Classic Rock band Styx announced this week the release of their new studio album, The Mission!
The album is set for release on June 16th, and will be the band’s first original material in fourteen years; their last record being Cyclorama.
The band’s current lineup consists of Tommy Shaw, James Young, Lawrence Gowan, Chuck Panozzo, Todd Sucherman, and Ricky Phillips. It’s been discovered that the band has been working on this special release for over two years now. It’s also been announced that the album will be a concept album.
From sources that have already received copies of the album, it’s been described as an album that could fit right alongside The Grand Illusion or Pieces of Eight.
Fans have a lot to look forward to upon its release, for fans who love that vinyl sound can look forward to a brand new gatefold edition of the album. The original storyline for the concept album was conceived by Shaw and a longtime collaborator Will Evankovich. Ultimate Classic Rock revealed when talking to the band that they kept it secret until they were sure in the decision to record and put out the record.
Tommy Shaw said in an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock:
“Whenever you’re writing any kind of music or creating something new, it’s very easy for it to be destroyed with just a funny look from somebody. Where you go, ‘Well, who’s stupid idea was this?’ And it dies. Until we were really, really confident that this thing had some inertia, we didn’t want anybody to stomp on it or give it a dirty look or put some bad vibes into it that would destroy it.”
The band also has hopes of one day touring the album in it’s entirety, but this decision ultimately depends on how the new record is received by rock fans around the globe.
You can check out Styx on tour this summer on their triple bill with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder. The tour dates are listed below:
6/20 – Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
6/21 – Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
6/23 – Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
6/24 – Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
6/25 – Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/27 – Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/29 – Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/1 – Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/18 – Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/19 – West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/20 – Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place
7/22 – Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
7/23 – Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 – Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 – Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/29 – Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/30 – Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
8/11 – Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/12 – Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
8/13 – Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 – Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion
8/16 – Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 – Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Events Center (Styx / REO only)
8/19 – Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/20 – Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/22 – Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
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