One On One With Mitch Lafon - RICKY PHILLIPS

STYX's Ricky Phillips guests on Ep. 260 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.


In the show's only interview, Ricky Phillips of STYX discusses the band's LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS DVD, their upcoming Las Vegas 'Renegades In The Fast Lane' residency with special guest Don Felder, Ronnie Montrose, Deen Castronovo, Bad English, working with Coverdale/Page and much more.

Quotes from the interview:

'Renegades In The Fast Lane' (time 7.14): "We don't want it to be just another show, so we're discussing that."

(time: 8.27): "It's going to be fun - whatever we end up doing with the set list."

Ronnie Montrose (time: 9.59): "He always gave everything he had and good, bad or ugly - he was honest. He was a crazy wacky talented motherfucker. He was just amazing and a dear dear friend. I miss him greatly."

Talk about Deen Castronovo and 'the big pocket' starts at 13.36...

Bad English talk starts 16.19 -

When told that Bad English should get back together he said... (time 20.20): "I'll go as far as to agree with you. It was an amazing band. Things happened quickly and easily for that band. We wrote songs quickly. We got songs recorded quickly. It was just easy to do. It was a great great combination of guys."

Coverdale/Page talk starts at (time: 21.46)...

(time 22.06): "It was never supposed to be the bass player. I came along to help them play bass and help construct songs that they were writing for the project."

(time 23.36): "As we worked on the music for about five months - we really developed this 'thing' that was pretty special... We would play those songs and it was recorded (of us rehearsing) to see if arrangements were working and gosh man - there was fricking oodles of magic in those recordings. It was just a great time."

What did he learn from David Coverdale & Jimmy Page (time: 25.44): "It solidified... I had already learned because I, with a fine tooth comb, gone over both those guys catalogs and gleened everything I could. It had already become a part of my DNA as a player."

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One On One With Mitch Lafon - STEPHEN PEARCY

The legendary voice of RATT, STEPHEN PEARCY, guests on Ep. 247 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.


In the show's only interview, Stephen Pearcy talks about his upcoming solo album SMASH, recently singing alongside Judas Priest frontman ROB HALFORD, looks back at the Ratt album Dancing Undercover and discusses the recently released picture of him sitting along side Juan Croucier and Warren DeMartini. Was it simply a photo or was it a hint of things to come?

Quotes from the interview:

The discussion about "the photo" starts 5.55.

(time 7.03): "Never say never."
(time 7.12): "The picture spoke a thousand words."

Twitter: @StephenEPearcy



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One On One With Mitch Lafon - LAWRENCE GOWAN (Styx, Solo)


STYX's LAWRENCE GOWAN guests on Ep. 245 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

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In the show's only interview, Lawrence Gowan of STYX discusses the band's LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS DVD, his recently re-released Lost Brotherhood & ...But You Can Call Me Larry solo albums, becoming the voice of STYX, touring and much more.

Quotes from the interview:

Styx Live (time 4.56): "As JY says - they have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choices of songs to play."

Becoming the voice of STYX (time 8.14): "The great thing about this band and what made me lean towards it - was that they never asked me... Not once on the very first meeting... Not once until here we are seventeen plus years later... Not once did they ever ask me to replicate or imitate or in any way do any sort of impression of Dennis DeYoung. In fact, it was never even put that I was replacing anyone in the band."

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Follow the link to read Sleaze Roxx's interview with Styx bassist Ricky Phillips including details of the last recordings from Ronnie Montrose to be released.

Credit: Ruben Mosqueda of Sleaze Roxx ( Excerpts from the interview:


Ricky Phillips: I met Ronnie back in the early '80s through a producer friend of mine. He and Ronnie had done a project where it was just he and Ronnie on stage. It was extraordinary. It was probably overshooting for the average Joe. It was aimed for a higher brow musically. Ronnie had done the Montrose thing with Sammy [Hagar] and he had done Gamma which was a bit more 'proggy.' He wanted to do something new. If he had just stayed a rock guitarist, he have become a household name because he was so great at it. He is a guy that played those licks first and a lot of guys stole from him. I've been told this from guys I know that are in huge bands.

I went out to do shows with Ronnie along with Eric Singer [KISS, Alice Cooper, Badlands]. We had a few different singers. Ronnie loved the way we sounded and he was inspired to do another rock record. Eric, Ronnie and I went into the studio and laid down ten tracks. I started working with Styx and Eric resumed working with Alice and KISS back to back.

Right before I went on tour with Styx I received a call from Ronnie he said 'Listen I have an idea. I'm calling the record 10 by 10. We'll get 10 different singers, one for each song and we'll get this thing done.' I said 'That's a great idea Ronnie but we can't even think of one singer we like! How are we going to find 10?!' [laughs] He replied 'Listen I'll call Sammy [Hagar] and ask if he can do one. I'll call Edgar [Winter] and see if he can do another. I'll call people I know.' I didn't have the time to chase down people to sing on the album but he did. He got them and then some. He got Mark Farner [Grand Funk Railroad], Gregg Rolie [Journey, Santana], Eric Martin [Mr. Big] and David Pattison [Gamma]. I got Tommy Shaw on one of the tracks. It became this cool project that had this really cool band.

