Styx Rocks the Washington State Fair

Styx at the Washinton State Fair (Photo by Mike Baltierra)
Michael Baltierra Styx at the Washington State Fair (Photo by Michael Baltierra)

Styx is an American rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1972 by brothers Chuck (bass) and John Panozzo (drums), along with their friend Dennis DeYoung (vocals and keyboard). They’re best known for blending melodic hard rock guitar with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre.

The band established themselves with a progressive rock sound during the 1970s and began to incorporate pop rock and soft rock elements in the 1980s.

Along with the Panozzo Brothers and DeYoung, the band’s most famous lineup also consisted of James Young (guitar / vocals) & Tommy Shaw (guitar / vocals). This lineup released some of the most popular albums of their career – The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Conerstone, and hugely popular Paradise Theater – which became the band’s first number one album.

The band has been through numerous personnel changes. Its current lineup, along with Young and Shaw, also includes Todd Sucherman (drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals / keyboard), Ricky Phillips (bass / vocals) and Will Evankovich (guitar / vocals).

The band’s latest release is 2021’s Crash of the Crown. Please enjoy this set of photos from Styx’s set at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA.

Opening the show was Nancy Wilson’s Heart.

Styx Setlist
To Those
Blue Collar Man
The Grand Illusion
Crash of the Crown
Miss America
Crystal Ball
Rockin’ the Paradise
Our Wonderful Lives
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Too Much Time on My Hands
Lost at Sea
Come Sail Away

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