Well, this is the federal government, and it has procedures that we go through.
Whereas with us - what you hear is what's happening right then and there on the stage - so we don't need no stinking technology.
We always got a strong response but I think in this day in age there is less of a marijuana fog at concerts and more of people just more naturally exuberant - it seems to me.
The studio that we mix in is still in Chicago.
The band we have now on stage is the band I always wanted to be in.
Sometimes that mantle is hard to adjust to wearing but we are at a stage that we are comfortable with it and we recognize how we are perceived and how the real core individual that each one of us has apart from the facade that the public believes that we are.
So, We're really L.A. based with a secondary base in Chicago.
People like to let loose at rock concerts and it gives them an excuse to do it in a way that is not destructive to others and not really destructive to the band.
It is something we have always excelled at and prided ourselves at - the excellences of our stage performance.
In my own mind, we are a much happier and much more functional family and a much more well balanced group of individual s both off and on the stage - in the current incarnation.
I'll play until they have to scrape me off the stage.
I don't quite have the energy for extra curricular activities. I have to pace myself a little bit more.
I don't know, I think the crowds are even more responsive now because the audiences are skewing younger.
And I said - Styx - as a musical group it is our place to reflect the light that is shining on us back onto this place and say - this is where so much great stuff started.
There are a lot of people using technology that are playing to a click with backing vocals already stuck in there on some computerized thing that runs along in time to the show so they have these amazing vocals that are only partly the guys on stage producing them at the time.
But, there was a time when we all had a great thing going but one person just became very uncomfortable with it and he had to try to change it around to suit him more and then it suited no one else but him.
We have not seen and continue to not to see casual transmission in our cases. It is perfectly safe to walk down the street in Toronto.
We have not seen and continue not to see casual transmission in our cases. It is perfectly safe to walk down the street in Toronto.
Being in a rock band is about touring. It's about writing songs and it's about making records but it's also about taking a wonderful smile onto that stage and making the people feel good about themselves.
When he first came here, he looked like a kid who had given up on life. There was some resentment. The first three years, he still wasn't sure that he had a home.
Yes, indeed, in fact I would tell you that we go out of our way to be true to the original feeling and sort of sonic and musical pallet that we painted with back then.
So, maybe you don't see blues so much in Styx's music but it is definitely part of Tommy's early music.
So, it's a matter of that I want to take our music around the globe.
People tell us they have been inspired by our music to do great things.
And for REO - they get to play for some Styx fans and then we get to play in front of some REO fans. It helps spread the new music to the following of other bands.