The record sounds cohesive. It's a very interesting record. We finally found a home for it. We're having some meetings with a label about it getting released and I hope we have this album released by the beginning of 2017.

I jumped ahead a little bit. When I say that we recorded the album; drums, bass and rhythm guitars were done. Ronnie passed before he could lay down guitar solos. I mixed the record so that Ronnie was very big in the record. It was his concept so I wanted to ensure that he was represented on this record. I wanted to bring in guys that Ronnie was into to come in and record the solos for the album. I didn't get everybody that I went after but I think all the right guys are on the record. There's a great mix of singers and guitarists on there. I have Glenn Hughes on a track with Phil Collen from Def Leppard playing the solo, Sammy Hagar featuring Steve Lukather [Toto]' Eric Martin, I paired up with Dave Meniketti [Y&T] and on and on. We have Joe Bonamassa on there too. I also have Brad Whitford who is the unsung hero to both Ronnie and I in Aerosmith. He's the dark horse in that band. I called him and he was honored to be a part of it. I can't wait for you to hear the track with Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer. It sounds like it was lifted right out of the '70s.

I'm excited for the album to come out. There's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into this album and a lot of love. I think Ronnie will be looking down on us smiling when it's released. It's pretty special.


Sleaze Roxx: And There's Coverdale/Page which you were a part of. I was looking at the RIAA page and the album achieved platinum status [1 million copies sold] in the United States. At the time, it was considered a 'flop' but it sold a million copies. It's a good record.

Ricky Phillips: It went platinum relatively quickly too. I learned a lot on that record from Jimmy [Page] and David [Coverdale] making that record about the business. John Kalodner, a behind the scenes record guy who has made a lot of careers happen, really believed in it. John knew it was a great combination. David [Coverdale] got a lot of flak for sounding like Robert Plant. You know when Jimmy [Page] starts playing, that's what you do! [laughs] That's what comes out of your voice. That's what needs to be done! [laughs] That's what David was doing. I think he did an incredible job. I have some recordings of us working on material. I think those are even better than the record because we're fishing for ideas. That's really honest, pure creation happening there and I happen to have those recorded.

As time went on, Jimmy bought a home in Florida and he was moving there. Then we moved the recording to Vancouver, BC, and people got sick' A lot of stuff started happening. We spent about five months working and putting that album together. I'm not making any excuses because I think we made a great record. When we were making the video ['Pride And Joy'] Jimmy pulled me aside and said 'I'm getting back together with Robert [Plant].' You know, there will always be those rumors that he worked with David just to get Robert to work with him. [laughs] I don't know that it's true. It makes me wonder. That's what I wondered at the time when he pulled me aside. That was the end of Coverdale/Page.

I had a blast hanging out with Jimmy. I was constantly asking him about The Yardbirds which is one of my favorite bands. Can you imagine a band that featured [Jeff] Beck, [Eric] Clapton and [Jimmy] Page at one time or another? He didn't seem to mind telling the stories. [laughs] On many levels, it was an interesting and educational time.


STYX Screens Fading American Dream at 'Paradise Theater' Album's 35th Anniversary


STYX Screens Fading American Dream At Paradise Theater JY, Shaw, DeYoung, Gowan Weigh In On Albums 35th Anniversary

Dallas, TX - January 14, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands  celebrates the  35th anniversary of Styx raising the curtain on the Eighties with their best-seller ever, Paradise Theater.

From July of 1977 to the end of that decade, you would be hard pressed to find an American rock band more popular than the Chicago quintet Styx.  In that two and a half year period, Styx had three Top 10 albums selling a total of eight million copies. Then in January 1981 Styx would release Paradise Theater, an album echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans struggling with high employment, skyrocketing interest rates, urban decay and crime. Paradise Theater would go on to be Styxs biggest-selling album producing the hits Rockin the Paradise, The Best of Times, Too Much Time On My Hands and Snowblind.

InTheStudio producer and host Redbeard has assembled a show featuring classic interviews with current Styx members James JY Young, Tommy Shaw, Lawrence Gowan, and former member and co-founder Dennis DeYoung, who admitted that Styxs first #1 single, Babe the year before, proved to be a double-edged sword.

