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RIP Chuck Berry, 1926-2017

Styx reflects on the passing of a rock & roll legend.

by Mike Mettler

Chuck Berry, the guitarist/lyricist/vocalist whom many consider to be the father of rock & roll, died at his home near Wentzville, Missouri (which is about 45 miles west of St. Louis), on March 18, 2017. He was 90 years old.

Needless to say, the man's impact and influence on popular music is...

​Influence Turns 10 Today!

The second Shaw Blades album, which includes cover versions of 11 of Tommy and Jack’s favorite songs of the rock era, was released on March 6, 2007.

by Mike Mettler

Influence, the second album-length collaboration between Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades outside of Damn Yankees, was released 10 years ago today via the VH1 Classic Records label on March 6, 2007.

The album...

Two Fine Blue Collar Men Honor Friends and Help Fight Cancer

Tommy Shaw and Will Evankovich performed a special acoustic version of “Blue Collar Man” at the 9th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Gala event on February 27.

by Mike Mettler

photo by Rick Diamond / courtesy of Tommy Shaw

“Blue Collar Man” continues to give back to the people. At last night’s 9th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala event at the...

Syracuse, NY Added to "United We Rock" Summer Tour

NEW DATE ADDED – STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON AND DON FELDER

“UNITED WE ROCK” U.S. SUMMER TOUR

COMING TO SYRACUSE’S LAKEVIEW AMPHITHEATER ON AUG. 19

Rock legends REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX, along with very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles— recently announced they will join forces for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour, to kick off in Ridgefield,...

Styx Signed Its First Record Contract 45 Years Ago Today!

The band officially hit the big time when it sealed a contract with Wooden Nickel Records on February 22, 1972.

by Mike Mettler

One of the most important events in Styx history happened 45 years ago today, when Styx signed its first official record contract with Wooden Nickel Records on February 22, 1972.

Styx proceeded to make four albums with the Chicago-based...

Cyclorama Turns 14!

Celebrating the resonance of Styx’s most recent full-length studio album, which was released on February 18, 2003.

by Mike Mettler

Styx’s last full-length studio album of all-original material, Cyclorama, was released 14 years ago today on February 18, 2003 by Sanctuary/CMC International. The album was produced by Tommy Shaw, James Young, and Gary Loizzo, and it contains...

“United We Rock" U.S. Summer Tour

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 16, 2017) -- Rock legends REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX, along with very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles—will join forces for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour, which kicks off in Ridgefield, WA on June 20. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 24. For more information please visit ...

Celebrate National Guitar Day and Catch Up with a Rock Star

by Dr. Nancy Berk

photo by Patrick Gray

"February 11 is National Guitar Day. In honor of the day, let’s revisit some of the coolest guys behind those guitars.

Don Felder

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Eagle Don Felder has been rocking the guitar since his garage band days in high school. The 69-year-old Grammy winner (he co-wrote the 1978 Record of the...

​Paradise Theatre Turns 36!

Today’s the day Paradise Theatre made history when it was released 36 years ago on January 19, 1981.

by Mike Mettler

Is it any wonder that Paradise Theatre made such a lasting impression when it was released 36 years ago today on January 19, 1981? Paradise Theatre (or Theater, depending on which part of the album sleeve you’re viewing) was Styx’s first album to reach #1,...

Styx Legend James Young on Music, Inspiration and Rock and Roll's Fountain of Youth

By: Dr. Nancy Berk - Parade

James “JY” Young is no stranger to hard work. With an aerospace engineering degree under his belt, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who has been credited with steering the multi-million-selling band Styx toward their first recording contract decades ago, continues to play hundreds of shows a year. I caught up with the non-stop rocker and real...