Randi’s Rock Report: Birthday Boy Tommy Shaw Shares What Inspired “Blue Collar Man”

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Singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw wrote three hits on Styx’s Pieces of Eight album, including “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).” He tells us what inspired that one.

Styx singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw on what inspired “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).”

“My father was a gas man. He was the guy who would put your gas light in or hook up your gas pipes. I never held a blue collar job, but I had a friend who worked for the railroad. He and I both had these four-wheel-drive vehicles and they were all, like, jacked up. He was very proud to have worked for the railroad. We would go out and just destroy our cars. One day he got laid off and he had to go stand in the unemployment line and it just wrecked him. He did not want to be going for a handout. That was what was on my mind, couldn’t imagine what my father would have gone through.”

Happy Birthday Tommy Shaw!!

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