Shaw formed Damn Yankees in 1989 with Ted Nugent, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and drummer Michael Cartellone, who went on to join Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band's self-titled 1990 debut went double platinum and spawned the No. 3 hit "High Enough." Its successor, 1992's Don't Tread, went gold and featured the power ballad "Where You Goin' Now," which reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Damn Yankees briefly regrouped in 1999 to work on a third album that never saw the light of day, though they still got paid $1 million to shelve it.
Asked whether he would be open to even a one-off show with his former bandmates, Shaw said: "Michael is a permanent fixture in Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Damn Yankees without Michael Cartellone just wouldn't be right. And we [in Styx] do 90 to 120 shows a year, and you have to go home sometime. It's like having two wives,