrumental backing tracks for "Mr. Roboto" (with Dennis singing live whilst disguised as a roboto and Tommy Shaw as Jonathan Chance), "Heavy Metal Poisoning" (with J.Y. singing live and the Panozzo brothers acting as his henchmen on stage) and lastly, the wistful "Haven't We Been Here Before," featuring a rare live duet between DeYoung and Shaw. The songs that the group played live were Dennis' "Don't Let it End", with an extended ending, Tommy Shaw's bluntly naive "Cold War", featuring an extended guitar solo and two extra verses. "Don't Let It End Reprise" began as a soliloquy by Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung, but ended with the full band on a positive rock and roll note.


Despite this ambitious stage show, Kilroy brought tensions within the band to a breaking point. In 1984, the band debuted its first live album, Caught in the Act. Taken from both the Paradise Theatre and Kilroy Was Here tours, the project featured one studio track, "Music Time", which became a Top 40 hit. However, the band had already parted ways before the release of the album. Caught in the Act is a live album by Styx, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Music Time is the sole studio track released on the live Styx album, Caught in the Act. ...


Solo careers

Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw released a string of solo albums, beginning with DeYoung's Desert Moon and Shaw's Girls with Guns in 1984. Both Shaw and DeYoung generated a moderate amount of interest with their first solo albums. DeYoung, in particular, scored a Top 10 hit with the title track, "Desert Moon", which was also heavily featured on MTV. Shaw also cracked the Top Forty with "Girls with Guns" and "Lonely School", and he made a cameo appearance on the NBC television series, Miami Vice. DeYoung's follow up single "Don't Wait for Heroes" also featured a video that was heavily featured on MTV, but it failed to generate significant airplay at radio only peaking at #83. During the filming of the video, DeYoung injured his back, causing him to back out of opening a North American concert tour for Huey Lewis & the News. Desert Moon is the debut solo album from one-time Styx keyboard player/singer/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. ... Girls With Guns is the debut solo album from Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... This article is about the television network. ... For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ... ...


Shaw's 1985 album What If and DeYoung's 1986 album Back to the World also charted, along with singles from film soundtracks. Shaw's "What If (Remo's Theme)" from Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins entered the Billboard Hot 100, while DeYoung's "This Is the Time" from Karate Kid II was featured for a short while on MTV. The first single from DeYoung's Back to the World, "Call Me", peaked at number six on the Adult Contemporary chart and was a modest pop hit, peaking at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100. Back to the World is the second solo album from Dennis DeYoung. ... Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is a 1985 cult film. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) is a Hollywood adventure-drama movie and is a sequel to The Karate Kid. ...


However, by the late 1980s, both Styx members' solo careers gradually simmered down to a modest but loyal fan base. Neither DeYoung's Boomchild nor Shaw's Ambition achieved nearly the same levels of earlier albums, although Shaw's cover of Jim Peterik's "Ever Since the World Began" charted briefly. Shaw also recorded sessions with Peterik's group, Survivor, on 1986's When Seconds Count. Boomchild is the third solo album from Dennis DeYoung. ... Jim Peterik (born 1951) is an American musician. ... Survivor is an American rock band formed in 1977 by core members Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan. ... How Much Love (Peterik, Sullivan) - 3:58 Keep It Right Here (Jamison, Peterik, Sullivan) - 4:28 Is This Love (Peterik, Sullivan) - 3:42 Man Against the World (Jamison, Peterik, Sullivan) - 3:35 Rebel Son (Jamison, Peterik, Sullivan) - 4:37 Oceans (Peterik, Sullivan) - 4:39 When Seconds Count (Peterik, Sullivan) - 4...


Meanwhile, James Young collaborated with Jan Hammer and recorded his own solo album, City Slicker. Jan Hammer (IPA: ) (born 17 April 1948, in Prague, then Czechoslovakia, today part of the Czech Republic). ...


