By James Wood - AXS
It just wouldn’t be summer without the music of Styx. For more than four decades, these legendary rockers have been bringing their arsenal of chart-topping hits, hard-driving deeper tracks, and incredible stage presence to enthusiastic audiences across the country.
The band—which consists of Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), prides itself on outdoing themselves each and every night. It’s a testament to their insatiable work ethic and musical tenacity.
Styx is currently in the midst of another summer tour. One which promises to bring the soundtrack of summer as well as a few surprises. AXS recently spoke with vocalist and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan about Styx’s current tour, his solo albums and the musical experience that changed his life.
AXS: What can fan fans expect from this year's Styx tour?
Lawrence Gowan: When you see a Styx show there’s an emotional arc in the ride and adventure as well as an epic escape. To accomplish that, we play the most expected and rocking songs, like “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Miss America.” Then we’ll augment that depending on where we are in the country. We try to include at least one song from what we call “The Big 4”—the four consecutive triple platinum albums, as well as a few things from the seventeen years that I’ve been in the band. We may even do a few songs that weren’t singles, like “Man in the Wilderness” or “Pieces of Eight”. That’s what you can expect as far as the menu goes.
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