by Scott Kiefer - Belleville News-Democrat

photo by Jason Powell

Styx frontman and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan has been called “the new guy” in the band ever since he joined the group replacing former lead singer Dennis De Young. Seventeen years later, he still is.

“Look, I’m always going to be ‘the new guy,’ and I’m OK with that,” Gowan said in an interview from Dallas, where the band is co-headlining a tour with Def Leppard. “It is what it is, and it’s all working so far.”

Cowan, along with mates James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips will bring the tour to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in St. Louis on Sept. 4, along with Def Leppard and Tesla.

“We are all comfortable with where it is now, and so are the fans,” Gowan said. “We are all out there playing together, and rocking the fans with the music they want to hear. And, in my opinion, we just keep getting better and better. We feed off of each other on stage, and we are all busy creating music, and involved in our own projects outside of the band. Something is working out right.”

Gowan said that everybody takes his turn holding different responsibilities to the band, and everyone has something to offer.

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