JACK FM Artist Spotlight: Styx
Styx comes to Elko Speedway for an outdoor show August 6th, and they’re in this week’s JACK FM Artist Spotlight. Keep it tuned to JACK all week for your shot at tickets to the show!
Styx is an American rock band, and the first musical act to ever have four consecutive multi-platinum albums.
The group originally formed in the Chicago, Illinois, area in 1961 as “The Tradewinds”. This earliest line-up of the group included vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, and accordion player Dennis DeYoung, and a rhythm section comprising brothers Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo on bass and drums, respectively. Changing their name briefly to “TW4”, the band added guitarists/vocalists James Young (J.Y.) and John Curulewski. The band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records; several suggestions were made and, says DeYoung, Styx was chosen because it was “the only one that none of us hated.”
Guitarist Tommy Shaw joined the group in 1975 following the departure of Curelewski. Tommy Shaw left in 1983 and returned again in 1995.
Glen Burtnik played guitar, vocals in 90/91 and bass guitar, vocals from 1999 to 2004.
Dennis DeYoung was removed from the band due to a viral ailment that left him sensitive to light in 1999 and was replaced with Lawrence Gowan-Keyboards, Vocals
The present lineup includes new members Todd Sucherman drums, percussion, Lawrence Gowan vocals, keyboards, guitar and Ricky Phillips bass guitar, vocals.