Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Sell on Amazon Start a Selling Account. For Styx to achieve mainstream success, they would need to sign with a national record company. After a frantic last-minute search, the band brought in guitarist Tommy Shaw as Curulewski's replacement. Crystal Ball , the first album to feature Shaw, was moderately successful, but was overall a disappointment, failing to achieve the sales of its predecessor.
The album showcased the band's newest member, as Shaw's " Mademoiselle " was another minor hit, reaching No. Styx's seventh album, The Grand Illusion , was released on July 7, , and became their breakthrough album, reaching Triple Platinum certification. The title track also received significant airplay. Through the late s and early s, the band enjoyed its greatest success. Their album Pieces of Eight found the group moving in a more straight-ahead hard-rock direction and spawned three Shaw sung hit singles " Renegade " No.
Their album Cornerstone yielded their first No. By early , "Babe" had become the band's biggest international hit and first million-selling single, reaching No. The popularity of the album, which reached No. The band was also named the most popular rock band in the U. With the success of "Babe," DeYoung's push for a more mainstream direction gained momentum, while Shaw and Young favored a more rock oriented approach.
This arguing over musical direction led to ongoing tension in early after Shaw objected to the ballad "First Time" being released as the second single from Cornerstone. The argument resulted in DeYoung being briefly fired.
However, things were quickly smoothed over. In January , Styx released Paradise Theatre , a concept album that became their biggest hit, reaching No. Paradise Theatre became the band's fourth consecutive multi-platinum album. Based on yet another Dennis DeYoung concept, the Paradise Theatre was a historic Chicago theatre that had been built in the 20s only to fall on hard times and close a mere 30 years after it opened.
An ambitious year long world tour commenced in in support of the album and was one of the top grossing tours of the year. The tour had numerous Broadway and movie infused elements, including a dramatic opening featuring a theatre sweep and DeYoung by himself next to a player piano and the show ending with traditional movie credits. Throughout the tour and throughout the s and beyond, the band would open their shows with " Rockin' the Paradise ", the opening track from Paradise Theatre which charted at No.
The band was accused by a California religious group and later the Parents Music Resource Center of backmasking Satanic messages in their anti- cocaine anthem, " Snowblind ". Dennis DeYoung has denied the accusation as well, joking on the In the Studio with Redbeard program "we had enough trouble to make the music sound right forward. The band continues to follow DeYoung's lead with their next project, Kilroy Was Here , another more fully realized concept album, embracing the rock opera form.
It is set in a future where performing and playing rock music has been outlawed due to the efforts of a charismatic evangelist, Dr. Tommy Shaw played the part of Jonathan Chance, a younger rocker who fights for Kilroy's freedom and the lifting of the ban on rock music. This future society is served by robots. Called Robotos, these automatons perform many jobs, and several serve as Kilroy's prison guards.
Part of the impetus for the Kilroy story was the band's reaction to the backmasking accusation. Its introduction intentionally included a backward message, the Latin phrases, "annuit coeptis" and "novus ordo seclorum", from the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States.
Roboto " No. The album earned a nomination as Best Engineered Recording for engineer and long-time friend Gary Loizzo and fellow engineers on the album Will Rascati and Rob Kingsland, for the 26th Grammy Awards In , the band mounted an ambitious stage show in support of Kilroy Was Here  featuring theatrical presentations of three songs utilizing instrumental backing tracks, including "Mr.
The elaborate show was expensive to produce and was not as profitable as previous tours. Kilroy Was Here brought the creative and competitive tensions within the band beyond the breaking point. Shaw departed the band for a solo career at the conclusion of the tour. In , the band released its first live album, Caught in the Act. The project featured one studio track, " Music Time ", which became a Top 40 hit. By the time of the album's release, the band had already parted ways. Styx reformed in , bringing in Glen Burtnik as a new guitarist, as Shaw was by then committed to Damn Yankees.
Some radio stations edited the Top Three hit to include the voices of children, whose parents were deployed in Saudi Arabia between and The song went all the way to No. The popularity of Grunge was a major factor in PolyGram letting the band go. A set of demos titled Son of Edge were completed and shown to other record labels. The band reunited once again in , with guitarist Tommy Shaw returning to the fold, to re-record "Lady" for Styx Greatest Hits. Session drummer Todd Sucherman filled in for John Panozzo, who was unable to participate due to liver problems caused by years of excessive drinking , which eventually claimed his life the following year on July The "Return to Paradise" tour, with Sucherman as a full member, was successful.
