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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES ANNOUNCES SPRING 2015

‘CARNIVAL LIVE CONCERT SERIES’ARTIST LINEUP

Best of Live Music at Sea Program to Feature Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town,

Smokey Robinson and Styx With Additional Artists to be Announced Next Year

MIAMI (October 9, 2014) – Cruising has never sounded so good! Today Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled its new Carnival LIVE Concert Series roster for spring 2015, bringing more of the best live music to sea from some of most popular and highly requested music acts. Coming on board in the first part of next year will be Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson, and Styx, back by popular demand for the second season.

The exciting 2015 Carnival LIVE concert lineup continues this one-of-a-kind entertainment option, while building on the success of an inaugural year of high-energy, sold-out on-board performances. In addition to this incredible mix of GRAMMY® Award- and CMA Award-winning artists and nominees, next year the company will announce even more acts scheduled for the latter half of 2015.

Carnival LIVE was created to give guests the opportunity to experience exclusive live entertainment from major music artists, all at a tremendous value and with great convenience. Guests attend shows in the ship’s main theaters – which range in seating capacity from 900 to 1,300 – for an intimate on-board performance where there is never a bad seat in the house.

“Our 2014 Carnival LIVE shows have been tour standouts, so we are thrilled to get on board again to rock the boat next year,” said Tommy Shaw, singer and guitarist for Styx. “The audience of cruisers in a vacation state-of-mind combined with the ship’s theater design creates an incredible energy that’s fun for everyone, including the band.”

Guests will have even more Carnival vessels, homeports and itineraries to choose from with a total of 10 “Fun Ships” departing from six convenient U.S. homeports hosting concerts in spring 2015. Carnival LIVE voyages will originate in Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Fla; Charleston, S.C.; and, for the first time, Galveston, Texas, the line’s second largest homeport.

The 2015 Carnival LIVE Concert Series kicks off next March and features one or more major artist each month, performing multiple shows on Carnival vessels docked in one of three ports of call: Cozumel, Nassau and a new port for the program, St. Thomas. Artists board the ship in port, perform in the main show lounge, and then debark following the concert.

  • Journey kicks off the 2015 roster with two rock anthem-filled performances on March 18 and 19 in St. Thomas.
  • The award-winning Little Big Town brings their unmistakable sound to “Fun Ships” in Nassau for three appearances on (March 30 and 31 and April 1).
  • Guests “Cruisin’” to see Smokey Robinson sing timeless classics from his 50-year music career can catch the icon April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel.
  • In May, country trio Rascal Flatts, one of the top-selling live artists in any genre, will perform a series of three shows for guests in Cozumel (May 5, 6 and 7).
  • Rock fans are invited to “Come Sail Away” to see one of four Styx concerts to be performed in Nassau (June 16, 17, 18 and 20).

“We are thrilled to continue our Carnival LIVE Concert Series in 2015 and welcome aboard more fantastic rock, country and R&B artists for our guests to enjoy,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. “This program has struck a chord based on more than 20,000 tickets sold to date and the tremendous response from past guests and travel agent partners as well as those who sailed with us for the first time to catch their favorite performers.”

Carnival LIVE tickets for 2015 range from $35 to $60 for general admission, significantly less than land-based concerts. VIP tickets are available for $125 to $250, offering fans seating in the first four rows, an artist meet and greet, a souvenir photo and a commemorative concert pass.

For a calendar of spring 2015 Carnival LIVE concerts and to learn more about the Carnival LIVE sailings this fall featuring Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Jewel, Daughtry and more, visitwww.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL.

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ARDMORE It was 1975 when a newcomer rock band hit the stage in Ardmore. Two DJ's, Michael Story and Joe Popkess planned and promoted the concert.

Tickets sold for five dollars or six at the door.

Styx played on August 12, 1975, at the Ardmore Civic Auditorium, now known as Heritage Hall.

And nearly 40 years later, they're back.

"Lady," by the rock band Styx had just hit the airwaves in Chicago when the band came to Ardmore for the first time.

Original promoter Joe Popkess has since left the business but his cousin Aubry Harris followed in his footsteps.

Harris says he is amazed that 39 years later people are still rocking out to Styx.

"Styx is definitely a classic rock band from the past that is still in the future as well,” Harris said. “I mean people love their hits and you know people keep remembering their hits and coming out."

Read mroe and watch the video at kxii.com!




