Styx is the quintessential classic-rock band. They have been touring for decades, bringing their many hits to adoring fans around the world and back again. From “Come Sail Away” to “Renegade” to “Blue Collar Man” and “Lady”, the band’s deep catalog is readymade for summer amphitheater tours and intimate venues during the colder months.

Singer Lawrence Gowan joined the rockers in the late 1990s and has been with the group ever since. A successful musician in his own right, especially in Canada where has has a legendary solo career, Gowan is a big part of Styx’s success in the 21st century.

Recently Hollywood Soapbox caught up with the singer as the band was preparing for a show at the Los Angeles County Fair.

On Styx’s continued touring schedule in 2014 …

Yes, we’re having perhaps the time of our lives because things change in our lives as well, and we had a phenomenonal summer there with us and Don Felder and Foreigner. We continue on now where we’re back to doing the Evening with Styx, which means the longer shows. Tonight we’re playing at the L.A. County Fair, and that’s one of my favorite venues to do. We were just in L.A. a couple of months ago doing the Greek, but this is a different thing because it’s in Pomona. You just get the vibe of an end-of-summer fair, and 20,000 people in a grandstand flipping out. I’m looking forward to tonight very much, and that sums up what’s going on in the band. We look forward to each and every show and bringing another Styx epic adventure to people, and that’s what we’ve been able to do in 2014. And perhaps, if people have seen our show this year, it might be the best ever because we’ve elevated the whole production of the show, and the way it presents is taking another step in the right direction.

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