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EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT SIZZLES THIS SPRING WITH

STYX

LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAST VEGAS

~DVD, CD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL FORMATS~

~MAY 26, 2015~

New York, NY—On May 26, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas from Styx on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and Digital Formats [Pre-book Order Date May 1, MSRP TBA]

Filmed in High Definition on July 25, 2014, Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas is a sonic showcase ofStyx’s live prowess and razor-sharp musicianship. This show features the band, backed by huge video screens, performing a set list packed with hit songs, classic tracks, and fan favorites, including “Lady,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Rockin’ The Paradise,” “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and “Suite Madame Blue.” The evening also held a special surprise when Don Felder – former Eagles guitarist – took the stage to join the band on “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)”.

In addition to the live set, Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas features a bonus interview with band members Tommy Shaw (vocals/guitar), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Sucherman(drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals), and Chuck Panozzo(bass guitar).

Formed in Chicago in 1972, Styx played a key role in defining the AOR genre, and established themselves as one of America’s greatest rock bands. Their blend of soaring melodies, hard rock guitar, and prog-rock elements led to millions of global record sales and numerous platinum and multi-platinum albums. With over 40 years of rockin’ under their belt, the band isn’t slowing down any time soon, and will embark on a national tour this summer with Def Leppard and Tesla. See below for dates.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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Track Listing:

1) The Grand Illusion

2) Too Much Time On My Hands

3) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)

4) Lady

5) Suite Madame Blue

6) Light Up

7) Crystal Ball

8) Superstars

9) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

10) Come Sail Away

11) Rockin’ The Paradise

12) Renegade

Photo by Jason Powell




There were plenty of highlights for Styx during last year's The Soundtrack of Summer Tour with Foreigner and Don Felder. But chief among those was the return of "Light Up," a fan and radio favorite from 1975's Equinox album, to the show. That will be chronicled on Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas, the band's new AXS-TV concert special debuting 8 p.m. ET on March 15.

" 'Light Up' was not part of our set for the longest time, for a variety of reasons," guitarist James "J.Y." Young tells Billboard. "But with the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, it seemed sort of appropriate again, and timely, and we always look for tracks we can resurrect that are good to play live. We know we have to play 'Come Sail Away' and 'Renegade' and 'The Grand Illusion' and 'Too Much Time On My Hands' and 'Fooling Yourself' and a few others, but it's fun to bring in some others. And 'Light Up' is a song of celebration and it's a fan song people can participate in, and the crowds really responded to us. It succeeded mightily on stage last year."

Young adds that he and his bandmates also feel "Light Up" was a visual plus in the show. "We prided ourselves on doing these junior Pink Floyd things with the visuals in our production," he explains. "The spectacular visuals which we were attempting to create, and I feel we succeeded in creating on this last tour, are best captured in my judgment in our performance of 'Light Up' and how the visuals all went and the lights and what have you. It was really captured absolutely fantastically."

Read more at billboard.com!




There is never a time when the Styx juggernaut isn’t forging ahead at breakneck speed to accomplish ever new and marvelous acts of musical grandeur. This year has barely even begun and already the band has an incredible set of adventures mapped out all the way into October! By the end of March, they will have wrapped up their current tour and appeared on AXS TV. And shortly after that, they will embark on their summer extravaganza with Def Leppard and Tesla. Yesterday, AXS had the privilege of speaking with the spectacular showman Lawrence Gowan (keyboards and vocals).

“We really are a constantly touring act, and we have been for the past 16 years that I’ve been in the band,” Lawrence acknowledged. “That was part of the mandate when I joined. As a band, Styx felt that it had under-toured in previous years and the members wanted to commit themselves to the new reality of the music world, which takes into account the fact that playing live has become of a far greater significance now then it ever has before. In the past, some bands could survive and almost never tour, but now, it is such a vital component of the whole experience that it has become central to our existence.”

Styx has a powerful and lasting magic that has kept the band both thrilling and relevant in a live setting for over four decades.

Read more at axs.com!

By Allen Foster

Photo By Jason Powel




Styx garnered a mention on the hour-long series finale of the long-running CBS comedy Two and a Half Men, which aired at 9 pm EST on Thursday, February 19.

