By Caleb Hennington
Styx to bring decades of rock to Arkansas State Fair
Named after the River Styx, a river in Greek mythology that served as the link between the world of the living and the world of the dead, Chicago rock band Styx sound anything but deathly.
Formed in the early 1970s, Styx are famous for their catchy pop-rock tunes, mixed with hard-rock sensibilities and a penchant for powerful piano ballads. Twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo on guitar and drums, respectively formed the band in the 1960s and went by the name The Tradewinds. After finding a few more members and making a much-needed name change to Styx, the band members released their first album in 1972. The self-titled release made minimal waves on the music scene, and their second album, Styx II, managed to produce one hit single: Lady.
Their true success came late in the game, after more than six critically unsuccessful albums. The Grand Illusion, Styxs seventh album, gave them the hit prog-rock piano ballad single Come Sail Away. From there, the band continued to top the charts until the mid-80s, producing hits such as Renegade, Too Much Time on My Hands and Mr. Roboto.
Their last album of original material was released in 2003 and titled Cyclorama.
Styx perform at the Arkansas State Fair on the Wendys Main Stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The show is free with paid gate admission to the fair.
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