Styx: ‘The Same Stardust’ EP Now Available on Streaming Platforms

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Legendary prog/rock ensemble Styx returned in June with a powerful new studio album, Crash of the Crown — but shortly before that, the band also released additional new tracks as The Same Stardust EP. The EP was originally a limited edition vinyl release for Record Store Day on June 12, but it has now been made available on digital streaming platforms.

The track listing, which blends two new songs with five classic Styx tracks from live performances:

1. The Same Stardust
2. Age Of Entropia
3. Mr. Roboto (Live In Bossier City, LA February 21, 2020)
4. Radio Silence (Live in Solvesborg, Sweden June 8, 2019)
5. Man In The Wilderness (Live In Grand Rapids, MI August 8, 2018)
6. Miss America (Live In Bossier City, LA February 21 2020)
7. Renegade (Live In Solvesborg, Sweden June 8, 2019)

Stream it below.

Crash of the Crown, meanwhile, features the trademark uplift and positive tones of much of Styx’s back catalog — despite largely being written and recorded during the pandemic.

Click here to pick up Crash of the Crown on CD from our Rock Cellar Store
Click here to pick up Crash of the Crown on LP from our Rock Cellar Store

As guitarist/songwriter Tommy Shaw tells Rock Cellar’s Ken Sharp in our new feature interview, he and his band mates were not about to let the creeping discomfort and uncertainty of the pandemic negatively affect their songwriting:

“Well, it’s how we were all brought up. We were raised up with pretty positive influences in the family. My mother would always say, “Things are going to work out the darkest hours. It’s all going to work out.” I would always resist and go, “You don’t know that!,” but she was right. We generally fight our way out of whatever bad we’ve found ourselves in and come out into the sunlight and the fresh air. It’s almost like an old gospel thing, things might be dark today but it’s all going to be all right, you know, that optimistic view. And generally usually things always pretty much do work out. There may be some hardships getting there.

“So that’s just naturally how we write in Styx. We never have and ending like, “we’re all gonna die!” (laughs)

Styx’s tour continues into late November, catch a show at the remaining dates:

Tue 9/21           Wenatchee, WA            Town Toyota Center
Wed 9/22          Puyallup, WA                Washington State Fair (with REO Speedwagon)
Fri 9/24             Las Vegas, NV              The Venetian Theatre
Sat 9/25            Las Vegas, NV              The Venetian Theatre
Sun 9/26           Las Vegas, NV              The Venetian Theatre
Fri 10/1             Atlantic City, NJ             Tropicana Atlantic City
Sat 10/2            Waterloo, NY                The Vine at Del Lago
Sun 10/3           West Springfield, MA     The Big E Arena
Fri 10/15           Lake Charles, LA           Golden Nugget
Sat 10/16          Arlington, TX                 The Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Sun 10/17         Lubbock, TX                 Buddy Holly Hall
Thu 10/21         Amarillo, TX                  Amarillo Civic Center
Fri 10/22           Wichita Falls, TX           Memorial Auditorium
Sat 10/23          Austin, TX                     Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
Sun 10/24         Helotes, TX                   John T. Moore’s County Store
Fri 11/5             New Buffalo, MI            Four Winds Casino
Thu 11/11         Tulsa, OK                     River Spirit Casino
Fri 11/12           Durant, OK                    Choctaw Grand Theatre
Sat 11/13          Newkirk, OK                  First Council Casino inside Council Bluffs Event Center
Wed 11/17        Sioux Falls, SD             Washington Pavilion
Thu 11/18         Ralston, NE                  Ralston Arena
Fri 11/19           Salina, KS                     Stiefel Theatre

By Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Staff writer from Rock Cellar Magazine