In 1988, Tommy Shaw formed Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent, Jack Blades and Michael Cartellone. Meanwhile, the remaining members of Styx made plans for a comeback in the new decade. Damn Yankees were an American rock supergroup. ... Theodore Ted Nugent (born December 13, 1948) (a. ... Jack Blades, American bass playing musician, has worked in Rubicon, as bassist and one of the lead vocalists for Night Ranger, and also as a founding member of Damn Yankees along with Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent as well as drummer Michael Cartellone. ... Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American Southern rock band, described by All Music Guides Stephen Thomas Erlewine as the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious, Southern image and a hard rock swagger. ...


1990s

Edge of the Century

In 1990, with Shaw achieving some success with Damn Yankees, Styx reformed with Glen Burtnik taking Shaw's vacated position. Damn Yankees were an American rock supergroup. ... Born Glenn Burtnick on April 8, 1955, the youngest of three brothers, he was forced at an early age by his brothers into singing harmonies with them. ...


The new line-up released one album, Edge of the Century, featuring the Dennis DeYoung ballad "Show Me the Way", which received an additional boost just prior to the first Persian Gulf War. Some radio stations edited the Top Three smash to include the voices of children whose parents were deployed in Saudi Arabia between 1990 and 1991. Edge of the Century is an album by Styx, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Show Me the Way is the second single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ... See also: 2003 invasion of Iraq and Gulf War (disambiguation) C Company, 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, 1st UK Armoured Division The Persian Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations led by the United States. ...


Burtnik's songwriting also helped buoy Edge of the Century to gold album status, contributing to the hits "Love at First Sight" (#25 Billboard Pop Charts) and "Love Is the Ritual" (#80 Billboard Hot 100, #8 Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks). On the strength of the singles, particularly "Show Me the Way", Edge of the Century peaked at number sixty-three on the Billboard album chart and was certified gold. Love Is the Ritual is the first single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ...


Styx toured across the U.S. before once again disbanding. Despite the success of the album with two Top 40 singles and gold album certification, A&M Records dropped the band after the company was purchased by PolyGram Records. A set of demos internally titled "Son Of Edge" were completed and shopped to additional record companies, but few major record labels were interested. Portions of the "Son of Edge" demos have resurfaced in various forms over the years in Styx, DeYoung, and Burtnik anthologies. PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ...


In 1994, DeYoung recorded 10 on Broadway, an album of showtunes. A single "On the Street Where You Live" received limited airplay. 10 on Broadway is a solo album of Broadway standards from Dennis DeYoung. ...


Reunion with classic lineup

The band reunited in 1995 to re-record "Lady" for Styx Greatest Hits and a 1996 tour, but John Panozzo was unable to participate due to declining health caused by problems with alcohol, which killed him soon after. The first Greatest Hits album by Styx released in 1995. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The band continued with Todd Sucherman replacing Panozzo. The 1996 "Return to Paradise" tour was also a success. They documented the reunion tour with a two-disc live set, 1997's Return to Paradise, which featured three new studio tracks: "On My Way", "Paradise" (a soft rock hit that also appears in another version on Dennis DeYoung's Hunchback of Notre Dame album) and "Dear John", a tribute to the late Styx drummer John Panozzo that has become a cult favorite among Styx fans. Return to Paradise was a surprise hit in 1997, achieving gold status, with the single "Paradise" peaking at number twenty-seven on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Return to Paradise was the first gold album for Styx's new record company, CMC. Todd Sucherman (born May 2, 1969) is the current drummer for the rock group Styx. ... Return to Paradise is a live album by Styx, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... Paradise is the only single release from Styxs 1997 live double album Return to Paradise. ...


Brave New World and split

Two years later, in 1999, the band released its first new studio album in almost a decade: Brave New World. The album received a lukewarm reception, sold very slowly, and the single, "Everything Is Cool", failed to chart. Brave New World is an album by Styx, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Everything Is Cool is the only single release from Styxs 1999 album Brave New World. ...


Once again, during work on the album, personality conflicts drove the band members apart. While Tommy Shaw and James Young's material followed a hard rock vein, Dennis DeYoung's penchant for Broadway styles infuriated his bandmates, and the dramatic differences in styles were evident on Brave New World.


Arguments over which songs to release as singles, the album's artwork, the track sequencing, and the omission of DeYoung's vocals and keyboards from many of the Shaw/JY tracks fueled the fire. The band was further hindered by a viral illness contracted by DeYoung which temporarily made his eyes sensitive to light. DeYoung asked his bandmates to delay touring.


