Check it out: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Styx
10 Things You Might Not Know About Styx
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Twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo first got together with their neighbor Dennis DeYoung in 1961 in the Roseland section of the south side of Chicago, eventually taking the band name "The Tradewinds.” In 1965, the name was changed to TW4 after another band called The Trade Winds broke through nationally
James “J.Y.” Young went to Calumet High in Chicago where his parents encouraged him to play clarinet. One of his classmates was the son of blues great, Jimmy Reed. In 1970, Young joined TW4 while a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, from which he graduated with a bachelor's in mechanical and aerospace engineering
In 1972 the band members decided to choose a new name when they got signed after being spotted by a talent scout at a concert in Western Springs, Illinois. According to DeYoung, the name Styx (the river in Greek mythology between Earth and the Underworld) was chosen because it was "the only one that none of us hated"
The band’s sixth album, Crystal Ball, was released on October 1, 1976 and marked the recording debut of new guitarist Tommy Shaw. The track "Mademoiselle” was Shaw's vocal debut and the band’s third Top 40 hit. "Crystal Ball" was the title track and second single released from the album also written by Shaw
The Grand Illusion was released on July 7, 1977 and launched the band to stardom. It spawned the hit singles "Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself,” selling over three million copies in the US. The album cover art, created by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, is an homage to a painting by René Magritte entitled "Le Blanc-Seing"
Pieces Of Eight
"Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" was the first single from the Pieces of Eight album, released on September 1, 1978. The song was composed by Tommy Shaw after hearing the sound of his motor boat engine when it failed to start. He said it sounded like a good riff to a song. The song reached No. 21 in the US
Styx headlined Superjam ’78 at Busch Stadium on Saturday, August 26, 1978. Also on the bill were special guests Blue Oyster Cult, Angel, Eddie Money, and Bob Welch. James “J.Y.” Young has an aerial picture of Busch Stadium hanging in his house from this show
Chicago’s Paradise Theatre
"Too Much Time On My Hands" was the second single released from Styx's 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theatre. A concept album, it is a fictional account of Chicago's Paradise Theatre from its opening to closing and eventual abandonment, used as a metaphor for America's changing times from the late 1970s into the 1980s
1983's Kilroy Was Here brought the creative and competitive tensions within the band beyond the breaking point. Shaw departed the band at the conclusion of the tour in support of the album. In 1984, the band released its first live album, Caught in the Act. By the time of the album's release, the band had already parted ways
In 1989 Styx reformed and then once again in 1995, with guitarist Tommy Shaw returning to the fold. A tour was mounted in 1996, but drummer John Panozzo was unable to participate in the tour due to declining health caused by problems with alcohol, which eventually claimed his life