In 1999, when founding Styx songwriter, vocalist, and keyboardist – Dennis DeYoung left the legendary classic rock band, due to health reasons, many fans and industry insiders assumed it was over for Styx. However, the remaining members Tommy Shaw and JT Young wanted nothing to do with that notion and decided to find the best rock vocalist/keyboardist to around to replace DeYoung. That’s exactly what they did when they hired the innovative Scottish born, Canadian musician Lawrence Gowan, who was a huge star in Canada with his progressive pop band Gowan. The addition of Lawrence Gowan immediately gave the band a well needed shot of adrenaline, with his high energy performances. Styx was once again a Rock band. The band was so pleased with the addition of Gowan, that when DeYoung wanted to return to the line-up, his request was politely declined.
Currently, Styx is wrapping up a major North American tour, co-headlining with Reo Speedwagon and the mighty Ted Nugent. They also recently released a live DVD, in which they performed their two classic albums “Pieces of Eight” and “Grand Illusion.”
What follows is an exclusive RockMusicStar interview with Lawrence Gowan. During this interview we discussed the current tour, the bands thoughts of recording a new CD and his upcoming sold-out, solos shows at the Fallview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont.
For full interview, click here.