by Scott Smith - Times Record: Online Edition

photo by Jason Powell

The members of Styx will probably tour until they can no longer stand up and hold their eyes open.

And the Grammy Award-nominated band and its many fans are perfectly fine with that, according to Styx bassist Ricky Phillips. The group performs more than 200 concerts each year, bringing a special, undying love for the concert stage, he said.

“We love performing for our fans, and we play all of the time — even in the winter,” said Phillips with a laugh during a recent telephone interview. “Touring is always exciting for us. It’s always fun, because that’s where we excel. I think we are made for touring so much.”

Styx — Phillips, guitarist-singer Tommy Shaw, keyboardist-singer Lawrence Gowan, guitarist-singer James “JY” Young and drummer Todd Sucherman — will serve as a headline act for the Arkansas State Fair from 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Barton Coliseum, 2600 Howard St. in Little Rock.

Known for the songs “Renegade,” “Come Sail Away,” “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Lady,” among others, Styx will feature “the perfect balance” of Styx hit singles, favored album cuts and a surprise or two, Phillips said.

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