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Styx, Blue Oyster Cult bringing power ballads to Viking Hall

November 1st, 2011 4:25 am by staff report

Styx, Blue Oyster Cult bringing power ballads to Viking Hall

Styx, featuring long-time guitarist Tommy Shaw (center), will play Bristol's Viking Hall Civic Center on Nov. 5. Opening will be Blue Oyster Cult.

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early 1970s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late 1970s and early ‘80s, thanks to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.

The band is known for such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself.”

Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips have performed more live since 1999 than all of the previous years of Styx’s career combined, and they’re not slowing down.

Styx will appear at Viking Hall in Bristol on Nov. 5. Opening for them will be Blue Oyster Cult. Tickets are $28, $38, $48 and $58. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show time is 7:30 p.m

In the last decade, Styx has had two Super Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company, and two studio albums.

The band’s first release of the 1980s was a concept album. “Paradise Theater,” loosely based on the rise and fall of a once-beautiful theater, became Styx’s biggest hit, selling more than three million copies in a three-year period.

 A career-encompassing live album, “Caught in the Act,” was issued in 1984, before Styx went on hiatus. The majority of its members pursued solo projects throughout the remainder of the decade. A re-recording of the band’s early hit “Lady” for a greatest hits compilation finally united Shaw with his former Styx bandmates, which led to a reunion tour in 1996. Drummer John Panozzo fell seriously ill and passed away in July of the same year. Although grief-stricken, Styx persevered with new drummer Todd Sucherman, and the Styx reunion tour became a surprise sold-out success, resulting in the release of a live album/video, 1997’s “Return to Paradise,” while a whole new generation of rock fans was introduced to the grandiose sounds of Styx via a humorous car ad which used the track “Mr. Roboto,” as well as songs used in such TV shows as “South Park” and  “Freaks & Geeks.”

For tickets, call (423) 764-0188 or visit .

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