Styx Bassist Ricky Phillips Quits

Styx Bassist Ricky Phillips Quits | Society Of Rock Videos

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Ricky Phillips, the esteemed bassist of Styx for over two decades, has made the heartfelt decision to part ways with the band, marking the end of an era for both the musician and the legendary rock group.

Phillips boasts an impressive musical background, having lent his talents to renowned acts such as the Babys, Bad English, Coverdale-Page, and Ted Nugent before joining forces with Tommy Shaw and the rest of Styx in 2003. With a heavy heart, Phillips bid farewell to the stage in a message addressed to fans, expressing his intention to take a hiatus from the rigors of touring. Phillips shared:

“My last 20+ years of touring and recording with my friends in Styx has come to an end.
“I am taking a break from the road. I’m not retiring, just taking a break.”

Despite his decision to slow down, Phillips reassured fans that his passion for music remains unwavering. He revealed plans to embark on a new venture as a co-producer in a studio near his home, emphasizing that while live performances will be on hold for now, he intends to keep fans informed about any future musical endeavors.

“But for right now, Melissa and I will share coffee talk and meals from home…with our critters close by,” Phillips added, reflecting on cherished memories of his time with Styx. “Of course, I will always cherish the adventurous days recording and touring with Styx. And, I will truly miss the wonderfully crazy and faithful Styx fans…whose smiling faces I often saw more than my own family.”

Sending Off Ricky Phillips

In response to Phillips’ departure, Styx conveyed their unwavering support and gratitude for his contributions to the band over the years. Through a statement shared on social media, the band expressed fond memories of their time together and extended their best wishes for Phillips’ future endeavors. Styx conveyed:

“It was a joy to spend two decades with Ricky Phillips in Styx and we wish him all the best in his next adventure.
“He’ll always be a part of the Styx family and we’ll miss his presence on our stage and in our touring lives.”

As Styx prepares for their upcoming concert in Wallingford, Connecticut, on March 22, fans eagerly await news regarding a replacement for Phillips. While original bassist Chuck Panozzo remains part of the band, his involvement has been limited due to health reasons, leaving fans curious about the future dynamics of the iconic rock ensemble.

With Phillips’ departure marking the end of an era for Styx, the band and its loyal fanbase remain hopeful for the next chapter in the group’s storied journey, filled with new music and unforgettable performances.

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