Styx Fan Club Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 1
STYX OFFICIAL FAN CLUB NEWSLETTER
STYX CONQUERS EUROPE!
In a recently completed swing including 4 countries, STYX has become a worldwide attraction. Sell-out shows in England, Germany, Holland and France added fuel to the fire of their near triple platinum LP - THE GRAND ILLUSION.
Although the tour was cut short by bassist CHUCK PANOZZO'S recurring blood ailment, the group was extremely pleased with the performances. JAMES YOUNG commented "After being on the road nearly 10 years in America, it was quite a thrill to finally play Europe. They were rock n' roll crowds that were very familiar with the music."
The tour which took almost 6 months of preparation, marked the first time STYX visited shores outside of North America. The true test of the super group is it's worldwide drawing power, which STYX proved night after night over 7000 miles from home.
CHUCK'S physician in Chicago treated the ailment and reported his condition greatly improved.
At press time, dates in So. America and Australia were being considered for STYX next summer.
STYX explodes on stage during their spectacular tour of Europe, 1978.
NEW TOUR PLANS UNVEILED
STYX personal manager, DEREK SUTTON, announced the formation of the new STYX tour, slated to start in August. "The tour will be the largest the band has ever headlined," said Sutton, "including some dramatic outdoor and stadium events." The new schedule puts the group on the road for almost 7 months, playing major arenas coast to coast.
The tour, named "THE CONQUEST OF A CONTINENT" will include an entire new stage show, with some $200,000 in special effects.
DENNIS DE YOUNG commented during the rehearsals, "This show is what STYX has been working for all these years. To bring a show this big to all our fans is a dream come true for all of us."
The show will include a glimpse of new material from the new STYX LP PIECES OF EIGHT, during the summer; with more songs being added near it's fall release date.
Full time dress rehearsals started in early July, with some sessions continuing late into the night.
STYX biggest fantasy production ever will hit the streets on August 3rd in Duluth, Minnesota.
THE GRAND ILLUSION
WORLD WIDE SUCCESS
STYX 7th album, THE GRAND ILLUSION has become the biggest seller in the groups career. The album, one of A&M's best sellers last year, is nearing 3 milliom units in America. The disc was also certified double platinum in Canada. Worldwide sales are soaring due in part to the recently completed STYX tour in Europe.
The hit singles COME SAIL AWAY and FOOLING YOURSELF have topped the million sales marks together and radio airplay was tremendously helpful in attaining these figures. The album reached American sales of gold just 9 weeks after release.
Still in the HOT 100 after a year on the charts, THE GRAND ILLUSION was the #3 played album on radio last year, behind Saturday Night Fever & Rumours.
All projections for the new STYX album are even greater. Advance orders for PIECES OF EIGHT have assured that the album will "ship gold."
JOHN PANOZZO spoke at a press conference in New York, "The thrill of a double platinum album is almost indescribable. All the hard work and years of dedication have to proved to us there really is a Great American Dream."
The STYX GRAND ILLUSION TOUR played in 6 countries all over the globe and sell-outs were common place. Close to 2 million saw the band live last year.
NEW STYX ALBUM!
At press time, STYX was putting together the finishing touches on their new album, "PIECES OF EIGHT".
The album, number four on A & M for the group, will ship "gold" the first week in September.
JOHN PANOZZO told us that this album is "the most exciting project STYX has ever put together.
DENNIS DE YOUNG contributed the title track plus three other songs. TOMMY SHAW also wrote four new tunes for the album.
A spokesman for A & M Records said that retailers around the country have placed the largest advance order ever for a new STYX album.
The "PIECES OF EIGHT"' album is expected to far outdistance all previous STYX releases in sales, including "THE GRAND ILLUSION" which has surpassed double platinum itself.
"PIECES OF EIGHT" should be in your local record stores by September 15th.
JOHN PANOZZO VIRGO Birthday: September 20th Height: 5' 11" Weight: 170 lbs. Birthplace: Chicago, Ill. Hobbies: Cars, Sports, especially hockey.