There was this concern within the band that this ballad Babe was a mistakeWe entered into Paradise Theater with this kind of cloud hanging over us.     - Dennis DeYoung

A lot of the biggest songs we play in concert, they were never attempted as pop singles, yet theyre the fabric of the fans who still come to see us. - Tommy Shaw

(Snowblind) is a negative song about drug addiction. It wasnt always perceived that way, because the lyrics were not overtly intended to say, This is bad...The tone of the song was intended to convey the message that substance abuse is a negative thing.    - James JY Young

The toughest thing for me, coming into Styx... is being part of that three voice Hydra. The power of those voices together is one of the most distinctive things about Styx.   - Lawrence Gowan

STYX Paradise Theater / InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:

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STYX Ends 2015 On A High Note; 2016 Tour Plans

December 9, 2015 -- In 2015, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James 'JY' Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass) and Todd Sucherman (drums)--celebrated a milestone anniversary, a national TV broadcast and another hugely successful summer tour.  Time never stops for this legendary band.

They started the year with headlining tour dates of their own, as well as their first national TV broadcast in over two years, 'Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas,' which aired on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15. STYX's show was filmed at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out audience during last year's 'The Soundtrack of Summer' tour, which also featured Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.  STYX performed many of their greatest hits, including 'Come Sail Away,'  'Renegade,' and 'The Grand Illusion.'  They even dug deep into their catalog for such fan favorites as 'Light Up' and were joined on stage by Don Felder for 'Blue Collar Man.' Fans who were unable to watch the concert can finally catch a glimpse of 'Blue Collar Man' on STYX's newly revamped official YouTube page.
Earlier this summer, STYX joined Def Leppard and Tesla on a massive tour that spanned late June through early October in front of one critically acclaimed sold-out audience after another. Now due to overwhelming demand, Def Leppard, STYX and Tesla will commence on a three-week jaunt starting January 27 in Greensboro, NC.
More recently, in response to the horrific attacks in Paris on November 13, STYX and REO Speedwagon's Rock To The Rescue organization donated $25,000 to The Sweet Stuff Foundation to help families affected by the tragedy.
'We feel terribly saddened and outraged by these attacks,' said Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. 'We hope that our contribution will help ease some of the pain and some of the expenses of what this means to the families as they go through the process of grieving and bringing their loved ones home. Josh (Homme) and (Eagles of Death Metal) lost a crew member and employees of their record label, Universal, during the terrorist attacks. This hits home for us because we're also on the same label, and we deeply love our employees and our crew. Our hearts, minds, and prayers are with all the victims, and we urge all fans of Styx, Eagles of Death Metal, and classic rock who feel touched by this to join us in contributing. Thank you from everyone in the Styx family for your compassion.'
In addition to a last round of headlining tour dates that will conclude December 12 in Windsor, Ontario, STYX is ending the year on a high note.  They recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of their fifth EQUINOX album, which was released on December 1, 1975. It was the band's first album on A&M Records, after releasing their first four albums on Wooden Nickel/RCA. Right out of the gate, EQUINOX's lead track, 'Light Up,' fused the band's best instincts for how to blend harmonies, keyboard hooks, and power chords together to memorable effect, resulting in a song that continues to grace many of Styx's live set lists today. Two other hard-driving singalong EQUINOX songs, 'Lorelei' and 'Suite Madame Blue,' are also in regular live rotation.
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Thu 1/14            Los Angeles, CA            Saban Theatre
Fri 1/15             Rancho Mirage, CA        Agua Caliente Casino
Sat 1/16            Las Vegas, NV              Pearl Concert Theater
Sun 1/17           Scottsdale, AZ               Talking Stick Resort Pavilion
With Def Leppard:
Wed 1/27          Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Fri 1/29             Ft. Lauderdale, FL          BB&T Center
Sat 1/30            Orlando, FL                   Amway Center
Tue 2/2             San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Wed 2/3            Lafayette, LA                 Lafayette Cajundome
Fri 2/5               Corpus Christi, TX          American Bank Center
Sat 2/6              Hidalgo, TX                    State Farm Arena
Tue 2/9             Little Rock, AR              Verizon Arena
Wed 2/10          Bossier City, LA                        CenturyLink Center
Sat 2/13            Uncasville, CT                Mohegan Sun Arena
Sun 2/14           Atlantic City, NJ             Boardwalk Hal
Tue 2/16            Brooklyn, NY                 Barclays Center
Wed 2/17          Allentown, PA                PPL Center
Thu 3/17            San Jose, CA                City National Civic
Fri 3/18             Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleu Resort & Casino
Sat 3/19            Wendover, NV               Peppermill Concert Hall
Sun 3/20           Stockton, CA                 Bob Hope Theater
Thu 3/31            Tulsa, OK                      The Joint
Sat 4/2              Durant, OK                    Choctaw Grand Theatre
Thu 4/7             Terra Haute, IN              ISU Hulman Center
Fri 4/8               Mt. Pleasant, MI            Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Tue 5/10            Ft. Myers, FL                Barbara B. Mann PAC

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DEF LEPPARD, STYX Team to Rule Night in L.A. Forum Concert

