Shaw threatened to quit if "First Time" was released, worried that two ballads in a row would damage Styx's rock cred.
Shaw returned to a reunited Styx in 1995 and embarked on a subsequent tour with them in 1996.Shaw would later record a fourth solo record in 1998: 7 Deadly Zens.Shaw had a lesser role on the theatrically-themed album Paradise Theatre, than he had on previous albums with the band, even though it featured a #9 hit by Shaw, "Too Much Time on My Hands" – his only top 10 hit with Styx.Shaw's frustration in the band ultimately boiled over with the next album Kilroy Was Here.After "Babe", Shaw would only be responsible for one of the next nine singles in North America until his departure in 1984, following the end of the "Kilroy was Here" tour.
Shaw released three solo albums in the 1980s: Girls with Guns (1984), What If (1985), and Ambition (1987), scoring a Top 30 hit with the title track and a minor hit with "Lonely School," both from the first album.
The concept of the album, along with its accompanying tour, was entirely the brainchild of De Young.
The live shows featured an 11-minute movie intro and theatrical performances with dialogue by the band.
Shaw very much detested the whole project, and this time around vetoed one of his own compositions, "Haven't We Been Here Before" from being released as a single.
From the time Shaw joined Styx, up until the release of "Babe", Shaw had written and sung on 6 of the band's eight singles released in that period.
Their biggest hit, "High Enough", was co-written by Shaw.