Styx will be appearing at the Lake Michigan College Mainstage Theatre in Benton Harbor on Feb. 27. (Photo provided)
Styx will be appearing at the Lake Michigan College Mainstage Theatre in Benton Harbor on Feb. 27. (Photo provided)

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Styx to play Benton Harbor Feb. 27

Published 1:03am Saturday, January 16, 2010

Styx is scheduled for a Saturday, Feb. 27 appearance at Lake Michigan College Mainstage Theatre in Benton Harbor.

Formed in a suburban Chicago basement in the early 1970s, Styx performed at high school dances early in their career before their first hit single “Lady” gave them some regional and national attention.

Tommy Shaw, then a resident of Niles, joined the band in 1975, and they reeled off four consecutive triple platinum-selling albums “Crystal Ball,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Pieces of Eight” and “Cornerstone,” and were selling out multiple nights at Madison Square Garden, Chicago Stadium and The Forum in Los Angeles.

In 1980, a Gallup Poll rated Styx the most popular rock band in the USA, and Styx album and ticket sales were also on the top of the charts. In 1981, Styx released “Paradise Theatre,” a concept album that was their biggest selling album. “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Fooling Yourself (the angry young man)” and “Blue Collar Man” have become staples of album rock and classic rock radio.

The quirky hit single “Mr. Roboto” was introduced to an entire new generation of Styx fans via a television commercial for a car company.

Styx music has been widely featured in movies and television shows including “South Park” and Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy” in which Sandler’s character proclaimed that “Styx is America’s greatest rock band!”

Tickets for Styx at Lake Michigan College Mainstage Theatre go on sale Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at Lake Michigan College Mainstage Theatre box office; Audio Specialists on State Road 933 North in South Bend; LaPorte Civic Auditorium box office; charge by phone at (269) 927-1221; or charge online at

Due to the limited capacity, ticket sales will be limited to 10 tickets per person.

Lake Michigan College is located in Benton Harbor on Napier Avenue, not far from the intersection of U.S. 31 and Interstate 94. The Mainstage Theatre is a 1,500 capacity modern design theater built in the early 1990s. For further information, call (269) 927-1221.

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