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Styx bring blue collar rock n roll work ethic to The Morrison Center, January 29

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Each year, almost without fail, Styx graces the Treasure Valley with a live stunning performance. While we just missed them in 2013, they are not making fans wait any longer. The iconic quintet returns to Boise on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at The Morrison Center.

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Among the musical elite, Styx stand out as torch bearers for American Midwest rock and roll. Along with their fellow Illinois brethren in REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick, they set the standard and paved the road for so much of the classic rock music we still enjoy on radio today.

The earliest roots of Styx were born outside of Chicago in 1961 by the Panozzo brothers, Chuck (bass) and John (drums). The group began recording albums under its now famous moniker 40 years ago as a progressive rock band. Guitarist James “J.Y.” Young has been with Styx for every album, and he was joined in 1975 by fellow guitarist Tommy Shaw. It was at this point the band began to define a less progress, more accessible sound which led to a series of multi-platinum records and turned them into arena staples. After hits such as “Lady”, “Crystal Ball” and “Lorelie” began earning the band regular radio time, they released the seminal album, “The Grand Illusion” in 1977. The record was the first of four consecutive multi-platinum albums, and eventually went triple platinum. It garnered huge success with the hits “Come Sail Away”, “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” and “Man in the Wilderness”. Each of the songs were penned and sung by a different member; Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw and James Young, respectively, showing the band’s diversity and talent.

Styx owned the 70s and early 80s with more platinum successes in the form of “Pieces of Eight” (1978), “Cornerstone” (1979) and “Paradise Theatre” (1981). The albums landed hits with “Renegade”, “Blue Collar Man”, “Babe”, “Rockin’ the Paradise”, “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “The Best of Times”. However it was the deeper cuts on these landmark albums that hooked fans.

As the 80s moved into new wave and hair metal, Styx saw a decline in sales beginning with DeYoung’s dramatic concept for 1983’s “Kilroy Was Here”. While there was still plenty of great music on the record, DeYoung was pushing the band in a direction that did not fit signature of the band or appeal to their core fans.

The band would continue to release quality albums, but changing musical directions among the public and revolving band members in the band kept Styx from reclaiming their 70s grandeur.

John Panozzo would succumb to liver complications in 1996, and Chuck Panozzo plays only a minor role in the band these days due to health issues, but there spirit remains with the band. Todd Sucherman has carried on for John since 1995, and Ricky Phillips (The Babys, Bad English) has been handling bass duties for Chuck since 2003. Canadian vocalist/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan replaced DeYoung in 1999 due to estrangement with the other band members and chronic fatigue syndrome.

For over a decade, Styx has been rolling along with its current line-up bringing their classic hits to the masses with Chuck Panozzo occasionally joining the guys for special shows. This month, they guys, along with REO Speedwagon performed a special concert in Bloomington, Illinois to raise money for the victims of a devastating storm which tore up the Midwest, hitting Illinois residents unusually hard.

A Styx concert is always a fun and energetic event, and there is no such thing as a poor performance. Make sure you get your tickets to see what Adam Sandler called, “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.”

Knitting Factory Presents
Morrison Center
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:30PM

Ticket Prices (service fees not included):
P1 $60.00 'Gold Circle' Orch Rows A - C; Floor Rows AA - H
P2 $45.00 Floor Rows I - Z
P3 $35.00 Mezzanine Rows A - N

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Check out our interviews with Ricky Phillips and Lawrence Gowan of Styx.


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