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Chicago, United States (1961 – present)

Styx is an American 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.

In the mid-1990s, as Styx was about to embark on its first tour with the classic line-up since 1983, John Panozzo fell seriously ill and began battling cirrhosis of the liver, eventually dying of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging; he was 47 years old. John’s brother Chuck left the band shortly thereafter, though he has since rejoined the band part-time and tours with Styx on a regular basis. In 2001, Panozzo announced he was gay and living with HIV and he has been involved in campaigning for AIDS awareness and gay rights. In 2006, he spoke with Frontiers for the first time about his decision to come out.

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  • BMWPRETTY

    Spank! :-)

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Suhl

    Canadian fans, don't miss SAGA & STYX this sunday!!!!

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • devlinpix

    Awesome new rock-doc coming out soon from acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Paul Devlin! Featuring numerous shout-outs to Styx, and appearances by Glen Burtnik of Styx! Come check out what it's all about! Support the promotion of Styx! devlinpix.com/upcoming (The Front Man)

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • zykoveddy

    Kilroy Was Here is simply great, can't stop listening to it.

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • ViniciusJoestar

    Mr. Roboto ♥

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Rock University: 60 years of Rock Music

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • asterix_13

    Awesome show tonight boys! Come back to Pitts soon.

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MorbidTrebuchet

    Movement for the Common Man is awesome, one of the reasons why I love their debut album.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MinionOfDeth

    "Is it any wonder I'm not crazy? Is it any wonder I'm sane at all?"

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    I just pulled up my bootstrapes and they said "Come sail away with me" I am on it.! I loving sailing! If you have never done it, I would like you to do that! The Ocean is such peace! Scuba Dive, Sail! The Best! :-) I am just saying! It takes you off this planet just for a little while and life is GREAT! Peace and Happy to All!

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    Awsome tune! Free! I will try to carry on. Even though the U.S.A. is no longer FREE! Sad! Sad! Sad! I will do my best I can to Carry On! Politicians have taken all away from me and you! Really what the F.... This is why I never chose to have child or children. I knew at 24 yrs old this County was just going down hill! Hey, Glass half full, Still Love music and Family,

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • -Zelgadis-

    domo arigato mr roboto!! [4]

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Kajusss

    Who else thinks that "Domo Origato Mr Roboto" is the worst rhyme ever? [2]

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • HeavenFragment

    domo arigato mr roboto!! [3]

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Mateoz555

    domo arigato mr roboto!! [2]

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DiscoJer

    Father O.S.A off their 2nd album is really an underrated song.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    Music Time!

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Moham-Mad

    boat on the river

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • keanequeen

    Come Sail Away o/

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
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