Tommy Shaw
American musician
Tommy Shaw
Tommy Roland Shaw is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and performer best known for his work with the rock band Styx. In between his stints with Styx, he has played with other groups including the Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades and has released several solo albums.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Michael Cartellone Reveals His Artist Side
Huffington Post - 23 days
Michael Cartellone of Lynyrd Skynyrd fame has more than drums to play. Cartellone has recently revealed his amazing ability of making music with paint on the canvas as well. Painting at the age of four, Michael's skills were recognized by his Kindergarten teacher. Taking notice of the very young savant, the teacher advised Cartellone's parents to inspire him to expand his talent. Joseph and Grace Cartellone soon enrolled their artistic son at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Artist Meets Music Photo courtesy of Michael Cartellone At nine year's old the talented painter also discovered his love of drumming. As quick as he took to the canvas, Michael took off with his musical ability as well. The future Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer had his first professional engagement at only 11-years old playing in his first bar gig. As others took notice of his drumming talent, the artist's painting was left in the studio. Michael played the live music scene in Cleveland with several bands. He to ...
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Rocker Tommy Shaw puts Hollywood Hills investment property up for sale
LATimes - almost 2 years
Rocker Tommy Shaw of Styx has listed a Hollywood Hills home for sale at $1.95 million.
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George Jones Tribute Concert Features Stars Aplenty
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The George Jones tribute concert opened Friday night with Big & Rich rolling onto the stage on riding lawn mowers. Sam Moore serenaded Jones' widow, Nancy. And Megadeth rocked in memory of "King George." Dozens of artists from all over the musical map participated in "Playin' Possum: The Final No Show," a marathon salute to Jones at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The show was originally planned as Jones' final performance of his last tour, but the revered vocalist and Country Music Hall of Fame member passed away in April at 81. "During the funeral, we mourned George," host Keith Bilbery said. "Tonight we celebrate him." Many of the performers who took the stage had already committed to perform with Jones, and dozens more signed on after his death. Country stars such as Garth Brooks and George Strait rubbed elbows backstage with fans who come from farther afield, including Kid Rock and Styx's Tommy Shaw. Jones' rocking chair was placed stage righ ...
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Styx's Tommy Shaw sells Hollywood Hills home to DJ
LATimes - over 3 years
Styx guitarist and singer Tommy Shaw has sold his Hollywood Hills home to Swedish JD Eric Prydz for $5.3 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.
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Send A Teddy Bear To Moore, Oklahoma
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON -- It's easy to feel helpless watching news coverage of the E4 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. While national organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are mobilizing massive relief efforts on the ground, a local D.C. initiative is focused on the tornado's youngest victims: children. Washington Family Magazine and 94.7 Fresh FM are sponsoring a D.C.-area teddy bear drive to collect stuffed animals to send to the children of Moore. "This is our way of sending some comfort and hope to those kids," Tommy McFly, host of 94.7's The Tommy Show, told The Huffington Post. "We want these kids to know that Washington cares with our bears." Ten children, including two babies, were killed by Monday's massive tornado. Drop-off locations will be set up through the weekend in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Teddy bear donations will be accepted through 6 p.m. Monday before the stuffed pets are shipped off to Oklahoma. Click here to find a te ...
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Mike Ragogna: Road To Forever: A Conversation with Don Felder, Plus Spin Doctors' "About A Train" Exclusive
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A Conversation with Don Felder Mike Ragogna: How are you, Don? Don: Felder: Hey Mike, I'm doing really well. How are you? MR: Really well as well, thanks. Okay, let's dig right into your new album, Road To Forever, which is your first in a while. Can you go into what went into its creation? DF: When I left the Eagles in '01 I spent a couple of years trying to figure out how I got from this little road in Gainesville, Florida, starting to play guitar when I was ten. The course of that path had led me through many other musical experiences, and eventually to the Eagles. It had become such a huge part of my life, and within the same twelve month period, I also went through a divorce with my wife of twenty-nine years. I really had all the identities I had assumed over the last twenty-something years just kind of stripped away, and I needed to find out how I had gotten to this place in life, and how I could center myself and deal with a lot of these issues before go ...
