September 2003: Styx today announced that effective immediately, Ricky Phillips will replace departing bassist/vocalist Glen Burtnik.
Phillips, though probably best known as the bass player for Bad English and The Babys, has also done touring and/or session work with the likes of Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. He joins Styx on the heels of their highly successful summer arena tour, "The Main Event."
Styx lead vocalist/guitarist James "J.Y" Young stated, "We're sad to see Glen leave. We wish him well, and I'm looking forward to introducing to the world only the 10th person to ever be a part of Styx, bass player extraordinaire Ricky Phillips."
Burtnik's amicable departure from Styx was based on a personal decision. "I've enjoyed performing onstage with this talented group of musicians. I greatly value the friendship and warmth shown to me by the band, the crew, the staff and the fans. It's time for me to get back to spending more quality time with my family."
Burtnik first joined Styx in 1991, replacing lead vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw on Edge of the Century. Shaw returned to Styx in 1996. Burtnik rejoined in 1999, stepping in for original bassist Chuck Panozzo, who remains on personal leave, but continues to make occasional appearances with the band. Drummer Todd Sucherman has been a full-fledged member since just before the untimely death of original drummer John Panozzo in 1996.
Keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan enjoyed a successful solo recording career in Canada, with three platinum and five gold albums to his credit, before joining Styx in 1999.
Styx will continue their touring schedule through the remainder of 2003 in support of their latest CD release, Cyclorama. A new CD/DVD package, 21st Century Live is scheduled for release on October 7, 2003. 21St Century Live incorporates live selections from Styx's rich musical history through the present day Cyclorama.