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Styx with Lawrence Gowan (1999 - present)
Singer Dennis DeYoung and guitarist Tommy Shaw had very different visions for Styx. DeYoung liked gentle songs like "Lady" and "Babe," while Shaw liked harder-edged material like "Renegade" and "Too Much Time on My Hands." They also had personal issues that became very hard to tolerate while on the road supporting DeYoung's robot rock opera Kilroy Was Here in 1983. They split when the tour was done, though they inevitably reformed in 1996 for a big comeback tour. Tickets sold quite well, but when DeYoung' illness delayed a tour in 1999 they decided to carry on without him. Lawrence Gowan was brought into the band, and they still tour at a relentless pace. DeYoung wants back in the band, but Shaw has been very clear that's never going to happen.