By John Jeffrey
2016 has been a busy year for Styx. While the beginning of the year had the band continuing their trek with Def Leppard and Tesla (which originally began back in 2015), after that concluded, the band has continued touring North America solo, with the remaining summer portion of their jaunt bringing the group to Lewiston's Artpark, next Tuesday, August 16th.
Rock Music Star recently spoke with Lawrence Gowan of Styx, as Gowan is looking forward to the band's third appearance at the "Tuesday in the Park" concerts series. Gowan cites Artpark as "a great place to play" and recalls, "it was one of the largest audiences we've ever played through there. It's an excellent area and set up, and the last time we played there, a couple years back, it was set up even better. Just the atmosphere and the set up there is very unique. It's a unique concert venue to play, as they've taken advantage of the great geographic shape of that park."
The band's current line-up, which consists of Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass) - with frequent cameo appearances by original bassist Chuck Pannozzo - will be providing the soundtrack of summer, as they will be playing their most expected and rocking songs, like “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Miss America,” with the master plan being to try to include at least one song from each of the “Big 4” — the four consecutive triple platinum albums that they released between 1977 and 1981.
Like many of their musical peers, while some may refer to Styx as a 'nostalgia' or 'heritage' act, Gowan has a tough time accepting those tags, as he pointed out, "since half, or sometimes more than half the audience - of any given night that we play - is under 30 years of age and they're singing all the songs, you can't attach the word "nostalgia" to something that they weren't even around for."
Gowan is looking forward to seeing Styx fans of all ages next Tuesday and promises that they will not disappoint. As no matter what era or line-up got you hooked on the band, Gowan proclaims, "Styx still performs, at the same level of what the band was able to give the fans in the 1970's, and it's still what is onstage today."
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