The reunion tour was documented with a two-disc live set, 's Return to Paradise , which featured three new studio tracks: "On My Way", "Paradise" a soft rock ballad that also appears in another version on Dennis DeYoung's The Hunchback of Notre Dame album , and "Dear John", a tribute to the late Panozzo that has become a cult favorite among Styx fans. And later on it was documented on DVD. Following the release of the album, Styx embarked on another tour, this one to mark the 20th anniversary of The Grand Illusion.
Two years later, in , the band released its first new studio album in almost a decade: Brave New World. The album received a lukewarm reception and sold very slowly, and the single, "Everything Is Cool", failed to chart. Once again, during work on the album, personality conflicts drove the band members apart. While Tommy Shaw's material attempted to bring the band into the next century and JY's songs attempted to convey a hard rock vein, Dennis DeYoung's more pop and Broadway-style leanings led to divergent sounds on Brave New World.
According to DeYoung, another crucial difference was that he was not the overall producer on this album, as he had been on the others. Arguments over which songs to release as singles, the album's artwork, the track sequencing, the slow album sales, and the omission of DeYoung's vocals and keyboards from many of the Shaw-Young tracks fueled the fire. DeYoung asked his bandmates to delay touring, but they refused and decided to go forward without him. DeYoung was replaced by Lawrence Gowan , a classically trained pianist, who had achieved platinum success as a solo act on Sony Canada.
On June 6, , the group reunited briefly to perform for the Children's Miracle Network Telethon as DeYoung's final performance with the band. Glen Burtnik filled in for Chuck Panozzo on bass. A 2-CD recording of the concert was released as Arch Allies: Live at Riverport , with one disc of each band's set, and both discs concluding with performances of the two bands collaborating on jam versions of Styx's "Blue Collar Man" and REO's " Roll with the Changes ". Each band also released their set as a separate album, with additional tracks; Styx's version was At the River's Edge: Live in St.
With Chuck Panozzo concentrating on his health problems, Glen Burtnik returned to Styx in to fill in for him on bass, with Panozzo participating on a part-time basis, sitting in as his health permitted. Styx's new lineup released several live albums and released the studio album Cyclorama in February , which reached No. A single "Waiting for Our Time" hit No. Styx toured extensively during this period and released additional live albums.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They played a short set in the parking lot, as well as on the field right before the game, playing Queen 's " We Are the Champions ". Burtnik left Styx in September , to spend time with his family and to pursue a solo career and release the album Welcome to Hollywood. Panozzo continues to play bass for some shows with Phillips on rhythm guitar, while Phillips continues as a stand in bassist for Panozzo during shows without him.
Burtnik would go on to join up with DeYoung for numerous tour dates over the next several years. King , and Slim Harpo with Jeff Baxter as a special guest. In , Styx released an album of cover tunes, Big Bang Theory , which reached the Billboard Top 50 on the album charts, their highest charting album since Their version of the Beatles song " I Am the Walrus " received some radio play, and a video was made for the song, which was subsequently featured in their live shows.
Still, the album had a short life on the charts and failed to make much of a dent. On December 15, , they participated in the figure skating show Improv-Ice, which was broadcast on television January 15, The summer of found the band back on the road in a new touring package called Soundtrack of Summer , with Foreigner and ex-Eagle Don Felder.
Styx's summer tour saw them re-uniting with Def Leppard. Along with Tesla , the groups played outdoor venues across the United States. In , Styx announced a series of performances to be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas in early with Felder. On April 7, , Styx announced via social media that they would be releasing an EP titled The Same Stardust EP , which would feature two new tracks, as well as some live recordings.
From April 30, , through May 5, , Styx posted artwork on social media that included a countdown in the corner that would eventually lead to the revealing of their new album Crash of the Crown , revealed on May 6, With the reveal, they released the album's title track on streaming platforms.
The Prog Report reviewed the album saying it "stands as one of the very finest in their catalogue. Crash of the Crown reached Number 1 in Rock on Amazon after release. After first producing The Mission and Crash of the Crown and joining Styx on stage in Las Vegas to play The Mission in its entirety on January 23, , guitarist Will Evankovich joined Styx for their summer tour that found them back on the road.
A longstanding, oft-repeated claim in the music industry and the mainstream press is that Styx were the first band to release four consecutive Triple -Platinum albums, signifying at least 3 million units sold. Multi-Platinum awards were introduced in late October Complete and detailed historical sales figures for record albums are not readily available to the public, but the certifications, which can be found at the RIAA site, show that the feat the band actually achieved was being the first group to be awarded four consecutive Multi-Platinum albums with three of those ranking better than Double Platinum.
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