JAMES YOUNG SCORPIO Birthday: November 14th Height: 6'2" Weight: 170 lbs. Birthplace: Chicago, Ill. Hobbies: All sports, traveling, gag novelties, sightseeing.
CHUCK PANOZZO VIRGO Birthday: September 20th Height: 5' 9" Weight: 140 lbs. Birthplace: Chicago, Ill. Hobbies: Traveling, fashions, visiting museums
TOMMY SHAW VIRGO Birthday: September 11th Height: 5' 5" Weight: 128 lbs. Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama Hobbies: 4 wheeling, Barbecuing, Racquetball & city night life.
DENNIS DE YOUNG AQUARIUS Birthday: February 18th Height: 5' 11" Weight: 160 lbs. Birthplace: Chicago, Ill. Hobbies: Football, Baseball, and All American Games!
The capacity crowds weren't the only ones jumpin' as the STYX tour wound its way through Europe in 1978. Here J.Y. and Tommy Shaw put a little body "English" into their act!!!!!!!
Tommy Shaw has added on to his country estate in Michigan. A riding stable and 2 thoroughbred horses were added while Tommy was in Europe. He also received delivery on a new 4 wheel Blazer. Tommy told us he can climb 30-ft. hills in it and has already put 2000 miles on the truck. That's a Man In The Wilderness for you ..... Dennis De Young has drawn up plans for his new estate. According to the Doctor its to look like a sailing vessel, including galleys and port holes! The house that COME SAIL AWAY built!!! ...... The worldwide explosion of STYX continues as a 1 hr. radio special featuring the group recently aired in Luxembourg ......John and J.Y. were seen in a posh restaurent dining with their pals from the Chicago Blackhawks ...... Chuck has fully recovered from his recent illness, which sidelined him for 3 weeks. His doctor has given him the O.K. to go all out on the new fall tour. Rest & Relaxation were the cure for exhaustion of 8 months on the road ...... J.Y. has been busy with the technical aspects of recording the new album. Paragon Studios has been seeing a lot of him lately. He did take time off to head for southern Wisconsin to see the "Star Wars Laser Concert" at Alpine Valley Music Theatre .......Tommy recently sent his parents to Hawaii for a 4 week vacation ......Tommy's dad promptly caught the biggest fish in recent memory there and made front page of the local paper ....... John rushed home after Europe to move into his brand new house (just 3 blocks from Dennis!) Now John says, he finally has a great looking driveway to park his brand new Mercedes 300! ...... With the Chicago White Sox rapidly gaining on first place, don't be surprised to see any of the group members in the box seats over 3rd base. Dennis has been a season ticket holder now for 5 years! ...... Rather than throw away a recently damaged guitar, Tommy had the entire band autograph it and gave it away on the radio in Boston! The young lady who won it was speechless for days ...... After completing work on the new album, PIECES OF EIGHT the boys will take a quick 5 day vacation before starting the new summer-fall tour .......
BACKSTAGE BRIEFS WILL APPEAR IN EVERY EDITION OF THE STYX NEWSLETTER.
Dennis De Young enraptured the crowds throughout the entire tour of Europe. Dennis is pictured here singing "Come Sail Away"!!!!!!!!!
Upon returning from their summer tour of Europe, STYX announced the formation of THE OFFICIAL STYX FAN CLUB. Diane Supeter will head the organization, so any requests or questions will be handled by her. Write to Diane care of the fan club address:
STYX FAN CLUB P.O. BOX 27091 LOS FELIZ STATION LOS ANGELES, CA. 90027 ATTN- DIANE SUPETER
The STYX Catalogue Is Available On A & M Records and Tapes At Your Favorite Record Store. STYX...Exclusively On A & M.
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STYX FAN CLUB
DIANE L. SUPETER
Last edited by Kristi Wachter, Racer Records, December 11, 1999.