Lawrence Gowan speaks on his career in Styx, “The Soundtrack of Summer Tour” with Foreigner, and more.
Lawrence Gowan has relished his role as lead vocalist and keyboardist for the iconic rock band Styx for over 15 years now. An accomplished pianist who received a degree at age 19 for classical piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, he has enjoyed an illustrious solo career with several notable awards and nominations.
The year 1999 found himself on the receiving end of a phone call from Tommy Shaw asking him to tour with him that year, leading to a full-time replacement of former singer Dennis DeYoung. Styx has enjoyed one of the most stable and solid lineups since that time, releasing the Cyclorama in 2003, the first studio album Gowan recorded with the band.
I spoke with Lawrence on the phone for a period of time where we discussed the ongoing Soundtrack of Summer Tour, the remaking of Hotel California recorded with Don Felder, Styx, and Foreigner, and the enduring legacy of the band in American history.
Listen to the audio interview here:
Soundtrack of Summer Tour dates:
Sat 6/21 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage FOREIGNER
Mon 6/23 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino STYX
Thu 6/26 Newark, NJ Prudential Center STYX
Sat 6/28 Wantagh, NY Nikon Jones Beach Theater FOREIGNER
Sun 6/29 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino STYX
Thu 7/03 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center FOREIGNER
Fri 7/04 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion FOREIGNER
Sat 7/05 Bangor, ME Darlings Waterfront STYX
Sun 7/06 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion STYX
Wed 7/09 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center FOREIGNER
Thu 7/10 Detroit, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheater FOREIGNER
Thu 7/17 Minneapolis, MN Target Center FOREIGNER
Fri 7/18 Walker, MN Moondance Jam STYX
Sat 7/19 Sloan, IA Winnavegas Casino STYX
Tue 7/22 Denver, CO Fiddlerâ€™s Green Amphitheatre FOREIGNER
Wed 7/23 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre STYX
Fri 7/25 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena STYX
Sat 7/26 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre FOREIGNER
Sun 7/27 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl FOREIGNER
Fri 8/01 Redmond, WA Marymoor Park Concerts (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)
Sat 8/02 Goldendale, WA Maryhill Winery (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)
Fri 8/15 Louisville, KY Kentucky State Fair (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)
Sun 8/17 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair (STYX & FOREIGNER ONLY)