Live: Styx

Styx "sailed away" with an epic performance at Harrah's Resort Southern California on Sept. 13.

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Legendary rock band Styx brought down the house at Harrah's Resort Southern California on Sept. 13.
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Styx originally hail from Chicago -- and became famous for its albums from the mid-1970s and early '80s.
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Lead guitarist James "T.J." Young is one of the founding members of the band.
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Guitarist/singer Tommy Shaw joined the band in 1975.
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The band has four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, as well as sixteen Top 40 singles in the US.
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The band is best known for melding prog-rock with the power of hard-rock guitar, strong ballads and elements of musical theater.
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The band was originally named Tradewind, but had to be changed after a different band named the Trade Winds had some success.
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Several names were suggested, but they chose the name "Styx" (the river in Greek mythology between Earth and the Underworld) because it was the only one none of them hated.
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In 1981, the band was accused by a California religious group of back-masking Satanic messages in their anti-cocaine anthem, "Snowblind."
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Young said,"If we were going to put something Satanic in our songs, we would have put it so it was in the song forward. Not so you would have to buy some $400 tape recorder to hear it."
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Styx's ex-singer/songwriter, Dennis DeYoung, has often repeated that he'd love to reunite with the other members of the band.
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But in a July 7, 2011 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Tommy Shaw stated that he "doesn't think a reunion with DeYoung is realistic."
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The band's latest release, 2012's live album "The Grand Illusion: Pieces of Eight Live" covers their similarly-titled 1978 album.
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Styx is best known for the hit songs "Lady," "Come Sail Away," "Babe" and "Mr. Roboto."
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