Post and Photos By Mary Andrews -

The legendary progressive-rock band, Styx, is on tour again this spring. The band is well known for their four consecutive certified multi-platinum albums starting in 1977 with The Grand Illusion. The band has changed members over the years, but Tommy Shaw, James “J.Y.” Young, and Chuck Panozzo are considered the core musicians. Drummer Todd Sucherman, keyboardist Lawrence Gowan and bassist Ricky Phillips have been with the band for 15 years or more. AXS was able to attend their sold-out show in Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre on Feb. 22. Here are five reasons to catch this tour live.

1) Styx doesn't deviate from their original recordings
The band strives to give the fans exactly what they want. As Ricky Phillips mentioned in a recent interview, “We are big sticklers for staying on the original blueprint of how the songs were recorded. We don’t try to change them.” It was strictly an evening of Styx. There were no opening acts.  They performed “The Grand Illusion” early in the show that garnered a fist-pumping fan sing-a-long that continued for the rest of the show.

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