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May 16, 2014

Styx brings ‘soundtrack’ to sheds this summer

SPRING, Texas — The hottest classic rock tour of the summer hits the greater Houston-area this weekend.

The “Soundtrack of Summer Tour” featuring Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder of the Eagles will perform Sunday, May 18 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, just north of Houston. Tickets are $20 - $95 at all Ticketmaster outlets.

The tour began this past Wednesday in Wichita, Kan. and will stop in 42 cities across the United States and Canada before taking a break a short break following its Aug. 2 show in Goldendale, Wash. According to Lawrence Gowan, keyboardist and vocalist for Styx, the band is looking forward to its summer run.

“The ‘Soundtrack for Summer’ is such a great title for this tour,” Gowan said during a telephone interview prior to the start of the tour. “All of us on this tour have chosen songs that people know and have heard on radio. They are a lot of feel good songs that are a part of peoples lives and will bring back a lot of good memories.”

Gowan, along with bandmates Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips, plan on giving fans a true Styx live performance experience this summer.

“It’s a blend of a typical Styx performance and new production,” Gowan explained. “We have a brand new stage and all fresh screen content for this tour. It really is the best looking show we have ever put on the road. The lighting is just tremendous.

“The inspiration for this tour came from our tour we did a few years ago when we performed ‘The Grand Illusion’ and ‘Pieces of Eight’ in their entirety,” he continued. “That was the inspiration for this tour should look. It was our blueprint.”

While Styx will perform many of the hits its fans have come to know and love over the years, the band is not resting on its collective laurels as far as new music is concerned.

“We have so much new material,” Gowan said excitedly. “We’ll rehearse it at soundcheck sometimes. We’ll talk about going in to record, but then we’ll drop about 40 more dates for another tour and have to put it off a while longer. It’s a lovely problem to have, but there will come a point where we will get into the studio. Tommy (Shaw) and I were talking the other day and we are looking at a two-week period in December right now.”

Gowan believes fans will enjoy the band’s set each night, as well as the performance of each act on the bill throughout the tour. He understands the fans excitement at hearing their favorite songs.

“I will always say ‘Renegade’ is my favorite song to perform,” Gowan said. “It’s at the end of the night and the fans really respond and I get swept up in it. I have a lot of other favorites too. We haven’t played ‘Suite Madame Blue’ in a while and we put it back for this tour. We know we have a lot of songs to choose from, but, with a tour like this, we have maybe one song we can change out each night.”

With the tour just beginning, Gowan and the rest of Styx have a long road ahead of them, but the band would not have it any other way.

“This is what we enjoy doing,” he stated. “And it’s great to see the fans react so strongly to their favorite songs. It’s fun for them and it’s fun for us, and that’s how music should be.”

Visit www.styxworld.com for more information on the band and tour.

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