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| 20 June 2017 | Reply

Friday, June 16 – Ladies and gentlemen, we have liftoff.

STYX’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 16th studio album, THE MISSION, has officially launched into the sonic atmosphere around the world on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe.

The first single, “Gone Gone Gone,” quickly rocketed up Mediabase’s “Classic Rock” charts. A video can be seen here.

Various interview video clips with singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and producer Will Evankovich have premiered all week leading up to today’s official release on and

THE MISSION–which was recorded over a two-year period at Blackbird Studios, The Shop, and 6 Studio Amontillado in Nashville–displays the best aspects of the ongoing in-harmony musical intersection of the six-man STYX team: the aforementioned guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer/percussionist Todd Sucherman, and bassist Ricky Phillips.

The new music was created to reflect the viewpoint of the six-person crew enlisted for the maiden voyage of Khedive, the first entry in a new fleet of nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (or GSEP, for short). The Khedive team consists of The Pilot, a fully hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader; a First Officer who serves as the team’s big-brother figure; an Engineer who is skeptical of every phase of the mission but remains confident in his own abilities to make the best of any technical situation; and a Top-Shelf Trio of science, astrophysics, and survivalist experts.

THE MISSION has been racking up many early rave reviews.

In touring news, STYX is teaming up with REO SPEEDWAGON and very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles—for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour, which kicks off in Ridgefield, WA on June 20. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities are on sale now. A video trailer can be seen here.

Check out STYX at any of the following tour stops:

“United We Rock” tour:

Tue 6/20            Ridgefield, WA              Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre    REO Speedwagon

Wed 6/21          Auburn, WA                  White River Amphitheatre           STYX

Fri 6/23             Concord, CA                 Concord Pavilion                       STYX

Sat 6/24            Los Angeles, CA           Greek Theatre                            REO Speedwagon

Sun 6/25           Paso Robles, CA          Vina Robles Amphitheatre          REO Speedwagon

Tue 6/27            Salt Lake City, UT          USANA Amphitheatre                REO Speedwagon

Thu 6/29            Denver, CO                   Pepsi Center                             STYX

Sat 7/1              Tinley Park, IL               Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre STYX

Sun 7/2             Maryland Heights, MO   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre REO Speedwagon

Tue 7/18            Tampa, FL                    MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.REO Speedwagon

Wed 7/19          West Palm Beach, FL    Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre      STYX

Sat 7/20            Jacksonville, FL                        Daily’s Place                             STYX

Sat 7/22            Nashville, TN                 Ascend Amphitheatre                STYX

Sun 7/23           Alpharetta, GA              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre   STYX

Tue 7/25            Detroit, MI                     DTE Energy Music Theatre         REO Speedwagon

Thu 7/27            Indianapolis, IN             Klipsch Music Center                 STYX

Sat 7/29            Houston, TX                  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion            REO Speedwagon

Sun 7/30           Dallas, TX                     Starplex Pavilion                       STYX

Mon 7/31          Cedar Park, TX              H-E-B Center                             REO Speedwagon

Fri 8/11             Bethel, NY                    Bethel Woods Ctr. for the Arts   REO Speedwagon

Sat 8/12            Atlantic City, NJ                        Borgata Event Center                STYX

Sun 8/13           Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live                          REO Speedwagon

Tue 8/15            Gilford, NH                   Bank of NH Pavilion                  STYX

Wed 8/16          Wantagh, NY                 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater STYX

* Fri 8/18           Niagara Falls, NY          Seneca Niagara Events Center   STYX/REO Speedwagon only

Sat 8/19            Syracuse, NY                Lakeview Amphitheatre              REO Speedwagon

Sun 8/20           Bangor, ME                  Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion      REO Speedwagon

Tue 8/22            Holmdel, NJ                  PNC Bank Arts Center               STYX

Headlining tour:

Thu 8/24            Trois-Riviers, QUE.        Trois-Pivieres en Blues

Fri 8/25             Pointe-Clare, QUE.        Fairview Shopping Centre

Sat 8/26            St. Joseph de Beauce, QUE.     Accelleration de Camion de St.Joseph

Sun 8/27           Chicoutimi, QUE.           Le Centre Georges – Vezina

Sat 9/9              Hinckley, MN                 Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheatre

Sun 9/10           Mankato, MN                Vetter Stone Amphitheatre

Fri 9/15             Rancho Mirage, CA       Agua Caliente Casino

Sun 9/17           Jackson, CA                 Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

Sat 11/11          Wisconsin Dells, WI       Crystal Grand Music Theatre

Tue 11/14          Lima, OH                      Veterans Memorial Civic Center

Wed 11/15        Kalamazoo, MI              State Theatre

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