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Styx brings decades of hits to Penn’s Peak stage

Legendary, multiplatinum rock band Styx will bring new music and classic hits alike to the Penn’s Peak stage on March 14 at 8 p.m.

Styx, now consisting of Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), James “J.Y.” Young (vocals, guitar), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboard), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), has come far from their groundbreaking debut in the early ’70s with tons of new music, including their 16th and latest studio album “The Mission” which was released in June 2017.

“The Mission” debuted on various Billboard Charts including #6 on Top Rock Albums, #11 on Physical Albums, #11 on Vinyl Albums, #13 on Current Albums, #14 on Top Albums, #16 on Retail, #17 on Mass Merchandise/Non-Traditional, #29 on Digital Albums and #45 on Billboard 200.

“We’re not reluctant to put in pieces from (“The Mission”) … we weave them in among the great hits of the past because they kind of fit in seamlessly,” said Gowan, who joined the band in 1999 after a successful solo career, which he still holds, in Canada, where he still lives.

However, even with their expansive new discography which has evolved over the years, they still stay true to that classic, beloved Styx sound with old hits like “Come Sail Away.”

They even get an occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo every now and then.

Many band members, including somewhat newer ones, still find the most enjoyment in getting back to Styx’s roots.

Lawrence Gowan said that his favorite song to sing is “Mr. Roboto” but his truly favorite song to perform is one that he does not sing in very much at all.

While Gowan focuses more on keyboards during the classic “Renegade,” which they often end shows with, this allows him to take the whole show in, which he describes as “an epic adventure,” from behind his keyboard.

“(I get to see) 2,000 people on their feet with giant smiles on their faces and their arms in the air,” Gowan said. “That makes it my favorite.”

Gowan and the rest of his bandmates thrive off the never-ending love and support fans, both new and old, bring to their shows.

“We really connect with (the fans’ energy) … that’s where we derive much of the energy that goes into the show,” Gowan said. “Latching onto the excitement the audience provides … we feed off it.”

While it is hard not to be confident with decades of wowing audiences under your belt, Styx is sure that all attendees will have a blast at the upcoming show.

“We know how this is going to end, because we’ve done it thousands of times … whatever stream of mind you’re in when you walk through the door … expect to leave with a smile on your face,” Gowan said.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets or at Penn’s Peak’s box office or Roadie’s Restaurant during business hours.

For more information, visit www.pennspeak.com.

Rock Group Styx, from left, Chuck Panozzo, Ricky Phillips, Todd Sucherman, Tommy Shaw, James “J.Y.” Young and Lawrence Gowan. Styx will be performing at Penn’s Peak on March 14. RICK DIAMOND/GETTY IMAGES FOR STYX