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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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NCLUDES A BRAND NEW INTERPRETATION OF “HOTEL CALIFORNIA,” ALONG WITH TOURMATE DON FELDER, FORMER GUITARIST OF THE EAGLES;

“THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER” TOUR KICKS OFF MAY 14

Responsible for some of Rock’s most indelible summer anthems, legendary groups FOREIGNER and STYX will release THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER on May 6 to coincide with their highly anticipated tour of the same name, which also features very special guest DON FELDER, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 16 classics by both bands, will be available exclusively at Walmart. Pre-orders are available on Walmart’s website.

THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER package includes FOREIGNER hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and STYX hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade” (see below for a complete track listing). The collection finishes with the spectacular highlight, a brand new interpretation of one of Classic Rock’s most successful songs ever, “Hotel California.” Original songwriter DON FELDER teamed up with STYX and FOREIGNER for this very special collaboration, as well as a stunning new version of FOREIGNER’s massive hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which will only be available as a limited edition vinyl disc and on iTunes.

Fans can check out an exclusive stream of “Hotel California” on USA Today’s website, which went live earlier today.

STYX is one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet, with more than 30 million records sold in North America alone. 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. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman have been together longer than any other lineup in the band’s 40-year existence.

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game, Foreigner is led by founding member Mick Jones (guitar), and Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums).

DON FELDER--former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), “Road To Forever” in October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since. The album has recently been re-released with four additional songs, “Road To Forever: Extended Edition,” on March 4 via INGrooves Music Group. The album’s latest single, “You Don’t Have Me,” is currently bulleted at #3 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart. “Road To Forever” originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27. "Girls In Black," the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by FELDER and STYX’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.

Here’s the complete track listing of THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER:

1. Feels Like The First Time

2. Cold As Ice

3. Hot Blooded

4. Double Vision

5. Urgent

6. Waiting For A Girl Like You

7. I Want To Know What Love Is

8. Juke Box Hero

9. The Grand Illusion

10. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)

11. Lorelei

12. Crystal Ball

13. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

14. Miss America

15. Renegade

16. Too Much Time On My Hands

17. Hotel California

Check out “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks). DON FELDER hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop. FOREIGNER and STYX will alternate closing slots as listed.

DATE CITY VENUE CLOSER

Wed 5/14 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena STYX

Fri 5/16 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre FOREIGNER

Sat 5/17 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre FOREIGNER

Sun 5/18 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion STYX

Tue 5/20 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall FOREIGNER

Thu 5/22 Estero, FL Germain Arena STYX

Fri 5/23 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre STYX

Sat 5/24 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre STYX

Sun 5/25 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf FOREIGNER

Thu 5/29 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre STYX

Fri 5/30 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheatre FOREIGNER

Sat 5/31 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion FOREIGNER

Sun 6/1 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Amphitheatre STYX

Thu 6/5 Cincinnati, OH Horseshoe Casino STYX

Fri 6/6 Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion STYX

Sat 6/7 Maryland Hts., MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre STYX

Sun 6/8 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre STYX

Thu 6/19 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion FOREIGNER

Fri 6/20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live FOREIGNER

Sat 6/21 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage FOREIGNER

Mon 6/23 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino STYX

Thu 6/26 Newark, NJ Prudential Center STYX

Sat 6/28 Wantagh, NY Nikon Jones Beach Theater FOREIGNER

Sun 6/29 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino STYX

Thu 7/3 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center FOREIGNER

Fri 7/4 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion FOREIGNER

Sat 7/5 Bangor, ME Darlings Waterfront STYX

Sun 7/6 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion STYX

Wed 7/9 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center FOREIGNER

Thu 7/10 Detroit, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheater FOREIGNER

Thu 7/17 Minneapolis, MN Target Center FOREIGNER

Fri 7/18 Walker, MN Moondance Jam STYX

Sat 7/19 Sloan, IA Winnavegas Casino STYX

Tue 7/22 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre FOREIGNER

Wed 7/23 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre STYX

Fri 7/25 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena STYX

Sat 7/26 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre FOREIGNER

Sun 7/27 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl FOREIGNER

Fri 8/1 Redmond, WA Marymoor Park Concerts (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)

Sat 8/2 Goldendale, WA Maryhill Winery (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)

Fri 8/15 Louisville, KY Kentucky State Fair (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)

Sun 8/17 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)

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Former Eagle Don Felder refurbishes the '70s classic with help from members of Styx, Foreigner.

Hotel California, that '70s rock staple, is getting a face lift.

Former Eagles member Don Felder has recorded a new version of the song with members of Styx and Foreigner. The three acts will hit that road together on The Soundtrack of Summer tour beginning May 14 in Wichita.

The new version of Hotel California, premiering at USA TODAY, has Felder swapping lead vocals with Styx's Tommy Shaw and Foreigner's Kelly Hansen. It will appear on The Soundtrack of Summer tour-companion CD, which also will feature several of the best-known songs from Styx and Foreigner. The Soundtrack of Summer will go on sale May 6, exclusively at Walmart.

Felder, who wrote the song with Don Henley and Glenn Frey, has refurbished the song once before, giving it an acoustic arrangement for the Eagles' 1994 Hell Freezes Over live album.

"I was a bit perplexed about how to go about doing it" a second time, says Felder. The new version incorporates some flamenco rhythms before progressing into a full-scale rock treatment. "It grows from this acoustic steel-string version to where the electric guitars come in at the end."

