Lawrence Gowan
Canadian musician
Lawrence Gowan
Lawrence Henry Gowan is a Scottish-born Canadian musician. Gowan has been both a solo artist and the current lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Styx, since May 1999. His musical style is usually classified in the category of progressive rock.
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Notes from a River’d Styx
Democrat Herald - over 4 years
Styx (photo by Ash Newell) A lot of news-folks asked me, “Hey, gonna see Styx this weekend?” But they asked as if my answer should have been, “Oh, hell, no,” which would then give us license to lambaste the band as fossilized bloat, glistening arena-heap stomped down to size by karma. (The office can be an unusually cruel venue for entertainment-related badinage.) Instead, I said I wasn’t sure — you never know — but most signs pointed to “Yes.” At my age, I no longer need to justify or apologize for my musical tastes to Hipoisie buttinskies. For one, I’ve always liked Styx; “The Grand Illusion” and “Pieces of Eight” are irrefutable (that’s right: IRREFUTABLE) masterpieces and I’ve owned them without shame in every conceivable format. I’m also a fan of progressive rock and of music in general, which is why I write about it (imagine!). When I interviewed keyboardist Lawrence Gowan last month, I busted my cortex suppressing my inner geek. My God, not only am I speaking to a genuine ...
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Rock history, Hollywood country at Empire - Belleville Intelligencer
Google News - over 5 years
Country favourite Paul Brandt returns in November; Tommy Hunter's farewell tour arrives early in 2012; and Lawrence Gowan performs in April. Go to www.theempiretheatre.com or call 613-969-0099 for details
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Styx guitarist forever Young - Lights Vegas Action (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Since 1999, the group consisting of Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo) has performed more live shows than all of the previous
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Styx Double Disc Regeneration Coming - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman have been together longer than any other lineup in the band's 40-year existence. In addition to thirteen Styx classics and a brand new song "Difference In
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Styx sets show at the Rialto - Chicago Sun-Times
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined
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Our Pop Past: Maestro - Toronto.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
After duets with both Kardinal Offishall and Lawrence Gowan, he released his last album Ever Since in 2000. What did he sound like? More clean and conscious than the violent, experimental hip hop that was coming up at the same time, Maestro repped the
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LV MUSIC: Classic rockers Styx has few surprises at Penn's Peak, and that's a ... - Allentown Morning Call (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(Despite some fans' continued resistance to singer Lawrence Gowan replacing DeYoung a dozen years ago, he actually sang less than half the songs Friday). And the sold-out Penns's Peak crowd roared its approval. The greater Lehigh Valley's love of 1970s
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LV MUSIC: Speaking with Styx: Singer Lawrence Gowan no longer 'the new guy' - Allentown Morning Call (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Lawrence Gowan says he knew that when he took over as lead singer of the classic rock group Styx from the man who was the voice of the hits “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” and “Babe,” fans wouldn't immediately accept him. But Gowan now has held the job
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Styx: The best of times — now - The Weekender
Google News - over 5 years
Though the band — which also features Tommy Shaw on guitar and vocals, drummer Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan on vocals and keys, bassist Ricky Phillips and part-time bassist Chuck Panozzo — has experienced its shares of ups and downs over the years,
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Styx, Gowan still successfully sailing away - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Google News - over 5 years
Some musicians struggle their entire lives to establish successful careers, but Styx singer Lawrence Gowan has managed to create two during his lifetime. Styx will perform at Penn's Peak on Aug. 26
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Styx show preview at Wisconsin Valley Fair - Wausau Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The 2011 band features vocals by Lawrence Gowan, guitar and vocals by Tommy Shaw, guitar and keyboard by James “JY” Young, drummer Todd Sucherman and bass and guitar by Ricky Phillips, along with the occasional appearance by original bassist Chuck
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Concert review: Styx unleashes mighty flow of hits at the Greek, positive ... - Los Angeles Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
On his first few tours, Lawrence Gowan seemed a bit too slick as beloved DeYoung's replacement, but the guy was nails on well-executed versions of "Lady," "Grand Illusion" and "Come Sail Away." Steve Howe of Yes performs Tuesday, Aug
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Styx play all the hits at Maryhill - Oregon Music News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
To fill the void left by DeYoung, Styx enlisted the services of Canadian Lawrence Gowan who has been in the band since 1999 and handles DeYoung's role in the band soundly. Gowan has injected new life into the harmonious rock outfit with his stage
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Live review: Styx, Yes @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Denver Post
Google News - over 5 years
John Leyba, The Denver Post Ricky Phillips Bass, James Young guitar, Tommy Shaw guitar, Todd Sucherman drums and Lawrence Gowan keyboards of Styx perform July 26, 2011 at Red Rocks during a World Tour Stop in Denver. John Leyba, The Denver Post Shane
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Loverboy, Styx set for BN - Bloomington Pantagraph
Google News - over 5 years
The Chicago-born band's current lineup features Tommy Shaw, James Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips. Like Styx, Loverboy and Money enjoyed their hit-making heyday in the late '70s and early '80s. Money's singles include "Take Me
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Styx Won't Consider Reunion With Dennis DeYoung - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
With the group (minus DeYoung) currently on tour with sound-alike singer Lawrence Gowan, Shaw says there is no reason to consider a reunion. "I don't think [a reunion] is realistic," Shaw told Rolling Stone. "We tried it in 1996 and we realized what
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lawrence Gowan
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 56
    In 2013, Gowan announced he was recorded a new studio album, complete with new original material.