The namecheck occurred during a scene at a kitchen table where Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) and Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) were discussing a possible revenge plot by Alan’s brother Charlie Harper. Charlie had been presumed dead 4 years ago, but was actually being held against his will in a well in a basement dungeon by his mentally unstable stalker-cum-wife, Rose (Melanie Lynskey) before he escaped through a window. Charlie was, of course, played for 8 seasons by Charlie Sheen until his infamous meltdown over a conflict with Men creator Chuck Lorre, leading to his being fired from the show in March 2011. (Spoiler alert — Sheen never appears in the finale himself.)

“I’ll say it one more time,” Alan pleads to Walden. “Resort hotel until the cops find him. We can be in Vegas in 2 hours. Styx is playing Mandalay Bay!”

As all good Styx fans know, the band has played Mandalay Bay a number of times, most recently at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 22, 2010. Prior Styx gigs at Mandalay Bay occurred in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2007. Most recently in Las Vegas, the band played at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort on January 18, 2015. And a sold-out Styx concert filmed at the Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino on July 25, 2014 will begin airing as an AXS-TV special on March 15 at 8 pm EST.

This final Men episode — number 262 of the show’s 12-year run — was written by Chuck Lorre, Lee Aronsohn, Don Reo, and Jim Patterson, and can be viewed on demand, on the CBS Mobile app, or through the CBS All Access service. The Styx mention occurs about 46 minutes into the hour-long show.

Written By: Mike Mettler

Photo Courtesy Of CBS




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.”

Read more at news4sanantonio.com!

By: Chris Hoffman

Photo By: Jason Powell




February 24, 2015 – It’s been over two years since a full STYX concert was broadcast on national TV (“Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live” DVD, which aired on VH1 Classic and the Palladia HD channel). Now comes time for a brand new live event that’s set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15 at 8pm Eastern Time/5pm Pacific Time.

The band’s show was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out, adoring audience during last year’s “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour. STYX performed many of their greatest hits, including “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” and “The Grand Illusion.” They even dug deep into their catalog for such fan favorites as “Light Up,” and were joined on stage by tour mate and former Eagles guitar legend Don Felder for “Blue Collar Man.” Felder’s show earlier that same night was also filmed for AXS TV, which will air immediately following STYX’s special. Felder’s special culminates with special guest STYX guitarist Tommy Shaw trading vocals and the classic electric guitar licks on “Hotel California.”

Meanwhile, as STYX’s headlining tour continues to work its way across the U.S., the legendary Rock band has confirmed a massive summer tour supporting another legendary Rock band, Def Leppard, along with Tesla. The three-month trek will launch in June and conclude October 4 in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Civic Center. Combined, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James “JY” Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass) and Todd Sucherman (drums)--and Def Leppard have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

“Our 2007 tour with Def Leppard forged a friendship that's never wavered,” proclaims STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “It was such an unforgettably fun experience for us. We've all been waiting for the planets to align so we could do it again. Well friends, they have indeed aligned! And this time, those soulful bad boys from Sacramento, Tesla, will be there, too. What a night of music this will be!Is summer here yet? Come on!”

Guitarist James “JY” Young is equally as excited. "The mutual admiration society between Styx and Def Leppard began in the UK in 1978 when Joe Elliott attended Styx's first-ever performance in Def Leppard's home town of Sheffield, England,” he says. “Both bands having emanated from working class beginnings, either on the South Side of Chicago, or the Steel Town of Sheffield, England, there is a natural camaraderie and synergy amongst them. I feel like these guys are long-lost brothers of mine. It's going to be Guitars A-blazin' and Drums A-poundin' regardless of who’s on the stage, featuring arguably the most successful rock band of the late 1980's, paired with one of the most successful bands of the late 1970s, early 1980s. The ingestion of too much sugar can lead to illness, but ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ is a recipe for healthy smiles and a fun night for everyone!!!”