Styx guitarist James Young says The Soundtrack to Summer bill "was not intended to be a battle of the bands, but it's always going to be that, a little bit."

It's also a mutual admiration society, Young says. "Mick Jones of Foreigner is an incredible writer and an excellent guitarist. He has penned some of the greatest rock songs of our time. And Styx has some incredible songs and what I think is the best band on the planet.

"Don Felder is extremely complimentary of my guitar playing, as I am of his, because we play guitar very differently. I can't play the way he plays. It's so lyrical, so melodic, particularly on Hotel California, probably the most played and most known Eagles song, and he wrote all the music to that."

"Who knows what we're going to put together for this tour," Felder says. "But there will be some pleasant surprises."

Dates for The Soundtrack of Summer tour follow:

May

14 - Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita

16 - Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City

17 - Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas

18 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston

20 - Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla.

22 - Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.

23 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, Fla.

24 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Atlanta

25 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala.

29 - Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

30 - Charter Amphitheatre, Simpsonville, S.C.

31 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte

June

1 - Farm Bureau Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach

5 - Horseshoe Casino, Cincinnati

6 - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, Chicago

7 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo.

8 - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.

19 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston

20 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.

21 - Summer Stage, Big Flats, N.Y.

23 - Turning Stone Casino, Verona, N.Y.

26 - Prudential Center, Newark

28 - Nikon Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y.

29 - Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Conn.

July

3 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.

4 - Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, Pa.

5 - Darlings Waterfront, Bangor, Me.

6 - Bank of NH Pavilion, Gilford, N.H.

9 - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, N.Y.

10 - Freedom Hill Amphitheater, Detroit

17 - Target Center, Minneapolis,

18 - Moondance Jam, Walker, Minn.

19 - Winnavegas Casino, Sloan, Iowa

22 - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Denver

23 - USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

25 - Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

26 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

27 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif.

August

1 - Marymoor Park Concerts, Redmond, Wash. (Styx & Foreigner only)

2 - Maryhill Winery, Goldendale, Wash. (Styx & Foreigner only)

15 - Kentucky State Fair, Louisville (Styx & Foreigner only)

17 - Iowa State Fair, Des Moines (Styx & Foreigner only)

CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE NEW VERSION OF 'HOTEL CALIFORNIA' >>




James “JY” Young of Styx will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Styx at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.




Catch STYX on Entertainment Tonight this weekend for a full 7 minute piece on the bands awesome career, and it's all told....IN THEIR OWN WORDS. Check your local listings and set your DVR's!




When members of Styx and Foreigner get in a room together, there's a lot of laughter to go around.

So you can imagine what happens when one-time Eagles member Don Felder joins the mix. There are plenty of fun moments -- interspersed with reminiscing and talk about the state of music. Those candid conversations will likely continue later this year when all three acts hit the road together on the "Soundtrack of Summer" tour in May.

"This is a great band -- what we have right here," joked Felder, sitting alongside members of Styx and Foreigner during a recent interview with CBS News.

That super-group idea is actually not too far from reality.

Styx, Foreigner and Felder recently got together to record a new version of the Eagles' 1977 classic "Hotel California," which Felder co-wrote. "We decided we’d start it off just light and easy with just a little percussion…and it builds a little bit in the first chorus," Felder said about the new version. "And then Mick [Jones] jumps in with a great solo and we play the harmonies on the way out. It worked out really great."

Styx and Foreigner have toured together before, and Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw worked with Felder on material for Felder's latest solo album. "We recorded and wrote a couple of songs together, and I’ve sat in with Don before in his band. Great band," said Shaw. "And I don’t sit in that much. His band and Don are just off the hook great…I loved it...Same thing with Foreigner. I’ve always been a huge fan…When we worked together we were outside of the country and away from home. So you really find out who your friends are and who you’re like-minded with."

Despite their collective years in the business, they continue to learn from one another. "We sort of had a Traveling Wilburys experience…These guys aren't your typical shredder-type of guys. It’s more taste and expression,” Shaw said. "That's what attracts me as a guitarist. So you really see the individual come out. So as we are sitting and learning each other’s songs, I’m watching fingers and watching how people do stuff. And I actually improved how I'm playing my own song by watching these guys interpret it."

Kelly Hansen, lead singer of Foreigner, said he couldn't agree more. "You get to learn about people and know people," he said. "Sometimes on the road you don't get to do that. You both have your buses and you're both doing your different time-slots and you sort of pass a lot and there's a a lot of 'Hey, how are you doing?' But when you get to hang out, it's a really nice change."

"We have a bunch of really good songs," said Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones. "It makes for a great show. Plus, we have very versatile and very good guitar players with us."

The classic songs are at the crux of the summer tour. Foreigner -- alone -- can pump out "Juke Box Hero," "Cold as Ice," "Feels Like The First Time," "Urgent" and "Head Games" on any given night.

"I think the bottom line is the quality of the songs and the ability of them to cross trends and time and they become songs that people pay in the household -- not just in a room," added Jones. "They're in the car. Kids are listening to classic rock a lot these days. If I look at my kids' selection, a lot of it is '60s, '70s."

Still, the guys have their eyes on the future, too. Foreigner plans to release an album later this year. "It's starting to take shape a bit," revealed Jones. "We also have a project we’re thinking about -- thinking about doing the '4' album of ours, which was sort of our iconic album I guess, if you like. Doing that live...And we're probably going to do an album with guest artists doing mostly our songs."

