(CelebrityAccess) – Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired a stake in the music publishing catalog and master artist royalties of guitarist, singer, songwriter and Styx frontman Tommy Shaw.
The acquisition includes some of Shaw’s biggest hits written for Styx including “Renegade,” “Fooling Yourself,” and his Top 10 hit “Too Much Time On My Hands.” Also included in the deal are several songs from his solo projects, as well as a handful of compositions from Damn Yankees (“High Enough,” “Where You Goin’ Now”) and Shaw Blades (“My Hallucination,” “I’ll Always Be With You”).
Shaw joined Styx in 1975 following guitarist John Curulewski’s departure. The band was the first recording act ever to have four consecutive triple platinum albums in a row (Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theater).
Of the deal, Shaw said: “I’m very excited to have partnered up with Primary Wave. Knowing their depth of experience, unique style and discovering their enthusiasm about their relationship with me has been an eye opener and I’m looking forward to all that lies ahead.
“The music I’ve had the honor of writing, recording and performing over the past several decades by myself and with some incredible writing partners has been the soundtrack of a wonderful life so far. Now to have the Primary Wave behind it all, it’s gonna be fun to see where this new road leads us.”
Primary Wave’s Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, Adam Lowenberg, added: “Tommy is an incredibly talented musician and songwriter. The songs he’s written as a member of Styx, Damn Yankees, Blades Shaw and as a solo artist have not only resonated with me personally, but have resonated with fans across the world. We couldn’t be happier to have him join the Primary Wave family and are excited for what’s to come.”