Chuck Panozzo left the band in 1998 after revealing to his bandmates that he was gay and battling HIV. His public explanation came in 2001 at the annual Human Rights Campaign banquet. Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... HRC logo The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights organization in the United States. ...


Later that year, DeYoung was permanently replaced by Lawrence Gowan, though no official statement regarding a firing or replacement had been made. As a result of the replacement, DeYoung filed a lawsuit, charging that the remaining members of the band were using the Styx name without his consent, and he in turn was countersued by Shaw & JY for using the billing of "Dennis DeYoung, the voice of Styx" in his solo concerts. The suit was eventually settled on the grounds that DeYoung could bill himself as "performing the music of Styx" or "formerly of Styx", but not as "the voice of Styx", and Styx continued on with Shaw & JY at the helm. Lawrence Gowan is a Canadian musician, who has been both a solo artist and a member of the band Styx. ...


Cyclorama and beyond

With Chuck Panozzo focusing on his health concerns, Glen Burtnik returned to fill Chuck's bass duties, with Chuck participating on a part-time basis, sitting in as his health permitted.


Styx's new lineup released several live albums and released the studio album Cyclorama in February, 2003, which reached #127 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Styx toured extensively during this period and released additional live albums. Cyclorama is an album by Styx, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...


Burtnik left Styx in 2003 and recorded a solo album, Welcome to Hollywood. He was replaced by Ricky Phillips, formerly of The Babys and Bad English. Ricky Phillips is a bassist who has played in The Babys, Bad English, and Coverdale Page. ... The Babys, on the cover of their 1977 Broken Heart LP. From left to right: Tony Brock, John Waite, Michael Corby, & Wally Stocker. ... Bad English is an American rock band formed in 1988, reuniting keyboardist Jonathan Cain with singer John Waite and bassist Ricky Phillips, his former bandmates in The Babys. ...


DeYoung continued his solo career by re-arranging and performing his Styx hits with a symphony orchestra. In 2005, DeYoung released a CD of re-recorded Styx hits from a solo concert with a symphony orchestra (titled The Music of Styx - Live with Symphony Orchestra. The album also contained three new DeYoung songs. DeYoung's CD became a modest hit in Canada, selling 30,000 copies there. Ironically, Burtnik now often appears with DeYoung in his solo shows. The Music of Styx - Live with Symphony Orchestra is a recording of Dennis DeYoungs live performance of his work both as a solo artist and with the band Styx. ...


Current

As of April 21, 2006, according to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) which awards artists and groups gold/platinum status, Styx ranks number 127 with 17.5 million records sold within the United States. [8]. The blurb on Amazon.com about Chuck Panozzo's book "The Grand Illusion: Love, Lies, and My Life with Styx" states that Styx has sold over 54 million records, providing another conflicting sales figure.


On April 16, 2007, Def Leppard announced a 2007 Tour|50-date, which includes Styx and Foreigner as supporting acts.[9] Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. ... Foreigner is a hard rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then-unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico). ...


As of August 27, 2007 Dennis DeYoung's single "100 Years From Now" was #1 on Quebec's Top 100.


On October 16, 2007 Styx received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association) in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville redirects here. ...


Members

Current line-up

James J.Y. Young is a member of the rock band Styx. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Thomas Roland Tommy Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Styx. ... This article is about the musical instrument. ... Todd Sucherman (born May 2, 1969) is the current drummer for the rock group Styx. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Percussion redirects here. ... Lawrence Gowan is a Canadian musician, who has been both a solo artist and a member of the band Styx. ... Ricky Phillips is a bassist who has played in The Babys, Bad English, and Coverdale Page. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A backup vocalist or background singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Chuck Panozzo is a bass player. ... Bass pedals are an electronic musical instrument. ...

Former members

— Dennis DeYoung (born February 18, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx, a tenure which lasted from 1962 to 1999. ... For other uses, see Accordion (disambiguation). ... John Anthony Panozzo (September 20, 1947 - July 16, 1996) was the drummer for the American rock band Styx. ... John Curulewski was a former guitarist of Styx, working with the band for their first five albums. ... Born Glenn Burtnick on April 8, 1955, the youngest of three brothers, he was forced at an early age by his brothers into singing harmonies with them. ...