In March, Felder will re-release his 2012 solo album, "Road to Forever," with four additional tracks. Some of those songs will be heard while on the road this summer.

"It's a real treat," Shaw said about touring. "We still get fired up. We've been doing this a long time, but to have it be something that you just can't wait to get up and get out of bed and go do, that's pretty cool."

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We are so happy to welcome the newest member of the STYX family, Teagan Everly Sucherman, born at 4:03 PM on February 7, 2014! Congratulations to Todd Sucherman and Taylor Mills, and welcome little Teagan!






Tickets On Sale Starting February 7

Combined, they’ve sold over 250 million albums worldwide. They’ve had 36 #1 and Top 10 smash hit singles that are still being spun on Classic Rock radio over 500,000 times every year. They’ve performed thousands of concerts worldwide to countless crowds. Now it’s time for three of the most legendary names in rock to come together for a massive U.S. Summer tour.

STYX and FOREIGNER, with very special guest DON FELDER (former Eagles guitarist/songwriter) will join forces for the “The Soundtrack of Summer”(#thesoundtrackofsummer) three-month U.S. trek, which will kick-off May 16 in Oklahoma City, OK at the Zoo Amphitheatre. Tickets for various cities go on sale starting February 7. Fans can check out the tour’s official website,www.soundtrackofsummer.com, for info about all three acts, ticket on-sale dates, and more shows that will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The addition of Don Felder to The Soundtrack of Summer” tour means that the combined album sales of all 3 acts, as well as all the bands they were once members of, is well north of 200 million worldwide,” declares STYX guitarist/singer James “JY” Young. “Certainly by this yardstick, The Soundtrack of Summer” has got to easily be in the Top Ten three-act concert tours to ever hit the road. ‘Renegade’ ‘Juke Box Heroes’ partying at the ‘Hotel California’ will be your slammin' soundtrack of a rockin' hot summer!!! What more could you ask for after this crazy cold winter we are having???”

“As longtime friends, we’re happy to join STYX and DON FELDER for the ultimate soundtrack of summer,” says FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “Our combined songs are some of America’s favorite summer anthems, and we’re excited to be bringing them to our fans across the country.”

“This tour will have the best vocalists and guitarists on the road today,” exclaims DON FELDER. “The sheer volume of our combined catalogs is massive and should satisfy any rock & roll fan, and rock them until they can’t walk out of the place.”

Check out “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour. DON FELDER hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop. STYX and FOREIGNER will alternate closing slots.

Full List of Soundtrack of Summer Tour Dates >>>

DON FELDER--former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), ROAD TO FOREVER, in October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since. Now, to coincide with the launch of “The Soundtrack of Summer,” the album is being re-released with four additional songs, ROAD TO FOREVER: EXTENDED EDITION, on March 4 via INGrooves Music Group. The album’s latest single, “You Don’t Have Me,” will be serviced to radio in April. FELDER’s ROAD TO FOREVER originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27. "Girls In Black," the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by FELDER and Styx’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart. FELDER wrote or co-wrote all the songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the album, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers including: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto, Randy Jackson, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and others. It was produced by FELDER along with Robin DiMaggio (Posse 2.0 bandleader on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” United Nations’ Musical Director).

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 venue at a time.

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game. JUKE BOX HEROES, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, spent over twenty weeks on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart in 2013. The 2008 NO END IN SIGHT album re-entered the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart, joining JUKE BOX HEROES in July 2013. Additionally, JUKE BOX HEROES spent most of 2013 in the Nielsen SoundScan “Top 200 Catalog” chart. It rose to #4 in that chart in September, an astonishing feat that allowed FOREIGNER’s catalog sales that week to eclipse those of AC/DC, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan Top 200, September 15, 2013).

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All three co-headliners have recorded a new version of the Eagles' "Hotel California" (which Felder co-wrote) and will release a compilation album to accompany the tour

Styx, Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder are joining forces to provide The Soundtrack of Summer this year, a three-month tour that kicks off May 16 in Oklahoma City and runs through July 27 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

"I look at it like we're a bunch of old heavyweight fighters getting together," Styx guitarist James "J.Y." Young tells Billboard of a lineup that, combined, has sold more than 250 albums worldwide and logged 36 No. 1 hits. "It's very exciting to be out there together, 30 years after we all had No. 1 albums and everything. And having (Felder), who was an obvious contributor to the writing side of the Eagles and does lots of Eagles songs in his show, that will make a nice complement. It has the potential to be the most successful of anything we've ever done with us in a co-headline position like this."

Styx and Foreigner toured together on the 2010 Union Tour, and the latter's Mick Jones says he's looking forward to renewing the association.

"They're a great band and really professional and great people, so we thought, 'Well, this might be worth picking up again,' " Jones notes. "And the two bands, although different, seem to complement each other. The audience enjoys both, I think, and with the addition of Don Felder, that's kind of an interesting evening's worth of music."

The tour -- which currently has 35 dates locked in and will be adding more soon -- is also the most extensive road trek that Felder, who parted ways with the Eagles in 2000 and released his second solo album, "Road to Forever," in 2012, has lined up as a solo artist.

