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1. I have a twin brother who also played in Styx. I learned to play rhythm guitar at a young age, and was the original bass player for Styx. In 1999 I changed my status to part-time due to illness, but I still got to play on a couple of tracks on the "Cyclorama" album. I go all the way back to the founding of The Trade Winds in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. Who am I?
2. I also had a brother in the band, and was a founding member of The Trade Winds. I was with Styx all the way until my untimely death in 1996. I played drums, was featured in Modern Drummer magazine, and was nicknamed "Thunder" by our original bass player. Who am I?
3. I have been called the creative genius behind Styx and, although we had no lead singer, for years I was considered by the media to be the "Front-Man" for the group. I was one of the founders of The Trade Winds, but I was fired from Styx in 1979 and again twenty years later. My most notable solo effort was "Desert Moon". I also wrote the first Styx song to go #1, and had the ideas for the concept albums of the late '70s and early '80s. I liked to create more melodic music and was well known for on-stage flamboyance and theatrical productions. Do you know who I am?
4. I am the least known of all the Stygians, because I quit the group before we changed our name to Styx. I joined the group in 1962 when we were still The Trade Winds and left in the late '60s when we were called TW4. While in the group I played lead guitar. Who am I?
5. I joined the group after the name change from The Trade Winds to TW4, and replaced the old lead guitarist. I also wrote and performed lead vocals for Styx until my departure in 1975. The albums I appear on include "Styx", "Styx II", "The Serpent Is Rising", "Man Of Miracles", and "Equinox". I am renouned as the comic-genius behind the song "Plexiglas Toilet" which appeared as a hidden track on one of our albums. (I wonder if Adam Sandler is familiar with that one?) Do you know who I am?
6. I was very reluctant about joining TW4 because I was afraid my Hendrix-like style would not mesh with the Beattles-esque style the band was playing at the time. But I had little choice, as several of my own band-mates had become Jehovah's Witnesses and decided Rock and Roll was the music of the Devil. I was on the first Styx album and was still playing when "Cyclorama" was released in 2003. I have written and co-written many Styx songs, and am probably the least fond of ballads of all the Styx members. I have also performed lead vocals on some very notable Styx songs which include "Miss America", "Snowblind", and "Half-Penny, Two-Penny" to name just a few. I far prefer being called by my initials to my name. Who am I?
7. I was hired to fill in for a departed guitar-player/vocalist because I could hit the high notes in "Lady" and Styx needed me for the "Equinox" tour. Little did they know, my aggressive song-writing and on-stage persona would help make Styx the SUPER GROUP we became. My contributions in the '70s and '80s are often overlooked and underratted because of my ability to be a supporting player. But Dennis DeYoung has credited me in several interviews as being a LARGE part of the creative genius of that era. (I usually give him the credit as well, even though we are no longer on speaking terms.) The truth is Styx would probably not have been what it was if not for all the diverse key-elements. Although I am not an original member, many media people mistake me as such. The list of Styx hits with me as lead vocalist include "Blue Collar Man", "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Fooling Youself", "Snowblind", and the list goes on. In 1989 I quit Styx and became a member of Damn Yankees where I achieved similar success. I rejoined Styx in 1995 and, after DeYoung was dismissed, became the media-recognized "Front-Man" for Styx, which I was not used to. You might try consulting a "Crystal Ball" if you still don't know who I am.
8. I replaced Tommy Shaw in 1989 and was replaced by Shaw myself in 1995. In 1999 I was brought in again to replace Chuck Panozzo as a full-time member because he was unable to tour at the time. I have played lead and bass guitar on Styx albums, and wrote the title track for "Edge Of The Century". I am the Stygian who is most likely to change my style to fit the times, as is evidenced by songs such as "Love Is The Ritual" and, most notably, "KYAGB" from the "Cyclorama" album. I also have no problem doing my own thing and going outside the box. Just look at "Killing The Thing That You Love". My replacing Shaw in '89 may have been too perfect a fit as, when we actually played together, there were times when it is near impossible tell our voices apart. Who am I?
9. I was a Styx fan as a child. In 1978 I used to pretend I was playing drums for Styx as I sat in my room listening to "Come Sail Away". Nearly twenty years later I found myself on-stage, in Chicago, playing "Come Sail Away" to a sell-out crowd as the drummer for Styx. I ghost-drummed for John Panozzo on "Lady '95" and also recorded a track for Styx in 1996. I filled in for John Panozzo on the "Return To The Paradise Theatre" tour, and became a permanent member when he passed on in 1996. Do you know who I am?
10. Although I am not the only Stygian to be born outside of Chicago, I am the only Stygian who was not born in the US. At the time I signed with Styx, I was the only Stygian who never played with Dennis DeYoung. This is because in 1999 I replaced him. Many say my voice sounds like a young DDY. Infact, I was originally brought in to sing his songs on tour. However, my personal style is quite unique and I have a few of my own songs including "Fields Of The Brave", "More Love For The Money" (from "Cyclorama"), and "Criminal Mind" (from my solo career), which went #1 in Canada. Although my keyboard is not as elaborate as Dennis' was, it does a really cool spinny-thing on stage which really allows me to get into the show when I perform. My autograph is also by far the most legible of any Stygian. Have you figured me out yet?
Source: Author Chadler
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