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Friends, critics and fans who have seen the recent shows have all been struck by the amazingly energetic performances off all the current band members. Joining Tommy Shaw and guitarist James "JY" Young are former Styx members, Glen Burtnick on bass, Lawrence Gowan on keyboards and vocals, and drummer Todd Sucherman who has been a member of the band since the untimely death of original drummer John Panozzo a few years ago.
A brief musical history began in 1969 when neighbors Dennis DeYoung and brothers Chuck and John Panozzo formed a band called TW4 and enrolled at Chicago State University. Later, a fellow student, John Curulewski, joined the group.
In 1970, guitarist James "JY" Young -- who was performing with a rival Chicago band -- joined the group and they began taking a different musical direction.
With a recording contract signed, the group changed its name 1972 to Styx -- after the Greek mythological river of the dead and proceeded along the road of success.
In 1984, the group decided to put the band on hold and pursue solo projects and did not reunite again until 1990.
Thirty years after they banded together, Styx has sold 25 million records, scored eight top ten singles and their popularity continues to grow with hits such as, "Babe," "The Best of Times," "Lady" and "Too Much Time On My Hands".