It may seem hard to believe but legendary rockers Styx have been entertaining audiences for 45 years. The iconic band has been responsible for some of the biggest and best records of the 70’s and 80’s including quintessential albums “The
Grand Illusion” and “Pieces of Eight” as well as the chart topping “Paradise Theatre.” With hits like “Renegade” and “Come Sail Away,” Styx is forever cemented in the annals of classic rock but these guys aren’t done yet. Styx has recently released their first studio album in 14 years, “The Mission,” a musical masterpiece that will certainly stand the test of time as one of the best concept albums ever made. The band is currently out on the road with the “United We Rock” Tour along with rock and roll contemporaries REO Speedwagon and Don Felder. BackstageAxxess had the chance to catch up with vocalist and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan to discuss the making of “The Mission” and find out all the details about the current tour.
Please join us for a conversation with the talented Lawrence Gowan.


We would like to thank Amanda Cagan from ABC Public Relations for setting up the interview with Lawrence. For more information on Styx and the new disc “The Mission,” please go here: Styx.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.