Styx is donating $25,000 to victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, providing the money via the Rock to the Rescue charity the group co-founded with touring partners REO Speedwagon.
The funds will be channeled through the Sweet Stuff Foundation, a charity established by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme; Homme is a co-founder of the Eagles of Death Metal, though he doesn't tour with the band and was not on stage the night of the attack while the band was playing Paris' Bataclan theater.
In a statement, Styx's Tommy Shaw says that, "We feel terribly saddened and outraged by these attacks. We hope that our contribution will help ease some of the pain and some of the expenses of what this means to the families as they go through the process of grieving and bringing their loved ones home. Josh and the band lost a crew member and employees of their record label, Universal, during the terrorist attacks. This hits home for us because we're also on the same label, and we deeply love our employees and our crew. Our hearts, minds, and prayers are with all the victims, and we urge all fans of Styx, Eagles of Death Metal, and classic rock who feel touched by this to join us in contributing. Thank you from everyone in the Styx family for your compassion."
Styx will be playing three more North American shows this year, wrapping up December 12 in Windsor, Ont., and has already announced 21 dates for 2016.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.