May 11, 2016 — STYX–Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—and special guest, DON FELDER (formerly of the Eagles), has chosen not to cancel their concert in Cary, North Carolina on Wednesday, May 18 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. They will, however, be donating proceeds from the night to various local charities. Tickets to the show are available at www.boothamphitheatre.com.
While they condemn the law in North Carolina that reinforces discrimination against LGBT citizens, especially because Chuck Panozzo has been an openly gay man since the late ‘90s, they do not want let down their fans in the state. As part of the event, as it is at all of STYX’s shows, a raffle will be held by the band’s own Rock To The Rescue for one lucky fan to win a guitar signed by the members of STYX as well as DON FELDER. Funds raised as a result of the raffle, as well as ticket sales and donations taken at the venue, will benefit Girls Rock Camp Foundation, as well as local LGBT charities such as Equality NC (the oldest LGBT rights action group in the U.S.) and The LGBT Center of Raleigh.
As James “JY” Young explains, “Ever since original bass player Chuck Panozzo let the world know that he was gay at the turn of the century, we’ve been incredibly enlightened in regard to LGBT social issues. STYX’s music has always been inclusive for everyone and this is just us doing our small part to continue to be a band that excludes no one from our fan base or our concerts. As humbled stewards of the universal language that music is, we intend to project peace, love and non-exclusion as we always have.”
“Our nation was founded on liberty and justice for all and should remain the core essence of freedom for all people,” declares DON FELDER. “I look forward to seeing fans from all walks of life, race, religion and sexual orientation in North Carolina. I am proud that we are able to do our part to contribute to organizations fighting for equality.”