FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The multi-million-selling rock band STYX will be live in concert on Tuesday, July 28 at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion.
Those attending the concert can expect to hear the band’s sonically sweet 16th studio album “The Mission” – the most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date officials say.
STYX began as an artsy “prog rock” band, but they would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads.
The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late '60s, the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo, who played bass and drums, as well as Dennis DeYoung, who does vocals and keyboards.
By the dawn of the '70s, the group had changed its name to TW4, and welcomed aboard a pair of guitarists/vocalists, James "JY" Young and John Curulewski -- securing a recording contract in 1972 with Wooden Nickel Records.
Soon after, the group opted to change its name once more, this time to STYX, named after a river from Greek mythology that ran through "the land of the dead" in the underworld.
Over the course of their 40-year career, STYX has released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations, and four live albums – earning eight Top Ten singles.
STYX has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
The band’s latest album “The Mission” debuted on various Billboard charts, including:
- No. 6 on Top Rock Albums
- No. 11 on Physical Albums
- No. 11 on Vinyl Albums
- No. 13 on Current Albums
- No. 14 Billboard Top Albums
Tickets for the STYX concert go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Sweetwater campus located at 5501 U.S. Highway 30 West and online.