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The band we have now on stage is the band I always wanted to be in. ...
by James Young

The band we have now on stage is the band I always wanted to be in.
- James Young

But there are rock and roll fans all over this continent and all over the globe,
really, and we're just set at marking the planet with
Styx music until the day we die.
- James Young

It is something we have always excelled at and prided ourselves at -
the excellences of our stage performance.
- James Young

The studio that we mix in is still in Chicago.
- James Young

 

So, maybe you don't see blues so much in Styx's music
but it is definitely part of Tommy's early music.
- James Young

Whereas with us - what you hear is what's happening
right then and there on the stage -
so we don't need no stinking technology.
- James Young

So, We're really L.A.
based with a secondary base in Chicago.
- James Young

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So, it's a matter of that I want to take our music around the globe.
- James Young

I'll play until they have to scrape me off the stage.
- James Young

Ten years ago, in 94, we thought maybe nobody would
ever care about Styx again.
- James Young

I don't know, I think the crowds are even more responsive
now because the audiences are skewing younger.
- James Young

And I said - Styx - as a musical group it is our place
to reflect the light that is shining on us back onto this place and say -
this is where so much great stuff started.
- James Young

Yes, indeed, in fact I would tell you that we go out
of our way to be true to the original feeling and sort
of sonic and musical pallet that we painted with back then.
- James Young

We're gonna release a studio album probably a year
from now and we've got these recordings that we did
with Coco Taylor and Johnny Johnson,
who was Chuck Berry's piano player.
- James Young

I don't quite have the energy for extra curricular activities.
I have to pace myself a little bit more.
- James Young

We always got a strong response but I think in this
day in age there is less of a marijuana fog at concerts
and more of people just more naturally exuberant -
it seems to me.
- James Young

Seeing our VH-1 Behind the Music shows just how dysfunctional
some of the moments of the band were but this new line-up
has put the fun back in dysfunction.
- James Young

And for REO - they get to play for some Styx fans and
then we get to play in front of some REO fans.
It helps spread the new music to the following of other bands.
- James Young

People tell us they have been inspired by our music to do great things.
- James Young

You know the puritan ethic that started out four centuries ago in this country,
needless to say - at least for the moment -
a thing of the past -
from what I can tell.
- James Young

People like to let loose at rock concerts and it gives
them an excuse to do it in a way that is not destructive
to others and not really destructive to the band.
- James Young

In my own mind, we are a much happier and much more
functional family and a much more well balanced group
of individual s both off and on the stage -
in the current incarnation.
- James Young

Sometimes that mantle is hard to adjust to wearing
but we are at a stage that we are comfortable with
it and we recognize how we are perceived and how the
real core individual that each one of us has apart
from the facade that the public believes that we are.
- James Young

Being in a rock band is about touring.
It's about writing songs and it's about making records
but it's also about taking a wonderful smile onto that
stage and making the people feel good about themselves.
- James Young

Being in the studio is okay but sitting in a room by
yourself composing is a discipline that takes a certain
type of mind set and Tommy has a great gift for that as did the previous guy.
- James Young

But, there was a time when we all had a great thing
going but one person just became very uncomfortable
with it and he had to try to change it around to suit
him more and then it suited no one else but him.
- James Young

And in an era where radio stations that are inclined
to play Styx music are your classic rock stations and
the stations that play current music look at us as dinosaurs -
the only way we could reach people with our new music,
generally, is to perform live.
- James Young

There are a lot of people using technology that are
playing to a click with backing vocals already stuck
in there on some computerized thing that runs along
in time to the show so they have these amazing vocals
that are only partly the guys on stage producing them at the time.
- James Young

Just start dancing and the band will find you.
- Tama Kieves

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

All we are is dust in the wind.
- the band Kansas

The band's never taken a year off.
Last August we decided to take one, and three months in I was bored to tears.
- Steven Tyler

Paul persuaded me to join the band.
I would never have had the courage otherwise.
It was fun at the beginning.
We were playing just for fun, with Paul's group.
- Linda McCartney

