BILOXI -- The band Styx, a radio rock mainstay of for more than four decades with hits such as "Lady." "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Come Sail Away," will bring their live show to the Beau Rivage at 8 p.m. Oct. 16.
Formed in Chicago in 1972, the band didn't begin to reach its commercial peak until Montgomery, Ala., native and Alabama Music Hall of Fame member Tommy Shaw joined Styx in 1976.
Shaw soon became the band's anchor through his contributions on guitar, lead vocals and songwriting on songs such as "Too Much Time On My Hands" and "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)."
The band found great success from 1977-1981 when they released five albums including "Pieces of Eight," The Grand Illusion" and "Paradise Theater," with each album selling millions of copies.
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Styx -- Shaw; guitarist JY Young; lead vocalist/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan; drummer Todd Sucherman and bassist Ricky Phillips, who is joined by original bassist Chuck Panozzo -- recently completed a sold out summer tour with Def Leppard.
Gowan told the Sun Herald that the upcoming Biloxi show will be special for the band's fans.
"We play Biloxi every year," Gowan said. "We love coming back here. We have a great fan base on the Gulf Coast and we always have really good shows in Biloxi. This is one of our first solo shows after the Def Leppard tour. It's just Styx. This gives us an opportunity to play more songs and to go deeper into what we choose to play. Of course we love playing the songs people want to hear, but we also like to surprise them with some things we haven't played in a while."
Styx has released more than 20 albums, including 2015's "Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas," and they continue to tour almost nonstop. With a back catalogue and a history that goes back 40 years, Gowan said the band still enjoys touring because of its loyal fan base.
"We are seeing a mixed crowd at our shows these days," he said. "We are seeing a lot of people that will come to several shows within driving distance of each other. The interesting thing is the amount of younger fans that are coming to our shows. And they're not just there for the hits. They really get into it when we play something like 'Suite Madam Blue.' They seem to really know our songs."