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Styx

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Renegade Styx 04:13
Come Sail Away Styx 06:05
Babe Styx 04:24
Too Much Time On My Hands Styx 04:31
The Best Of Times Styx 04:18
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) Styx 04:05
Mr. Roboto Styx 05:28
Crystal Ball Styx 04:32
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) Styx 05:28
Show Me The Way Styx 04:35

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Biography

Formed in Chicago, Illinois at the height of prog rock, Styx became one
of America's biggest bands of the late 1970s and early '80s, producing some of
the era's most memorable soft rock anthems and notching up album sales of over
25 million. Taking their name from the mythological river, the band featured lead
vocalist Dennis DeYoung and James Young. Together they first found fame with
the US number 6 single “Lady” from the album Styx II in 1973, but
it was when Tommy Shaw joined the group in 1976 that things really started to
take off. 1977’s The Grand Illusion and 1978’s Pieces of Eight
both made it to number 6 before the swooning power ballad “Babe” gave
them their first number one single. Led by the huge hit “The Best of Times”,
1981’s Paradise Theater topped the US Album Charts in 1981, but the band
split soon after their tenth LP Kilroy Was Here. They reformed in 1989
and again in 1995 with their distinctive brand of AOR still proving popular in
the US. 1999 saw the release of their first album in more than a decade with Brave
New World
. The album failed to make any kind of impact and that commercial
disappointment, along with artistic differences and the illness of bassist
Chuck Panozzo, led to the band splitting once again. They reformed for a couple
of one-off concerts and then in 2003 put out a brand new album Cyclorama,
with Glen Burtnik standing in for Panozzo on bass, and Lawrence Gowan replacing
Dennis DeYoung on vocals. The album didn't do particularly well and Burtnik
left to pursue a solo career, with Ricky Phillips coming in as his replacement.
Various solo ventures were had in the 2000s with the band's only other release
being an album of covers called Big Bang Theory. They toured with REO
Speedwagon in 2009 and with prog rockers Yes in 2011. In 2017, after several
years out on tour, Styx announced a brand new studio album entitled The
Mission
, a concept album about a mission to Mars. They returned in 2021
with Crash of the Crown