Discography

Main article: Styx discography

// Styx (1971) Styx II (1972) The Serpent Is Rising (1973) Man of Miracles (1974) Equinox (1975) Crystal Ball (1976) The Grand Illusion (1977) Pieces of Eight (1978) Cornerstone (1979) Paradise Theatre (1981) Kilroy was Here (1983) Edge of the Century (1990) Brave New World (1999) Cyclorama (2003) Big Bang Theory...

Studio albums

Styx is the self-titled debut album by Styx, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Styx II is the second album by Styx, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by Styx, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Man of Miracles is the fourth album by Styx, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... Equinox is the fifth album by Styx, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Not to be confused with Grand Illusion (album), by Nocturnal Rites. ... Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... Edge of the Century is an album by Styx, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Brave New World is an album by Styx, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Cyclorama is an album by Styx, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Big Bang Theory is an album by the band Styx, and was released in 2005. ...

Singles

Styx has had a total of eight Billboard Top Ten singles, seven written and sung by Dennis DeYoung and one written and sung by Tommy Shaw. One of those singles, "Babe", hit number one for two weeks.


They have had a total of sixteen Billboard Top 40 singles and twenty-three Billboard Hot 100 singles.


Styx is one of a handful of acts that had Billboard Top Ten singles in three decades (70s, 80s, 90s) and under four different presidential administrations (Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush).


Styx has two one-million selling singles: "Babe" and "Mr. Roboto", both written and sung by DeYoung. Babe was the lead single from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... For other uses, see Mr. ...


Consecutive Multi-Platinum Albums

From 1977 to 1981, Styx released four consecutive albums that have been certified Multi-Platinum (signifying at least 2 million units sold) by the RIAA: The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theatre. [2]. They were the first band recognized to have achieved this feat when the RIAA began certifying Multi-Platinum albums in 1984. The RIAA Logo. ... Not to be confused with Grand Illusion (album), by Nocturnal Rites. ... Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ...


A longstanding, oft-repeated claim in the music industry and the mainstream press is that Styx were the first band to release four consecutive triple-platinum albums, signifying at least 3 million units sold. [3][4][5][6][7][8] However, prior to 1999, the RIAA's only certifications were for Gold (500,000 units sold), Platinum (1 million), and Multi-Platinum (2 million) albums.[9] Complete and detailed historical sales figures for record albums are not readily available to the public. However, per the latest information on the RIAA searchable database, Styx did score three triple-platinum albums on the same date: November 14, 1984. They achieved one double-platinum album on August 23, 2005.


Charts

Singles

Album Award Certification Date Label
The Grand Illusion 3.0x Multi-Platinum November 14, 1984 A&M
Paradise Theater 3.0x Multi-Platinum November 14, 1984 A&M
Cornerstone 3.0x Multi-Platinum November 14, 1984 A&M
Greatest Hits 2.0x Multi-Platinum August 23, 2005 A&M
Year Song US Hot 100 US MSR UK singles Album
1972 "Best Thing" 82 - - Styx
1975 "Lady" 6 - - Styx II
1975 "You Need Love" 88 - - Styx II
1976 "Lorelei" 27 - - Equinox
1976 "Mademoiselle" 36 - - Crystal Ball
1977 "Crystal Ball" 109 - - Crystal Ball
1977 "Come Sail Away" 8 - - The Grand Illusion
1978 "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" 29 - - The Grand Illusion
1978 "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" 21 - - Pieces of Eight
1979 "Sing for the Day" 41 - - Pieces of Eight
1979 "Renegade" 16 - - Pieces of Eight
1979 "Babe" 1 - 6 Cornerstone
1980 "Why Me" 26 - - Cornerstone
1980 "Borrowed Time" 64 - - Cornerstone
1981 "The Best of Times" 3 - 42 Paradise Theatre
1981 "Too Much Time on My Hands" 9 2 - Paradise Theatre
1981 "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned" 54 - - Paradise Theatre
1981 "A.D. 1928/Rockin' the Paradise" - 6 - Paradise Theatre
1983 "Mr. Roboto" 3 3 90 Kilroy Was Here
1983 "Don't Let It End" 6 - 56 Kilroy Was Here
1983 "High Time" 48 - - Kilroy Was Here
1984 "Music Time" 40 - - Caught in the Act
1990 "Love Is the Ritual" 80 9 - Edge of the Century
1991 "Show Me the Way" 3 - - Edge of the Century
1991 "Love at First Sight" 25 - - Edge of the Century
1997 "Paradise" - - Return to Paradise
1999 "Everything Is Cool" - - - Brave New World
2003 "Waiting for Our Time" - 37 - Cyclorama
2003 "I Am the Walrus" - - - Big Bang Theory

