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Harmony. Chemistry. Balance. Grit. Dexterity. Determination. Solidarity. Terms that describe a Super Bowl champion? Well, almost. These are words that define the core essence of Styx, the multimegamillion-selling rock band that has forged an indelible legacy both on record and onstage.

The six men comprising Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last. “Every night, we go on that magic carpet ride together,” observes original bassist Chuck Panozzo, who joins the band on tour as often as he can. “The thing I always like the most is the immediate response we get when playing live,” adds guitarist and vocalist James “JY” Young, an integral force of nature in the band since its 1972 inception. I like to say we’re the best-kept secret — but perhaps we’re not anymore.” Notes guitarist, vocalist, and emotional centerpiece Tommy Shaw, “Our live show is like a religious experience where people come to commune and testify. We have a pretty sophisticated audience, and we really respect that. We didn’t used to have people who would come see every show, but now they’re coming back again and again for more. And we owe it to our fans to continually rehearse, prepare, and improve.”

Styx draws from over four decades of barnburning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts. Like a symphony that builds to a satisfying crescendo, a Styx set covers a wide range of stylistic cornerstones. From the progressively sweeping splendor that is “The Grand Illusion” to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the “Blue Collar Man,” from the majestic spiritual love for a special “Lady” to the poignant rumination on the fleeting nature of fame in “Miss America,” from an individual yearning for true connection as a “Man in the Wilderness” to a soul-deep quest to achieve what’s at the heart of one’s personal vision in “Crystal Ball,” from the regal reach-for-the-stars bravado of “Come Sail Away” to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged “Renegade” who had it made, the band draws on an unlimited cache of ways to immerse one’s mind and body in their signature sound.

Styx hit its stride with Tommy’s first LP with the band, 1976’s Crystal Ball, and then they become the first group to score four triple-platinum albums in a row: The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), and Paradise Theater (1981). Over the ensuing decade, Styx weathered the shifting winds of the public’s musical taste, reconvening for a highly successful 1996 Return to Paradise tour that was expertly documented on both CD and DVD in 1997. With a little help from their many friends in Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra, One With Everything (2006) became a hybrid orchestral rock blend for the ages. And on The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live (2011), the band performed at its peak when tackling every track from a pair of their finest triple-platinum albums back to back. Not only that, but the band re-recorded two discs’ worth of its classic material with much finesse and musculature, aptly known as Regeneration Volume I & II (2011 & 2012). Observes Tommy, “Now you have something you can take home with you and go, ‘Yeah, that’s the band I saw last night.’ ”

After the success of Return to Paradise, JY and Tommy wanted to keep their renewed momentum intact, and that meant continuing to tour. The core of that momentum had already been rooted when the band tapped Chicago session ace Todd Sucherman to take over for founding drummer John Panozzo in 1996, who was too ill to join the team on the road for Return to Paradise (and whom later tragically died that summer). But to keep moving ahead, they had to part ways with founding member Dennis DeYoung — the man behind some of the band’s most indelible hits, including “Lady,” “The Grand Illusion,” and “Come Sail Away” — because the collective chemistry had changed. The next necessary component came to light when, in 1999, the band recruited Canadian keyboard and vocal wizard Lawrence Gowan, who had opened for Styx in Quebec City in 1997 and had drawn a rabidly enthusiastic response to his purely solo one-man, one-piano set. After Glen Burtnik left the clan in 2003, there was only one name that made sense to join the Styx party: bassist/vocalist Ricky Phillips, a skilled multi-instrumentalist who’s handled a number of musical tasks for the likes of the Babys, Ronnie Montrose, and Coverdale Page.

After more than a decade together on the road, this incarnation of Styx is looking forward to performing as many shows as it can as long as it can. “It all comes back to the chemistry,” says Ricky. “The legacy of this band will be that it brought joy to millions of people,” notes Todd. Observes Lawrence, “We’ve always tried to explain why this is this happening. It’s obviously a multitude of factors, but the main one is that our show is really good! And if it’s really good, they’re going to come to see it again.” Styx hopes it’s a wave that never crests. “Music is this amazing force that comes from a higher place. I’m humbled for this band to have the great success that it has, and I recognize what we have could go away in an instant,” admits JY. “We just want to keep on doing this,” asserts Tommy. “We want to let life take its course and let this music continue to be the soundtrack to it. And this band will continue to evolve as long as we live and play this music.” The jig is up, the news is out: The Esprit de Styx is alive and well, and now it’s time to see for yourself. Welcome to the Grand Evolution.



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Tour Dates

Jan 06 2022
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
Jan 07 2022
Alabama Theatre
Birmingham, AL
Jan 08 2022
IP Casino Resort and Spa
Biloxi, MS
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Jan 28 2022
The Venetian Theatre
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 29 2022
The Venetian Theatre
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 02 2022
The Venetian Theatre
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 04 2022
The Venetian Theatre
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 05 2022
The Venetian Theatre
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 14 2022
Rock Legends Cruise
Orlando, FL
Feb 19 2022
Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Pompano Beach, FL
Mar 17 2022
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC
Mar 25 2022
Parx Casino
Bensalem, PA
Mar 26 2022
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Hampton Beach, NH
Apr 20 2022
Saenger Theatre Mobile
Mobile, AL
Apr 21 2022
Macon City Auditorium
Macon, GA
Apr 22 2022
St Augustine Amphitheatre Backyard Stage
St. Augustine, FL
May 05 2022
UIS Performing Arts Center
Springfield, IL
May 06 2022
Mayo Civic Center
Rochester, MN
May 31 2022
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, MI
Jun 01 2022
Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jun 03 2022
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis
Maryland Heights, MO
Jun 04 2022
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago
Tinley Park, IL
Jun 07 2022
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Milwaukee, WI
Jun 08 2022
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
Jun 10 2022
Ruoff Music Center
Noblesville, IN
Jun 11 2022
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH
Jun 13 2022
The Walmart AMP
Rogers, AR
Jun 14 2022
Starlight Theatre
Kansas City, MO
Jun 17 2022
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
Jun 18 2022
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
Jun 19 2022
iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 08 2022
Ball Arena
Denver, CO
Jul 09 2022
USANA Amphitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 12 2022
White River Amphitheatre
Auburn, WA
Jul 13 2022
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Ridgefield, WA
Jul 15 2022
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA
Jul 16 2022
FivePoint Amphitheatre Rideshare/Uber Lot
Irvine, CA
Jul 19 2022
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Chula Vista, CA
Jul 20 2022
AK Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
Jul 22 2022
Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Austin, TX
Jul 23 2022
Dos Equis Pavilion
Dallas, TX
Jul 24 2022
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Houston, TX
Aug 05 2022
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 06 2022
PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
Aug 08 2022
Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
Aug 10 2022
Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek
Raleigh, NC
Aug 12 2022
Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, VA
Aug 13 2022
BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ
Aug 16 2022
Budweiser Stage
Toronto, Canada
Aug 17 2022
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 19 2022
Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
Aug 20 2022
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
Aug 21 2022
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
Wantagh, NY





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