Styx - the grand illusion

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The group originally formed in the Chicago, Illinois, area in 1961 as "The Tradewinds". This earliest line-up of the group included brothers Chuck and John Panozzo on guitar and drums, respectively; and vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, and accordion player Dennis DeYoung. Changing their name briefly to "TW4", Chuck switched to bass guitar and the band added guitarists/vocalists James "." Young and John Curulewski. The band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records; several suggestions were made and, says DeYoung, Styx was chosen because it was "the only one that none of us hated." http:///phpBB/?p=94642&sid=f4d559e6f0836e0461ce1e0784a8aa7d The band's Wooden Nickel recordings, ''Styx'' (1972), ''Styx II'' (1973), ''The Serpent Is Rising'' (also 1973) and ''Man of Miracles'' (1974) were a mixture of straight-ahead rock with some dramatic prog-rock flourishes and art-rock aspirations. ''The Serpent Is Rising'' would foreshadow later endeavors by the group—the so-called concept album would be a medium up... years active 1961 – present origin Chicago, Illinois music genre Arena rock current members Tommy Shaw
James Young (musician) past members Dennis DeYoung
John Panozzo
John Curulewski
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Although the album is a little less than the band’s best output ( The Grand Illusion four years earlier), the music did tap into a popular confluence between the band’s long-time, loyal listeners and a new crop of pop-rock fans that were suddenly starting to pay attention to durable bands from the 1970s such as Rush, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Styx.

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