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September 20, 2013 - 01:57 AM
Ron from Chicago/South Side
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  Great story Chuck. I remember going to Mendel and Mt.Carmel Socials and listening to you guys. Styx great then and will always be a mainstay in my music library. It is always nice to see a South Sider/Roselander making it....and you , John and Dennis sure made it. Congrats.
 
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September 20, 2013 - 01:17 AM
Bob from Benicia, California
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  Happy birthday Chuck to both you and your late brother John. I am sure there is a day that does not go by that you miss him.
Living with HIV must be challenging. I was diagnosed last year with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Like you have said, ONE day at a time. Stay strong!!!
 
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September 17, 2013 - 03:32 PM
sonja from canada
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  I loved Styx music when I was growing up. I admire your honesty and compassion. I wish you well, and nothing but the best in your life, your future and cause. God bless.
 
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September 04, 2013 - 07:59 AM
Miriam G Nemer from Sunnyvale,TX. USA
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  Keep the the faith and Keep On Keeping On
your life is filled with wisdom and meaning Take Care & God Bless Ya

Peace :)
Miriam
 
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September 03, 2013 - 04:44 AM
Erik English from Jacksonville Florida
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  (continued from last message).
Chuck, your bass playing is the pulse of Styx…I’ve been looking at places near where I live to start taking bass lessons and I plan on using the music of Styx to learn from. I can only hope to achieve your level of skill and as I said before, to meet any of the Rockers from Styx would be a dream come true.
Thanks for being the best!
 
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September 03, 2013 - 04:41 AM
Erik English from Jacksonville Florida
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  We all have a dream in life that we would give anything to have it come true. A dream that is so special that we cannot describe the joy we would experience if it DID come true. As a 44 year old still on Active Duty in the Military after 23 years, I don’t know if my dream will ever come true, so I’m posting here.
Throughout my life, my heroes have been those people that create music and songs. Through music & songs, we can escape to a level that lets us feel safe and free, where our spirits know no boundaries. I have never known any group to have a more positive impact on music than Styx has. My dream is to meet the members of Styx and just to be able to say “Thank you for giving the world the best Rock-n-Roll ever”. If I could even just get some response from a letter or a post like this from the guys at Styx, I don’t know what I would do.
On 17 January 1991, I was working in a military hospital. I would be getting married in 3 months and was stationed 800 miles away from my fiancée. As I watched the news report announcing the Kuwaiti invasion, I began to wonder…What role would I play in this war?....Would I ever be able to marry this woman and spend my life with her? I was alone, afraid and looking for answers. Shortly after the news report, the song “Show Me the Way” came on the radio. As I listened to it, my fears began to disappear and I thought “I’m going to get through this, no matter what happens”. That song gave myself and countless other military members hope and guidance; thank you Styx for giving us the strength to get through that time in our lives.
The Grand Illusion…this song tells the common man that “Nobody is better than anyone else. Just because someone’s got more money doesn’t make them a better person than the next guy”. “Miss America” portrays the political world of the beauty pageants…..”Man In the Wilderness” lets us reflect on our lives and evaluate how we feel about ourselves.
I could go on & on……
Chuck, your bass playin...
 
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August 24, 2013 - 12:10 PM
Earl Thibadeau from Middle Grove New York
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  The first influence in my young bass playing years was Mel Schacher of Grand Funk! The "blown speaker" sound was it at the time!!! You know, Jack Bruce, Felix Pappalardi, Moby Grape!

Then, one day, I heard "Born For Adventure"!!! Two weeks later, I had two Ricks and 1000 watts of Sunn amps and made my bones in this area playing covers of all kinds of stuff.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TALENTS AND YOUR TONE!

Be happy, be gay and keep up the play...
 
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August 18, 2013 - 06:27 AM
Kevin Kroeze from Stockton, Ca, USA
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  I've been a Styx fan since the 70's and just watched The Grand Illusion on Palladia. So nice to see you on stage. Hope you are doing well.
 
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August 13, 2013 - 04:45 AM
Steve Nerangis from Washington, DC
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  Hi Chuck! I was just re-watching our episode with you. I'm not sure if you ever got to see it, but it is available on our website: http://www.thewhitelabellounge.com/
 
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August 11, 2013 - 08:33 PM
Ernest (Skip) Dalle Molle from Sycamore, IL
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  Chuck,

Thank you! One of my cousins talked about your book last week so I got a copy. Read it in three sittings. Awesome/provocative! Many of the pages resonated on many levels for me, both from a personal level as well as remembering when I walked/was present with individuals with HIV/AIDS. Like many folks early on, I had a lot of misconceptions about how a person was infected with HIV, that is until, as I believe, God placed a four year old (K) in my path. Both her parents were positive - her mom passed on the disease. My heart and mind had been challenged and changed.

I appreciated the chapters on your family as it brought back a flood of memories from Roseland and my own Italian heritage. Thinking back, I believe our parents did the best they could with what they had at the time. I have to add that I was saddened when I heard the news of John's death. He was one of the good guys on the playground.

I appreciated the background on the band and the music. My wife and I have been fans since TW4 played her junior prom. We're not big concert folks (though I have records, etc) however we did see Styx in concert in Frankfort, Germany in 1980.

Most of all I appreciate your authenticity. Your sharing not only of your glories but your fears, pains, your perceptions of how other's might think about you if you told them you were gay, and then the unconditional love you experienced when you proclaimed that you were gay speaks to me of a person who knows their true self. I agree that God has given you the vehicles necessary to spread compassion and healing. I also believe that God has given you an understanding of HOPE. Through your book and personal actions, you share a message of hope for those who are going through similar situations whether gay or straight.
 
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