Read a brief background about the band and your favorite GRAND ILLUSION member.
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Take a look at photos from past gigs, their first meeting with STYX and a special "vintage" section.
GRAND ILLUSION enthusiastically welcomes their two NEW members with open arms.
Say hello to JOHN DANIELS & SCOTT HELFRICH!
Guitarist extraordinaire JOHN DANIELS has been a mainstay of the Buffalo, NY music scene for decades, most notably as the axe-smith in the award-winning HEART tribute band BAD ANIMALS, where he performed with his wife and renowned female vocalist CAROLYN DANIELS throughout the 1990s. A few years after the band won the award for Top Rock Band at the Buffalo Music Awards in 1994 this dynamic duo hit pay-dirt together again after forming the massively popular regional cover band PASSION WORKS that performs to enthusiastic audiences to this day.
When an opening became available for a guitarist in GRAND ILLUSION, it was a “no brainer” to consider who the obvious first choice would be, so when the band approached him to fill the slot, John’s enthusiastic response was overwhelming, locking him in as half the band’s top-shelf guitar duo.
The fuller, richer sounds SCOTT HELFRICH brings as a second guitar player is only rivaled by his amazing lead and harmony voice, coloring GRAND ILLUSION'S performance with a much broader spectrum of diverse vocal tonality. The other four members couldn’t be happier adding an additional strong harmony voice to their line-up to really thicken up the vocals.
However, the true value of what Scott brings to the table is found in the vocal timbre of this amazing tenor when he sings lead on several of the band’s STYX classics. Scott’s voice adds that missing element that when combined with RICK ALLEN’S other lead vocals, brings to life the magic of the original DENNIS DE YOUNG/TOMMY SHAW lead vocal combination that must be heard to be believed!
Grand Illusion: The Music Of Styx new guitar players John Daniels & Scott Helfrich.