by Max B. O'Connel - Rapid City Journal

photo by Jason Powell

Ricky Phillips and Lawrence Gowan have only been with Styx for a quarter of its 40-year history, but they felt like they fit in the group right away.

"Within the first 15 minutes we felt like this was a transition we could weather," said Gowan, the group's keyboardist and co-lead vocalist. "There was a sense of quiet confidence."

"The very first day we played together, I was surprised at the chemistry," said Phillips, the group's bassist. "It took time to get to where I was satisfied with my performance, but as soon as we played I saw it was going to work."

Styx will play at Buffalo Chip Campground tonight from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It will be their third time at Sturgis, according to Gowan.

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