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Styx and Stones still together… no broken bones
Three of the Styx quintette, Dennis DeYoung and the twins John and Chuck Panozzo phoned me from the Duluth airport. They were just on their way out after performing in that city the night before, and they’re all set for their CNE Grandstand date Sept. 1.
The trio went to college and taught for a time while they were trying to get a band off the ground. That was back in the sixties, when they called themselves TW4 and were recording with Wooden Nickel. They changed their name to Styx – the interpreted the name as being a burning symbol of intense metaphysical energy-added talented guitarist James Young, changed record labels, hired new management and started recording albums for A&M.
They started their climb to the Big Time with their fourth album, Man Of Miracles. Their fifth album, Equinox, made it to gold. Tommy Shaw, guitar and vocals, joined them to become the fifth member of the group you’ll see at the Ex next month.
“Our dream is to be the top rock band and it looks like we’ll realize that dream in the next six or eight months,” said DeYoung. “It’s a hell of a nice feeling to know we’re finally hitting it big. I wonder if it would feel the same if we’d been an overnight sensation.”
“You can’t drink every day,” he said mischievously, then laughed. “However, we’re all human.”
He told me he and his twin brother look nothing alike. “I have curly, curly hair and Chuck had a beard which he just shaved off,” he confided, adding, “He looks awful. I’m going to try to get him to grow it back. He’s 20 minutes older than I am, but everybody thinks that I’m the older one.”
Chuck (bass) the bachelor of the group, quickly took over the phone before his twin could say anything more. He told me he’s been taking bodybuilding exercises. “I really don’t expect to look like Charles Atlas, but it would be nice.” Chuck taught art during those early years and still paints and sculpts a bit. “I’ve never been able to have a showing of my work because I never have time to get enough pieces together,” he said a bit sadly.
|Source||The Toronto Sun - August 24, 1978|
|Member||Styx - Dennis DeYoung , James "JY" Young, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, John Panozzo|
from Laurie Muffler
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