Dennis DeYoung And The Music of STYX
Live In Los Angeles
Dennis DeYoung And The Music of STYX
Live In Los Angeles
Dennis DeYoung And The Music of STYX
Live In Los Angeles
Best of Times
I thought that's how it sounded. Who are those guitarists shredding the place up?
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Just saw this on YouTube. I think this was written by the "show me the way guy". No not Peter Frampton.
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Dawn returns totally unplanned at a sold out show in Reno and sings her ass off. Just like old times...I mean the best of times.
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New Blue Collar 2013
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Dennis Voted #22 Greatest Rock Keyboardist
"From accordion player to this. I would have been higher if polkas had
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Dennis Voted #38 Greatest Male Rock Vocalist
"I am flattered but I don't know how Steven Tyler, Lou Gramm, John Lennon, Bob Seeger, Rod Stewart, Don Henley, Sting, John Foggerty and some others are all after me."
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Holy memory loss Batman
I swear to you this thing just appeared today on YouTube and I have zero recollection of this interview what so ever. It sounds like my buddy Scott Shannon and someone mentions Todd so I can't be sure if it's Sucherman or Scotts sidekick from Scott and Todd in the morning on PLJ In NY.
I played and sang Great Balls of Fire live as far back as I can remember ( it was the first 45 I ever bought) and same with Whole Lotta Love but Pretty Woman and the other songs I do not remember even knowing. One of the songs that got Wooden Nickel interested in signing us was our electric version of Whole Lotta Love. Remember TW 4 was a cover band without any real catalogue of original material. Anyone who claims I'm not a rock guy should give this a listen. I humbly admit I was impressed with this performance because it was probably done at 7:30 in the morning. I think I will listen again.
Wow! This just showed up on YouTube. I had never seen this before but coincidentally I was just asked about this very day last week by author Dave Hoekstra who interviewed me about a book he was writing. This was the last game the White Sox played in Comiskey Park which at the time was the oldest park in Major League Baseball. Because of my personal relationships with former manager Tony LaRussa and owner Jerry Reinsdorf I was asked if Styx would do it. Are you kidding. Quite an honor for a kid whose dad brought him to his first game at this very park when he was nine. My dad and I had spent countless un air conditioned hot summer days listening to the games on the transistor radio. So it was great that my parents and my family were in attendance to witness it all. I was the only Sox fan in the group. John was a Cubs fan and the other guys including John were more Blackhawk and Bears fans then baseball enthusiasts. If you needed some musician or celebrity to do this for the Cubs the line would have been a long one but the White Sox celebrity fan list was very short. In 1990 no one knew who Barack Obama was so who was left, Mayor Daley, Jessie Jackson? Side note, I've heard that in 2017 these 3 are considering forming a singing group to perform Bee Gee's covers in Vegas. "Staying aliveahiveahive".
Anyway my dad passed his love of baseball and the Sox on to me and I did the same for my son Matthew. In fact he became more dedicated then I ever was what with his season tickets and every app invented to check up on his team. As a parent you occasionally get things right. Anyway Matthew bought me a green bleacher seat and a brick from the old ballpark that I will always cherish along with the myriad of memories of time spent with my dad my friends and my family. Cheers Dennis
HAPPY BIRTHDAY one day late to my girlfriend and wife Suzanne. Love from your boyfriend and husband.
I certainly hope none of you ever discover how many times I check on you tube for my current video's or old Styx video's when I'm bored because it would be embarrassing. Or the number of times I google myself. Google has begun to send me messages
beginning Hey dude get a life. Kind of like the Lite beer commercial when Troy Aikman claims to not dwell in the past and then his ring tone goes off screaming "Aikman touchdown unbelievable".
I believe those who claim to not be interested in themselves or their past are secretly wanted for transporting illegal goods across state lines, or their lying. I mention this because this video popped up in that ever helpful or intrusive function on you tube that appears under "recommended for you". Now if one of these videos turns out to be "Sexy Sabrina and her frisky Python" trouble could be right around the corner. You know who you are.
Thankfully for me and Suzanne it was Dennis DeYoung at Manny's deli 2000 not Sabrina, Suzanne is deathly afraid of snakes
I did not post this because it shows me in the most glamorous light, quite the contrary but because I believe it demonstrates essentially who I am as a person and performer. Manny's deli was the TV station's idea not mine and when Suzanne, Carrie and I who was my publicist at the time arrived at 6 am my first thought was, I wonder if it's to late to become an aluminum siding salesman. It was clear that the early morning crowd at Manny's were clueless as to I was or why I was interrupting their breakfast. I believe that when the camera panned around the room FBI alerts were sounded causing a momentary ruckus as fugitives escaped. I made that last part up. So faced with situation I did what I always do and made the best of it. Anyone can accomplish things under the best circumstances it's the vast majority of life we must somehow manage to get through.
I had recently been replaced in the band I founded and had been given the opportunity to headline the Rosemont Theater by Tim Orchard who ran the joint.