Two weeks ago I was given an opportunity to interview Lawrence Gowan, one of the members of the classic-rock band Styx. The group, famous for songs like “Renegade,” “The Best of Times” and “Come Sail Away,” is on tour again this fall and is performing in Macon, Georgia on Sunday, October 5th. The Target Audience Magazine interview with Lawrence can be found here, and focuses on Styx’s seemingly non-stop tour of the world.

I’ve been a Styx fan for over 30 years and can say, without any exaggeration, that their songs were the foundation of what would become my diverse and slightly odd taste in music. My first real interest in Styx can all be traced back to a summer in the 1970’s, before I started fourth grade. A new family had just moved into a neighboring house and their daughter, Karin, was my age and about to start going to the same school. We quickly became friends and thanks to the power of the internet we still keep in touch to this day.

When Karin and I first met, I had an overwhelming obsession for all things “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Mork & Mindy,” but my musical knowledge was limited to the constraints of the local Top 40 radio station. Karin, on the other hand, was really into music and introduced me to the concept of having a record collection. After a while her bubbling enthusiasm for music, especially Styx, began to rub off on me. She seemed to have every picture of Tommy Shaw (Styx’s guitarist and vocalist) that she could find on display in her bedroom. When Kilroy Was Here was released in 1983, she managed to convince the manager of the local record store, Waxie Maxie’s, to give her the life-sized standee of Mr. Roboto they used to display the album. To say she was a Styx fan is probably the greatest understatement that I can make.

Read more at TargetAudienceMagazine.com!

Photo by Michael Bradley




In recent years, the Alabama National Fair has become as known for its big-name, diverse weekend concerts in Garrett Coliseum as it has for its thrill rides, down-home competitions and novelty acts.

The 2014 lineup does not disappoint, roping in some surefire draws — classic rock, classic funk and country, with shows starting at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as Oct. 11 and Oct. 12.

Styx, featuring Montgomery's own native son Tommy Shaw, kicks off the series Saturday. On Sunday, '70s and '80s funk hitmakers Kool & the Gang take the stage. On Oct. 11, country artist Easton Corbin comes to town, followed by fellow country artist Joe Nichols on Oct. 12.

Read the entire article here: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/entertainment/2014/10/01/fair-...




It’s never easy when a long-running band replaces a well-known member with a new one. But sometimes it must be done, and as Styx has shown with the transition from co-founding keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Dennis DeYoung to Lawrence Gowan, both the band and its fans can benefit from such changes.

Since Gowan joined Styx in 1999, the band has recorded an acclaimed studio album, Cyclorama (2003); and a popular album of cover songs, Big Bang Theory (2005), which featured Gowan’s vocal on a hit cover of The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus“—as well as a plethora of live albums. The band has worked steadily on stages around the world, and Gowan’s showmanship—including his rotating keyboard—has been a highlight in the band’s shows. As a live act, Styx is as viable and popular as it’s ever been (perhaps more so), and the change from DeYoung to Gowan has gone over quite well with generations of Styx fans.

When I spoke with Gowan, he was—guess what?—on the road with Styx, beginning a series of headlining shows for the band that would find it digging deep into its treasure trove of classic albums. We discussed the origins of his spinning keyboard, the charity efforts that are a part of every recent Styx show, his entry into the band, a tour bus fire that made the headlines, and his future recording plans—both with Styx and as a solo artist.

Howard Whitman: It’s good to speak with you, Lawrence. I was at the July 3rd Soundtrack of Summer show in Camden, New Jersey.

Lawrence Gowan: Ooh, that makes it so much better. It’s good to talk to someone who’s seen the show.

Whitman: I’ve seen you with Styx three times now—a couple of times during the Cyclorama era when Glen Burtnik was in the band. This was my first show in a while.

Gowan: Yeah, that’s your first show in about 10 years—wow.

Read more of this interview at TechnologyTell.com!




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Originally from Chicago, Styx has grown to become one of the most recognized names in classic rock. In 1972, the band released their first record, the eponymous Styx. After releasing several chart-topping and certified platinum albums, the band went on hiatus while the members explored their individual musical ideas. In 1996, Styx regrouped for a reunion tour and in 1997, recorded a new album: Return to Paradise. The current lineup has been in place for the past ten years and consists of Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young on guitars and vocals, Lawrence Gowan on keyboards, Todd Sucherman on percussion and Ricky Phillips (with the occasional special appearance by original band member Chuck Panozzo) on bass guitar.