"I enjoy balancing my personal and professional lives," explains Felder, who's marking the 40th anniversary this year of his joining the Eagles. "If I do one or the other too much, I wind up feeling out of balance. So I try to keep myself happy in the middle of that pendulum swinging back and forth. This summer's going to be a little more extensive than I have done in the past, but I think it's going to be fun. I'm all on board. I love to play, and that's what it's all about."

Felder will open each show, while Styx and Foreigner will interchange closing slots. All three musicians speak positively about collaborating on stage during the tour, and they have, in fact, already convened to record a new version of the Eagles' "Hotel California," which Felder co-wrote. The groups will debut their version on the Fox Network's "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, and it will be part of a compilation album being put together to accompany the tour.

"It's a different take on the song," Felder says, "with different people (including Styx's Tommy Shaw and Foreigner's Kelly Hansen) singing different verses and guitar solos by me and then Tommy and Mick. So who knows, we may wind up doing that (song) in the show at the end of the night."

Jones, meanwhile, says taking on the iconic track was "great. It was an awesome lineup, and it sounded great. It's a brilliant song; it really paints a picture, you know? So it was a lot of fun playing it."

All three acts are eyeballing future projects in addition to the tour. Young says Styx is "noodling on new music" the group hopes to record, although no time frame has been set for that yet. Foreigner plans to start working on a new album after The Soundtrack of Summer tour ends, according to Jones, and is lining up another tour later this year to play its landmark "4" album in its entirety. Felder is also writing new material.

Dates for The Soundtrack of Summer Tour




Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (December 12, 2013) – STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON, along with RICHARD MARX, TED NUGENT, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, SURVIVOR, HEAD EAST and BRUSHVILLE are thrilled to announce that the December 4 benefit concert. Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, raised $400,783. This completely sold-out show, at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, raised funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. Rock To The Rescue has announced that distributed funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations will benefit the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club.

STYX’s Tommy Shaw said, “Rock To The Rescue has continued to serve smaller grassroots non-profits around the country wherever we perform and help larger causes whenever we see the need. Because of the support of so many friends in the music community, we were able to respond literally within hours of the reports of the November 17 tornadoes in Illinois, the place where Styx and REO originated. We felt compelled to give back to the people who have given us so much for so long, so we started calling other friends. Everyone who was available immediately said yes! We enjoyed a fantastic concert and raised over $400,000 to help in the effort to move forward, but what was most moving was seeing and feeling the power of music bring us together and lift our spirits once again as the ongoing soundtrack to our lives.”

REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin said, "On the morning of our recent ‘Rock To The Rescue’ benefit concert we visited the Washington, Illinois site where the killer tornadoes did the lion's share of their damage. It was a chilling experience. The depth of destruction was hard to describe. We didn't need to be reminded that the effects of this storm and the need for help would go on for years to come. We promised ourselves, and the many new friends we made that day, that our work in the area would be ongoing. We plan on continuing our fundraising efforts as we return for four concerts in Illinois and Indiana in early 2014. It feels good to use the power of rock 'n’ roll to lend support to people without whose support we would surely not be rocking to this day."

Jay Goldberg, President of Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment said, “Being a lifelong resident of Central Illinois, I was awed by the coming together in the making of this concert. We are very fortunate that Rock To The Rescue chose our community to get behind and help raise money to the victims of this devastating tornado.”

Traci Andracke, Assistant General Manager of the US Cellular Coliseum said, "We were so honored to have the opportunity to host this memorable event to help out our neighboring communities. We are in awe of the generosity of all of the bands, crew and staff of Rock To The Rescue as well as all of the local companies that donated their time, goods and services. We appreciate the big hearts they have to help out those that are in need."

Rock To The Rescue (rocktotherescue.net) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. The Midwest Food Bank gathers large food donations from nationwide corporations and distributes them to social service organizations, as well as at national disaster sites. The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity is a Community Action Agency and leadership organization that promotes self-sufficiency and economic security. Tazwood Community Services was organized for the purpose of reducing the causes and alleviating the effects of poverty in Tazwood and Woodford Counties. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect and distribute toys as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate. The Washington Rotary Club is a service organization located in Washington, IL and an affiliate of Rotary International.

Rock To The Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock To The Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Hannah Shaw, daughter of Tommy Shaw, is Executive Director of Rock To The Rescue.




On December 11, STYXs own Ricky Phillips will be appearing live on Rockline from Los Angeles, to discuss his participation and role in the DVD release of the 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music', which will be released on December 10.

Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the concert opens with a performance by Neal Schon (Journey guitarist), Ricky Phillips (Styx bassist), Steve Smith (world renowned drummer and ex-Journey & Montrose member ) and Ed Roth on keys, tipping their hats to Ronnie's instrumental side. It also features a Montrose set with Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and Joe Satriani on guitar and continues with Gamma including Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi, Glenn Letsch and featuring Marc Bonilla on guitar. Other guest appearances include Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and many more All-Star performances.

Additionally, Ricky is producing a new CD of the last recordings that Ronnie ever did, with Eric Singer from Kiss on drums, called 10/10/10 (10 songs, 10 singers, 10 years in the making.) There are many all star performances from additional artists, helping to finish the overdubs Ronnie never completed.

Rockline airs on Wednesday, December 11, at 8:30 PM Pacific/11:30 PM Eastern. Fans are encouraged to call in at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625), and to visit www.RocklineRadio.com to find nearby stations carrying the show.




Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (December 3, 2013) – STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON are proud to announce the complete sell out of tickets to Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. On Wed., Dec. 4, this benefit concert at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois will raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. Scheduled to perform at Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need are REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX, RICHARD MARX, TED NUGENT, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, SURVIVOR, HEAD EAST and BRUSHVILLE.

Although tickets are no longer available to attend this concert, artists and organizers urge the public to bid on exciting rock & roll auction items, such as signed instruments, memorabilia and experiences at ebay.com/usr/rocktotherescue, as well as to directly donate to Rock To The Rescue at rocktotherescue.net. Rock To The Rescue will distribute funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations to the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club. Additional charities may be announced following the event.

Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. The Midwest Food Bank gathers large food donations from nationwide corporations and distributes them to social service organizations, as well as at national disaster sites. The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity is a Community Action Agency and leadership organization that promotes self-sufficiency and economic security. Tazwood Community Services was organized for the purpose of reducing the causes and alleviating the effects of poverty in Tazwood and Woodford Counties. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate – a Toys for Tots toy drive will be held onsite at Rock To The Rescue. The Washington Rotary Club is a service organization located in Washington, IL and an affiliate of Rotary International.

Rock To tThe Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock To The Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Hannah Shaw, daughter of Tommy Shaw, is Executive Director of Rock To The Rescue.

For more information visit: rocktotherescue.net and facebook.com/rocktotherescue.




FUNDRAISING CONCERT - FEATURING STYX AND REO SPEEDWAGON -

TO BE HELD AT U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM IN BLOOMINGTON, IL ON DEC. 4

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (November 26, 2013) – REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX are proud to announce the addition of LARRY THE CABLE GUY, RICHARD MARX, SURVIVOR, HEAD EAST and BRUSHVILLE to the performances at Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. On Dec. 4, this benefit concert, at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois, will raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening.

Tickets for this performance are on sale at ticketmaster.com for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visitwww.uscellularcoliseum.com/ for up-to-date information.

Additionally, seats in the first two rows on the floor are currently available via a Ticketmaster auction (click here). Auction bids begin at $300 for a pair of tickets, with winners also receiving a meet and greet and photo-op with the event’s artists.

Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock to the Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information visit: www.rocktotherescue.net andwww.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.

Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made at www.rocktotherescue.net.




Tommy Shaw was honored to join an unbelievable collection of talent, November 22nd at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN to honor the late, great and legendary George Jones. Tommy performed She Thinks I Still Care alongside some of the best talent in country music, in tribute to one of the most loved and respected country singers of all time.

"Tommy Shaw of the rock band Styx gave one of the best performances of the evening with an intensely focused reading of "She Thinks I Still Care" (1962), accompanied by a weeping steel guitar..."-Edward Morris for CMT News

"...Another unlikely performance was "She Thinks I Still Care." Though the song was one of Jones' signature songs, few expected Styx's Tommy Shaw to pull off such a winning version of the Dickey Lee-written classic. "-Chuck Dauphin for Billboard




FEATURING STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON AND FRIENDS - TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF DEVASTATING MIDWEST STORM FUNDRAISING CONCERT AT U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM IN BLOOMINGTON, IL ANNOUNCED FOR DEC. 4

TICKETS ON SALE SAT., NOV. 23 AT 10 AM

Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL - In response to the recent wave of storms that brought tornadoes and highly-damaging winds to the Midwest, STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON have announced that they are using their combined might to help raise funds for those affected by this tragedy. On Dec. 4, these proud members of the Midwest’s rock elite will appear with special guests (to be announced shortly) at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois in a fundraiser: Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. Funds will be earmarked for affected families in central Illinois communities that were left reeling in the wake of devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening.

Tickets for this performance go on sale at www.ticketmaster.com for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com/ for up-to-date information. Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made at www.rocktotherescue.net.

STYX guitarist and IL native James “JY” Young said, “As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I’m reminded of his famous quote, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt. It’s our turn to ask what we can do for this great State, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois."

REO SPEEDWAGON singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin said, "I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word ‘Illinois’ is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering in Washington, IL and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own... the people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs."

"With our company being based in this area for over 40 years and my family living in Pekin which was effected by the storm, we wanted to do something to help all those affected. Everyone at Jay Goldberg Events have had friends, family members and employees who were directly impacted by the storm," saidJay Goldberg of Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment.

City of Bloomington Manager David Hales said, "The City of Bloomington has heavy hearts for those affected in the recent tornado outbreaks around Central Illinois. We know that our city and surrounding cities will pull together to help out and support this cause. We are glad to be hosting this benefit concert in our city."

"We are honored and excited to be hosting this benefit concert. We are passionate about our business and know this is the best way that we could help out. Everyone involved in putting on this concert has dropped everything to make this happen, and we are looking forward to a very successful event to help those that need it," said John Butler, President of Central Illinois Arena Management that operates the US Cellular Coliseum.

Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock to the Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information visit: www.rocktotherescue.net andwww.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.

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, 6 best-of compilations and 4 live albums, garnering 8 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 venue at a time.

ABOUT REO SPEEDWAGON

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO SPEEDWAGON has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. The group’s nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty–plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying concert audiences across the nation. Live at Moondance Jam - the band’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, was released in both a Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) on November 19th. Recently, REO unveiled the band’s “Great Chicago Fire Hydrant” as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project. On December 4, these will be auctioned, with proceeds benefitting 100 Club Chicago.