By Gerry Gittelson Los Angeles correspondent
LOS ANGELES -- Styx is a tough act to follow, but Def Leppard was up to the challenge recently, when the two classic-rock icons teamed for well-received concert at the Forum, as both acts pushed one another before a capacity crowd of nearly 20,000 at one of the USA's most storied and prestigious arenas.
By the end of Styx's near-hour set culminating with "Come Sail Away," the audience was going absolutely crazy, and that's something you don't usually see for a support act, particularly in Los Angeles, where crowds are more apt to fold their arms.
The bands have been touring together for the summer -- in addition to third-billed Tesla, no slouch in its own right -- and this event was the acid test.
Opening with "Rock Rock Till You Drop" (aptly titled considering the members, now in their 50s, have been together together since the 1970s), Def Leppard showed straight away that the fivesome was taking things seriously.
No, Def Leppard is no over-the-hill gang simply looking to cash in with nostalgia. Everyone still has great chops, particularly Joe Elliott, who proved in fine voice through the proceedings. He sang loud and clear, everyone knew all the words to just about every song, and what a performance by guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. 
The crowd was jumping up and down for "Foolin'," while "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" proved a big crowd-pleaser, too. Bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen were holding down the rhythm section to such a hearty degree that we could feel the beat against our chests; Allen is especially inspirational, of course, because he has one arm, and the crowd showed a lot of adoration for him.
By the time Def Leppard got around to the closing "Pure Some Sugar on Me" and encores "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph," the crowd remained all theirs. 
Definitely a triumphant night for the Brits.
Meantime, Styx absolutely kicked ass. It wasn't so long ago the group was headlining arenas in their own right -- including a three-night stint on the very same stage back in the day -- and now that singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw has adopted Los Angeles as his home town, the performance felt like a celebration.
"Grand Illusion" came first, and there aren't many classic-rock favorites that have a bigger hook. "Fooling Yourself" found Shaw getting the cougars up front all hot and bothered. "Miss America" saw James Young singing loud and proud, and the execution by all involved was spot-on.
Lawrence Gowan has a heck of a voice in his own right, so what you have with Styx is this: three excellent singers, crisp musicianship surpassed only perhaps by Rush in North America, plus songs that lodge themselves on your brain and refuse to leave for days.
Tesla was excellent, too. Jeff Keith sung his butt off, and among the most well-received selections were "Gettin' Better," "Hang Tough," "Signs" and the awesome "Modern Day Cowboy."
Story by Gerry Gittelson. Photos by Joe Schaeffer.
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STYX Members Visit NASA In Midst Of Tour With Def Leppard

July 2, 2015 -- What do a classic rock band and Pluto’s smallest moon have in common?  Answer: they both share the same name.
STYX met with members of NASA’s New Horizons team yesterday, including the scientist who discovered Styx – Pluto’s faintest moon - in 2012.
The unusual convergence took place at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD, mission operations center for New Horizons. The unmanned New Horizons spacecraft is on final approach to Pluto and its moons, just days away from a historic July 14 flyby that will return the first images of the mysterious dwarf planet.
STYX’s Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), and Todd Sucherman (drums) were treated to a tour of New Horizons mission control from mission operations manager Alice Bowman. Principal investigator Alan Stern wowed the trio with the latest images from New Horizons, while Stern and dozens of project members gathered at APL’s main auditorium for a group photo as the band’s hit “Come Sail Away” hung in the air. 
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One On One With Mitch Lafon - SOTO & STYX

Lawrence Gowan of STYX and Jeff Scott Soto of S.O.T.O. join Mitch on this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon. WHITESNAKE's Joel Hoekstra co-hosts (and briefly discusses the band's new The Purple Album).

In our first interview, Gowan discusses the band's upcoming AXS-TV and Blu-Ray live concert event: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAST VEGAS, the progress of the next STYX studio album, their 2015 summer tour with DEFF LEPPARD and TESLA, the battle against cancer that his wife won, the Juno awards, his involvement with select charities including The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and  McDermott House Canada (serving veterans).

In our second interview JEFF SCOTT SOTO discusses his new band S.O.T.O., his new album Inside The Vertigo, his future, his time with JOURNEY. Select quote: "S.O.T.O. is my life right now. If I have to live out the rest of my career doing somebody else's legacy - to me it would be like being in a cover band and that's just not me."

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http:// www.

