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July 11, 2012

Styx to play at Nibroc

CORBIN —

By Becky Killian, Managing Editor

A classic rock group that formed in a Chicago basement in the early 1970s is set to perform Friday, Aug. 10, at NIBROC.

The group is known for such popular hits as “Lady,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” and “Mr. Roboto.”

Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bruce Carpenter announced the group’s appearance Tuesday, saying the group has been on his “short list” for a couple years.

It wasn’t until about 10 days ago that Carpenter said he began to consider to book the group this year. Early last week, he called the group’s representative and arrangements were soon finalized.

In addition to the festival’s corporate sponsors, Carpenter credits the Corbin Tourism Commission for helping to make the group’s appearance possible, since the commission voted Monday to give an additional $25,000 to the festival’s entertainment.  

Carpenter said Saturday night’s entertainment has yet to be booked.

Since the NIBROC acts have been announced earlier in recent years, Carpenter said his office has received numerous emails and calls asking about this year’s entertainment.

“It’s really kind of amazing the people that watch this and track this each year,” Carpenter said. “It’s good to know that we’re reaching out well beyond the Tri-County area and attracting people to our city.”

About the group

According to a biography released by the group’s representative, Styx had already released three albums and had begun to develop a substantial local following by late 1974 when a song from their second album, “Lady,” began to get more airplay in late 1974 on WLS-FM in Chicago. That airplay led to the song being released a single and it soon landed on the number six spot on the singles chart as the group’s second album, “Styx II,” was certified gold.

After a change in record label and the abrupt departure of original guitarist John Curulewski, Tommy Shaw joined Styx as Curulewski’s replacement. Shaw is credited for helping the group to earn at least platinum certification on a series of releases in the late 1970s, including “The Grand Illusion” in 1977.

The group’s success continued into the 1980s when the band made history by releasing four consecutive triple-platinum albums.

Following a hiatus that began in the mid-80s, the group had a reunion tour in 1996, minus drummer John Panozzo, who was seriously ill and later died. Despite his loss, the group’s reunion tour was considered a sold-out success.

Shaw remains with the group, performing with James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips. Sometimes original bassist Chuck Panozzo makes a special appearance.  

More information is available at www.styxworld.com.

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