Monday, July 18, 2005

Styx New Album Making A ‘Big Bang’

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The saying, “What goes around, comes around” has new meaning for Styx guitarist James Young.

Styx has been a classic rock staple since the late ’70s but is currently riding its biggest wave of popularity in years thanks to a new CD, Big Bang Theory.

The album features the band’s versions of their favorite songs such as The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus,” and “I Can See For Miles” by The Who, as well as a bluesy remake of their 1978 hit, “Blue Collar Man,” that was recorded with blues legends Koko Taylor and Johnnie Johnson.

As a result, Young says concert audiences are getting younger this year and is surprised that “kids who weren’t even born when the songs were released know all the lyrics.”

But while the new CD is getting praised for its choice covers, Young admits it’s not permanent. He says the version of “I Am The Walrus” became so popular last fall that there was a demand for an album “and we didn’t have high-quality originals ready.”

However, he and fellow composer Tommy Shaw are working on new tunes and expect to capitalize on the Styx resurgence with a new CD by next summer.

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