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STYX Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas DVD/BR Out May 26


New York, NY (March 11, 2015) 'On May 26, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas from Styx on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and Digital Formats [Pre-book Order Date May 1, MSRP TBA]
Filmed in High Definition on July 25, 2014, Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas is a sonic showcase of Styx's live prowess and razor-sharp musicianship. This show features the band, backed by huge video screens, performing a set list packed with hit songs, classic tracks, and fan favorites, including 'Lady,' 'Too Much Time On My Hands,' 'Rockin' The Paradise,' 'Come Sail Away,' 'Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),' 'Renegade,' and 'Suite Madame Blue.' The evening also held a special surprise when Don Felder ' former Eagles guitarist ' took the stage to join the band on 'Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)'.
In addition to the live set, Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas features a bonus interview with band members Tommy Shaw (vocals/guitar), James 'JY' Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals), and Chuck Panozzo (bass guitar).
Formed in Chicago in 1972, Styx played a key role in defining the AOR genre, and established themselves as one of America's greatest rock bands. Their blend of soaring melodies, hard rock guitar, and prog-rock elements led to millions of global record sales and numerous platinum and multi-platinum albums. With over 40 years of rockin' under their belt, the band isn't slowing down any time soon, and will embark on a national tour this summer with Def Leppard and Tesla. See below for dates.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.
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Track Listing:
1) The Grand Illusion 
2) Too Much Time On My Hands 
3) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) 
4) Lady 
5) Suite Madame Blue 
6) Light Up 
7) Crystal Ball 
8) Superstars 
9) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) 
10) Come Sail Away 
11) Rockin' The Paradise 
12) Renegade 


STYX AXS-TV Special Premieres March 15

February 24, 2015 ' It's been over two years since a full STYX concert was broadcast on national TV ('Styx:  The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live' DVD, which aired on VH1 Classic and the Palladia HD channel).  Now comes time for a brand new live event that's set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15 at 8pm Eastern Time/5pm Pacific Time.
The band's show was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out, adoring audience during last year's 'The Soundtrack of Summer' tour.  STYX performed many of their greatest hits, including 'Come Sail Away,'  'Renegade,' and 'The Grand Illusion.'  They even dug deep into their catalog for such fan favorites as 'Light Up,' and were joined on stage by tour mate and former Eagles guitar legend Don Felder for 'Blue Collar Man.'  Felder's show earlier that same night was also filmed for AXS TV, which will air immediately following STYX's special.  Felder's special culminates with special guest STYX guitarist Tommy Shaw trading vocals and the classic electric guitar licks on 'Hotel California.'
Meanwhile, as STYX's headlining tour continues to work its way across the U.S., the legendary Rock band has confirmed a massive summer tour supporting another legendary Rock band, Def Leppard, along with Tesla.  The three-month trek will launch in June and conclude October 4 in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Civic Center.  Combined, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James 'JY' Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass) and Todd Sucherman (drums)--and Def Leppard have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
'Our 2007 tour with Def Leppard forged a friendship that's never wavered,' proclaims STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw.  'It was such an unforgettably fun experience for us.  We've all been waiting for the planets to align so we could do it again.  Well friends, they have indeed aligned!  And this time, those soulful bad boys from Sacramento, Tesla, will be there, too.  What a night of music this will be!
Is summer here yet? Come on!'
Guitarist James 'JY' Young is equally as excited.  "The mutual admiration society between Styx and Def Leppard began in the UK in 1978 when Joe Elliott attended Styx's first-ever performance in Def Leppard's home town of Sheffield, England,' he says.  'Both bands having emanated from working class beginnings, either on the South Side of Chicago, or the Steel Town of Sheffield, England, there is a natural camaraderie and synergy amongst them.  I feel like these guys are long-lost brothers of mine.  It's going to be Guitars A-blazin' and Drums A-poundin' regardless of who's on the stage, featuring arguably the most successful rock band of the late 1980's, paired with one of the most successful bands of the late 1970s, early 1980s.  The ingestion of too much sugar can lead to illness, but 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' is a recipe for healthy smiles and a fun night for everyone!!!'
Check out STYX at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks):

STYX Headlining:
Thu 2/26            Tulsa, OK                      The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Fri 2/27             San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sat 2/28            Fort Worth, TX               Billy Bob's Texas
Thu 3/12            N Myrtle Beach, NC       House of Blues
Fri 3/13             Cherokee, NC                Harrah's Cherokee Pavilion
Sat 3/14            Orlando, FL                   Universal Studios Florida - Music Plaza Stage
Fri 3/20             Norman, OK                  Riverwind Casino
Sat 3/21            Mulvane, KS                  Kansas Star Arena
STYX With Def Leppard and Tesla:

Thu 6/25                        West Palm Beach, FL    Cruzan Amphitheater
Sat 6/27                        Birmingham, AL             Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sun 6/28                       Atlanta, GA                   Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Tue 6/30                        Charlotte, NC                 PNC Music Pavillion Charlotte
Thu 7/2                         Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live
Fri 7/3                           Virginia Beach, VA         Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Sun 7/5                         Uncasville, CT                Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue 7/7                         Gilford, NH                    Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
Thu 7/9                         Mansfield, MA               Xfinity Center
Sat 7/11                        Bethel, NY                    Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun 7/12                       Darien Lake, NY            Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue 7/14                        Toronto, ONT.                Molson Amphitheatre
Fri 7/17                         Clarkston, MI                 DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu 7/23                        Wantagh, NY                 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri 7/24                         Saratoga Springs, NY     SPAC
Sat 7/25                        Holmdel, NJ                   PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri 8/7                           Davenport, IA                 Mississippi Valley Fair (STYX ONLY)
Sat 8/8                          Sioux Falls, SD             Sioux Falls Arena
Tue 8/11                        Kansas City, MO           Starlight Theatre
Fri 8/14                         Sedalia, MO                  Missouri State Fair
Sat 8/15                        Des Moines, IA              Iowa State Fair
Mon 8/17                       Cincinnati, OH               Riverbend Music Center
Tue 8/18                        Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena
Fri 8/21                         Dallas, TX                      Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat 8/22                        Woodlands, TX              Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 8/23                       Austin, TX                     Austin360 Amphitheater
Thu 8/27                        St. Paul, MN                 Minnesota State Fair
Fri 8/28                         Grand Forks, ND            Alerus Center
Sun 8/30                       Noblesville, IN                Klipsch Music Center
Tue 9/1                         Allentown, PA                The Great Allentown Fair
Thu 9/3                         Louisville, KY                 KFC Yum! Center
Fri 9/4                           Maryland Heights, MO    Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Sat 9/5                          Tinley Park, IL               First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Wed 9/16                      Auburn, WA                  White River Amphitheatre
Thu 9/17                        Ridgefield, WA               Amphitheater Northwest
Sat 9/19                        Mountain View, CA        Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tue 9/22                        Chula Vista, CA             Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed 9/23                      Phoenix, AZ                  Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri 9/25                         Albuquerque NM            Isleta Amphitheater
Sat 9/26                        Denver, CO                    Pepsi Center
Mon 9/28                       West Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed 9/30                      Spokane, WA                Spokane Arena
Fri 10/2                         Bozeman, MT                Breeden Fieldhouse
Sun 10/4                       Bismarck, ND                Bismarck Civic Center


STYX - In Anaheim, CA - Live Report

By Gerry Gittelson Los Angeles correspondent

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA -- It's been more than 15 years since Dennis DeYoung left the rock band Styx, yet the fivesome plays on -- performing a lot more shows every year than Styx did when their great founding singer was still around.
Styx made their way through Southern California just recently, including a sold-out performance Thursday, Jan. 21 at City National Grove in the shadow of Disneyland, and the capacity crowd was going crazy for all the hits like "Blue Collar Man," "Renegade" and of course "Come Sail Away."

Original guitarists Tommy Shaw and James Young remain, and both have done a good job combating the cruel realities of the calendar. At 61, Shaw, especially, still looks young and fit, and his voice was darn near perfect on "Man in The Wilderness" and "Crystal Ball."
Young took the microphone for "Miss America," proving full well that he can kick some ass, too.

Meanwhile, Canadian import Lawrence Gowan has settled in nicely as DeYoung's replacement -- no easy task -- and though the tenor of Gowan's voice sounds different, he still came through with well-executed versions of "Lady," "Come Sail Away" and "Suide Madame Blue," as all three selections proved among the evening's highlights.

For nearly two hours Styx rocked, and there was never a dull moment. The band has a keen feel for timing with a little choreography thrown in, and it never hurts to throw in a Beatles classic -- in this case, "I Am The Walrus."
Bassist Ricky Phillips from The Babys and Bad English did a fine job holding down the beat with drummer drummer Todd Sucherman, and original Styx bassic Chuck Panozzo even came out to join in for a few songs like "Fooling Yourself."
In all, a triumphant night for Styx, no question about it. The band is still among America's best, and the fact there was nothing offered that predated 1983 or so should be seen as a bonus, not a negative.

No reason to play new material when there are so many classics. It's a good position to be in. Nostalgic? Maybe. Thoroughly entertaining? You bet.