With the state of the music industry in constant flux, Styx has become one of the world’s premiere touring bands. They spend about 2/3 of the year performing live to audiences all around the world. According to their website, Styx has performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of the band’s career combined.

During this past summer, Styx played a series of festival shows with with Foreigner and Don Felder from The Eagles. Now that autumn has arrived, Styx is back out on the road with their “Evening with Styx” fall and winter tour. Lawrence Gowan talked with Target Audience Magazine about the band, their heavy touring schedule and what fans can expect to see and hear during the “Evening With Styx” shows.

Being on the road so much, what is it that keeps the band going strong every night, performance after performance?

Well you know, during the summer tour, we witnessed just how much classic rock has crossed generations. In the audience we were playing to, half the fans were under 30 years of age on any given night and sometimes it was even a higher percentage than that. It is amazing to see just how much of an impact classic rock has made on not only the people who grew up with it, but is now affecting people who weren’t even around when some of these songs came out.

With one tour still so close in your rear view, what can fans expect if they decide to attend one of the upcoming concerts?

So with the fall tour, the contrast is this: the chance to play the longer shows. That’s what comes in once we finish the blockbuster summer tour where we play for an hour and twenty minutes. Now we’re back to doing our usual “Evening with Styx” two-hour show. So when we come to Macon, Georgia, that’s going to be a longer show where we can stretch out a little more. That’s something that we love to do.

Read more of this interview with Lawrence Gowan at targetaudiencemagazine.com!




On most tours, the only interaction between members of different bands takes place backstage. It’s a shame: during Aerosmith’s summer tour, who wouldn’t want to see Steven Tyler sing Paradise City with opener Slash? But luckily, this so-called ‘Soundtrack Of Summer’ package is happy to prove there’s truly strength in numbers.

It’s a smart bill that covers several stripes of 70s rock: a California singer-songwriter, anthemic FM-radio AOR and comparatively ambitious art rock. Once disparate, time has proven that these are in fact complementary colours along the same sonic spectrum.

Read more about Styx at ClassicRockMagazine.com




For the second time in four months, Styx will bring its lush 1970s-80s pop-rock to metro Atlanta. The band’s set list at its May performance in Alpharetta contained a dozen classics, including “Come Sail Away,” “Crystal Ball” and those Tommy Shaw favorites “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” and “Renegade.” Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo) have performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of Styx’s career combined. Opening the show is Atlanta mainstay Ed Roland and his side band, the Sweet Tea Project.

View the entire list here: http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/entertainment/live-music-picks/nhSnW/?...




Styx is the quintessential classic-rock band. They have been touring for decades, bringing their many hits to adoring fans around the world and back again. From “Come Sail Away” to “Renegade” to “Blue Collar Man” and “Lady”, the band’s deep catalog is readymade for summer amphitheater tours and intimate venues during the colder months.

Singer Lawrence Gowan joined the rockers in the late 1990s and has been with the group ever since. A successful musician in his own right, especially in Canada where has has a legendary solo career, Gowan is a big part of Styx’s success in the 21st century.

Recently Hollywood Soapbox caught up with the singer as the band was preparing for a show at the Los Angeles County Fair.

On Styx’s continued touring schedule in 2014 …

Yes, we’re having perhaps the time of our lives because things change in our lives as well, and we had a phenomenonal summer there with us and Don Felder and Foreigner. We continue on now where we’re back to doing the Evening with Styx, which means the longer shows. Tonight we’re playing at the L.A. County Fair, and that’s one of my favorite venues to do. We were just in L.A. a couple of months ago doing the Greek, but this is a different thing because it’s in Pomona. You just get the vibe of an end-of-summer fair, and 20,000 people in a grandstand flipping out. I’m looking forward to tonight very much, and that sums up what’s going on in the band. We look forward to each and every show and bringing another Styx epic adventure to people, and that’s what we’ve been able to do in 2014. And perhaps, if people have seen our show this year, it might be the best ever because we’ve elevated the whole production of the show, and the way it presents is taking another step in the right direction.

Read more of this interview with Lawrence Gowan at HollywoodSoapBox.com!

Photo courtesy of Ash Newell




The middle of Lancaster, PA- right in the heart of Amish country - seems like an odd place to hold a classic rock concert. The concert was held at the American Music Theatre, which is surprisingly large given its outer appearance. On the way to the venue there are rolling hills and farms, and you miay even spot the occasional horse and buggy.

