James JY Young of Styx joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering guitar, early songwriting on the first four Styx albums including the first charting Styx song, The Best Thing, his role and voice in the band, how he has managed to steer and navigate the business of Styx particularly through the Brave New World era drama, recording Cyclorama, and lots of discussion around the new Styx concept album, The Mission. For bonus points – what role would Dr Righteous play in The Trump Administration? Listen and find out!
Track By Track: Styx / Paradise Theater
Styx’s masterpiece? Join Eric and Craig as they visit the Paradise Theatre. Also included: The Room (warning: includes spoilers), potential alcoholism and bar experiences, and some wonderful wresting discussion.
Lawrence Gowan of Styx joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days discovering piano, his journey in the 80s and 90s as a wildly successful artist in Canada, recording Strange Animal at Ringo’s house, the struggles trying to break into the US, what the impact of grunge had on his career, how he connected with Styx, specific memories surrounding a few songs on Cyclorama, the new Styx DVD Live from Vegas, what’s next for the band and for him personally. Also, who wins in a cage match – Great White Hope or Keep Up The Fight??
Ricky Phillips of Styx oins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days discovering music, how he connected with The Babys and memories of their sorta reformation as Bad English. What it was like at the height of their success. We also talk about his experiences working on the Coverdale/Page recording sessions. We talk about Styx and what’s next in terms of a new studio album. Additionally, we talk about his project of passion – completing the final recordings of his dear friend, the late Ronnie Montrose.
Come sail away with Pods & Sods as they peek inside the castle walls and present a look at the salad days of Styx, discussing the 1977 classic The Grand Illusion.