It was much to big a venue for someone like me, capacity 4300 but Tim convinced me to play it with a 50 piece orchestra. The orchestra show was his idea and he put up all the money (a lot a scratch) convinced he would sell it out. He did not once but twice leading to our partnership for the last 15 years. So there I was at Manny's of all places trying to stir up ticket sales for a show I was convinced no one would attend. On the curb and all alone without the mighty Styx name behind me I did what I had to do, which was playing Lady of Spain on the piano in front of a bewildered bunch. Wait a minute I just realized where the idea of Lady came from..."Lady of Spain I adore you". Remember "winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try".
Tonight we end our year and play the final show of a three day run here in Epcot, the happiest place on earth. "Everyone please have a magical day". This is the fourth time Disney has hired us to perform at their Eat to the Beat international Food and Wine Festival. I'm perfect for this shindig because as my family will tell you no one "wines" more than me. Each night the venue has been filled with enthusiastic fans from all over the U.S., even with the rain last night. Thanks to all who have attended.
This year we have played 54 shows between the U.S. and Canada and that's more then I have done since the 60 plus I did the year of The Night Of The Proms, the Germany tour. Suzanne, the band and I would like to thank you all for attending our shows and helping keep alive all the wonderful songs that Styx and I have created. We feel we are the go to destination for all the Hits.
Thanks to August, Jimmy, John, Craig, Dave and Suzanne for bringing this music to all of you and allowing me the chance to view first hand the lasting impact the Styx catalog has had on so many. How this miracle has occurred is really beyond my understanding. I know the songs that I wrote, the concept albums I initiated and the theatricality of our stage shows were all simply things I made up as I went along. It's still a mystery to me how things worked out as well as they did. As I expressed in the lyrics to the Grand Illusion (as well as other songs), far too much adulation and credit has been assigned to politicians, athletes and show biz people like me who really don't know much more about the the way things work than the next guy. Unless the next guy is that dumb ass sitting behind you at the movies talking loudly to the screen, or Charles Manson. I know more than them. Once again I am grateful for your continuing support and will continue to come visit you until I begin to embarrass my family.
PS. I have just been informed I have one more show in Ft. Lauderdale in December. Just when you thought it was safe to live in Florida...
I am mad mad mad mad mad with recent accusations that our recent successes have gone to our heads. I categorically refute these specious, allegations as nothing more than a blatant attempt by my political enemies to besmirch our integrity. I blame the radical left the nutty right and the mushy middle for this nonsense. By the way do any of you know of a hat store that sells xxxxxxxxxtra large, winter's coming.
P.S. Thanks to my good friends in Florida for the big heads.
If memory serves this was the first official photo taken in 1976 of the new band. It was January or February of 1976 and it was hovering around 10 degrees. It was taken in the historic Pullman district in Roseland on the far south side of Chicago where Mr. George M. Pullman had constructed row houses for his employees to live in while they worked at the Pullman Works building his rail cars. We are standing on the porch of one of these houses which also have been declared historic landmarks. The politically incorrect fur coats were fake except for JY's which was rabbit. Imagine Bug's surprise. The coat that Tommy was wearing that day was borrowed from me seeing as how Montgomery Alabama had never seen weather like this. It was made by Suzanne for me with material given to her from her aunt Emmy. In those days a fur signified stature rather than murderer. Fake fur signified fake stature. I have donated these coats to the cast of the new hit show "Empire". They have been sent back with this note. "Get Real".
"Way back in 1972 I was sitting in my garage with a little Wurlitzer electric piano when this song popped out and started this whole train a rolling".
This was a line I came up with for the the Paradise Tour in 1996 briefly describing how the song Lady was written. Suzanne and I and CarrieAnn were living in Park Forest, Illinois in a two bedroom ranch we had recently purchased.
JY's father who owned a construction business was tearing out a bunch of acoustic ceiling tiles out of the University of Chicago and had asked if we had any use for them. I had decided to turn my one car garage into a small rehearsal space for the band while we assembled some songs for our first record. It was in this garage that I wandered out one day in hopes of writing a song that would make the album. To that point I had not considered myself a songwriter but more of a singer keyboardist in a cover band. I had written a song years before for TW-4 called So Long Now that we rarely played but other than that my only solo song writing attempt had been "I'm Gonna Make Ya Feel It" which we first recorded in 1971. What did I know about composition, not much. It has been a mystery to me all these years as to how I came up with Lady in the first place. My memory tells me I was listening to King Crimson's "Court of the Crimson King" at that time and maybe the images of kings and queens and lords and ladies was lurking in my subconscious. Or was it "What Has Come Between Us" a song given to us to record that contained the lyrical chorus "Lovely Lady" that I thought sounded pretty cool that once again had seeped into my brain. I know for sure the lyrics I came up with were written to describe Suzanne, who even at a young age had always maintained the aura and dignity of a true "lady". It could have all these things, I really can't say because I had never written much so I was clueless that Lady was in fact special. Anyway I found this photo on Google taken by Warring Abbott a great photographer who followed us on parts of the Paradise Theater in 1981. This is backstage in a dressing room at Nassau Coliseum and there it is that little Wurlitzer Piano. Rumor has it that Prince saw me in this Purple outfit and immediately wrote Purple Rain and Raspberry Jacket which he later turned into Beret. But that's just a rumor.