DEF LEPPARD Announce Summer Tour with STYX & TESLA

–  Tickets on Sale Starting Feb. 20 at –
– Styx and Tesla Set To Join The Tour As Special Guests –
“…the greatest power-pop band ever to masquerade as metal."
- New York Magazine
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12, 2015) – Def Leppard returns to the road this summer for an extensive North American tour.  The Live Nation-promoted tour hitting nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada will kick off on June 23 in Tampa, Fla. at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Joining Def Leppard on their massive summer outing are rockers Styx and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit General tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. on Please see below for full details and on sale information.
Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The upcoming tour follows on the heels of the band’s massive 2014 co-headlining tour with KISS, last summer.
All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.
All shows on sale Feb. 20 unless otherwise noted.
June 23 - Tampa, FL (MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre)
June 25 - West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
June 27 - Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre)
June 28 - Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
June 30 - Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
July 2 - Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 3 - Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live)
July 5 - Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 7 - Gilford, NH (Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook)
July 9 - Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center)
July 11 - Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
July 12 - Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
July 14 - Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
July 15 - Youngstown, OH (Covelli Centre)*
July 17 - Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 21 - Mt. Pleasant, MI (Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino)*
July 23 - Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
July 24 - Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 25 - Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug 7 - Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip Campground)**
Aug 8 - Sioux Falls, SD (Sioux Falls Arena)
Aug 10 - Oklahoma City, OK (Chesapeake Energy Arena)*
Aug 11 - Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
Aug 14 - Sedalia, MO (Missouri State Fair)
Aug 15 - Des Moines, IA (Iowa State Fair)
Aug 17 - Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug 18 - Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Aug 21 - Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Aug 22 - Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug 23 - Austin, TX (Austin360 Amphitheater)
Aug 27 - St. Paul, MN (Minnesota State Fair)
Aug 28 - Grand Forks, ND (Alerus Center)
Aug 30 - Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
Sept 1 - Allentown, PA (Allentown
Sept 3 - Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)
Sept 4 - Maryland Heights, MO (Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
Sept 5 - Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Sept 16 - Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheater)
Sept 17 - Ridgefield, WA (Northwest Amphitheater)
Sept 19 - Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Sept 22 - Chula Vista, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Sept 23 - Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
Sept 25 - Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheatre)
Sept 26 - Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Sept 28 - West Valley City, UT (USANA Amphitheater)
Sept 30 - Spokane, WA (Spokane Arena)
Oct 2 - Bozeman, MT (Brick Breeden Fieldhouse)
Oct 4 - Bismarck, ND (Bismarck Civic Center)
* - Def Leppard & Tesla Only
** - Def Leppard Only
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- VIP Presale: Begins Feb 18th at 10am
- Citi Cardmember Presale: Begins Feb 18th at 10am
- LiveNation Presale: Begins Feb 19th at 10am
- Facebook & Local Venue Presale: Begins Feb 19th at 10am
- General Public On-sale: Begins Feb 20th at 10am

DENNIS DEYOUNG & The Music Of Styx - Live In Los Angeles (Review)

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Melodic Rock
Dennis De Young heads to the Westcoast for a rare live appearance and while he was there, he filmed this event for a 2CD/DVD release. It’s raining live releases right now, and Dennis is the cream of the crop.
Singing the hits of Styx with a dynamic 6 piece band accompanying him, Dennis happily plays away on his famous piano, those iconic lead vocals pure ear candy.
The songs are of course, long since proven as classics, with the audience familiar with every word, every line.
Highlights? Well, all of it of course.  Dennis sounds amazing; his backing band is fabulous and the material is unquestionable.
It could be seen as a little unusual for the Tommy Shaw sung classics to be included in the set, featuring August Zadra on lead vocals for those. But I guess when presenting an evening of ‘The Music Of Styx’, you include all of Styx. I think that’s a credit to DeYoung’s overview of the legacy of the band. He's not just delivering the songs he wrote and sung himself.
In the end, this is a highly enjoyable romp through the best of Styx over an hour or two, with flawless performances and the biting wit of DeYoung in-between those songs. The guy really could try a career in stand-up.

Beautifully recorded and filmed, this is a very high quality live release that I recommend to all.

DENNIS DeYOUNG Scores #1 In Canada

 featuring the greatest songs DeYoung
originally recorded with STYX soars to #1 spot
on Nielsen Soundscan Canada’s
Top Music Video Chart.
Canada music fans know how to rock.
Just days after its release on October 21st by Frontiers Music Srl, the Blu-Ray release of Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles, Canada has taken the former lead singer of that legendary band to the #1 position on Nielsen Soundscan’s Music Video chart.  The chart topping position marks the first time DeYoung has reached the #1 position in Canada since he launched his solo career in earnest in 1999.
“Merci beaucoup and thanks so much to my Canadian fans for their on going support,” says DeYoung, who has been touring in support of the new release since last summer. “In my solo career they have given me a triple platinum DVD, a platinum cd, a gold album, a number one single at 60 years of age and now this, a number one Blu-Ray! As we speak, I am having a giant fleur de lys and maple leaf tattooed on my forehead! You Canucks are the best. Cheers…”
The release is available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital (audio only) formats.  Recorded and filmed for an October AXS-TV live concert special, these classic STYX songs were captured before an enthusiastic audience at the intimate El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 18th, 2014.
This release is available on now:
Captured with 8 cameras in Hi Def, the show features DeYoung performing the band’s catalog of classic rock hits that became a staple on radio during the 1970s and 80s. Among them: “Lady,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Show Me The Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Babe,” “Best Of Times ,” “Come Sail Away” and many others. DeYoung, who began playing with the members of STYX in the early 1960s as a band called The Tradewinds, changed its name, wrote and sang the band’s breakthrough single, “Lady” in 1972. The group would go on to have over a dozen gold and platinum albums over the next twenty years. DeYoung left STYX in 1999. 
Track listing:
CD1: The Message / Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands. CD2: Rockin The Paradise/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Foolin Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
DVD: Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Fooling Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
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Frontiers To Release DENNIS DeYOUNG 'And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles'

