Styx's Chuck Panozzo and Ricky Phillips share the low-end theories behind the AOR stalwarts' sound

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The Chicago-based rock band Styx, formed in 1972, isn’t so much as a group as an institution. One of the last remaining '70s giants to remain active as a recording and touring unit, the septet – still featuring two founder members, bassist Chuck Panozzo and guitarist James Young – has a catalog including several multi-platinum albums under its collective belt. 

Their new release, Crash of the Crown, continues the grand Styx tradition of arena-sized melodies and arrangements, underpinned by bass parts from Panozzo and Ricky Phillips. As the former has been suffering from poor health for some years, he and Phillips have shared bass duties since 2002, both on record and live: we meet both bassists here.  

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.