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Come Sail Away at the LC Pavillion

Next week, fans in Central Ohio will be able to view a real treat and an awesome show by one of the finest and hardest working bands in the world.

Founded in 1970 by Panozzo, his late brother John and Dennis DeYoung, Styx hit the ground running and has never stopped.

A few faces and names have changed, but they have been flourishing ever since and delighting fans year after year along with generations both young and old.

Founder and bassist Chuck Panozzo will join his band Styx for a concert at the LC Pavillion

The group is currently made up of lead singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Panozzo).

They have performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years, having toured with such groups as Journey, REO Speedwagon, Kansas, Yes and many others.

The band is best known for the hit songs “Lady” (#6, 1975), “Come Sail Away” (#8, 1977), “Babe” (#1, 1979), “The Best of Times” (#3, 1981), “Too Much Time On My Hands” (#9, 1981), and a concept song “Mr. Roboto” (#3, 1983). They had four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.

As one of the founding members of Styx, Panozzo, who has had health issues and only appears off and on during tours, attributes the band’s success to one simple thing, making music which generations of fans enjoy.

“I think part of the longevity of the band is we have lyrics that make sense, we don’t talk down to our audience,” he recently told Columbus Wired, referring to today’s lyrics in general.

The band has defined, redefined and refined some more, but the same ballad sound is always there, one that has attributed to the success of the band all of these years.

“If you listen to some of the songs today, they are not very appropriate. When you listen to some of the words, you say to yourself, “what are they talking about,” he said. “We’re not embarrassed by our lyrics. We can play (our lyrics) in front of young people, old people and we have a great message.”

Tommy Shaw recently said in Rolling Stone Magazine that it’s unlikely Styx will tackle any other albums in the foreseeable future and that is just fine with Panozzo.

Styx will always fill concert venues doing what they have done for years. “These guys (in the bad) are very hard workers and they do a lot of shows each year,” Panozzo said. “Committed professionals.”

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