Rock says goodbye to American Breed singer, Styx engineer

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Todd Sucherman and Gary Loizzo (left).

Todd Sucherman and Gary Loizzo (left).

Styx drummer Todd Sucherman shared some bad news with the world Sunday on Facebook:

Gary Loizzo, RIP my dear friend. This is a hard one to write as it’s one of our own. Gary Loizzo has been our front of house engineer since I joined the band 20 years ago but before that he was the (Grammy nominated) recording engineer on many of the Styx records of the 70s and 80s (and 90s and 00s.) And before that he was the lead singer of The American Breed, most famous for the song “Bend Me, Shape Me.” He was a man of exceptional taste, wonderful musicianship, eagle sharp ears, but most of all he was a shining example as how to conduct yourself as a man, a professional, a husband and father. In 20 years I never saw him lose his cool or raise his voice to anyone, and believe me, the road can be frustrating at times. He just made everyone feel good. He was a magical person and I know everyone in our organization feels they are a better human being having had the privilege to wok along his side.

Can we please cure cancer? Enough already.

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Gary stopped touring with us in early summer 2015. When we played Chicago on September 5th, Gary and his amazing wife, Diane and the whole family came out to the gig for a party before show time. We had worked up “Bend Me Shape Me” and brought him on stage to sing it mid set. The large screen behind us displayed an image of Gary from the late 60s as he came out on stage with the energy of a teenager, all smiles, and sang the hell out of his hit song in front of 20,000 people in his home town. What a send off my dear, dear friend! I love you, and you will continue to be an inspiration and a shining example of how to live life.

Gary Loizzo’s band American Breed broke into the Top 10 in 1967 with “Bend Me, Shape Me”:

Loizzo’s had a heavy hand in the rock world – particularly after starting his own recording studio,’Pumpkin Studios’ in the early 70’s in Chicago. He worked with Bad Company, Liza Minnelli, Nelson, REO Speedwagon, Slash, Survivor, Tenacious D and others.

Farewell, Gary. Rock will miss you.

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