The contrast between the music adn teh area is astounding, and yet it worked. The stark contrast added another level of intensity to the conert which was ull of energy and light. When Styx puts on a show they give it their all, making sure that it is a memorable experience for all.

Read more of this review at PopEntertainment.com!




The middle of Lancaster PA - right in the heart of Amish country - seems like an odd place to hold a classic rock concert. The concert was held at the American Music Theatre which is surprisingly large given it's outer appearance. On the way to the venue there are rolling hillls and farms, and you may even spot the occasional horse and buggy.

The contrast between the music and area is astounding, and yet it worked. This stark contrast added another level of intensity to the concert which was full of energy and lgiht. When Styx puts on a show they give it their all, making sure that it is a memorable experience for all.

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Styx has been a major influence in the music world for over four decades. Over the years, they have gained a loyal fan base spanning many generations. These loyal followers come from all over and enjoy Styx on the road during their numerous tours. Since Styx began, they have produced some mega hits such as “Renegade,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Mr.Roboto.” Though some of their members have changed, their music has stayed consistent with a classic rock sound that is instantly recognizable and loved by many. Members include Chuck Panozzo, James “J.Y.” Young, Tommy Shaw, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips and Lawrence Gowan. Gowan recently chatted with us about all things STYX, giving us an inside look into one of today’s most well known classic rock bands.

Who would you say inspires you as an artist?

I would say Beethoven, Woody Allen, John, Paul, George and Ringo, Freddie Mercury, and Salvador Dali.

How do you use their influence in your daily life?

I think somehow, like anyone who has people that they admire, incorporate some of the ideals of that person into your own existence. Some of the ways that you do that are subtle and some of them are very obvious. For myself, obviously, the musical inspiration that I have manifests itself in my pursuit of music. But also what people can do artistically I find astounding as well. I’d have a couple more names to add to that list… I’ve never made one like that before and I like it. I’m going to add Neil Armstrong and Bobby Orr.

Read more of this interview with Lawrence Gowan at PopEntertainment.com!

Photo by Ally Abramson




Epic.

That's what Styx lead singer/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan promised his band would be Saturday at The Great Frederick Fair. It would be the full Styx experience, he said, and fans would not leave disappointed.

There's one word he didn't mention that fit the bill just as well: Familial. As the crowd that gathered on the fair's final night proved, age is nothing but a number when it comes to the rockers' fan base.

Just ask Renee Thornton, of Frederick, who stood in line with her son Chandler for an exclusive meet-and-greet with the group before the show. She's liked the band since the 1970s, she said, and Saturday night marked the fifth time she's seen the band perform live.

Her favorite show? That would be the time she took her immediate family to Nashville, Tennessee, to see the group at the Wild Horse Saloon. She didn't mean to turn everybody into a series of serious Styx supporters. It just so happened that all of them, even her children, more or less found the band on their own.

Read more of this article at TheFrederickNewsPost.com!

Photo By Bill Green




Let's go out to the fair! That is precisely what this woman did on Saturday, September 20th! Everyone likes the ferris wheel, everyone likes the games, the funnel cake, the lemonade, and all those cool little trinkets you don't really need but have to have right!!!?? I do, but I wasn't there for any of that! I was there for the one and only Styx.

Having seen Styx several times before I knew this would be a great show but somehow tonight was special. Maybe it was the scenic view I was seeing. If I looked to the right I saw a ferris wheel, to the left tents with treasures to buy.... dead center, the stage! It was cool and breezy, perfect outdoor concert weather.

Just as the sun was setting, the boys took the stage. The Grand Illusion would kick off the night followed by Too Much Time On My Hands which immediately had the crowd on their feet dancing and singing. The boys themselves were all smiling as the the breeze whipped through their hair!

Read more of this review at muzpic.net!

Photo By Stacy Atwell Photography




CAMDEN, NJ—If you’re looking for almost four hours of music and entertainment, then this tour is for you. Don Felder, once a driving force behind The Eagles and many of their hits, took the stage and wowed the audience with “Already Gone.”

The band and Don were “cool” and freewheeling out there strictly to entertain and not to show off. Some younger fans may have never heard the hit “One Of These Nights” or “Heavy Metal,” which was a soundtrack song from an animated movie back in 1981.

Some may remember the hit “Witchy Woman” from the series Seinfeld, but that was played to perfection and so was “Heartache Tonight,” “Life In The Fast Lane” and the mega hit “Hotel California” that saw Tommy Shaw from Styx on stage jamming with Felder.

