Styx Guitarist Says Vintage Bands Can't Get New Albums On The Airwaves
Styx remains one of rock's most enduring road horses, although guitarist J.Y. Young admits that new music isn't high on the agenda. Young and guitarist Tommy Shaw remain the only full-time members of the band's classic '70s and '80s lineup still on the road. Young admits that new radio airplay and CD sales are not exactly a perfect fit for bands like Styx these days, telling Ultimate Classic Rock, "There's no real plan and as we look out there, even the likes of (Paul) McCartney and the Rolling Stones put out a new record and you never hear it on the radio. Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, and Heart have all put out new studio albums in the last few years and you never heard one track ever on the radio."
Young says that as the market of live DVD's has finally come into its own, bands like Styx have found a viable outlet to reach its fans: "We're finding that our career has actually grown with these great DVD's that we've applied ourselves to, taking advantage of what we can do with the visual medium. But I think now, the picture is much clearer that you can do one great song at a time, go back to the '50s and do singles and make a great low-budget but clever and fun video and put it on our website and if it's meant to catch fire, it will. If it's not, we haven't spent a billion dollars to try and push one track out there.
He went on to say that he's sure the band will eventually return to recording: "We stay so busy on the road -- we've toured constantly since July of '99, playing 110 shows a year. Our audience is out there on the live concert stage. Eventually, we'll find the right thing and we'll get that side of our career going again, but I just haven't felt as if it was the right moment in time yet."
J.Y. Young is not alone in pining for the days in the '70s and '80s when a label like A&M was around to actually support the artists on its roster: "They showed such great sensitivity to so many great rock artists -- Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Styx, the Police, Supertramp -- y'know, that we loved recording for A&M Records. We took less money to be there. We just felt there was human beings operating there. . . Their offices were on Charlie Chaplin's old film lot, it wasn't in some giant, black, steel and glass, corporate Warner Brothers, CBS, what have you. . . It just was. . . This was a place where art was created and where art was celebrated. And to be part of it was just phenomenal for us after being with a subsidiary of RCA Records -- and they gave us a chance -- I'm always grateful for that, but A&M was a unique and special place."
Styx tour dates (subject to change):
October 25, 26 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino Resort
October 27 - Lewiston, ID - Clearwater River Casino & Lodge
November 7, 8 - Niagara Falls, ON - Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
November 12 - Moncton, NB - The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
November 14 - Kingston, ON - Rogers K-Rock Centre
November 15, 16 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
November 17 - Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal
December 5 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center (with REO Speedwagon)
December 6 - Robinsonville, MS - Bluesville At Horseshoe Tunica
December 27 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor "The Colosseum"
December 28 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theatre
December 29 - Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
January 19 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater
January 22 - Anaheim, CA - City National Grove Of Anaheim
March 1 - Miami, FL - Magic City Casino
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