“Come Sail Away” with Styx, which will appear for a special engagement at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.
Formed in Chicago in 1972, Styx is the first band in rock history to produce four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row: “The Grand Illusion” in 1977, “Pieces of Eight” (1978), “Cornerstone” (1979) and “Paradise Theatre” (1981).
Boasting 15 studio albums, five of which went multi-platinum, Styx is perhaps best known for an impressive 16 Top-40 hits, including “Come Sail Away,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Renegade,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Fooling Yourself” and “Too Much Time on my Hands.”
The band’s albums explore and combine elements of hard rock, acoustic guitar, synthesizers, acoustic piano, power ballads and musical theater, the last having been inspired by David Bowie when the band opened for him during its early days in 1972.
“Bowie put us in the mindset that you can be more than just a player,” Styx bassist and vocalist Chuck Panozzo recalled. “You can create an atmosphere that feels so real, one with true highs and lows that will draw people in like ancient theater.”
Styx has averaged more than 100 live shows per year for nearly two decades. In 2017 the band released its 16th album, which showcases its signature style and lyric imagination as it narrates the trials and triumphs of a manned mission to Mars in 2033.
“We just want to keep on doing this,” co-founding guitarist and vocalist Tommy Shaw said. “We want to let life take its course and let this music continue to be the soundtrack to it. And this band will continue to evolve as long as we live and play this music.”
Tickets go on sale at 5:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, with prices ranging from $85 to $105. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com.