Styx and Dennis DeYoung To Be Inducted into Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Longtime progressive multi-platinum selling rock band Styx and former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung will be heading home to Chicago to celebrate their induction into the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum in Joliet. Styx and DeYoung will become part of the second class inducted since the hall’s formation in 2020. The ceremony will also include the induction of Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke along with Illinois natives Dan Folgelberg (Peoria, IL), The New Colony Six (Chicago, IL), and Jim Peterik (Berwyn, IL) set to take place on Sunday, June 5.

Styx – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

While Styx may be inducted in Joliet, they remain shunned in Cleveland. They have been eligible for more than 20 years yet remain off the ballot. In terms of their mark in music, Styx remains one of the few bands that has had top ten hits in three decades. The band’s influence in music is clear, but their popularity remains a point of contention. However, their successes are clear, with a catalog of hit singles along with a series of four consecutive multi-platinum albums plus one more, and they have six gold albums, a feat that is historically rare in rock and roll. Until the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes their significance, Styx remains an iconic band that will continue to wait for the call. Perhaps, the Illinois induction will spark renewed interest with those people who choose to nominate and induct bands for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Styx was formed in Chicago in 1972, with the progressive rock band making its mark in rock through the band’s signature medley of electric and acoustic guitars and synthesizers combined with a mix of other musical instruments that produced some of the biggest radio-hits of the 1980s. Styx reached mainstream success with fan-favorite tunes “Come Sail Away,” “Babe”, “The Best of Times,” “Renegade,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Lady,” and “Show Me The Way” among other chart-topping hits.

Styx consists of founding members Chuck Panozzo (bass, occasional backing vocals) and James “J.Y.” Young (guitars, lead and backing vocals), along with Tommy Shaw (guitars, lead and backing vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (keyboards, lead and backing vocals), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals, guitar) and Will Evankovich ( guitar, backing vocals).

Dennis DeYoung – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

Dennis DeYoung, who is recognized as having one of the most iconic voices in rock, is being inducted individually in recognition of his songwriting contributions in rock and roll. DeYoung parted ways with Styx in 1999, due in part to creative differences that included the band’s desire to focus more into a heavier rock sound while DeYoung tended to favor a more pop- and Broadway-style. While DeYoung is credited with producing many of Styx’s most iconic tunes, he would ultimately be replaced by Scottish-Canadian vocalist and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, who replaced DeYoung on tour while the frontman dealt with vision problems. Gowan performed in 53 dates on that tour and has remained a band member since 1999.

 

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