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An Interview with Don Felder
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
An Interview with Don Felder Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 11:19 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2012 "There's no therapist you can turn to that can repair that damage," Felder says of these misfortunes, which admittedly left him shell-shocked and searching for solace. [...] introspection ultimately led Felder to pen his autobiography, 2008's Heaven and Hell, and his first solo album in nearly three decades, Road to Forever, which was released last month on Rocket Science Records. Featuring such musical comrades as Crosby, Stills, and Nash as well as Styx's Tommy Shaw, the album not only reflects Felder's inner journey but also the peace of mind he's gained from the experience. All of the images that I had adopted over the years-being a husband, a family man, a rock star in a band-all that was ju ...
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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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Styx coming to Tampa Bay on June 3 (minus REO, Nugent and anything mentioning 'Kilroy Was Here')
Tampa Bay - almost 5 years
Styx has a June 3 date at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, the venue has just announced. It's a surprise booking, in some respects because Styx is on the road this summer doing a big tour with REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent. That tour, however, has no plans to hit Florida. But Styx fans will be happy to catch Tommy Shaw and the boys at this more intimate venue. Reserved tickets priced at $79.50, $59.50, $46.50 and $35; they go on sale April 28 at noon. What's a little more odd is that the official Styx bio that the band releases these days is a little short on history. Oh, it extolls the successes of Come Sail Away, Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Fooling Yourself and the Paradise Theater album. And then it jumps ahead to 1984's live Caught in the Act album. What's missing?  That little album from 1983 named Kilroy Was Here. Nevermind that it hit No. 3 on the charts and spawned two Top 10 hits. The real problem? It was the brain-child of former frontman Dennis DeYoung, whose name must ...
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Undeniable Boutique Celebrates Grand Opening with Style and Entertainment
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
Undeniable Boutique of Fairfax, VA will host a grand opening event titled, "It Had to BU" Friday, April 20th from 3:00 - 8:00pm. The event is open to the public.Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) April 12, 2012 Undeniable Boutique in Fairfax Corner is hosting "It Had to BU Grand Opening Celebration" Friday, April 20th from 3:00 – 8:00pm. Event highlights include music and entertainment from Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis of The Tommy Show at 94.7 Fresh FM and a fashion show featuring customers modeling spring’s hottest styles. ...
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Styx member ready to rock in West Texas - Odessa American
Google News - over 5 years
The current lineup of the band, including guitarists Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, bassist Ricky Phillips and drummer Todd Sucherman, will be coming Thursday to Midland Chaparral Center for the Midland ISD Education Foundation's Fourth Annual Concert
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Styx Double Disc Regeneration Coming (A Top Story) - 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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Celeb Birthdays for the Week of Sept. 11-17 - ABC News
Google News - over 5 years
Guitarist Tommy Shaw of Styx is 58. Songwriter Diane Warren is 55. Drummer Jon Moss of Culture Club is 54. Actress Roxann Dawson ("Star Trek: Voyager") is 53. Actress Virginia Madsen is 50. Actress Kristy McNichol is 49. Musician Moby is 46
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Styx teams with Eagle Rock Entertainment for upcoming releases - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
The new package consists of past Styx hits re-recorded in new digital versions by the current lineup of Styx, which features classic members Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young along with keyboardist/singer Lawrence Gowan, drummer Todd Sucherman and
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Maroon 5 and Train soar on strength of their frontmen - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
They specialize in mainstream pop aimed at suburbanites, churn out radio hits that also frequently double as prom and/or wedding songs and feature charismatic frontmen (Styx fans can argue their favorite between Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw)
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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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MPNFL: Pines out as Seaford squeezes into finals - Frankstonweekly
Google News - over 5 years
Seaford forward Tommy Shaw took a pack mark with less than a minute left on the clock against the Kangaroos to put Seaford in front at Lloyd Park. The Tigers had done all they could do, winning 13.11(89) to 12.11 (83). Meanwhile, less than 20 minutes
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy Shaw
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 57
    Shaw made his bluegrass debut on at the Grand Ole Opry on March 26, 2011 after the March 22 release of his bluegrass album "The Great Divide."
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  • 2008
    Age 54
    Tommy Shaw was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on February 22, 2008 at their awards banquet held in Shaw's hometown of Montgomery, Alabama at the new Montgomery Convention Center, the construction of which was completed just prior to the ceremony.
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  • 2007
    Age 53
    On New Year's Eve 2007, Shaw made a guest appearance with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama, where they performed such songs as "Blue Collar Man" and "Renegade", as well as TSO originals.
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    At the end of a Styx tour, Shaw Blades added a second tour with new dates through the end of 2007.
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    In the spring of 2007, "Shaw Blades" went on a small, often sold out tour to promote Influence.
