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James Young Talks About Styx Touring With Def Leppard

Tuesday, 2nd February 2016

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Styx guitarist James 'JY' Young was recently interviewed by Lafayette radio and talked about touring with Def Leppard.

James talked about Styx, the Super Bowl, touring, his guitar playing, and went on to mention Styx's touring with Def Leppard in 2015 and 2016.

The interview was recorded before Joe's health issues and the Hysteria cruise.

As everyone now knows the remaining 10 of the 13 scheduled dates in January/February were postponed yesterday.

Visit the Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

SportsChat with Dave Schultz - James 'JY' Young Interview Quotes

Styx Touring With Def Leppard

"No we've got 13 shows lined up here and we did about 40 shows with Def Leppard last year. We started late June, July, August all the way up until early October. Then they went on to the rest of the world and they're back with a new album and coming back to do some shows in the States. They wanted us to be on a bunch of them and we happily agreed."

Bond Between the Two Bands

"Yeah well we were probably - we hit about five, six, seven years earlier then they did. And their audience is maybe that much younger and they stayed together you know through the late 80s. And that's really when MTV had such a global influence. We broke up at the end of '83. So we missed the best of MTV. But it's really - there's a great kindrid spirit nature of the relationship between the two bands. Those guys are all from Sheffield, England originally and that's kind of a steel town in the north. And the south side of Chicago is where we lived and all kind of grew up not too far from one another. It was not far from the Steel mills on the south side of Chicago and Gary, Indiana."

"So there's a kind of a sort of a working class mindset. And there's also sort of a sense that you know none of us were children of privilege. And just you know we're all guys that kind of worked hard and were in the right place at the right time and again maybe got a little bit lucky but we're still doing this 30 years past when our heyday was. We're happy to be here and we get along famously. As I say there's no big ego trips going on and Joe. Joe Elliott, who was the one who might put on the biggest ego trip, is just a phenomenal guy to hang with and we have nothing but fun with those guys."

Difference In Age

"I think they're about five years younger than us. Five to seven - well maybe ten years younger than us. But you know I mean we've - the fact that we both really hit it in the 80s and when things changed to Grunge and it was kind of a change up for everybody. It changed what MTV did which became the tail that was wagging the industry dog. Warner Bros dropped all their acts that MTV wasn't playing in the early 90s. And that's what Tommy who was off with Nugent in Damn Yankees - Warner Bros bought them out of their deal because MTV wasn't doing it so we're not interested in working with you guys anymore."

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