JAMES ‘JY’ YOUNG ON MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF STYX: ‘WE’RE NOT RETIRING AND WE’RE NOT GOING AWAY!’

As 2013 begins to wind its way to a close, it’s been another busy year for the “rock band Styx,” which is how founding member and guitarist James “JY” Young refers to the legendary group when identifying himself at the beginning of our phone conversation.

The band continued their successful ‘Midwest Rock ‘n’ Roll Express’ tour this year, which debuted in 2012 with the triple threat of Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, adding a second round of tour dateswhich brought their rock and roll mission to additional markets in the early part of the year. From there, the band would go on to play further shows as part of the ongoing road saga which has kept Styx on concert stages worldwide for 100+ dates each year since 1999, with hardly any breaks in the action.

They’ll finish out the year with even more shows prior to announcing their plans for more road work in the new year. Young was appropriately elusive when we asked about the forthcoming announcement, saying that “we can’t talk about it yet, but people will be pleased with it.” They’re even “threatening to maybe record a [new] song or two,” but Young cautions that there are no concrete plans yet in regards to that possible new music. What he will state with no hesitation is that the band still loves what they do, “so we’re not retiring and we’re not going away!”

Fair enough. In the interim, it seemed like a good time to dig into the four decades of history that have carried the band this far. When you look at the albums that this band has done through the years, there’s no shortage of topics and Young was more than happy to discuss it all at length.

We wanted to ask you about the latest DVD, featuring the full album performances of ‘The Grand Illusion’ and ‘Pieces of Eight’ albums. It had to be a bit surreal, digging into past work like that, playing a few songs that you probably thought you’d never play live. With multiple songwriters contributing to those albums, you had an interesting melting pot of sounds — something which has been a constant thing with Styx.

The beauty of the creative team back then is that we were different. We were all different individuals and so everything that creatively came out was really held to very high standards from a dozen different angles as opposed to everyone playing the same thing and it all sounds like second-rate AC/DC or something like that. There was lots of layers to what we did both musically and arrangement-wise and the amazing thing is that the work really seems to have wonderfully withstood the test of time and young people are turning onto it now even. Knock on this thing that looks like wood here, it’s been pretty good.

‘The Grand Illusion’ album would bring the first of two straight triple platinum albums. Starting with ‘The Grand Illusion’ album, it’s staggering when you look at the track listing for that album now. Did it feel like you had captured something different when you finished recording that album?

I think we all knew that this was our best work to that point and there was a very cohesive thing [which was immediately visible] from the title of the record — there was a resonance there of a concept album or whatever, so I think we felt like we really had captured something. I mean, we felt like we’d captured something with ‘Crystal Ball’ as well, which was Tommy’s first record with us, but you’re in some ways in competition with the other acts on your label.

The year we released ‘Crystal Ball’ was when [Peter] Frampton released ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ and [with] A&M, our wonderful record company, it was pretty clear that they had piled all of their assets over in Peter Frampton’s corner, because they were going to try to hit that one out of the park and they did. We had to sort of bide our time and do our work but it ultimately forced us to do that much better on the next record. ‘The Grand Illusion’ was the seventh record released on the seventh month of the seventh year of the seventh decade of the 20th century and it was crazy, wonderful good.

When you speak of biding your time, you guys definitely paid a lot of dues in those early years, though. It seems like it really must have taken a lot of belief in the overall mission to keep going and not lose faith in what you had going on. You recorded a lot of albums before any real success came along.

Well, we started out from a sort of uninformed and naive spot. The crazy thing was that the very first song that was released got right on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Best Thing’ charted at No. 88 the first week with a bullet and then the next week it was 88 without a bullet and then the next week it was gone! The next time that we had something on the charts was really ‘Lady,’ which the first time it was released, it didn’t really get any push and didn’t get any respect. So we just had to go out and continue to play it live. I should say that ‘Lady’ actually did become a hit in three small places — Rapid City, South Dakota; Little Rock, Arkansas, and Provo, Utah. So that gave us an indication that we had something. We just kept at it and made our third record, ‘The Serpent Is Rising,’ which was very esoteric in comparison to the previous two [albums] and then ‘Man of Miracles’ [came out].

But ultimately when we went in to try and get ‘Man of Miracles’ played at our local radio station, they said “well, we’re not going to play anything from that, but that song ‘Lady’ of yours that came out two years ago, that’s a hit that didn’t get promoted” and WLS Radio in Chicago said “we’re going to play it once a night until it is a hit.” They were 50,000 watts, clear channel at the 890 AM frequency coming out of Chicago. You could hear it in Daytona Beach, for God’s sake. That set the whole box of wood on fire.

The band put in an unbelievable amount of work in the ‘70s, recording and releasing nine albums between 1972 and 1979. When you factor in shows, how did you pull that off?

Back then it just seemed like that was what we were supposed to do. That’s just what we did and we were really still honing our recording craft until we got to ‘Equinox’ and then there was a personnel change and Tommy [Shaw] came in and we had to sort of get [him] integrated and get to know each other there. ‘The Grand Illusion’ was the result of all of that and then [with] all of that pent-up 20-something year-old testosterone still flowing through all of our veins, we were just moving forward and whatever we were supposed to do next, we did next and it came out pretty good.

