Panozzo was the bass player in Styx, whose mid-’70s hits such as "Mr.
Roboto" and "Lady," are staples of classic rock radio, and he is
rightfully proud of Styx’s accomplishments—"The first rock band ever to
sell four consecutive triple platinum albums." Styx’s fans will enjoy
Panozzo’s detailed look at the band’s internal conflicts as they rise
from small Chicago bars to sold-out arenas. But the heart of Panozzo’s
autobiography is a sensitive and insightful look at "one gay man’s
struggle to come to terms with himself" while performing in a rock
world
where "the things that would make the other guys laugh—a female fan
lifting up her skirt, a pair of panties thrown on stage—just didn’t do
it" for him. The most fascinating sections are accounts of Panozzo’s
conflicted youthful feelings in his sheltered Catholic neighborhood;
his
adolescent trips to gay theaters where "skin flicks validated the fact
that there were other people out there like me"; his attempts to keep
his rock identity secret during furtive dates while on tour where he
"treated every excursion like a CIA mission;" and a joyous moment when
he publicly comes out and decides to tell his story "to inspire others,
gay or straight, to live a proud, truthful life."  
                                                                                
                                                                               -Publisher's Weekly
The Grand Illusion
Love, Lies and My Life with Styx