Lawrence Gowan is back on Let’s Rock…and that’s always a good thing. Mr. Gowan is one of the most engaging guests Let’s Rock has ever featured on the site. He is a great storyteller with a great sense of humour, not to mention the fact that he’s a fellow Canadian and one heck of a piano player.
Gowan has been a member of Styx for 23 years, but before that, he had a successful career as a solo artist, especially in Canada. His album Strange Animal shot to number 5 on the Canadian charts, and contains the oft-played-at Styx-concerts single, A Criminal Mind. He reocrded 4 more solo albums (see discography below), before joining Styx in May, 1999.
With Styx, he has recorded 4 albums, (see discography below) including 2021’s Crash of the Crown (Clash of the Clowns(Watch the video)). Lawrence was kind enough to join Let’s Rock again to chat about a myriad of topics, including the topical lyrics on Crash of the Crown, the fourth shortest song in recorded history, the Canadian music scene in the 70s and eighties, his missing food and much, much more.
This chat also taught me a couple of important interviewing reminders: Don’t fuck up the name of your guest’s album, and it’s “Stay safe”, not “Say Stafe”. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you can’t laugh at anyone.
Sun, OCT 17 Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX
Thu, OCT 21 Amarillo Civic Center Complex, Amarillo, TX
Fri, OCT 22 First Financial Music Hall, El Dorado, AR
Sat, OCT 23 Nutty Brown Amphitheatre, Austin, TX
Sun, OCT 24 John T. Floore Country Store, Helotes, TX
Thu, NOV 4 McMorran Place Sports & Entertainment Center, Port Huron, MI
Fri, NOV 5 Four Winds Casino Resort – New Buffalo, New Buffalo, MI
Sat, NOV 6 Hard Rock Cafe, Cincinnati, OH
Thu, NOV 11 River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa, OK
Fri, NOV 12 Choctaw Grand Theater, Durant, OK
Sat, NOV 13 7 Clans First Council Casino Hotel, Newkirk, OK
Wed, NOV 17 Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
Thu, NOV 18 Ralston Arena, Ralston, NE
Fri, NOV 19 Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, Salina, KS
Thu, JAN 6, 2022 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
JAN 28-FEB 5 The Venetian Theater, Las Vegas, NV (with Nancy Wilson)
Strange Animal 1985
Great Dirty World 1987
…but you can call me Larry 1993
The Good Catches Up 1995
Big Bang Theory 2005
The Mission 2017
Crash of the Crown 2021