The SRO Show – Styx
Still Rockin’ the Paradise
Produced by Lawrence Standifer Stevens
Written by Joseph E. Casanova
Back in the day, whenever I had a chance on the radio to play a song by Styx, the phones would light up with requests for more of the same.
Dismissed by critics and loved by fans, progressive rockers Styx joins an elite list of bands, including Heart and Aerosmith, who have racked up top ten hits in three different decades – the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Styx continues its tour with stops in Corpus Christi and and Hidalgo later this spring.
Formed by the Panozzo Brothers and neighbor Dennis DeYoung in Chicago In the mid-60s, the group enjoyed chart success with 1973’s Lady peaking at #6.
The group reached new heights of stardom in 1977 with the triple-platinum The Grand Illusion and the #8 radio anthem Come Sail Away.
Styx continued its multi-platinum momentum with 1978’s Pieces of Eight and the top 20 singles Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) and Renegade, penned by guitarist Tommy Shaw.
However, it was DeYoung’s romantic tribute to his wife Suzanne that earned the band its first and only #1 single. Babe also reached #6 in the UK for its only top 40 appearance across the pond.
The group maintained its foray into conceptual and theatric productions with 1980’s Rockin’ the Paradise which added two more top ten hits, The Best of Times and Shaw’s guitar-driven Too Much Time on My Hands.
1983’s rock opera Kilroy Was Here further showcased DeYoung’s songwriting prowess on the strength of Mr. Roboto (#3) and Don’t Let It End (#6). They would be Styx’s final major hits of the decade.
Eight years later, the band returned to the top five with Show Me the Way, composed by DeYoung for his son Matthew.
The power ballad was referred to as a pseudo hymn about the struggle to keep one’s faith.
Two radio DJ’s incorporated television and call-in comments from officials, soldiers and callers into a Desert Shield Mix, which contributed to the track’s popularity.
I hope Styx keeps rockin’ the paradise for years and years to come.