SAN ANTONIO – The rock gods are smiling down on the Alamo City.

It’s been three years since multi-platinum rockers Styx have performed at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. And the band can’t wait to hit the stage on Friday.

“It’s great playing in San Antonio, but the rodeo audience is a little different,” Styx keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan said during a recent phone interview. “You’ll have your diehard Styx fans, but you’ll also have fans that might not know a lot about your music. I take it as a challenge. It’s a good chance to give those music lovers a little insight to a different way of life.”

Styx, featuring Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips, Gowan and occasionally a surprise appearance by original bass player Chuck Panazzo, has been gearing up for another year of bringing their multi-platinum hits - and some surprises - to the masses.

“We’ve been busy preparing for the 2015 onslaught,” he said. “We spent two weeks working our way up the California coast. That is a great area this time of year. We get to do longer shows and scope out what will make the set when we go on the road this summer with Def Leppard.”

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By: Chris Hoffman

Photo By: Jason Powell