With the release of The Grand Illusion in 1977, Styx became one of the biggest rock band in America. They rode the wave for three more blockbuster albums, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theater, before it all came to a head with 1983 concept album, Kilroy was Here. While the record was a hit, the disastrous tour only complicated growing tensions in the band, mainly between guitarist Tommy Shaw's hard rocking edge, and singer Dennis DeYoung's soft ballads. It would mark the beginning of the end of Styx's most successful era.
It's been a contentious relationship between the remaining members of Styx and DeYoung, with both entities performing Styx music on the road. Despite the rivers of bad blood between them, DeYoung thinks it's time to bury the hatchet and reunite for one last tour.
"Here’s what they don’t understand and I’ll say this on the record: All boats rise with the tide. Styx fans were not in a contest to see which member they liked best," DeYoung insisted in a sobering new Rolling Stone interview. "They liked the band. Most of them loved the variety."
The singer admits that's it's been more than 20 years since he's spoken to Styx members Shaw and James Young, detailing why he was inspired to sue his former bandmates. It happened after watching the Styx episode of VH1's Behind the Music, which reduced him to tears.
"I’d say, 'Let’s get together and give the fans one more run at this thing and then I’ll ride off into the sunset,'" DeYoung said when asked what he would say to Shaw and Young if given the chance. "You’ll keep doing your Styx thing and using the name. I don’t care. I want it one more time for our fans.”