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Best Thing is the fist single released by the band Styx from their self-titled debut album, Styx. ... Styx is the self-titled debut album by Styx, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Styx II is the second album by Styx, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Following the success of the 1974 re-release of the single Lady from the album Styx II, You Need Love from that album was released as a follow-up single. ... Styx II is the second album by Styx, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Lorelei is the first single released from Styxs Equinox album. ... Equinox is the fifth album by Styx, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Mademoiselle is the first single released from Styxs Crystal Ball album. ... Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Crystal Ball is the second single released from Styxs Crystal Ball album. ... Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Come Sail Away is a song by Styx from their album The Grand Illusion. ... Not to be confused with Grand Illusion (album), by Nocturnal Rites. ... Fooling Yourself is the second single released from Styxs The Grand Illusion album. ... Not to be confused with Grand Illusion (album), by Nocturnal Rites. ... Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) is the first single that Styx released from the Pieces of Eight album. ... Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Sing for the Day is the second single that Styx released from the Pieces of Eight album. ... Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Renegade was a 1979 hit for American rock band Styx. ... Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Babe was the lead single from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Why Me is a song from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Borrowed Time is a single release from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... The Best of Times is the first single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Too Much Time on My Hands is the second single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Nothing Ever Goes As Planned is the third single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... A.D. 1928 / Rockin the Paradise is the fourth single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... For other uses, see Mr. ... Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... Dont Let It End is the third track on the 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, by Styx. ... Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... High Time is the third and final single from the 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, by Styx. ... Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... Music Time is the sole studio track released on the live Styx album, Caught in the Act. ... Caught in the Act is a live album by Styx, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Love Is the Ritual is the first single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ... Edge of the Century is an album by Styx, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Show Me the Way is the second single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ... Edge of the Century is an album by Styx, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Love At First Sight is the third single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ... Edge of the Century is an album by Styx, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Paradise is the only single release from Styxs 1997 live double album Return to Paradise. ... Return to Paradise is a live album by Styx, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... Everything Is Cool is the only single release from Styxs 1999 album Brave New World. ... Brave New World is an album by Styx, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Everything Is Cool is the only single release from Styxs 1999 album Brave New World. ... Cyclorama is an album by Styx, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Music sample I Am the Walrus Problems? See media help. ... Big Bang Theory is an album by the band Styx, and was released in 2005. ...

See also

The worlds best-selling music artists cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales in the manner that the RIAA does in the United States. ... This is a list of notable bands named after real or fictional places. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH Select "Multi-Platinum" & click to end at "1 JAN 1985"
  2. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH
  3. ^ http://www.styxworld.com/listingsEntry.asp?ID=135873&PT=TheBand
  4. ^ http://www.times-news.com/entertainment/local_story_188091223.html?keyword=topstory
  5. ^ http://www.tbnweekly.com/content_articles/090806_leconcert-04.txt
  6. ^ http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/behind_the_music/51408/episode.jhtml
  7. ^ http://www.rockdetector.com/artist,8683.sm
  8. ^ http://www.livedaily.com/interviews/liveDaily_Interview_Tommy_Shaw_of_Styx-3264.html?t=6
  9. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinum.php?content_selector=historyx

