Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - Chuck Panozzo of Styx

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 10, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: chuck panozzo, queer music, styx

I didn't know until this morning that Chuck Panozzo, bass player for prog rock band Styx, was gay. According to his Wikipedia entry, he came out back in 2001 as both gay and seropositive. Since I've put up bands on QMF because they had a queer lead singer, why not because of a bass player?

I also learned on Wikipedia that Styx's biggest hit was "Babe," which I just can't stand. So here's "Come Sail Away," which is, like, one of the best songs ever.

Here's "Mr. Roboto." I never saw the video before, which is vaguely orientalist. Who knew.

And here Panozzo is talking about coming out, HIV, and his book from a few years ago:

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Come sail away...

... and not, say, Mr. Roboto?


This is one of the rare tunes I remember from the harsh winter of 1977. It really let me get away from the worst that year.

I saw Styx live at Madison Square Garden in '78 (I think) when they toured "The Grand Illusion". It was a pretty amazing show, even for the 70's.

A few years ago we had to do a Styx marching show for a season. OMGs I hated it. Day after day of it on horns. There was only ever one of their songs that I was willing to play in any band myself and that was Renegade.