Check out STYX at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks):

STYX Headlining:

Thu 2/26 Tulsa, OK The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Fri 2/27 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

Sat 2/28 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob's Texas

Thu 3/12 N Myrtle Beach, NC House of Blues

Fri 3/13 Cherokee, NC Harrah's Cherokee Pavilion

Sat 3/14 Orlando, FL Universal Studios Florida - Music Plaza Stage

Fri 3/20 Norman, OK Riverwind Casino

Sat 3/21 Mulvane, KS Kansas Star Arena

STYX With Def Leppard and Tesla:

Thu 6/25 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater

Sat 6/27 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Sun 6/28 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Tue 6/30 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavillion Charlotte

Thu 7/2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

Fri 7/3 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

Sun 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

Tue 7/7 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook

Thu 7/9 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

Sat 7/11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Sun 7/12 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Tue 7/14 Toronto, ONT. Molson Amphitheatre

Fri 7/17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

Thu 7/23 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Fri 7/24 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC

Sat 7/25 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

Fri 8/7 Davenport, IA Mississippi Valley Fair (STYX ONLY)

Sat 8/8 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Arena

Tue 8/11 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre

Fri 8/14 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fair

Sat 8/15 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair

Mon 8/17 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

Tue 8/18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

Fri 8/21 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

Sat 8/22 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sun 8/23 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater

Thu 8/27 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair

Fri 8/28 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center

Sun 8/30 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center

Tue 9/1 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair

Thu 9/3 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

Fri 9/4 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Sat 9/5 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

Wed 9/16 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre

Thu 9/17 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater Northwest

Sat 9/19 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

Tue 9/22 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Wed 9/23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

Fri 9/25 Albuquerque NM Isleta Amphitheater

Sat 9/26 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

Mon 9/28 West Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

Wed 9/30 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

Fri 10/2 Bozeman, MT Breeden Fieldhouse

Sun 10/4 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center




Many classic rock-era bands have found second lives and extended careers by taking their shows on the road, but Styx not only survived the departure of two key members – Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw – but reformed and thrived.

Styx became a year-round touring act in 1999 and in the intervening years has created a well-oiled machine and learned the fine art of balancing personalities, crew schedules and creating opportunities to keep the performances and music fresh. It’s a model that could be unique in the concert business.

Certainly, it could be emulated by any artist hoping to have a career last decades. Moderator Danny Zelisko, whom the band credits with being one of the promoters who unfailingly believed in it over the course of some 40 years, led the discussion with Styx manager Charlie Brusco of Red Light Management, agent Rod Essig of Creative Artists Agency, tour manager George Packer and band members John “JY” Young, Shaw (who returned to the band 20 years ago), and Lawrence Gowan.

Styx had its greatest success in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, but had been inactive for some time when its record label decided to issue a greatest hits album but couldn’t get permission to add “Lady” to the record. Young called Shaw, who had just wrapped a tour with Damn Yankees, to see if he’d be interested in re-recording the track for the album.

Read more at PollStarPro.com!

By: Deborah Speer

Photo By: Jason Powell




So I’m really into Styx and always have been. Luckily I was able to score an interview with vocalist Lawrence Gowan in preparation for their upcoming show at The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino. Gowan joined the band in 1999 to serve as vocalist and keyboards.

You had a pretty successful career in Canada prior to Styx.

Gowan: Yeah, I know it still comes as a surprise to a lot of people in the states because my records weren’t released here. I had a deal with Columbia Records, where it seemed like it didn’t matter how many records I sold or multi-platinum records or how many number ones I had, I just couldn’t get a release here. It’s the way the music industry was then … just because there was an act that was huge in England, it din’t mean that they would necessarily come out in America. Some did and some didn’t, and I fell into that category.

But at the same time, I had a great 14-year career playing my solo stuff and going back and forth across Canada. … But it never went on a national thing. … You have to look at it as a little bit of a blessing in disguise, that it was probably … due to the fact that I had a long career that they became aware of, because they were incredibly popular there. And when when we did shows together, they saw firsthand … how I could fit in and be part of Styx.

You had a very successful career already and were still enjoying different facets of your career when the Styx thing happened. So you were like here’s this really established band and what do I want to do here.

Funny thing. It wasn’t the slam decision that some people might think. It just so happens, the way things were unfolding in the late 90s, I was going to England a lot and was playing there and I’d just come back from a tour (opening for a band called the Stranglers). … About halfway through the tour, I would go up onstage during their encore and play guitar or something along with the encore song. And my publicist there mentioned to me, “You know, what’s likely to happen with your career, internationally speaking, is that some band is going to need a lead singer.” She mentioned the fact that she was doing a tour with Brian May in the fall and she was like, “If I get you on that tour, who knows, who knows … you never know what that could lead to.”