External links

Thomas Roland Tommy Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Styx. ... James J.Y. Young (born 14 November 1949, on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist and member of the rock band, Styx. ... Todd Sucherman (born May 2, 1969) is the current drummer for the rock group Styx. ... Lawrence Gowan is a Canadian musician, who has been both a solo artist and a member of the band Styx. ... Ricky Phillips is a bassist who has played in The Babys, Bad English, and Coverdale Page. ... Chuck Panozzo is a bass player. ... — Dennis DeYoung (born February 18, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx, a tenure which lasted from 1962 to 1999. ... John Anthony Panozzo (September 20, 1947 - July 16, 1996) was the drummer for the American rock band Styx. ... John Curulewski was a former guitarist of Styx, working with the band for their first five albums. ... Born Glenn Burtnick on April 8, 1955, the youngest of three brothers, he was forced at an early age by his brothers into singing harmonies with them. ... Styx is the self-titled debut album by Styx, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Styx II is the second album by Styx, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by Styx, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Man of Miracles is the fourth album by Styx, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... Equinox is the fifth album by Styx, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Not to be confused with Grand Illusion (album), by Nocturnal Rites. ... Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... Edge of the Century is an album by Styx, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Brave New World is an album by Styx, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Cyclorama is an album by Styx, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Big Bang Theory is an album by the band Styx, and was released in 2005. ... Caught in the Act is a live album by Styx, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Return to Paradise is a live album by Styx, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... 21st Century Live is a live album by the band Styx released in 2003. ... With the success of Styxs album The Grand Illusion, Wooden Nickel Records, Styxs previous label, released Best of Styx, which contained selected Styx songs in the Wooden Nickel catalog. ... Lady is a compilation of songs from the band Styxs early recordings under the Wooden Nickel Records label. ... Styx - Classics, Volume 15 is a greatest hits compilation for the ban Styx, released in 1987 by A&M Records as part of A&Ms classics series of greatest hits albums for artists on its label. ... The first Greatest Hits album by Styx released in 1995. ... Styx Greatest Hits Part 2 is the follow-up compilation for the first Greatest Hits album from Styx released in 1995. ... Styx - Extended Versions: The Encore Collection is a compilation of live tracks recorded by the band Styx. ... Styx: Hits from Yesterday and Today: Recorded Live is a compilation album containing songs by the band Styx. ... Rockers is a compilation of songs by the band Styx. ... Come Sail Away - The Styx Anthology is a musical album released on May 4, 2005 by Styx. ... The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings is a 2-Disc set released by Styx in 2005. ... Best Thing is the fist single released by the band Styx from their self-titled debut album, Styx. ... Following the success of the 1974 re-release of the single Lady from the album Styx II, You Need Love from that album was released as a follow-up single. ... Lorelei is the first single released from Styxs Equinox album. ... Mademoiselle is the first single released from Styxs Crystal Ball album. ... Crystal Ball is the second single released from Styxs Crystal Ball album. ... Come Sail Away is a song by Styx from their album The Grand Illusion. ... Fooling Yourself is the second single released from Styxs The Grand Illusion album. ... Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) is the first single that Styx released from the Pieces of Eight album. ... Sing for the Day is the second single that Styx released from the Pieces of Eight album. ... Renegade was a 1979 hit for American rock band Styx. ... Babe was the lead single from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Why Me is a song from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... Borrowed Time is a single release from Styxs 1979 triple-platinum album Cornerstone. ... The Best of Times is the first single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... Too Much Time on My Hands is the second single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... Nothing Ever Goes As Planned is the third single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... A.D. 1928 / Rockin the Paradise is the fourth single release from Styxs 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. ... For other uses, see Mr. ... Dont Let It End is the third track on the 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, by Styx. ... High Time is the third and final single from the 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, by Styx. ... Music Time is the sole studio track released on the live Styx album, Caught in the Act. ... Love Is the Ritual is the first single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ... Show Me the Way is the second single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ... Love At First Sight is the third single released from Edge of the Century by Styx. ... Paradise is the only single release from Styxs 1997 live double album Return to Paradise. ... Everything Is Cool is the only single release from Styxs 1999 album Brave New World. ... Everything Is Cool is the only single release from Styxs 1999 album Brave New World. ... Music sample I Am the Walrus Problems? 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