Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, comedy rock duo Tenacious D, actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton, and 1980s pop star John Waite have all lent their talents to "Cyclorama," the upcoming studio album
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, comedy rock duo Tenacious D, actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton, and 1980s pop star John Waite have all lent their talents to "Cyclorama," the upcoming studio album from veteran rock act Styx. The set, due Feb. 18 from Sanctuary, is the follow-up to 1999's "Brave New World," which debuted at No. 175 on The Billboard 200.
Styx now features original members Tommy Shaw (guitar/vocals) and James "J.T." Young (guitar), alongside bassist Glen Burtnik, keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, and drummer Todd Sucherman. "Cyclorama" is the group's first studio album without former vocalist/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, who left Styx after a series of controversies in recent years. He is now touring as a solo artist.
Band members say the new set presents a truly unified creative vision, deviating from Styx's prior penchant for simply combining its members' disparate solo compositions. "I think in the past, Styx has always been a band with a number of lead singers and what it grew into was guys would just kind of go home and make their own records and then put them all together," Burtnik says in a statement. "But, now, I think this record is a lot more of a group effort."
Thornton handles lead vocals on "Bourgeois Pig," while Tenacious D and Wilson offer backing vocals to "Kiss Your A** Goodbye" and "Palm of Your Hand," respectively. Waite joins Jude Cole on backing vocals for "Genki Des Ka."
Styx has a host of tour dates lined up in the next few weeks, beginning Jan. 18 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Here are Styx's tour dates:
Jan. 18: Fort Worth, Texas (Billy Bob's)
Jan. 22: Pensacola, Fla. (Civic Center)
Jan. 28: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
Jan. 29: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Jan. 30: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Coral Sky)
Feb. 2: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)
Feb. 4: St. Joseph, Mo. (Civic Arena)
Feb. 6: Lincoln, Neb. (Pershing Auditorium)
Feb. 8: Louisville, Ky. (Freedom Hall)
Feb. 9: Erie, Pa. (Erie Civic Center)
Feb. 11: Green Bay, Wisc. (Resch Center)
Feb. 13: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Memorial Coliseum)
Feb. 15: Waterloo, Iowa (McElroy Auditorium)
Feb. 16: La Crosse, Wis. (La Crosse Center)