So she started putting that idea in my head and, at the time, I didn’t think it made much sense because, as you say, I had a long established tour as a solo artist. But my mind opened up to it and, when I got the call from James Young and Tommy Shaw, I just thought the world was trying to say something. And I listened to Styx and I really enjoyed their show and the shows that we did together. I just thought I could see myself fitting into this band. So on the one hand, I thought seriously about it and, on the other hand, I was like “Who the hell would say no to this?”

Read more at Examiner-Enterprise.com!

By: Tim Hudson

Photo By: Jason Powell




An authoritative hard rock wrecking crew will soon be traveling across North America towards an amphitheater near you. The announcement that the members of Styx will accompany hard rockers Tesla in support of Def Leppard during their upcoming summer tour has been met which much excitement from dedicated listeners, in what is quickly being considered one of this year’s most anticipated treks.

Styx certainly aren’t strangers when it comes to impressive summer tours, having just last year hit the road alongside Foreigner and Don Felder for an extensive headlining run, however this is bound to be one of the most memorable tours in the band’s history. This formidable power trio will begin their five month sprint with a June 23 performance in Tampa, Florida, before continuing across the remainder of the United States and Canada.

Music Enthusiast recently sat down with Styx bassist Ricky Phillips for an exclusive interview discussing the band’s upcoming tour, what he enjoys most about performing live, his thoughts on the group’s latest studio efforts, his stance towards new material, and his ongoing work on the final Ronnie Montrose recordings.

William Clark: Let’s start with the popular topic of the week: it’s been announced that Styx will head on tour with Def Leppard and Tesla this summer! Are you personally looking forward to the tour?

Ricky Phillips: Oh yeah! We haven’t toured with Def Leppard in quite a while, but we did go out with them for several legs about five years ago, and for me it’s a lot of fun because Sav [Rick Savage] and Joe [Elliott] and I play a little bit of golf on days off and get away from the hotels and concrete. We just love those guys, it’s a good time. The two bands really get along well, and the music seems to get along very well. I think Tesla was a good add to that, as well. We’ve done shows with Tesla and it’s a good pallet, you know? It’s a really good compliment of music for the evening. We were busy when we first heard about it, we were doing a bunch of shows and didn’t really have time to digest it, but thinking about it over this past week now that it’s hitting the airwaves that we’re doing this tour, it really sounds like it’s going to be a great night of music.

Read more at musicenthusiastmag.com!

Written By: William Clark




– Styx and Tesla Set To Join The Tour As Special Guests –

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12, 2015) – Def Leppard returns to the road this summer for an extensive North American tour. The Live Nation-promoted tour hitting nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada will kick off on June 23 in Tampa, Fla. at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Joining Def Leppard on their massive summer outing are rockers Styx and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday,Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visitwww.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. onwww.livenation.com. Please see below for full details and on sale information.

Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum

albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The upcoming tour follows on the heels of the band’s massive 2014 co-headlining tour with KISS, last summer.

2015 TOUR DATES

All dates, venues and cities below subject to change. All shows on sale Feb. 20 unless otherwise noted.

June 23 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 25 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre

June 27 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

June 28 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood (on sale Feb. 21)

June 30 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion (on sale Feb. 21)

July 02 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live (on sale March 6)

July 03 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

July 05 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (on sale Feb. 21)

July 07 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook*

July 09 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center (on sale Feb. 21)

July 11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (on sale Feb. 21)

July 12 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

July 14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (on sale Feb. 21)

July 17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 23 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (on sale Feb. 28)

July 24 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 25 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center (on sale Feb. 28)

August 08 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Arena

August 11 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre

August 14 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fair*

August 15 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair*

August 17 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

August 18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

August 21 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

August 22 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 23 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater

August 27 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair*

August 28 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center

August 30 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center

September 01 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair*

September 03 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center*

September 04 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (on sale Feb. 21)

September 05 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

September 16 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater (on sale Feb. 21)

September 17 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater Northwest (on sale Feb. 21)

September 19 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

September 22 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

September 23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

September 25 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater

September 26 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

September 28 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheater

September 30 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena*

October 2 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse*

October 4 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center*

*-Non Live Nation Date

About Def Leppard:

Def Leppard--Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage(bass) and Rick Allen (drums)—continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, the group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. For the past thirty years the band’s epic live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.