Starting somewhere in the middle with ‘Crystal Ball,’ ‘The Grand Illusion,’ ‘Pieces of Eight’ and ‘Cornerstone,’ you would expect that at the pace that you guys were moving that with one of those records, things might have gotten creatively compromised as a result of everything that you had going on.

Well, as we became more in-demand as a concert act, there was less time to be home and do what we do and get time off. It definitely took its toll on the interpersonal relationships between the band members. We had some troubles during ‘Cornerstone’ and ‘Paradise Theater’ went smoothly, but then after that we had more troubles and ‘Kilroy Was Here’ was the left turn on the steering wheel that kind of shocked the majority of our fanbase but ironically sort of helped spawn the next generation of Styx fans.

You guys came out at a good time because there were really no limits to what you could try it would seem like. You were only limited maybe by technology and even then, it seems like there was a lot of stretching to do whatever you could do.

Really, it was a time where considering that pop radio had typically been three-minute singles back in the ‘50s and ‘60s and then things would get stretched out a little bit [in the ‘70s]. In the spirit of ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ [with] ‘Come Sail Away,’ they wanted us to do an edit for radio and we did do an edit. That was supplied to radio stations, but most of them at the Top 40 level opted to play the six minute version, which blew our minds and we really said “wow, if our work is that good, then that bodes well for us.” Obviously, ‘The Grand Illusion’ was our biggest selling record and that was a great moment in time, creatively.

With so many songwriters in the band, how easy was it for you to find your place where you fit in, to be able to get your shots in with songs like ‘Miss America’ and ‘Great White Hope.’ How easy was it to get your place?

Those guys would always be out of the gate way ahead of me and I was maybe more concerned with paying attention to what was going on on the business side and the promotional side and less motivated to go into a room by myself and do what I did. Tommy and Dennis [DeYoung] actually having great lead vocal voices, whereas mine is sort of not as versatile of a tool as their voices were.

I sort of felt limited by what I thought I sounded good seeing that it’s kind of easier when you’re writing when you know you’re going to sing it yourself. So be that as they may, they were just more motivated writers and I was more involved [in other ways] — obviously, I played my guitar a lot. I was more concerned with the big picture and they were concerned with writing great material. Eventually, I’d get pulled into the process and get involved and something would happen, but I was not the guy who was going to sit down and write two albums worth of stuff. I basically got a couple of songs every record and had some help doing it.

I’d say that you contributed an important piece beyond the guitar work though, because the songs that you contributed really helped to add to the rock side of Styx that I think sometimes gets overlooked.

Well yes, I mean, I’m a pure rocker and in many ways, the skill set of the band didn’t lend itself to pure rock exactly. If I’d had a voice that had a little bit more bluesy soulful [feel] as opposed to the screaming white man, I probably would have been more prolific with it. But definitely, heavy rock is my favorite thing. I saw [Jimi] Hendrix play five times and I saw the Jeff Beck Group when Rod Stewart was on lead vocals and Ron Wood was the bass player. I [also] saw the Who a number of times live and that was really more the music that I wanted to do. But Dennis had far more pop melodic leanings than I did and even Tommy was more of an R&B/pop guy who could rock with the best of them. So all kinds of different things came out of Tommy and Dennis. My stuff was more narrow, because the few things that I did write, I wanted to make sure that the band had a rock edge presented on every record.

That’s really what I enjoyed about the DVD is that it is a good reminder of Styx, the rock band, which is something I know that you guys have really emphasized since the band came back. Certainly, it can’t hurt having a powerhouse drummer like Todd Sucherman in your wheelhouse like that.

Well, God bless and God rest John Panozzo. He was really extremely strong behind the drumkit. He did a wonderful drum solo in a number of the sets that we would do live. Todd has fusion level chops and I mean, he was voted No. 1 rock drummer in the 2009 Readers’ Poll of Modern Drummer magazine. I don’t think John Panozzo ever made the top ten. John was obviously strong enough and talented enough to carry us a long way, but Todd grew up on our music, living in Chicago and it’s like having a new engine under the hood of this race car and I just love taking it out for a ride.

When you look back at the songs, is there a Styx song that you thought would do better? One that got away?

There was a song that was off our fourth album, ‘Man of Miracles,’ which basically got buried, called ‘Rock & Roll Feeling,’ which I was the lead vocalist on. It had kind of a Bachman-Turner-Overdrive feel to it, you know, [it was a] Bachman-Turner/Doobie Brothers guitar driven feel good [type of] rock and roll song. The record company liked it enough to even have us remix it, which we did and there was going to be a big push on that and I think that was going to be the lead single from the record, but then ‘Lady’ took off, so ‘Man of Miracles’ just got buried. It was probably the one pop song where I could have been lead vocalist and co-author of that in 1974 had a shot at making some noise.

But ‘Lady’ took over and then they decided to release a second single from ‘Styx II’ [called] ‘You Need Love,’ which ironically Dennis wrote and I sang. But ‘Lady’ was the magic on that thing. We still had our original manager with us and ultimately at the end of that whole process we’d had a Top 10 single in every city across the country. In most every city, it went to No. 1, actually and the ‘Styx II’ album became a gold record. As the single fell off the charts, the album kind of followed it down the charts. A couple of months later, we had never been on a national tour and it looked like there was a great opportunity that we had not capitalized on for whatever reason, so we decided to change management. It was all for the better, because then we got to A&M and we had to pay a price to change horses midstream, but ultimately it was very well worth it because A&M was clearly the spot we needed to be. They embraced us and we went onto great things there.

