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Styx has gone where no band has gone before -- deep space.
The International Astronomical Union has renamed the Pluto moon previously known as P5 after the band as part of a requirement to name newly discovered moons after Roman and Greek personae. Styx, of course, is named after the mythological river that runs between the living and the dead.
But the IAU definitely had Styx, the band, in mind when it named the Pluto moon, which has certainly pleased the band. Singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw tells Ultimate Classic Rock that the band "is proud to accept this new heavenly chart position as we add orbiting Pluto to our ever expanding touring map...I predict a new Styx T-shirt in the making!"
Singer-keyboardist Lawrence Gowan cracked that Styx's manager "is currently booking us a residency gig there. Tickets are almost completely sold out in advance!"
Styx is currently on the road, playing a mix of state fairs, festivals and headline shows with dates booked into mid-September.
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