Styx: New Album ‘Crash of the Crown’ Out 6/18; Stream the Title Track

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On June 18, Styx will add to its robust catalog of music with a new studio album titled Crash of the Crown. The long-running band‘s 17th album to date, the record was officially announced on Thursday and previewed with the title track.

Per a news release, the music for this new album was written before the COVID-19 pandemic, while its recording sessions took place during the months ahead.

Here’s the title track:

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“Crash of the Crown” — the song — is a first in the vaunted history of Styx. Per a news release:

It’s the first cut in the band’s storied canon to feature three lead vocalists, seeing how it has James “JY” Young unleashed at the starting gate, Tommy Shaw heading up the heroic stacked-vocal middle section, and Lawrence Gowan leading the vocal charge for the final verse.

“I’m always looking for the one different thing we can do and still have it be STYX,” the ever-ebullient Gowan notes, “and that’s the song I’m most proud of. The beauty of it is that it’s the culmination of all our talents crammed together into one song, ABBEY ROAD-style. I also got to use some gear I never thought I’d have the chance to play on a STYX record like Tommy’s Hammond B3 organ, my Minimoog, and my Mellotron.”

Heavy themes are covered throughout Crash of the Crown, prompting this statement from band leader Tommy Shaw:

“We’ve never been a protest band. We’re more like a gospel caravan trying to send out positive messages wherever we go. In order to share those positive messages, you have to look at what the problems are first to figure out all the ways you can help make sure everything’s going to be alright. That’s a very important part of how we do what we do.”

As previously detailed, Styx will hit the road beginning in June for a tour with Collective Soul, which now also doubles as a promotional outing in support of Crash of the Crown. The dates:

Wed 6/16 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre (STYX only)

Fri 6/18 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Sat 6/19 Southaven, MS Landers Center

Sun 6/20 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheatre

Tue 6/22 Louisville, KY Waterfront Park

Thu 6/24 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre

Fri 6/25 Bonner Springs, KS Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre

Sat 6/26 Camdenton, MO Ozarks Amphitheater

Sun 6/27 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre

Fri 9/24 Las Vegas, NV The Venetian Theatre (STYX only)

Sat 9/25 Las Vegas, NV The Venetian Theatre (STYX only)

Sun 9/26 Las Vegas, NV The Venetian Theatre (STYX only)

Sun 10/24 Helotes, TX John T. Moore’s (STYX only)


  • Steve Neely says:

    Very fresh! I personally can’t wait for the full album!

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