The following report has been issued via Ultimate Classic Rock
One of the two most recently discovered moons of the planet Pluto has been given a name that’s very familiar to classic rock fans: STYX.
According to Universe Today, the International Astronomical Union assigned that handle to the tiny moon previously known only as ‘P5.’ In an exclusive response to this breaking galactic news, Styx keyboardist Lawrence Gowan told Ultimate Classic Rock the band is already planning to capitalize on this new opportunity: “Charlie Brusco, our manager, is currently booking us a residency gig there. Tickets are almost completely sold out in advance!”
His bandmate, longtime Styx guitarist and songwriter Tommy Shaw, adds that “Styx is proud to accept this new heavenly chart position as we add orbiting Pluto to our ever expanding touring map. As always we have our fans to thank for it and I predict a new Styx T-Shirt in the making!”
Apparently — and for reasons we couldn’t possibly be bothered to research — the IAU is required to name all new moons after Greek and Roman underworld personas. Styx isn’t really a person, but rather a mythological river forming the boundary between the living and the dead.
This name choice is apparently going to tick off some Star Trek fans, who pushed the name ‘Vulcan’ to victory in a public poll regarding the potential names of the two newly discovered moons last year.
On November 9th, 2010, Styx brought two of their most revered albums, 1977’s The Grand Illusion and 1978’s Pieces Of Eight to the stage at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. Eagle Rock Entertainment released this concert, The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live, as a 2CD set on May 7th.
The Grand Illusion and Pieces Of Eight were both multi-platinum masterpieces that established Styx as a globally successfully rock act. This was the first time these albums were played live in their entirety. Showcasing the scope and sheer magnitude of the Styx sound, Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “J.Y.” Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals), and Chuck Panozzo (bass guitar) perfectly portrayed what made their music so groundbreaking.
Since their 1972 inception, Styx has sold millions of records worldwide, and defined the AOR genre for a generation of fans. Known for melding the elements of prog-rock with searing hard rock guitar and stellar songwriting, the band has produced such beloved hits as 'Renegade', and 'Come Sail Away'. The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live is a fitting representation of an incredible career.
Eagle Rock previously released this concert on DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD/CD in January 2012.
'The Grand Illusion'
'Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)'
'Come Sail Away'
'Man In The Wilderness'
'The Grand Finale'
'Great White Hope'
'Sing For The Day'
'Lords Of The Ring'
'Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)'
'Queen Of Spades'
'Pieces Of Eight'