Even the two times that I left, I never really felt like I left the band.
It's very bizarre.
It's like there's sort of an umbilical cord that stretches between us spiritually.
- Rick Wakeman

I quite like Low, the band from Minnesota.
They're absolutely mesmerizing.
I get much the same feeling from anything that Will Oldham does.
- Gavin Rossdale

It's been such a group effort.
When you're a new band and you have limited resources,
you end up getting people that are there because they love what you do,
and that's great.
- Balthazar Getty

My mother was really into big band.
It was played in the house all the time.
- Suzy Bogguss

But I remember feeling as a producer I felt like the
guy who called the caterer and got the band;
I had to work the party while everybody else was having a good time.
- Griffin Dunne

I think Alison Krauss and her band are the best today.
The same goes for Rick Skaggs and his band.
- Rick Moranis

There were some situations where I was giving up everything
I had for the band and I just expected everybody else to feel the same way.
I realized I was just kidding myself.
- Jerry Only

A band is sort of like a star.
It reaches a peak and burns out.
To have five guys working in perfect harmony longer
than a couple years is difficult.
- Adrian Smith

I played the tuba in high school.
I wanted to be a member of the marching band.
I thought, what can I play that has the most effect?
What can I play to get people to laugh?
- Patti LuPone

I had friends in this band called Mars and they used to play a lot.
- Arto Lindsay

Every band had their own distinctive sound,
but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music
with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models.
- Ruben Blades

With my little band, I did everything they did with a big band.
I made the blues jump.
- Louis Jordan

When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France.
I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
- Carla Bley

Sometimes the band can't fully hear your fill,
so they come in differently.
So I've also learned not to really step out too much,
because you sacrifice the band when you do that.
- John Otto

The band was rejuvenated by that wonderful day.
It breathed new life into us.
- John Deacon

Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band.
We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band
that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody.
- Adam Rich

Everything is a battle with this band.
- Kenny Hickey

That's why it's called Sebastian Bach.
I mean, it's a permanent band, pretty much,
but if I jam with other people, it just makes a better album,
I think.
- Sebastian Bach

I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.
- Ruben Blades

Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill -
spending billions of dollars to build more prisons,
to place more band-aids on society's scars.
- Carrie P. Meek

We're shooting for the title of hardest-working band in America.
- Chester Bennington

Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between.
There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it.
I am zeroing in on what I do best.
- Carla Bley

What we used to say was whoever had the bow tie got to lead the band.
There was never any jealousy.
- Pete Fountain

Nobody told Don Henley or me that we were going to make it as solo artists,
but I can speak for Don when I say that we are both
really happy now that the band is not together.
- Glenn Frey

It was very difficult for me to be the only lyricist in the band.
- Steven Tyler

I wouldn't do go to another band.
- John Deacon

There was never going to be a right time for a band
that was still recording and had health in its environment,
had made a very good record and was playing well.
- Peter Garrett

I never have any problem getting enthusiastic with
a good song and a good band.
- Waylon Jennings

Nothing is ever a barometer.
Nothing is ever for sure except that this band has been around forever.
- Steven Tyler

Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band -
we wanted to play rock and roll only.
- Ritchie Blackmore

My approach is to be part of a band that makes music,
not hit songs.
- Adam Jones

Live are a really good band.
I like Stone Temple Pilots, Radiohead I love.
Even Oasis.
- Nuno Bettencourt

Well, a sort of epiphany: I was in a great band.
And it's very cool to be at 53 and realise that when
you were a kid you were in a great band.
- Bob Geldof

The guys in my band are good friends on and off the stage.
The band members that I have now is probably the best
band that I have ever had.
- Ace Frehley

Sure, we've had our fair share of ups and downs,
but I don't know if we've had more than any other rock band...
we just have a way of getting ourselves into hot water.
- Carl Wilson

If I could be in any band, I think it would have to be the Beatles.
That would have been a lot of fun.
- Jason Behr

I need the money.
People don't understand how little money you make in a band.
- Evan Dando

Make no mistake about it: once a band has signed a letter of intent,
they will either eventually sign a contract that suits
the label or they will be destroyed.
- Steve Albini


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