Deluxe CD/ DVD combination will feature the greatest
songs DeYoung originally recorded with STYX.
Powerful. Majestic. Compelling.
These are some of the words that have described the unforgettable live performances given by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. Now in 2014, the nearly five decade musical legacy of DeYoung has come full circle. Frontiers Music Srl will release on October 17th in Europe and 21st in North America Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, encompassing the greatest hits of STYX sung once again by the voice who made them famous.
Recorded and filmed for this special CD/DVD release and for an October US TV live concert special, these classic STYX songs were captured before an enthusiastic audience at the intimate El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 18th,
2014. The 2CD/DVD version is now available for pre-order on below. Preorders
of the Blu-Ray and digital versions will be made available soon.

“If you are a STYX fan this DVD CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience,” says deYoung, who wrote and sang nearly all of that legendary band’s radio hits, as well as a number of solo hits. “The intimate setting
of the historic El Rey theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin’ these tunes.”
Captured with 8 cameras in Hi Def, the show features DeYoung performing the band’s catalog of classic rock hits
that became a staple on radio during the 1970s and 80s. Among them: “Lady,”“Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Show Me The Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Babe,” “Best Of Times ,” “Come Sail Away” and many others. DeYoung, who began playing with the members of STYX in the early 1960s as a band called The Tradewinds, changed its name, wrote and sang the band’s breakthrough single, “Lady” in 1972. The group would go on to have over a dozen gold and platinum albums over the next twenty years. DeYoung left STYX in 1999. In addition to his success with STYX, DeYoung wrote and recorded several solo projects and did an album of Broadway standards, after touring as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
 “To have this band and these songs on a Blu-Ray, DVD and two CD set is a dream come true,” says DeYoung. “I have to thank AXS Tv in the US and Frontiers in Italy for this special opportunity.”
Track listing:
CD1: The Message / Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands. CD2: Rockin The Paradise/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Foolin Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
DVD: Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Fooling Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
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Two classic rock bands gave a big thank you to the Philadelphia Fire Department for coming to their aid last week.
The tour buses for Styx and Foreigner caught fire on July 2 in Northern Liberties. The buses were used for crews supporting the bands, in town to play at WMGK's Let Freedom Rock Fest.
Foreigner let fans know everyone was fine.
The fire started on the Styx bus and spread to the Foreigner bus, WMGK’s promotion director Dan Fein said.
Both buses were empty at the time, and people had already removed most of their belongings from them. No gear was damaged, Fein said.
To thank the Philadelphia Fire Department for their efforts, the bands gave $10,000 to the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund. During their show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden last Thursday, the bands donated proceeds from the sale of their joint compilation album "The Soundtrack of Summer" to the local fireman's charity.
The groups were two of the hottest bands back in the '70s and '80s, Styx on the strength of hits like “Show Me the Way” and “Rockin’ the Paradise” and Foreigner with hits “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded."


Diana Warner Designs Rock To The Rescue Jewelry Collection With Styx
June 10, 2014 -- Fashion designer Diana Warner ( has partnered with legendary rock band STYX to support Rock to the Rescue (R2R, with a brand new jewelry collection.  
Rock To The Rescue is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded in 2002 by STYX and REO Speedwagon to help victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Playing a series of benefit concerts that included friends such as Bad Company, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kansas and others, Rock to the Rescue was an effort that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the support of families who had lost loved ones to the 9/11 tragedy. Realizing the power of these efforts, STYX and REO went on to play shows to benefit additional causes such as music education for children, and continued to engage in charitable giving in communities around the country.
Diana Warner's partnership with and love for STYX along with her desire to help others made this collaboration a perfect fit. “I have to like something before I support something. I love that R2R focuses on America. Here’s a major rock n ’roll band whose focus is on needs that exist in this country, and they’re doing something about it,” stated Warner.
Diana Warner has created four signature pieces for the R2R Collection: a ring, pendant, earrings, and a charm that perfectly capture the Diana Warner aesthetic while paying homage to an edgy, rock and roll fashion sensibility.
The Diana Warner brand is also focused on philanthropic initiatives and R2R is the perfect partner for a designer with such a profound passion for both community outreach and music. The R2R collection is sold at Diana Warner stores located in Knoxville and NYC, and online at
Each year, STYX has tour dates in over 100 cities across North America and in each city, the band choses a local, grassroots organization to support. In 2013 R2R raised over $100,000 for the One Boston Fund after the Boston marathon bombings as well as over $400,000 for Midwest cities ravaged by tornadoes. To date R2R has raised and donated over $1.5 M. Hannah Shaw, daughter of STYX lead singer Tommy Shaw, is executive director of R2R.
The R2R collection will be available at as well as at select authorized Diana Warner retailers.
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