Styx drummer Todd Sucherman releases debut solo album ‘Last Flight Home’

Todd Sucherman. Photo by Ronn Dunnett

Not only is today the 51st birthday of STYX drummer TODD SUCHERMAN, it’s also the release day of his highly anticipated debut solo album, LAST FLIGHT HOME, via Aqua Pulse Records. CDs, high-resolution audio WAV downloads, and limited-edition signed and numbered 180-gram vinyl LPs are available now on all digital outlets as well as his official website.

He recently released a video for the title track, “Last Flight Home.”

Recording sessions for LAST FLIGHT HOME, which was co-produced by Sucherman and J.K. Harrison, mainly took place between July 2019 and January 2020 at various locales in California and Texas, with Sucherman handling all lead vocal and principal drumming duties in addition to co-writing nine of the album’s ten songs. Over the course of its very concise and well-sequenced 42 minutes, LAST FLIGHT HOME soars mightily, from the universal longing of the title track to the grandiose, twisted orchestral circus vibe of “Ad Lib Everything” (buttressed by a majestic string section) to the heartfelt surrender of “It’s Perfection” (featuring angelic background vocals from Todd’s esteemed better half, Taylor Mills) to the edgier, self-inflicted carnage of “The Damage.”

In fact, LAST FLIGHT HOME is further proof that Sucherman’s inherent musical chops and respect for the pocket run deep and true, a fitting testament for a man who’s made a career out of serving the needs of the song at hand above all else. As further evidence, Todd cites a few key drummers he admires as being highly influential for how he approached his playing on this album — namely, the likes of Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel).

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