From Chicagoland quartet (formed in 1970 by James Young, Dennis DeYoung and brothers Chuck and John Panozzo) to their years as one of rock’s biggest selling bands to their current status as classic rock elder statesmen, the path of Styx is well-documented.
With founding member Young and longtime member Tommy Shaw still onboard, it’s clear the Styx juggernaut has no intention of slowing down. Since 2010, the band’s current incarnation has played venues around the world with REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Kansas, Journey and, most recently, Yes.
In the midst of their busy schedule, they still had time to hit the studio and turn out Regeneration. Volume One was released last year as a seven song EP with Volume Two, another nine tunes, being released this year. Along with new readings of Styx classics like “Renegade” and “Come Sail Away,” the 16-song set that makes up Regeneration Volumes I and II includes a pair of Tommy Shaw’s Damn Yankees tunes that Styx has adopted as well as our Free MP3 of the Day, “Difference In The World.”
All the classic Styx elements are here: dynamic acoustic guitars, stunning vocal harmonies, powerful lyrics and a killer melody.
The band are winding down their 2011 touring schedule but, as Shaw notes on the Styx Blog, they’re not done yet. Look for more in 2012.