The rock band Styx may have too much time on their hands, but that just means they have enough time to give back to local communities.
And Styx will be paying it forward when they play a show at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino at 8 p.m. May 20.
For several years, the band has been a part of Rock to the Rescue, a nonprofit started by Tommy Shaw's daughter Hannah.
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"It was instigated by Tommy and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon," Styx lead vocalist Lawrence Gowan said. "They did this as a way to help after the events of Sept. 11, 2001."
Gowan said the initial project raised money for first responders.
"We tried to help with the devastation of funeral expenses and all of that comes in the aftermath," he said.
The band continued to help in the aftermath of national and international tragedies.
In 2014, Rock To The Rescue raised $10,000 for the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund at the "Soundtrack of Summer" show with Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder in Camden, N.J.
In November 2015, Rock to the Rescue donated $25,000 to The Sweet Stuff Foundation to help victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. The Sweet Stuff Foundation was founded by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, who is also a key recording member of Eagles of Death Metal, the band that was performing a show in Paris when the arena was attacked by terrorists.
"It's always been a very focused thing," Gowan said.
Gowan said the organization went dormant for a while, but then decided to keep it going.
"We play a lot of towns often, and Biloxi is one of those towns; and there are a lot of local charities that can use additional funds and it keeps the money in local communities," he said.
Rock to the Rescue works like this: A charity is selected in the towns where Styx plays and the band holds a raffle for a signed guitar or a meet-and-greet with the band.
"The money (from the raffle) goes to a local food bank or animal shelter -- there are so many ways that this money can be used," Gowan said. "We hope we can help when we are in Biloxi, because Biloxi is so good to us."