    More Details Hide Details The album is apparently in production in downtown Toronto at a private studio. According to Gowan, the album is based on an old concept album by Rhinegold, which was written and conceived in the mid-70's, during their rounds of the Toronto club scene. Gowan revealed on John Wants Answers, that the album will be called "Dr Starlight and The Watchmakers" and will consist of edited version of Rhinegold songs. Gowan is married to Jan Gowan and has two children.
    On 13 October 2013 Gowan played a solo concert, titled 'In Kilt Tonight' at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details All proceeds were donated to McDermott House Canada, a charitable organization. In 1997 during Styx's tour, Gowan performed as a supporting act for Styx at Montreal's Molson Centre and Quebec City's Colisée. He also played with Styx in Vancouver at General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena) as the opening act for Def Leppard on 27 September 2007. Tommy Shaw admired his talent and vibrant stage charisma, and called him in May 1999 asking him to tour with them for 53 dates, replacing their lead singer Dennis DeYoung. Since then, Gowan's classic hit, "A Criminal Mind", is often played by Styx. Styx had long been plagued by differences in artistic inclination. DeYoung's absence created an opportunity for a more permanent restructuring of Styx. Gowan subsequently became the band's permanent vocalist. Styx's 2003 album Cyclorama was Gowan's first studio album with the band. Gowan sings two songs on Cyclorama, "Fields of the Brave" and "More Love for the Money", both of which have an easily recognizable Gowan signature. He then continued recording with Styx for their 2005 album, Big Bang Theory.
  • 2012
    Age 55
    Gowan appeared on 11 October 2012 episode (#29) of John Wants Answers.
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    As of 2012, Gowan is currently recording a new solo album which he hopes to have completed sometime in 2013.
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    In May 2012, Gowan re-issued a remastered version of 1987's "Great Dirty World".
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  • 2010
    Age 53
    In May 2010, Gowan performed two solo shows in support of the 25th anniversary of the "Strange Animal" album.
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    In March 2010, Gowan released "Return of the Strange Animal", a remastered version of 1985's "Strange Animal" plus a making-of documentary and music videos on DVD.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 49
    Also in 2006, his home was featured on MTV's Cribs.
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    In February 2006, Gowan did four orchestra-accompanied concerts in London, Ontario and Kitchener, Ontario.
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  • 2005
    Age 48
    His song "A Criminal Mind" was covered in 2005 by Canadian hip-hop artist Maestro; Gowan appears in the video and his vocals are sampled on the track.
    More Details Hide Details The song was also covered by Canadian gypsy jazz music group The Lost Fingers. The song was sampled in a song performed by Akon and Freck Billionaire. He also guest-starred on the Canadian animated comedy series Chilly Beach.
  • 1998
    Age 41
    In 1998, Gowan was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto.
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  • 1997
    Age 40
    In 1997, Gowan released "Healing Waters" as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales after her death. "Healing Waters" was officially an unreleased song from Gowan, though it was used in its original form, in the 1995 Jeff Wincott movie, When the Bullet Hits the Bone.
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    In 1997, Gowan released two live CDs: Sololive – No Kilt Tonight containing a rendition of Ragtime's classic "King Chanticleer Rag", and Au Québec with a cover of Harmonium's "Pour un instant" as well as his first composition in French, "Stéphanie", for his fan base in Quebec.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 38
    He subsequently released The Good Catches Up in 1995, which featured the single "Guns and God", which received moderate airplay in Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Also that same year, Gowan was part of an all-star lineup at Toronto's Massey Hall to celebrate Ronnie Hawkins' 60th birthday, as documented on the album Let It Rock, sharing the stage with veteran rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and The Band.
  • 1993
    Age 36
    He released the more acoustic but you can call me Larry in 1993 under his full name, returning to the Canadian pop charts with "When There's Time for Love", "Soul's Road" and "Dancing on My Own Ground".
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  • 1987
    Age 30
    His 1987 follow up Great Dirty World gave him another hit single with "Moonlight Desires," featuring Jon Anderson (from Yes) on backing vocals as well as the fan favourite "Dedication".
    More Details Hide Details 1990's Lost Brotherhood, recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, had a harder rock sound, and featured such players as Red Rider member Ken Greer, former Coney Hatch guitarist Steve Shelski and Rush's Alex Lifeson. It produced the singles "Lost Brotherhood", "All the Lovers in the World", and "Out of a Deeper Hunger". This was Gowan's first album for Anthem Records and his first US release. A few bars from "The Dragon" was heard playing on a car radio in the 1990 movie "Navy Seals" and appears on the original motion picture soundtrack.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 28
    His 1985 album Strange Animal was his commercial breakthrough in Canada, produced by British producer David Tickle and featuring a more 'theatrical' Gowan, backed by Peter Gabriel's rhythm section players Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta.
    More Details Hide Details The album spawned the hit singles "A Criminal Mind", "(You're a) Strange Animal", "Guerilla Soldier" and "Cosmetics".
  • 1982
    Age 25
    After the band broke up five years later, Gowan began what was to become a successful solo career under the stage name Gowan, releasing his first album under that name in 1982, which was produced by Rob Freeman and featured Kim Mitchell of Max Webster on guitar.
    More Details Hide Details This album contained the singles "Victory", "Give In" and "Keep Up the Fight".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 19
    Upon graduation, he enjoyed modest local success with the band Rhinegold in 1976.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Born
    Born on November 22, 1956.
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