    More Details Hide Details The shows were held in smaller venues throughout the United States. The shows featured remakes of 1960s classics and several top hits from Styx and Night Ranger.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 46
    He married his current wife, Jeanne Mason, on December 28, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Tommy and Jeanne's home was featured on Flipping Out season 5 as Jeff Lewis remodeled it as a rental property. Shaw mainly uses Fender and Gibson guitars including: Shaw also plays Hamer guitars, including a Hamer 6/12-string double-neck, from the early to mid-1990s. He was instrumental in the development of Hamer's Duotone guitar. He can be seen playing a Hamer Talladega in the second picture in this article. For effects he uses:
  • 1995
    Age 41
    Shaw joined up again with Jack Blades in a duo appropriately called Shaw Blades and released an album entitled Hallucination in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details The duo also recorded the classic Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" which was released in 2002 on the album A Classic Rock Christmas, a compilation of classic Christmas songs recorded by various classic rock artists. A second collaboration entitled Influence was released in early March 2007 and the duo appeared live on VH1 Classic backed up by Nashville songwriter Gary Burr, then did a short tour in spring 2007. Their repertoire included songs from Night Ranger, Styx, Shaw's solo albums and Damn Yankees. The duo also became a highly sought after songwriting team for such artists as Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Vince Neil and Cher. Shaw currently leads Styx along with James "JY" Young, the only remaining members from Styx's heyday (although original bassist Chuck Panozzo appears as a guest musician for most of their concerts). Upon their reformation in 1996, Styx released the live album Return to Paradise. They went on to record the studio albums Brave New World (which became the last release with co-founder Dennis DeYoung), Cycloramaa (with new keyboardist Lawrence Gowan), and Big Bang Theory (an album of cover songs of 1960s and 1970s rock classics). The band continues to tour throughout the US and Europe, often in co-bill shows with REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Def Leppard and other classic rock bands.
    Shaw returned to a reunited Styx in 1995 and embarked on a subsequent tour with them in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Shaw would later record a fourth solo record in 1998: 7 Deadly Zens. Shaw has also worked with other artists on a Pink Floyd's The Wall tribute album titled Back Against the Wall. He also worked on a KISS tribute album, Spin the Bottle, on which he sang "Love Gun". On the Queen tribute album Stone Cold Queen, Shaw sang the John Deacon-penned "Spread Your Wings".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 32
    Shaw married his second wife, actress Pamela Donnelly, on February 15, 1986. Their daughter, Hannah, was born July 9, 1987. Pamela and Tommy were divorced December 22, 1993.
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  • 1984
    Age 30
    Shaw's solo band opened concerts for The Kinks in 1984 and for Rush in 1987-88.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, Shaw, Ted Nugent, Jack Blades (of Night Ranger), and drummer Michael Cartellone (Shaw's drummer during his 1988 Ambition tour) formed the band Damn Yankees. Their biggest hit, "High Enough", was co-written by Shaw. The band had a strong concert following, and their second album went platinum, but the band went on hiatus until 2000, when they recorded an album that, because of poor production quality, was never released.
    After "Babe", Shaw would only be responsible for one of the next nine singles in North America until his departure in 1984, following the end of the "Kilroy was Here" tour.
    More Details Hide Details Shaw released three solo albums in the 1980s: Girls with Guns (1984), What If (1985), and Ambition (1987), scoring a Top 30 hit with the title track and a minor hit with "Lonely School," both from the first album.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 21
    Shaw joined Styx in December 1975.
    More Details Hide Details His first album with Styx, Crystal Ball (1976), was titled after his own composition and also includes his songs "Mademoiselle" and "Shooz". Its follow-up, The Grand Illusion (1977), became the group's breakthrough album, which went platinum due in part to a lot of Shaw. Shaw personally went from studio to studio, coast to coast and pleaded with the stations to play the band's Dennis DeYoung-written and-sung single "Come Sail Away" and also featured a radio hit by Shaw, "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)". Styx's eighth album, Pieces of Eight, was the breakout album for Shaw's songwriting talent. His rock-oriented contributions "Renegade" and "Blue Collar Man" were the only major hits from this release, reaching #16 and #21 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and they became 1970s rock-radio staples and perennial Styx concert favorites. The Shaw sung ballad "Sing for the Day" also became a moderate hit, hitting number #41, making Shaw the writer and singer of all three singles pulled from the album.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1953.
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