For more information on Def Leppard’s US tour and tickets please visit the band’s web site at

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About Styx:

Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring

power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-

of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one

www.styxworld.com

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About Tesla:

TESLA -- Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass guitar), Dave Rude (guitar) andTroy Luccketta (drums)— One of Rock n Roll's most respected bands, multi-platinum sellers TESLA have remained true to their "no frills" style since the first day they hit the music scene nearly 30 years ago. Their catalog reads like a soundtrack to the lives of a generation of fans worldwide. With their latest chart topping release "SIMPLICITY" they have proven they are a band that continues to consistently deliver energetic, hard-driving, blues-based rhythms with thought-provoking lyrics that die-hard fans expect and today's generation craves.

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www.youtube.com/teslatheband

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After spending last year on the road as special guests for Kiss, Def Leppard will be back atop the bill this summer and taking Styx and Tesla along for the ride, Billboard is exclusively announcing.

The 48-date tour kicks off June 23 in Tampa, Fla., running through Oct. 4 in Bismarck, N.D. And Def Lep frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard that it will be a band-of-brothers situation.

"We've toured with both of these bands before," Elliott says. "Styx is a great bunch of guys and as American as mom's apple pie all the way through. And we had Tesla on board when we did the Hysteria tour back in '87; they were out for at least six or seven months with us before they went off to do their own thing. So it'll be a great time on stage and backstage, I think."

Elliott adds that, "We've always been keen on taking out bands that people know. It's done us a world of good to go out with a name on the poster that doesn't just say, 'Plus special guest...' We've tried it; We had Tripping Daisy in the '90s, who were great people to work with but nobody knew who they were, and it didn't make for a great evening of anticipation, if you like. People would go, 'Who's this lot onstage?' Nobody's going to go see Tesla and Styx and not know who they are. They're going to say, 'I know all those guys and all those songs. That's a show I want to see.'"

Read more at Billboard.com

Written By: Gary Graff




Styx will be performing a series of concerts at the Shermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 19, 20 and 21, with the Nashville Symphony. In 2006 Styx took the stage with the Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra backing them up. That original performance was recorded and released on CD and DVD as a project called “One With Everything.”

Styx has been a non-stop, working, touring rock and roll band for years now, playing a steady schedule of concerts all around the United States and the rest of the world. They’ve played in every venue size imaginable, from the smallest club in Aspen, Colo. to two separate Super Bowls. This special Nashville series of performances is going to be unique in its structure, stage and musical arrangement.

With the Nashville dates coming up, the bassist for Styx, Ricky Phillips, took a few minutes to talk with TAM about the show, what goes into it, and life on the road.

The Nashville shows with the Nashville Symphony is going to be a cool event for Styx fans. What kind of show can they expect?

Well, it’s really hard to describe, but it will be something that they won’t forget. Styx music with a symphony orchestra really works nicely in tandem with one another. We’ve done it once before with the Cleveland Youth Symphony and we actually made a DVD of that which is out. We’ve had really nice arrangements made, which are sometimes preludes to the actual song. Styx music just lends itself so nicely to all aspects of a symphony, not just string, but woodwinds and brass. For us, it’s just a blast to hear it. It adds this dimension that makes the song so huge. It’s something you really have to hear.

The thing about Styx music is that it’s not just straight 4/4 rock beats. There’s things in 3/4, 7/8 5/6 time… whatever. The band as a writing force is clever enough to write material that seems like nice little pop songs for radio, but underneath, musicians kinda know what’s really going on there. That translates so well with a symphony orchestra.

Read more at targetaudiencemagazine.com!

Written By Tillman Cooper





Congratulations to Jerome Bettis on his nomination into the NFL Hall of Fame!

Everyone knows "Renegade" is the battle cry for the Pittsburg Steelers. Click below to see a video of Jerome Bettis set to the Styx classic!

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Palm Springs once drew Styx's Tommy Shaw in like a magnet.

“It’s a hypnotic, mesmerizing place — so different from where I grew up,” says Shaw about Palm Springs. “I was born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., with no mountains of any significance near where I lived. The air had lots of humidity, and no palm trees. So it was a special thing for me to go out to this beautiful place in the desert, surrounded by mountains that changed color, and experience the different picture I would get standing outside as I looked 360 degrees at these beautiful mountains all day long. I loved the way the sun moved, and how the shadows were different every time I would look at them. That’s how I remember Palm Springs. I had so many nice times out there, and met so many nice people.”

