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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Styx Trix

Rick Coates - August 10th, 2009
Styx Trix
Hitmakers bring arena rock to Interlochen

By Rick Coates 8/10/09

Interlochen Center for the Arts has been enjoying a very successful concert season. For all practical purposes their concert season ends this Saturday with Styx (next week there is the Interlochen Guitar Festival to officially close things out) taking the stage at Kresge Auditorium. The band that dominated the rock music world in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s has their work cut out for them as Willie Nelson, Steve Miller and Kenny Loggins all blew the roof this summer.
But if any band can raise the roof to close out a concert season Styx is up to the task. Loaded with rock ballads and anthems “Come Sail Away,” “Babe,” “Lady,” “Renegade,” “The Best of Times,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Show Me The Way,” and “Mr. Roboto,” these classic rockers strung together eight consecutive albums that went platinum and have sold close to 60 million copies.
The band’s roots go back to 1961 in Chicago with founding members evolving the Tradewinds (TW4) into Styx in 1972. While the group was enjoying success in the Midwest, it was when guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Tommy Shaw joined the band in 1975 that the band finally became an international sensation.
Personality struggles would lead Shaw to leave the band at the height of their success in 1983. He went on to pursue a solo career and eventually formed Damn Yankees with Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Ted Nugent. The group had two big hits and sold five million CDs before Nugent departed to pursue his solo career again.
Today, Shaw and Blades have continued as a duo; they record and tour in between Styx and Night Ranger gigs.

RETURN TO STYX
Shaw returned to Styx in 1994. In 1999, in a much-publicized “firing” Dennis DeYoung, a founding member and writer of several big hits, was released from the band. A lawsuit followed with parties agreeing to terms with Shaw and band mates allowed to tour and record using the name Styx.
While there has been speculation in recent years that DeYoung might return for one tour, nothing has been confirmed. For Shaw and his band mates, the focus right now is simply giving the fans what they want: “Styx music live.”
“I think that the music of Styx goes beyond those of us in the band,” said Shaw. “There have been several lineup changes since the inception of the band and I think the group has done an excellent job in selecting members over the years and I believe I was one of those good choices.”
As for that “good choice” of being added to the band, Shaw joined in 1975 just after their first major label “Equinox,” was released (with the hit “Lady”) and just a couple of weeks before the group went on tour.
“I was in another band and the manager of Styx at the time had heard me sing so he called me and said they were looking for a singer and guitar player. When I hit the high note on ‘Lady,’ they told me I was in,” said Shaw. “I was just 23 and they handed me a couple of records and told me I had a week to learn the songs. I came back in a week and we rehearsed one night and hit the road.”

ENDLESS ROAD
They basically never left the road and from 1975 until Shaw left the group in 1983 the band found itself constantly at the top of the charts and the box office. His partnering with Ted Nugent in 1989 to form the Damn Yankees on the surface seemed like an odd pairing.
“I had been working with Michael Cartellone (current drummer with Lynyrd Skynyrd) for a few years. Well, during Styx’s heyday we constantly crossed paths with Ted as he was enjoying a lot of success at that time as well. This business is all about timing and so Nugent joined us and we hit it off right away in fact we wrote Come Again, the first day we were together.”
Born in Alabama, Shaw moved to Chicago as a teenager to pursue a musical career and even lived in Michigan for awhile. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
“I love Michigan. it is a great music state,” said Shaw. “I lived on a farm in Niles for awhile and loved it. The Midwest is a great place musically. From Seger to Nugent to Illinois bands like us, Cheap Trick and REO, a lot of great music was made in that region. I remember when I first came to Chicago touring small clubs around Michigan and as Styx. we love touring Michigan and the Midwest. after all, it was our fans there that stuck with us.”

Apparently their fans in Northern Michigan have stuck with them as well with tickets nearly sold out for their show this Saturday at Kresge Auditorium on the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit www.interlochen.org or call the box office at 231.276.7800.



 
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