|Summer is a busy time for rock bands, and this summer is no different for Styx.|
playing our sixth show in seven days," guitarist/vocalist James "JY"
Young said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. "That's rock
'n' roll in the summertime. There are lots of fairs and festivals, and
people want to go to them because they've been cooped up too long."
Styx will headline the first night of the Downtown Street Festival on July 1.
members of Styx -- who have been around since the early 1970s -- are
still amazed by the audiences who go see them night after night.
seeing a new young contingent of fans, under the age of 25, coming to
see us who certainly weren't around at our peak," Young said. "We're
seeing enough young people to make us feel that we did a good job of
recording albums that reach people. We have three generations of
humanity coming out to see us."
Young said young people's
interest in Styx could be their way of rebelling against the gangster
rap, death rock and death metal that is so popular these days.
"Young people are still out to discover something for themselves," he said.
is music that is really counter culture to their friends' (music), in a
way. This is almost them rebelling against what's being jammed down
Last year, Styx released a CD of covers called "Big Bang Theory" -- a CD that came about by accident.
a lackluster response to "Cyclorama," the band was trying to regroup
and was asked to be a part of Eric Clapton's Crossroads charity concert.
did some Hendrix things, Tommy Shaw did some blues things, and it was
the first time we ever did (Beatles song) 'I Am The Walrus,' " Young
said. "We wanted to set ourselves apart in some way, so we did 'I Am
The Walrus.' We had such a fun time doing it, we started adding it to
our show in the encore."
A friend of the band who is in radio in
Chicago asked them for a copy of the song so he could play it. The
covers CD grew from that.
"We were still stinging
'Cyclorama,' so the notion was to record songs that had an influence on
us," Young said. "There have been so many tributes where a band just
listens to a song once and slopped it out there. Our goal was to at
least live up to the original in some way, shape or form, and outdo
them in some cases."
Songs for a new CD are being worked on, and
a new song "Just Be," should be available to radio in six to eight
weeks. Fans may also get more songs before the CD is released.
sort of embracing the notion that if we have a great song and we think
we made a great recording of it, we want to just put it out there and
make it available as a download and see how people respond to it,"
With everything going on, in the Styx world there's plenty to get excited about.
For Young, one thing stands out above the rest.
"I personally derive the greatest joy from performing live," Young said.
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The 2006 El Paso Downtown Street Festival, celebrating
Independence Day, featuring Styx and Blue Oyster Cult on
July 1 and Puddle of Mudd, 10 Years and Seven Mary Three
on July 2. There will be four stages of live
entertainment, a children's area, a fireworks display
and food and drink vendors.
6 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 1 and July 2.
Outside the El Paso convention center.
much: Tickets are on sale at all Peter Piper Pizza
restaurants. Prices are $15 in advance for adults and $5
in advance for children 12 and younger.
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