The desert still calls out to Shaw, who with Styx will perform Jan. 24 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Shaw, the singer/songwriter/guitarist behind such perennial Styx hits as Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Crystal Ball, and Too Much Time on My Hands, recently spoke to Palm Springs Life about his many personal experiences in the Coachella Valley over the years.

Styx has always connected with audiences in a big way, becoming the first band ever to rack up four consecutive multi-platinum-selling albums: The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), and Paradise Theater (1981). In the wake of all that early success, some Styx band members were looking for a way to escape the big city and music business pressures, and Palm Springs happened to fit that bill.

Read more at palmspringslife.com!

Written By: Mike Mettler




After two decades of living in Los Angeles and touring around the world, Tommy and Jeanne Shaw were ready to return to their Southern roots. For years, the couple—he grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and she in Clarksville—had been checking on real estate in the Nashville area, waiting for the right time and place. In 2011, Tommy, the guitarist and singer for Styx, recorded his first solo bluegrass album here and fell in love with the city’s energy. Two years later, the Shaws sold their L.A. compound and bought a home in Oak Hill.

Tucked off the road, the 11,000-square-foot property sits on a four-and-a-half-acre lot that includes a pond, pool, and garden, providing just the sort of tranquil setting the couple was craving in contrast to their jet-set lifestyle (Tommy performed more than 100 shows last year). At first, they were overwhelmed by the size. Jeanne says she didn’t even want to look at it, but after viewing 50 houses, she decided to give it a chance. They loved the vibe of the home, which once belonged to disco legend Donna Summer. Even though it needed a complete overhaul, the Shaws paid homage to Summer by keeping certain design elements on display.

Jeanne, who oversees Styx merchandise and helps with Rock to the Rescue, a nonprofit founded by Styx and REO Speedwagon and run by Tommy’s daughter, Hannah, has renovated 18 homes in their 21 years together, ranging from a mobile home on the beach to multimillion dollar estates. The result of her most recent project is a collection of distinct rooms that flow easily and are constantly put to use.

See more of Tommy's home at nashvillelifestyles.com!

Written By: Suzanne Corey

Photos By: Shannon Fontaine




There was an old music industry saying that prophesied doom for those without recent chart success. “You’re only as good as your last hit song,” the saying went. But that phrase was coined when rock was still a relatively new phenomena. It hadn’t yet stood the test of time, and some thought it would eventually just go away, sort of like the vaudeville genre of the early 20th Century. This was long before the Rolling Stones continued on to tour as 70-somethings, and even before the Who did their “Farewell” tour back in 1981.

Now, happily, we know that rock goes on, and great bands -- not to mention great songs -- will still fill concert venues, even many a long year after said artist’s last chart-topper. The classic rock acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of the general public’s ongoing hunger for great concerts -- especially those where the artists actually play their instruments live. And Styx, who most definitely rock the stage live, are one of those beneficiaries.

The packed concert venues the band visited throughout the past year, on their own and in a very successful summer 2014 tour with Foreigner and former-Eagle Don Felder, were filled with thousands of raucous, diehard Styx fans, including many actually younger than the band’s hit songs. So whether you discovered the band in your youth via Youtube, or in your youth before the Internet was even a twinkle in Al Gore's eye, know that the members of Styx are rockin’ as hard as ever, and proud of it.

Read more at Guitar.com

By: Adam St. James




Styx filmed their next concert DVD in Las Vegas last summer, but we probably shouldn’t feel special.

Sure the classic rockers play here at least once a year. Though they haven’t scored a multinight residency like their friends in Journey are set to do the Hard Rock Hotel, it’s hard to think of many bands that have played as many single-night Las Vegas dates in the past few years.

But then they get on the bus and go play another town.

“I’m the new guy, and I’ve done probably 1,300 or 1,400 shows with the band,” says bassist Ricky Phillips, who recently rolled into his 12th year with the Chicago-born rockers.

“It’s not the record industry anymore. It’s the touring industry. Music is free,” he says of the road-dog philosophy.

So Styx has been releasing concert DVDs instead of albums. Their part of “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour (as well as Don Felder’s) was filmed at the Orleans Arena in late July for AXS TV and home video. Phillips says the band is close to signing off on the final mix and edit, though a release date hasn’t been set.

By Mike Weatherford

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Read more HERE!




