He’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the music industry. Today, he’s out on tour with his brothers Styx in support of their new LP “Crash of the Crown”. We welcome James Young.

Welcome James Young:

We’re joined on the Starline by a lead guitarist who for 5 decades has entertained people around the world. He’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the music industry. Today, he’s out on tour with his brothers Styx in support of their new LP “Crash of the Crown”. We welcome James Young.

J Y, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Styx was the first band in rock history to have four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row: The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theatre, what drives you every day? 

Which musicians now on tour other than you are impressed with?

Last time we talked was in 2006 when you were on the Rat Trap tour. Has your love of music and the business changed in the last 15 years?

How has music making changed for you?

Tommy, Todd, Ricky, and Lawrence has each made an impact on you. How have they made an impact over these last twenty years?

Best memory with John & Tommy?

How did you spend quarantine?

You’ve had the same PR guy Terry Gibson and band mates for decades. Why is loyalty so important to you?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.

There is no Pressure.

1. I was going to ask first album you ever bought. What was the last album you bought? Last piece of music you listened to that wasn’t yours

2. If you weren’t in a band, what job would you have?

3. Are you superstitious?

4. What’s your favorite car to drive

5. Comfort food when on the road?

6. 1st thing you do when you get home from tour?

7. First guitar you ever owned was a

8. Favorite thing you own?

The Back Half with James Young:

You’ve weathered the storm as the band has changed over the years. Why has Styx’s music remained powerful & relevant today?

I believe you deserve a lot more credit than a little but why

“Crash of the Crown” features three lead vocalists, why does it work so well?

What should your ardent fans that fill arenas to see you, some who’ve been there since the beginning, expect with this tour?

I was drawn to the song “Common Ground” off of “Crash of the Crown”, how do you see the Common Ground now in society?

One Big Question

What’s the lesson that you want to pass onto younger musicians?

The Wrap:

All of his keyboard parts are uncredited, gave under aged Wayne Gretzky a beer and wants to race a dragster. Go out and see Styx in tour at a city near you. We thank James Young for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

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