Styx’s mega-triple-platinum smash success Pieces of Eight was released 42 years ago today by A&M Records on September 1, 1978. Bandmembers Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young, along with album art designer Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Pittsburgh Steelers legends Kevin Greene and Jerome Bettis, all tell the tale of the great Eight, exclusively to Styxworld.


August 21, 2020 -- For the first time ever, STYX has released their 14 th album, CYCLORAMA, on all download and streaming platforms starting today via BMG.
Originally released in 2003 on Sanctuary/CMC International, CYCLORAMA, it was the band’s last full-length studio album of all-original material prior to the June 2017 release of THE MISSION. It was produced by ...CLICK TO READ

Styx’s biggest-selling album, The Grand Illusion, was released 43 years ago today by A&M Records on the cosmically cool stardate of July 7, 1977. In a Styxworld exclusive, all six bandmembers recount the impact The Grand Illusion has had over the years — and continues to have, day in and day out. 

Celebrating the three-year anniversary of the release of Styx’s latest — and most vibrant — studio album, The Mission, with exclusive comments from the seven men who made it happen.

Big Bang Theory, Styx’s rousing run through a baker’s dozen of celebrated rock and blues classics — in addition to a stripped-down makeover of one of their own benchmark hits — was released 15 years ago on the New Door/UMe label on May 10, 2005. n a Styxworld exclusive, the entire band tells us the tale of how Big Bang Theory came to be, and they assess the album’s continuing legacy. 

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In celebration of the ongoing resonance of Cyclorama, Styx’s first full-length studio album of the 2000s that was released on February 18, 2003, guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw recalls the unique location for recording some of the album’s vocal tracks, the initial and wisely discarded title for “One With Everything,” and the evergreen poignancy of “Genki Desu Ka.”

STYX vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw recently appeared on "PodKats!", a podcast hosted by John "Kats" Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On living in Nashville:

Tommy: "There's a Southern way of life — Southern attitudes. It's a friendly place. It's encouraged — that kind of thing is just in the culture. When people move here, they tend to want to assimilate into that instead of bringing the culture with them from the last place they lived. You get a certain attitude when you're driving in Chicago or New York or Los Angeles, and when you come here, you notice right away that you don't hear anybody blowing their horns... People are polite. It's just a Southern way. We lived in Los Angeles for almost 24 years. It just got so crowded. Parking was hard to do. To go one place and get one thing done would take you two or three hours because of traffic... The other thing is, Nashville is pretty centrally located. If you're a musician that gets on the road a lot, the trip home or the trip out there is a lot shorter."

On getting his big break:

Tommy: "Back when I was still living in my hometown, what you did was you played in clubs. There were lots and lots of clubs where live music was the center thing. That's how I got my break — playing in a club on Rush Street in Chicago. The tour manager for STYX came and saw us play and came back and introduced himself. When they were looking to replace John Curulewski, he remembered me, but he didn't have my phone number. I had forgotten to make it unlisted when I moved back to Alabama, so he got my number from directory assistance — but it was because I was playing in that club."



Today’s the day Paradise Theatre first made history when this pivotal, chart-topping Styx album was released 39 years ago on January 19, 1981.

Equinox, Styx’s fifth studio album, was released 44 years ago today on December 1, 1975 on A&M Records. Co-founding members James “JY” Young and Chuck Panozzo, along with Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan, exclusively tell us how this album changed Styx forever.

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All six Styx Mission performers gathered together in the green room at NYCB Theatre in Westbury, Long Island, New York during intermission on November 16 to share their thoughts about playing their fourth, and final, full Mission set of 2019.

Styx’s seventh live album, One With Everything: Styx and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, was released by NewDoor/UMe 13 years ago today on November 14, 2006. We exclusively talk with guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, CYO conductor extraordinaire Liza Grossman, and then-CYO members Lavinia Pavlish and David Ellis about this most memorable performance.

Man of Miracles, Styx’s fourth studio album, was released 45 years ago today by Wooden Nickel Records on November 8, 1974. Co-founding bandmembers James  “JY” Young and Chuck Panozzo exclusively share their memories of the making of this magical early entry in the band’s storied canon.

Cornerstone, Styx’s ninth studio album, was released 40 years ago today by A&M Records on October 19, 1979. Cornerstone was the band’s third triple-platinum-selling album in a row — cementing Styx as the first band ever to have achieved that vaunted sales feat (with their fourth one to follow just two years later) — and it spawned their first #1 single, “Babe.” 

Crystal Ball, Styx’s sixth studio album and the first to feature Tommy Shaw on guitar and vocals, was released 43 years ago today on October 1, 1976. Bandmembers Shaw, co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young, and co-founding bassist Chuck Panozzo all share their remembrances of how this seminal album came to be.

Styx’s mega-triple-platinum smash success Pieces of Eight was released 41 years ago today by A&M Records on September 1, 1978. Styx members Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young discuss its origins, plus we find out why the album’s most indelible song, “Renegade,” became of primary importance to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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By Tommy Shaw

Photo by Jason Powell, taken backstage recently at Sweden Rock Festival, June 8, 2019 — Jimmy Johnson in the black t-shirt in the middle, leaning on the shoulder of Todd Sucherman, with Tommy Shaw aiming his guitar at the camera, James Young in the background, and Ricky Phillips in sunglasses


It is with profound sorrow that I am announcing my dear friend and right-hand man, guitar tech and inventor Jimmy Johnson, passed away in his hotel room in the early hours of the morning here today, July 24, 2019, on the Southern Coast of California. When he failed to show up for lobby call, fellow crewmembers contacted hotel management, broke into his room, and discovered him there.

Our love and deepest sympathy go out to his wife Susan and the rest of his family, who, like us, are just hearing what few details are available at this time.

Anyone who has seen STYX over the last couple of decades and seen my many guitar changes or caught a glimpse of my onstage guitar vaults — this was Jimmy Johnson’s domain. Always from his hand to mine. What you didn’t see were all of the electronics he also managed, from amplifiers, backup amps, effects, wireless transmitters/receivers, and an always-expanding collection of tools he never stopped collecting. He took great pride in being able to produce the proper tool for any situation that might arise, knowing how beneficial it would be for getting things back on track.

In the past few years, we had taken on nicknames for each other. I was Tommy Joe, and he was Jim Bob. On the rare occasions when there was some kind of guitar glitch, I could always count on Jim Bob to immediately hand me another one, recently strung and “Gorgomyted” (look up Gorgomyte — it’s Jimmy’s product, loved and used by the best players on earth).

And above it all, we were friends who always departed with a sincere “Love you!” 

I knew he was planning on seeing his old friend and dear friend Neil Peart of Rush here yesterday. I hope he did.

I can’t believe he’s gone. So many miles, gigs, guitars, laughs, tears, inside jokes, and shared experiences. He takes that with him, as I’ll hold onto here. He’ll live in my heart for the rest of my days, and now the extremely talented heavenly band he’s running with will never need worry about anything technical again.

We will find a way to take the stage tonight in your honor, as I know you’d insist. 

Rock on Jim Bob! 

Love you...

Tommy Joe


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