article has NOTHING TO DO with any comparison about who sucks and who's
better, and if Yes music and Styx music have anything in common. This
is all about the eerie similarities in both bands' histories.
Is it possible that Yes and Styx might be symbiotic twins? Is this some
horrifying "cosmic joke" gone wrong? Is the fate of both bands
intertwined, where they are blessed, cursed and fated to mirror and
echo the successes, foibles, triumphs and tragedies of each other?
page is even BETTER when you use 3-D glasses!
Story of [Yes|Styx]
Unintentional Symbiotic Twins!
[Yes|Styx] was formed in [1968|1972] by founders [Jon Anderson and Chris Squire|Dennis DeYoung and the Panozzo
Brothers, with James “JY” Young]. The band, upon obtaining a
recording contract, found themselves relatively unsuccessful for [2|4] albums worth of [psychedelic/pop/folk/rock fusion|prog-lite].
DeYoung] emerged as main composer and lead singer, thankfully,
less we hear of the other important co-founder [Chris Squire|James Young]’s solo
singing, the better.
The band’s major turning point came when they ditched their original
guitarist [Peter Banks|John
Curulewski] and took on young, hyper, firebrand 23 year-old
guitarist [Steve Howe|Tommy Shaw].
[Howe|Shaw] also proved to have
songwriting skills, which became
pivotal on their breakthrough album [The Yes Album|The Grand Illusion].
All of a
sudden, [Yes|Styx] became
platinum-selling superstars. The band bolstered their “classical”
credentials by adding short pieces of classical music on their albums,
like [“Cans and Brahms” by Brahms|“Little
Fugue in G” by Bach and “Clair De Lune” by Debussy].
Even with the fame and sales of their core “classic album
[trinity|quadrinity]” [The Yes Album/Fragile/Close to the Edge|The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight/Cornerstone/Paradise Theater],
the band became
critically maligned for their ambitious and over-reaching concept album
Topographic Oceans|Kilroy Was Here],
based on [shastric scriptures|censorship and the Moral Majority].
Critics, and even some fans found the album [dense, meandering and
laughable]. In later years, [Rick Wakeman|James
Young] had disdained the album, dismissively quipping,“It was like [a
woman’s padded bra|our Heaven’s Gate]”.
The petty squabbling and internal band power struggles were nothing
new. In the past, there were always musical and creative differences
between [Anderson|DeYoung] and the rest of the
band. They disliked a
lot of his music, thinking it was far too [twee|theatrical] for them to
play. They wanted to rock out instead. In 1979, [Anderson|DeYoung]
left, but had been [later|quickly] persuaded to return.
While the band fell apart at the seams, a live album [Yesshows|Caught in the Act]
was released as
a stopgap measure by the record company to desperately keep them in the
public eye. It even became difficult to figure out who was in the band.
Finally in [1980|1984] the band imploded. [Anderson|DeYoung and Shaw] went off
and recorded solo projects. After the inactivity of [Yes|Styx] for
[2|6] years, guitarist [Steve Howe|Tommy Shaw] joined forces in
[1982|1989] with 'supergroup' [Asia|Damn Yankees] and produced a
of Billboard 'hits'.
Finally, in [1983|1991] [Yes|Styx] re-formed, albeit with a
replacement guitarist [Trevor
and had a surprise
comeback hit [“Owner of a Lonely
Heart”|“Show Me the Way”].
particular lineup did not last long and the band had a few more
complicated personnel changes over the next several years. However, in
[1991|1995], [Yes|Styx] re-united with their
beloved-by-the-fans guitarist [Steve
Howe, along with other former
and embarked on a major reunion tour that was well
received and well attended, with the band’s musical prowess
undiminished since their 70’s heyday.
This revitalization was short-lived, as after another lengthy hiatus,
founder and main singer [Anderson|DeYoung] found himself out of
very band he founded! This was due to medical reasons, as he had
suffered a serious bout of [acute
illness], making it impossible for him to perform with the band.
The other members of [Yes|Styx] were still anxious to go
on the road,
so they recruited similarly high-pitched Canadian vocalist
[Benoît David|Lawrence Gowan] to [substitute for|replace] their
missing singer. This was controversial, as old-school fans of
[Anderson|DeYoung] refused to accept the [substitute|replacement], even
though [Benoît David|Lawrence Gowan] had a similar
and a proven track record in his pre-[Yes|Styx] band [Mystery|Gowan] as
a both a singer and a songwriter.
As a side note, [Anderson|DeYoung] recorded several albums
material, such as [Latin-American
music and New Age and Celtic
He had also toured as a solo act, performing
new material, solo material and old hits from his estranged band
[Yes|Styx], all while the band itself
tours without him.
Over the past decade, [Yes|Styx] had released a goodly
number of live contemporary (not archive) albums and videos, actually
eclipsing by far the amount of studio releases of new material!
Starting in [1996|1997] with their big reunion
to Ascension|Return to the
Paradise] on CMC International Records. Then, at the turn of the
century (no pun intended), 5 more in amazingly (and bewilderingly)
quick succession: [House of Yes,
Symphonic Live, Live at Montreux 2003, Yes Acoustic and Songs From Tsongas|Arch Allies, Styx World, At the River's Edge, 21st Century Live and One with Everything].
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