Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined.
Styx has had two Super-Bowl appearances and many Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (just to to name a few).
If you had any interest in music in the '70s and '80s, you know the music of Styx.
They were the first rock 'n' roll band to release four consecutive albums that went Multi-Platinum beginning with The Grand Illusion followed by Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone and Paradise Theatre.
It was the power ballad, "Lady," from the album Styx II that was their breakout hit and got the ball rolling.
On the heels of the hit single "Lady," Styx released Equinox in 1975, selling well and yielding the rock anthem "Suite Madame Blue," which gained the band considerable recognition and airplay.
When Tommy Shaw signed on, it proved to be the missing piece in the puzzle and the rest was history, spawning such classic rock radio standards as "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself."
This is your chance to join the band that continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
Great seats are still on sale, ticket prices are $57.50-72.50 (+ service charge) and are available at Ticketmaster.com. (http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/170049628D18236A) or you can get tickets at the Silver Legacy box office inside the casino.
This year in Reno, Styx is doing something different than in the past,
"Rock to the Rescue" is a Charity spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah Shaw. It's a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the band, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country.
It was founded on the principle that our communities are stronger when we work together in mutual aid. Having played over 1500 shows in the last 14 years, Styx has been strongly connected with communities across the country. With local fans and community members making an effort to join in support of Styx, it is important to the band to actively participate in these communities as well. At each tour date, Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.
What makes Rock to the Rescue unique is that they work on a grassroots level with small groups, giving real support to real individuals who are creating positive changes in their communities.
Rock to the Rescue is building initiatives in the areas of music education, health and well-being, disaster relief and aid, and animal welfare and rescue.
At each tour stop, Hannah Shaw researches local nonprofit organizations and picks one to see if they are interested in volunteering to help the band sell $10 tickets for a drawing to win a signed Styx guitar at the shows. They give these organizations a percentage of the sales as their way of supporting their cause and thanking them for supporting the band’s cause.
Don't forget to get your chance to win that one of a kind guitar by supporting a local charity.
Be sure to catch Styx live at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino here in Reno. This show you won't want to miss. This examiner has seen Styx many times, they truly get better every show.
All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS
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