Ruth Eckerd Hall presents Styx with special guest Don Felder on Monday, April 17 at 7 pm. The six men comprising Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last.
Styx draws from over four decades of chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts. Like a symphony that builds to a satisfying crescendo, a Styx set covers a wide range of stylistic cornerstones. From the progressively sweeping splendor that is The Grand Illusion to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the Blue Collar Man, from the majestic spiritual love for a special Lady to the seething indictment of preening, primping pageantry for pageantry’s sake of Miss America, from an individual yearning for true connection as a Man in the Wilderness to a soul-deep quest to achieve what’s at the heart of one’s personal vision in Crystal Ball, from the regal reach-for-the-stars bravado of Come Sail Away to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged Renegade who had it made, the band draws on an unlimited cache of ways to immerse one’s mind and body in their signature sound.
A new era of hope, survival, and prosperity comes calling with the release of CRASH OF THE CROWN, Styx’s recent studio album, which was written pre-pandemic and recorded during the trying times of the pandemic. The legendary and multi-Platinum rockers–James “JY” Young (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy Shaw (lead vocals, guitars), Chuck Panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ricky Phillips (bass, guitar, vocals)–released their 17th album June 18, 2021 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/Ume.
After more than a decade together on the road, this incarnation of Styx is looking forward to performing as many shows as it can as long as it can. “It all comes back to the chemistry,” says bassist/vocalist Ricky Phillips. “The legacy of this band will be that it brought joy to millions of people,” notes drummer Todd Sucherman. Observes keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, “We’ve always tried to explain why this is this happening. It’s obviously a multitude of factors, but the main one is that our show is really good! And if it’s really good, they’re going to come to see it again.”
Don Felder is renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. The band’s record-setting compilation Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) sold over 29 million copies in the United States alone and was awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America the top-selling album of the 20th Century. To date, Don and The Eagles have sold more than 83 million albums. A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones. Felder co-wrote the music of The Eaglesʼ biggest hit the iconic, GRAMMY® studded smash Hotel California – along with fan favorites like Victim of Love and Those Shoes. He became immediately celebrated for his lyrical, signature guitar work on legendary songs like One of These Nights, New Kid In Town and more. Hotel California was voted the #1 best 12-string guitar song in the world by Guitar World magazine.
After leaving the group in 2001, Felder also became a New York Times bestselling author when his riveting confessional memoir Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles proved a major commercial triumph upon publication in 2008 and went on to become a New York Times best seller.
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