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Styx – AXS-TV Special Premieres March 15; Supporting Def Leppard On Massive Summer Tour

February 24, 2015


Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2015) – It’s been over two years since a full STYX concert was broadcast on national TV (“Styx:  The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live” DVD, which aired on VH1 Classic and the Palladia HD channel). Now comes time for a brand new live event that’s set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15 at 8pm Eastern Time/5pm Pacific Time.

The band’s show was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out, adoring audience during last year’s “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour.  STYX performed many of their greatest hits, including “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” and “The Grand Illusion.” They even dug deep into their catalog for such fan favorites as “Light Up,” and were joined on stage by tour mate and former Eagles guitar legend Don Felder for “Blue Collar Man.” Felder’s show earlier that same night was also filmed for AXS TV, which will air immediately following STYX’s special. Felder’s special culminates with special guest STYX guitarist Tommy Shaw trading vocals and the classic electric guitar licks on “Hotel California.”

Meanwhile, as STYX’s headlining tour continues to work its way across the U.S., the legendary Rock band has confirmed a massive summer tour supporting another legendary Rock band, Def Leppard, along with Tesla. The three-month trek will launch in June and conclude October 4 in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Civic Center. Combined, STYX–Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James “JY” Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass) and Todd Sucherman (drums)–and Def Leppard have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

“Our 2007 tour with Def Leppard forged a friendship that’s never wavered,” proclaims STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “It was such an unforgettably fun experience for us. We’ve all been waiting for the planets to align so we could do it again. Well friends, they have indeed aligned! And this time, those soulful bad boys from Sacramento, Tesla, will be there, too. What a night of music this will be!

Is summer here yet? Come on!”

Guitarist James “JY” Young is equally as excited. “The mutual admiration society between Styx and Def Leppard began in the UK in 1978 when Joe Elliott attended Styx’s first-ever performance in Def Leppard’s home town of Sheffield, England,” he says. “Both bands having emanated from working class beginnings, either on the South Side of Chicago, or the Steel Town of Sheffield, England, there is a natural camaraderie and synergy amongst them.  I feel like these guys are long-lost brothers of mine. It’s going to be Guitars A-blazin’ and Drums A-poundin’ regardless of who’s on the stage, featuring arguably the most successful rock band of the late 1980’s, paired with one of the most successful bands of the late 1970s, early 1980s. The ingestion of too much sugar can lead to illness, but ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ is a recipe for healthy smiles and a fun night for everyone!!!”

Check out STYX at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks):

DATE                           CITY                             VENUE

STYX Headlining:

Thu 2/26          Tulsa, OK                    The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel                                                                       & Casino Tulsa

Fri 2/27            San Antonio, TX         AT&T Center

Sat 2/28           Fort Worth, TX           Billy Bob’s Texas

Thu 3/12          N Myrtle Beach, NC   House of Blues

Fri 3/13           Cherokee, NC               Harrah’s Cherokee Pavilion

Sat 3/14           Orlando, FL                 Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage

Fri 3/20           Norman, OK                Riverwind Casino

Sat 3/21           Mulvane, KS                Kansas Star Arena


STYX With Def Leppard and Tesla:

 Thu 6/25       West Palm Beach, FL  Cruzan Amphitheater

Sat 6/27          Birmingham, AL    Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Sun 6/28        Atlanta, GA      Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Tue 6/30         Charlotte, NC      PNC Music Pavillion Charlotte

Thu 7/2            Bristow, VA                  Jiffy Lube Live

Fri 7/3     Virginia Beach, VA   Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

Sun 7/5            Uncasville, CT             Mohegan Sun Arena

Tue 7/7          Gilford, NH     Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook

Thu 7/9          Mansfield, MA             Xfinity Center

Sat 7/11          Bethel, NY               Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Sun 7/12     Darien Lake, NY   Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Tue 7/14          Toronto, ONT.             Molson Amphitheatre

Fri 7/17            Clarkston, MI                DTE Energy Music Theatre

Thu 7/23        Wantagh, NY               Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Fri 7/24          Saratoga Springs, NY  SPAC

Sat 7/25          Holmdel, NJ                 PNC Bank Arts Center

Fri 8/7            Davenport, IA  Mississippi Valley Fair (STYX ONLY)

Sat 8/8            Sioux Falls, SD            Sioux Falls Arena

Tue 8/11         Kansas City, MO          Starlight Theatre

Fri 8/14          Sedalia, MO                Missouri State Fair

Sat 8/15          Des Moines, IA             Iowa State Fair

Mon 8/17       Cincinnati, OH             Riverbend Music Center

Tue 8/18        Nashville, TN               Bridgestone Arena

Fri 8/21         Dallas, TX                    Gexa Energy Pavilion

Sat 8/22       Woodlands, TX         Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sun 8/23       Austin, TX                    Austin360 Amphitheater

Thu 8/27       St. Paul, MN                Minnesota State Fair

Fri 8/28        Grand Forks, ND           Alerus Center

Sun 8/30       Noblesville, IN             Klipsch Music Center

Tue 9/1          Allentown, PA              The Great Allentown Fair

Thu 9/3          Louisville, KY             KFC Yum! Center

Fri 9/4     Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Sat 9/5     Tinley Park, IL   First Bank Amphitheater

Wed 9/16      Auburn, WA                 White River Amphitheatre

Thu 9/17       Ridgefield, WA              Amphitheater Northwest

Sat 9/19        Mountain View, CA      Shoreline Amphitheatre

Tue 9/22      Chula Vista, CA             Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Wed 9/23     Phoenix, AZ                 Ak-Chin Pavilion

Fri 9/25         Albuquerque NM         Isleta Amphitheater

Sat 9/26         Denver, CO                  Pepsi Center

Mon 9/28    West Salt Lake City, UT           USANA Amphitheatre

Wed 9/30     Spokane, WA               Spokane Arena

Fri 10/2         Bozeman, MT              Breeden Fieldhouse

Sun 10/4        Bismarck, ND               Bismarck Civic Center