James Young

James Young



James Vincent Young (born November 14, 1949) is a guitarist (Known by the band and Styx fans as "The Godfather"), singer and songwriter who is best known for playing lead guitar in the American rock band, Styx.[1] Young began playing keyboard and piano at the age of five. He attended Calumet High in Chicago and learned to play clarinet and guitar during those years.

In 1970, Young joined the band TW4[2][3][4][5] while a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. That band later became the first incarnation of Styx.

After Styx's initial breakup in 1983, Young released the solo albums City Slicker (1985 with Jan Hammer),[5] Out on a Day Pass (1988), and Raised by Wolves (1995 with James Young Group). He was the only original member left in the Styx's lineup and has appeared on all Styx albums. Tommy Shaw is touring with Styx again, as is Chuck Panozzo as a guest bass guitarist for most concerts. Young tends to write the more hard rock pieces for Styx. He is best known for "Miss America" and "Snowblind". Young managed the Chicago, Illinois -based rock band 7th Heaven in 1998 along with Alec John Such of the band Bon Jovi.



Wah Wah
Whiplash is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band James.
Pleased to Meet You
Pleased to Meet You is the ninth studio album by English rock band James.

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Smashing Pumpkins are almost reunited — and that’s the problem
  –  February 19, 2018
drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha — since 2000. Dubbed the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, the extensive trek is being promoted as the band playing music from their first five albums: the psychedelic hard rock fever dream "Gish"; alt-rock ...
Album Of The Week Club: Van Halen - Van Halen
  –  February 19, 2018
Van Halen's debut album changed the face of rock music when it was released ... a slightly modded template of how hard rock was to be delivered and devoured in the coming decade. A lot of good and bad came from that. James Utvandraren: Eddie usually ...
“Trenches Of Rock” Explores The High And Lows Of Christian Heavy Metal Band Bloodgood
  –  February 17, 2018
Unfortunately, its faith-based lyrics caused a stir in mainstream music, especially among hard rock bands who thought Bloodgood was ... to our Oscar / Grammy / Emmy-winning executive producer, James Moll. James mentored me through the entire production ...
How LDS composer Rob Gardner's arrangement helped Vincent Zhou make Olympic history
  –  February 16, 2018
As LDS composer and arranger Rob Gardner joked in an interview with the Deseret News, the ensemble’s classical music ... James and Morgan Cipres selected a popular cover of the 1964 Simon and Garfunkel song for their routine: Heavy metal/hard rock ...
Spring is near and the timing's right for high school musicals
  –  February 16, 2018
The music -- by Andrew Lloyd Webber of "Phantom of the Opera," "Cats" and "Evita" fame -- is in the style of '80s and '90s hard rock. "A big part of the audition ... is based on a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, with music by Marvin Hamlisch ...
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Officially Announce Reunion Tour (Without D’arcy Wretzky)
  –  February 15, 2018
While nobody can really call The Smashing Pumpkins a metal band (they're hard rock at best ... guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will be touring, playing classic songs and likely releasing new music down the line.
Ticket alert: Steve Miller, Peter Frampton at Hard Rock
  –  February 15, 2018
Miller called those dates “an amazingly beautiful, creative and rewarding music experience for our ... to return to their blues roots during the Hard Rock show on Otis Rush’s “All Your Love” and Elmore James’ “Stranger Blues.”
Metallica Wins 'Nobel Prize for Music' For Helping Kids Deal With Alienation
  –  February 14, 2018
Frontman and co-founder James Hetfield added ... exemplify the mission of the Polar Music Prize." "Metallica are loved and admired by millions of hard rock fans across the globe," she adds, "They have led where other bands have followed and their 2017 ...
Sound Listings: What to hear
  –  February 14, 2018
HARD ROCK CAFE — Trolley Square ... March 8: Tal Haslam, James McIntyre, Sam Cooley, Evan Sharp. March 10: Mmend and Brother. March 12: PHS Music Showcase (free and open to the public). March 13: Utah COPA Live (Music School Showcase).
Metallica to receive this year's Polar Music Prize
  –  February 14, 2018
The Polar Music Prize, the world's most prestigious music award, now in its 27th year, has announced that Metallica, the Grammy-Award winning and genre defining hard rock band ... Thank you very much." James Hetfield, singer, guitarist and co-founder ...
Metallica to receive 2018 Polar Music Prize
  –  February 14, 2018
James Hetfield ... and that is to honour musicians and music organisations, whose work has made a difference to people's lives. Metallica are loved and admired by millions of hard rock fans across the globe. They have led where other bands have followed ...
Truckin' and rockin' in Bradys Run; and bluegrass sprouts in Chippewa
  –  February 11, 2018
The rest of the schedule: Scott Blasey, singer for The Clarks, March 14; Pittsburgh music journalist Ed Salamon, April 4; Mike Vale of Tommy James & The Shondells ... at the Station Square Hard Rock Cafe, is John 5, lead guitarist for Rob Zombie and ...
Easy living at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa
  –  February 8, 2018
I smiled at the music reference as I melted into ... Before heading up the Hard Rock Tampa's culinary operations, Anderson opened and managed the kitchen as chef de cuisine at the James Beard-award-winning restaurants Son of a Gun and Animal in Los Angeles.
Rock on the Range 2018 lineup: Tool, A Perfect Circle, Alice in Chains lead the way
  –  November 27, 2017
Rock on the Range has revealed its 2018 lineup. The 12th annual hard rock music festival goes down May 18th-20th at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The lineup promises a double helping of Maynard James Keenan, as both Tool and A Perfect Circle are ...


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