Styx has been around for more then fifty years and is still one of those bands that is impossible to pin down in any single category. This multifaceted group of talented and versatile musicians easily navigated between hard-driving anthems and softer ballads. In their creative evolution, Styx made a seamless transition from the progressive rock of the 1970s to the synth-pop of the ’80s. And through it all, these chameleons of rock have brought elements of musical theater to their repertoire.
The story begins on the South Side of Chicago in 1961 when 12-year-old twin brothers John and Chuck Panozzo teamed up with their 14-year-old neighbor, Dennis DeYoung, and started a band called The Tradewinds. They kept at it through their high school and college years, adding new members along the way. The band members adopted the name Styx upon signing their first record deal in 1972.
During the initial run of success for Styx between 1972 and 1984, Dennis DeYoung sang lead vocals on the majority of their singles. He and the band parted ways for good in 1999. In addition to continuing his career as a solo artist, DeYoung composed the music for a stage production of 101 Dalmatians, which toured nationally from 2009 to 2010.
The videos in this edition of the Throwback Threesome are all from the Dennis DeYoung era. Following DeYoung’s departure from the band, singing duties have been shared by Tommy Shaw, James “J.Y.” Young, and Lawrence Gowan. They continue to lead Styx on tour with founding member Chuck Panozzo. You can see them at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte with Foreigner and John Waite on July 13, 2024.