Most of the fans in the audience were there to see the headliners, Styx. They may have played the middle set out of a rotation but they brought the heat. Having seen them many times with the originals and otherwise, this version is terrific and back to basics.

Read more of this article at The Aquarian!

Written By: Russ Cohen

September 17, 2014




The lights go down. You just finished performing your first song with your new band. You're in Branson, Missouri. After years of earning recognition everywhere except the United States, you're looking into a sea of hopeful-yet-ignorant faces. They are judging you not for who you are, but for whom you may (or may not) sound like.

The opening line is simple: "Welcome to the grand illusion." You've rehearsed it hundreds, if not thousands, of times. You could recite it in your sleep. The phrase is as ubiquitous to those faces judging you as hockey is in your home country of Canada. Yet you stop. Your inner monologue stutters with silence. The weight of the scene is upon you. And it's much heavier than you could have ever predicted.

"Oh, there was a moment," Styx singer Lawrence Gowan explained in a recent phone interview. "It lasted for about five seconds. And I thought, 'This is going to be the first time any of these people will ever hear this song sung by someone else."

He stops.

"But it all worked out," he continued. "After the song was over, I looked into the crowd and people were high-fiving. That was more than 2,000 shows ago, so I think I'm doing all right."

Read more of this article at The Frederick News Post!




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From Sinatra and Crosby to Timberlake and Bieber, golf has forever drawn some of the biggest names in music. Here are 100 of our favorite artists today who play as often as they can:

Compiling our Top 100 in Music, we wanted to include guitarists, bassists, pianists, saxophonists, drummers and vocalists across genres from jazz to country to heavy metal. We looked for golfers who would be fun to play with, most of them with little patience for the less-than-well-mannered in their industry who tend to dominate the tabloid headlines—but, yes, we included a few of them, too.

Although some are new to the game or struggle to find time to play, most pursue it avidly, often as an antidote to the noisy way they spend so many nights. "I prefer dead silence on the course," says Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose. Others voice a common refrain: "I play to get away from music." Touring gives musicians the opportunity to play some of the world's best courses, and a chance to get out of the spotlight. Not too many fans or paparazzi, we're told, are looking for a heavy-metal rocker on a fairway.

Read more and find out who else is on the list at Golf Digest!




One of the most dynamic and entertaining bands on tour right now is rock music legends- Styx. The band, which currently consists of classic line-up members Tommy Shaw - guitar/vocals, and James Young - guitar/vocals, along with Canadian progressive rock superstar, Lawrence Gowan - keyboards/vocals, Todd Sucherman - drums, and Ricky Phillips - bass, has been rocking fans all summer long with a hit-filled set list and a high-energy show.

Although the summer might be winding down, one of the most anticipated shows of the season is still to come. On Tuesday, August 19th, Styx will be rocking the music fans of WNY with a concert at the award winning Artpark in Lewiston, NY. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

What follows is an exclusive Rock Music Star interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx. During this interview, we discuss the upcoming show at Artpark, and much more. Here's what Lawrence had to say:

Rock Music Star: Hey Lawrence, thank you for calling us here at Rock Music Star. I want to start off by talking about your upcoming show at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. Many music fans around are really excited about seeing Styx perform at Artpark.

Lawrence Gowan: Yeah, I remember playing there maybe five years ago. It was awesome. It was a huge crowd; I felt like Caesar in Rome. The crowd was so spectacular on that evening. I'm really looking forward to playing there again.

RMS: Artpark hosts many of the best concerts of the summer in WNY, and many of them are classic rock bands, like Styx. It's great that you are finally coming back.

LG: Yeah, it's going to be fun. I'm glad we're coming back, too!

RMS: Artpark is, in a way, kind of like a hometown show for you, because you still live not that far away, in Toronto, right?

LG: I live in Toronto. Yes, my dad is still there; he’s 90 years old now. I was just talking to him five minutes ago. Yeah, I grew up there, and I’m still entirely connected there. I’ve got my house there, I’ve got a studio there, I’ve got lots of memories there.

Read more of this interview with Lawrence Gowan at RockMusicStar.com!




“The Soundtrack of Summer” tour made history on Saturday, July 26th at The Greek Theatre, when rock icons Foreigner, Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young of Styx, and Don Felder united for a first-time-ever encore performance of Foreigner hit “Hot Blooded.” Fans were brought to their feet for the final song of the evening when Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen surprised the crowd at the sold-out show, bringing Shaw, Young and Felder back on stage to join founding member Mick Jones to shred one of rock’s most famous hits.

The Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder rock and roll trifecta has been trekking across the U.S. this summer with “The Soundtrack of Summer,” which culminates in August with a slew of sold out shows. The tour’s companion album, “The Soundtrack of Summer” has charted on Billboard’s Top 200 list for multiple weeks throughout the summer, featuring top tracks from both Foreigner and Styx.

The “Soundtrack of Summer” grabbed headlines when a fire in Philadelphia engulfed one of Styx’s tour busses, making national news. Thankfully, no one was injured, and Styx, Foreigner and Rock to The Rescue donated $10,000 to the local Philadelphia Fire Department Local No. 22 Widows Fund in honor of the firefighters who extinguished the blaze.




Two iconic ‘70s rock bands transfixed a sold-out crowd of mostly baby-boomers at Goldendale’s Maryhill Winery on August 2. Foreigner and Styx, as part of their Soundtrack of Summer Tour, impressed with musicianship born of years of experience, performing spot-on versions of their significant megahits, now staples of classic rock radio.

While original vocalist Lou Graham has long since left Foreigner as their front man, lead singer Kelly Hansen, who joined the band in 2005, proved more than capable of delivering vinyl-worthy renditions of the classics. The crowd was on their feet with the opening chords of “Double Vision.”

When Hansen addressed the enthusiastic amphitheater crowd with a hardy “Hello, Goldendale!” the crowd responded with puzzled looks, laughs and murmurs. Kidding, he quickly acknowledged the Oregon and Central Washington fans. “I know, no one is from Goldendale here.”

Read more and see photos as SeattleMusicInsider.com!




Styx fans have a tough decision on Friday.

They can watch the former lead singer of the progressive rock band perform his hits in Rancho Cucamonga or catch the rest of the band playing the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona.

Dennis DeYoung, the lead singer of Styx during three stints (from 1970-1984, 1990-1992 and 1995-1999) is set to play the intimate Lewis Family Playhouse. His performance is part of an advertised “Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of Styx” gig at the 560-seat venue.

DeYoung’s former band, however, is slated to perform more than 20 miles away at the fair with singer Lawrence Gowan, a Scotland-born and Canadian-raised rocker who joined the group in 1999. Styx (sans DeYoung) is scheduled to perform at the L.A. County Fair at its 9,000-seat venue as part of the fair’s End of Summer Concert Series.

Both DeYoung and Gowan said they did not know the two acts were performing on the same night, but this isn’t the first time the two have performed in the same area.

Read more at The Daily Bulletin!




THIS JUST IN: “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour -- featuring STYX, FOREIGNER and special guest DON FELDER (former Eagles guitarist) -- stop on Friday, July 25, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas just got even more special for fans in attendance! In Las Vegas, fans will get to be part of a live recording of sets performed by STYX and DON FELDER that will are being filmed for a national TV broadcast to air later this year. The broadcast will be directed by Larry Jordan and more detail of the broadcast will be announced in the coming months. The two concerts will be released as one DVD. Reserved seats are available from $55 and can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at 702-284-7777 or by visitingwww.OrleansArena.com. DON FELDER will perform at 7pm that night and STYX will hit the stage at 9:30pm.




Styx (Lawrence Gowan) - 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 prog-rock with the power of hard-rock guitar, strong ballads and elements of international musical theater.

Read and listen to the interview with Lawrence Gowan atMusic Charts Magazine




A pair of buses from this summer’s Styx and Foreigner tour caught fire at a parking facility this afternoon (July 2) in Philadelphia. Luckily, no one was injured.

“Everyone’s OK,” Styx’s publicist tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “No one was hurt and there’s no cause determined yet. It’s a Styx crew bus that caught on fire. All the buses for the Soundtrack of Summer tour are parked in a secure parking lot in downtown Philadelphia.”

The fire began shortly after noon today, attracting a news helicopter from KYW-TV. The back of one bus was completely engulfed, and eventually a neighboring bus began to burn, as well. Video from KYW is embedded above, showing firefighters working to control the blaze. Smoke could be seen from nearby I-95, according to witnesses.

Styx and Foreigner, who are sharing Soundtrack of Summer tour dates this year with Eagles alum Don Felder, are scheduled to perform Thursday night in Camden, New Jersey. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Foreigner manager Phil Carson quipped, “we’re thankful everyone’s ok, and can now officially say the Soundtrack of Summer Tour is on fire.”

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