You mentioned the possibility of some new songs. What sort of writing has been going on in recent times. Can you talk about that?

Well, there’s a variety of different things. Tommy went and did a bluegrass record with Alison Krauss. He writes some stuff with Jack Blades and he makes these covers albums with Jack. There’s one new song that we never really got any push behind, ‘Difference In The World,’ that Tommy wrote. It’s kind of a minor key lament in a way, but it’s got a little bit of a rock edge to it. It’s a very nice song, but we were without a label. There’s no real plan and as we look out there, even the likes of McCartney and the Rolling Stones put out a new record and you never hear it on the radio. Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and Heart have all put out new studio albums in the last few years and you never heard one track ever on the radio.

So the incentive is dramatically diminished and we’re finding that our career has actually grown with these great DVDs that we’ve applied ourselves to, taking advantage of what we can do with the visual medium. But I think now, the picture is much clearer that you can do one great song at a time, go back to the ‘50s and do singles and make a great low-budget but clever and fun video and put it on our website and if it’s meant to catch fire, it will. If it’s not, we haven’t spent a billion dollars to try and push one track out there.

It’s a matter of having fun with the creative process to do something great and get it out there and see what happens. I think when we finally get around to it, we will do that, but it seems like there’s no great rush. We stay so busy on the road — we’ve toured constantly since July of ‘99, playing 110 shows a year. Our audience is out there on the live concert stage. Eventually, we’ll find the right thing and we’ll get that side of our career going again, but I just haven’t felt as if it was the right moment in time yet.

Is there anything else we need to cover?

No, I think that in my own personal opinion, the incarnation of Styx that [is currently] onstage, is the best version of this band that’s ever taken the stage. There’s just an incredible joy for all of us to be there and to perform. In my 40-some years of making records and touring like this, I realize that music has this incredible power that comes from a higher place and it’s channeled through myself and my bandmates.

We bring that incredible thing that we do collectively that we all possess on some small level. But when we do it together, it’s like this magical, joyful thing. I like to tell people that we have a semi trailer filled with toys and a bus filled with people to set up those toys and we just get to go play with them for an hour and a half. It’s just like we’re kids in a candy store. The crowd senses the joy that’s emanating from the stage and they reflect it back and it goes back and forth and by the end of the night, we’re all surfing this giant wave of joy and what’s to not like about that? Retirement? Never!




“THE MIDWEST ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPRESS” TOUR, IN ASSOCIATION WITH STYX AND REO SPEEDWAGON’S CHARITY ORGANIZATION ROCK TO THE RESCUE, RAISES OVER $100,000 FOR VICTIMS OF THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

July 9, 2013 -- The April/May “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagonand Ted Nugent was successful in more ways than one. STYX and REO Speedwagon’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston marathon bombings.

Donations were collected along the 21-date trek when fans purchased a silent raffle ticket to win a guitar signed by all three acts.

"Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help. We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise with us to help our friends in Boston. We Are Boston!” -- STYX

"We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now. We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the guitar which is to be donated on their behalf each night. In our small way, we do what we do." -- REO Speedwagon

“The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort.” – Ted Nugent

Spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah Shaw, Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. As of last year, at every STYX tour date Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.

Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. For more info: www.rocktotherescue.netandwww.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.




New York, NY (April 25, 2013)—On November 9, 2010, Styx brought two of their most revered albums, 1977’s The Grand Illusion and 1978’s Pieces Of Eight to the stage at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release this concert, The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live, as a 2CD set on May 7, 2013. [

The Grand Illusion and Pieces Of Eight were both multi-platinum masterpieces that established Styx as a globally successfully rock act. This was the first time these albums were played live in their entirety. Showcasing the scope and sheer magnitude of the Styx sound, Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “J.Y.” Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals), and Chuck Panozzo (bass guitar) perfectly portrayed what made their music so groundbreaking.

Since their 1972 inception, Styx has sold millions of records worldwide, and defined the AOR genre for a generation of fans. Known for melding the elements of prog-rock with searing hard rock guitar and stellar songwriting, the band has produced such beloved hits as “Renegade,” and “Come Sail Away.” The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live is a fitting representation of an incredible career.

Eagle Rock previously released this concert on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/CD in January 2012.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.




"THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N' ROLL EXPRESS" TOUR IN ASSOCIATION WITH STYX AND REO SPEEDWAGON'S CHARITY ORGANIZATION, ROCK TO THE RESCUE, DONATES PROCEEDS FROM UPCOMING SHOWS TO VICTIMS OF THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS"

At every stop along "The Midwest Rock 'N' Roll Express" tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, which kicked off in Grand Forks, ND last week at the Ralph Englestad Arena, STYX's Rock to the Rescue charity organization will be giving away a guitar signed by all three acts as part of a silent raffle. 75% of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity in Boston to help victims of the recent explosions. The remaining 25% will be given to local charities in the respective tour market.

"Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help. We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise up with us to help our friends in Boston. We Are Boston!" --STYX

"We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now. We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the gutar which is to be donated on their behalf each night. In our small way, we do what we do." --REO Speedwagon

"The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort." --Ted Nugent

Spearheaded by Tommy Shaw's daughter, Hannah Shaw, Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. As of last year, at every STYX tour date Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back thorugh community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.

Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be a part of "Volunteers for America" concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City.



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