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TOMMY SHAW OF STYX PERFORMING LIVE IN SPOKANE, WA. IN AUGUST 1977. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM. MAGICAL MOMENT PHOTOS.

TOMMY SHAW OF STYX ON STAGE IN SPOKANE, WA. IN AUGUST OF 1977. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM.


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“A BALANCE BETWEEN CUTE AND MUNDANE”
BY GRAHAM HICKS
THE BRANDON SUN
BRANDON, MANITOBA, CANADA
MAY 28, 1977

Dennis DeYoung defines the Styx sound as “a struggle.” “There’s a tension between guitarist James Young and myself on keyboards,” he said in a recent interview. “I tend towards the lyrical things, and he likes heavy metal; we have to compromise between my tendency to get cute and his to get mundane. That’s what Styx is all about.” DeYoung is one of those few articulate musicians who can put his finger on his band’s identity.
Styx, who are performing at the Keystone Arena on Saturday, June 11, are a fusion of light melody and heavy rock. You could say Styx is the best British band to ever come out of Chicago. Like several other rising mid-western bands — Starcastle, Starz and Kansas come to mind — they have borrowed heavily from the English sound.
Their twin electric guitar leads are reminiscent of early Wishbone Ash, their excellent harmonies hark back to early Yes, and a Styx tendency to introduce songs with acoustic guitar-picking, smashed by power chords, is straight out of the Who.
Styx have labored long and hard to reach the position in the rock hierarchy they now hold. The band toured for six long years, backing everyone and their dog before their own reputation took off with the album Equinox.
Equinox established the band with hits such as Lorelie, Light Up and Suite Madame Blue. Crystal Ball, the next album to be released, solidified the band’s reputation. Crystal Ball has been well-crafted. DeYoung and guitarists Tommy Shaw and James Young are all accomplished musicians who build each song carefully into a musical statement. The musical ideas are logical and well-developed. Rather than packing the album with short cuts, they worked on seven songs, each with a duration of four to five minutes.
They give themselves the time to work through the theme of the song, and to let the contrasts — the slow and fast portions of many of their songs — sink in.
Crystal Ball, the title cut, combines all the ingredients. It features clean dual-guitar work, a snythesizer solo, the three-way Styx vocals, an urgent refrain coupled with longing lyrics, and slower passages.
Crystal Ball is an assertion of the band’s own, rather than a borrowed sound. They are moving towards a synthesis of heavy-metal and baroque.
If Styx can deliver on stage what they promise in their albums — they have an excellent reputation as a touring band — it should be a memorable show. One criticism of their performances has been ear-splitting noise levels. Earplugs might be advisable as a precautionary measure. The first act on the bill will be Toronto’s Max Webster — the same band that warmed up Rush’s concert last October.
Musically, Styx needn’t worry about being blown off the stage. Max Webster shows little imagination in their music. It’s basic ground-thud with a few bright moments. Max Webster’s strength lies in lyrics and stage antics. They are all quite bonkers. Lead singer and guitarist Kim Mitchell struts about like a gaunt rooster under the shade of flashy sombrero, pirouetting into a cocoon of guitar wires before uncoiling himself. He’s been described as a six-foot-two inch, 120-pound praying mantis in Italian underwear. Their lyrics are written by unseen band member Pye Dubois, a psychiatrist in Toronto. Max Webster records on the new Anthem label, a company owned principally by the members of Rush.

STYX DISCOGRAPHY:

1972 Styx
1973 Styx II
1974 The Serpent is Rising
1974 Man of Miracles
1975 Equinox
1976 Crystal Ball
1977 The Grand Illusion
1978 Pieces of Eight
1979 Cornerstone
1981 Paradise Theatre
1983 Kilroy was Here
1984 Caught in the Act (Live)
1990 The Edge of the Century
1997 Return to Paradise (Live)
1999 Brave New World
2001 Styxworld Live 2001
2002 Live at the Rivers Edge
2003 Cyclorama
2003 21st Century Live
2005 The Big Bang Theory
2006 One with Everything (Live)

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JAMES YOUNG OF STYX PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERT AT THE COLISEUM IN SPOKANE, WA. IN AUGUST OF 1977. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM. MAGICAL MOMENT PHOTOS.

JAMES YOUNG OF STYX ROCKS OUT IN SPOKANE, WA. IN AUGUST 1977. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM.


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“STYX TO HARD ROCK AT THE STANLEY TONIGHT”
BY GRANT DILLEWSON
NORTH HILLS NEWS RECORD
WARRENDALE, PA. DECEMBER 9, 1977

Styx, a rock band that started out in the dingy steel-mill district of Chicago seven years ago blasts into the Stanley Theater tonight at 7:30 p.m. showing few signs of the wear and tear of the climb to the top.
Pounding out the loud and hard sounds of most of their songs, the band has risen to the top rung of the rock music ladder. They have built a steadily increasing following with each of their seven albums.
“Lady”, the hit single that is the band’s most renowned work, has become a certified gold record. The album “Equinox” achieved platinum status in Canada and “Crystal Ball” has been certified gold.
The most recent album from the group, “The Grand Illusion”, was released in July. The cuts “Come Sail Away”, “Fooling Yourself”, and “Superstars” have climbed high on the charts and members of the band feel it is their best material to date.
Styx is made up of original members Dennis DeYoung on the keyboards, and twins John and Chuck Panozzo on the drums and bass guitar respectively, Newcomers James Young, and guitarist-singer-songwriter Tommy Shaw complete the band.
On the road for most of the year, the band members know their live performances have kept them in the public eye and created the attention needed for increasing airplay of their songs. Styx is one band that doesn’t want to be couped up in a studio. But that is not the only reason for long days of touring.
“Music is meant to be performed live, records cannot be a true substitute”, said DeYoung. “I think people are tired of seeing four guys in blue jeans jamming for an hour, they want a show.” said Young.
Each Styx member has a creative part in the production of their stage show. Chuck Panozzo, who has a college degree in art and spent some years teaching high school students, acts as the band’s art director. Young, with his mechanical engineering background, oversees the technical end of the show. DeYoung coordinates the musical aspects of the staging and each member adds his own touch of expertise.
“The Grand Illusion,” the third album on the A&M label, is a culmination of a year of growing acceptance and increasing confidence within the group. “There’s so much excitement around this album that things are really flowing. It portrays the enthusiasm we feel right now”, said Shaw. “Good vibes are the impetus to good music,” Chuck Panozzo, said. “There were definite good vibes behind “Grand Illusion “. Whether the vibes are good or not, there is going to be plenty of movement tonight when Styx takes the stage. The fans will be dancing and screaming and the amplifiers will make sure nothing remains undisturbed.

STYX DISCOGRAPHY:
1972 Styx
1973 Styx II
1974 The Serpent is Rising
1974 Man of Miracles
1975 Equinox
1976 Crystal Ball
1977 The Grand Illusion
1978 Pieces of Eight
1979 Cornerstone
1981 Paradise Theatre
1983 Kilroy was Here
1984 Caught in the Act (Live)
1990 The Edge of the Century
1997 Return to Paradise (Live)
1999 Brave New World
2001 Styxworld Live 2001
2002 Live at the Rivers Edge
2003 Cyclorama
2003 21st Century Live
2005 The Big Bang Theory
2006 One with Everything (Live)

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