Dressed in winter clothing and in heavy-duty sleeping bags, two women from Wichita, Kansas, spent all of Thursday sitting outside the entrance to Belly Up.

They drove 11 1/2 hours to see Styx, their favorite band, play the club Thursday night. General admission tickets wouldn’t guarantee them a spot right in front of the stage, so they braved temperatures in the teens to ensure the best vantage point for the show.

Judy Hiser and Stephanie Waldeck have been best friends for 26 years. They’ve been traveling to Styx shows together since 1996, the year the band launched its “Return to Paradise” tour — its first tour after the band got back together in 1995.

Thursday night’s show marked Hiser’s 101st Styx concert, while Waldeck estimated it was her 106th or 107th.

Read more about these awesome Styx fans at the aspentimes.com!

Article and Photo By: Lauren Glendenning




MUNCIE – For a Scottish vocalist and keyboard player who makes his home in Canada, Lawrence Gowan is pretty familiar with the rock music capitals of the Midwest.

"We've done Chicago, Evansville, the Quad Cities, all over Ohio and Indiana," Gowan said in a phone interview with The Star Press last week. "It's a Midwest-birthed band."

The band is Styx, born in Chicago in 1972 and notable for a string of hits that have been in constant rotation on home record players, radio station turntables and MTV (at least back in the day, when MTV played music) for decades.

Gowan has been, since 1999, a lead vocalist and keyboard player for the band, which saw a divisive split between the hard-rockin' "Renegade" roots of Tommy Shaw, James "J.Y." Young and bandmates and the "Mr. Roboto" operatic ideal of former lead singer Dennis DeYoung.

"What's kept the band going, we're the culmination of everybody who's been in the band," Gowan said. "Members I never met are integral into what the band is now."

The band will perform Friday, Feb. 13 at Emens Auditorium.

Read more at thestarpress.com!

Written By: Keith Roysdon




"The 4th Annual Ultimate Classic Rock Awards for 2014’s Tour of the Year features many of the biggest acts ever to grace a concert stage...

The Soundtrack of Summer tour, which packaged Foreigner, Styx and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, crisscrossed the U.S. from mid-May through late-July. Felder opened each show, with the other two switching spots on a nightly basis. The tour gained national headlines in Philadelphia when two of the tour buses caught fire while in a parking lot. They thanked the Philadelphia Fire Department by donating $10,000 to the department’s Widows Fund."

Vote for Styx, Foreigner and Don Felders' Soundtrack Of Summer Tour at UltimateClassicRock.com!




Today marks the one-year anniversary since devastating tornadoes crashed through central Illinois. Illinois has always been a home for us, and it was important to us and our friends in REO Speedwagon to give back to a state that has given so much to us all. Today, we received a video of Central Illinois showing it’s resilience one year later. Through concert ticket sales for a great show with many friends on December 4, 2013, Rock to the Rescue was able to write a check for over $400,000 to various central Illinois organizations in need. Thank you fans, for always rising to the challenge and supporting Rock to the Rescue efforts.




Today is a special day as we celebrate the birth of guitarist and founding member James Young. Please find below a special birthday treat as "Happy Birthday" is sung to him the the tune of your favorite Styx songs. James also was interviewed this morning on the Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show on Q104.3 and you can find the full interview here! Happy Birthday JY!




Rock & Roll legends Styx played the MontBleu Theater inside the MontBleu Resort Tahoe to a completely sold out audience of die-hard fans. There was not an empty spot in the entire 3,000+ seat venue, the place was packed.

Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that became famous for its albums from the mid-1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding the style of pop rock with the power of hard-rock guitar, strong ballads and elements of international musical theater.

Members of the band include, James "J.Y." Young (guitar, backing and lead vocals, additional keyboards), Tommy Shaw (guitar, lead and backing vocals, mandolin, autoharp), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Lawrence Gowan (lead and backing vocals, keyboards, additional guitar), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals, additional guitar) and Chuck Panozzo (bass, backing vocals, bass pedals). Panozzo only plays on select shows due to health reasons.

The set lasted 90 minutes and went like this,

"The Grand Illusion", "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)", "Lady", "Light Up", "Miss America", "Crystal Ball", "Walrus", "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)", "Come Sail Away", "Gowan Melody" and two encore songs, "Rockin' The Paradise" and "Renegade".

Read more and see photos at examiner.com!



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