Armies of women threw themselves at '70s rock band Styx, but one guy who had no interest was bass player Chuck Panozzo, who led a secret gay life during the group's heyday. In his new bio, "The Grand Illusion," Panozzo writes, "I was always polite to the groupies. I would autograph whatever they wanted me to sign - bras, underwear, body parts. But as [they] were exposing their breasts . . . I was more interested in their tight-jeaned boyfriends standing next to them." As Styx played "Lady" and "Babe" to sold-out arenas, "My personal life on the road was a series of one-night stands with guys who I didn't even tell my true identity." He adds: "I was plagued with the fear of being outed. Men of my generation knew that being gay could be a death sentence
Gay and Furtive Rock 'N' Roller
May 19, 2007