Truth be told I started writing this song on the Wurlitzer but finished it on a Waltham baby grand piano in our house. My daughter now has the Waltham in her house but sadly in my dismissal from Styx it was not returned to me. Bummer!
The Grand Illusion
In 1975 I happened to see the 1937 French film classic La Grande Illusion directed by Jean Renoir. A terrific anti war movie set in a German prisoner of war camp during WWI. I made note of the film's title and thought immediately it would make a fantastic
title for an album. I mentioned it to one of my best friends Tom Short and he agreed it was way cool. In 1979 Tom would quit his job and come to work for the band as an assistant to the tour manager. I wasn't sure what the significance of the title would mean in terms of a rock record but I was convinced it was very memorable.
Two years went by with many upheavals for me personally and professionally not least of which were changes in personnel within Styx. JC left and Tommy filled his spot and we recorded Crystal Ball in 1976, January of 1977 came and we prepared to start to record a new album. One day the phone rang and it was Tom Short calling to have one of our thousands of chats about music, or sports or whatever when the conversation turned to the new album. He said whatever happened to that idea you had about naming the album The Grand Illusion. The minute he said it I thought thank God he remembered it because I had completely forgotten about it. And so it began. I sat down and attempted to write a song that could not only be a theme for the record but also the ultimate show opener. It's good to have high expectations and goals because every once in a while you could fall over yourself head first into something special. Most times however you simply bump your head but not that time. The song Grand Illusion with help from everyone in Styx became not only the albums theme but one hell of a show opener.
Thanks to Tom Short for remembering something so important from my big blabbing mouth. Sadly Tom one of my very best friends passed away in his early fifties from colon cancer, far, far to young to say the least. His two favorite bands in the world were Led Zeppelin and you guessed it Styx. Go figure. Thanks again Tom, I'll picture you now in a gathering of angels.
More Than A Feeling
The last time I stood on a stage with the band Boston was in 1976 at a Toys for Tots show. Their first album "Boston" with tunes like More Than A Feeling, Long Time, Smokin and my favorite Foreplay had saturated the airwaves since it's summer release. The ground breaking guitar sounds and the immediate catchiness of the songs guaranteed them headline status. We opened the show and as I recall it was a great success primarily for the kids and the Marines who sponsored the show for underprivileged children. Both bands did a fine job for the sellout crowd at the Omni. Tom Scholz the guitar player and keyboard wiz was the mastermind behind the group and remains so to this day. Throw in Brad Delps supersonic vocals and Ya got somethin. Turn on any classic hits or classic rock station today and you might think it's still 1976, thats how monumental that record was.
I would like to thank Tom, his wife Kim and the entire Boston band and crew for their kindness and generosity toward Suzanne and me and the boys it was certainly appreciated. During soundcheck singer Tommy DeCarlo, drummer Jeff Neal and bass player Tracy Ferrie stopped by for a chat and a photo. They told me they had marked the date on their calendar knowing that we would performing together. I was truly shocked and humbled by their kind words and man did they do a fantastic job recreating that Boston sound. It was so good that after the show I pahked my cahh in Havahd yahd.
By the way I wrote this last night after watching Ray Donovan.
ps Thanks to the Boston crew for my logo projection they are a real class act.
Recent video of our concert in Phoenix:
I just received the new Styx Vinyl Collection in the mail and decided to pop it open to have a look. I called the local fire department to assist me seeing as how to open anything you buy these days takes considerable ingenuity and effort. After they had gotten it open I decided to buy my own set of "Jaws of Life" for the next time I have to open something, you know like a bottle of Listerine. The child proof cap on this thing should state that this product is safe for all children under the age of 114 cause ya ain't agittin it open. Squeeze the marked sides and twist, only to realize after 72 attempts that your gingivitis and plaque will be celebrating and your breath will have to remain questionable. Buy one bottle and it will be yours for life, What would you give to have 5 minutes alone with the murdering, tamperingTylenol guy who stared all this idiotic protective packaging crap. I believe, though I could be wrong that hospital emergency rooms have invested heavily in this protective packaging. Obamacare does not cover this. But I digress.
After seeing the collection I was impressed to find that all the albums appeared to be as I had remembered them, with the exception of the laser etching on Paradise Theater. Of the four million that sold only the first million were actually etched. It was the brainchild of Jeff Ayeroff at A and M. and was awfully cool.
They contain the same lyrics and photo's as the originals including the Grand Illusion poster. In this photo under my jacket I'm wearing an A and M tee shirt to match my Robins egg blue colored saddle shoes, oh and let's not forget my fashionable little scarf ya know in case I catch cold or decide to rob a 7/11. I heard that Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn saw my getup and Gunn broke out in hives. It's a wonderful poster and the photo shoot was memorable in that I never heard anyone yelling "Blairrrrhhh more smoke at crotch level". (For those of you who do not understand the reference check out an earlier post where I discuss our first album photo shoot).
As of yet I don't know if I will make the effort to listen to these records because it would entail some work on my part to fix my turntable and stylus, connect it to an amp and speakers and find my hookah and platform shoes. Besides I know what they sound like i was there when we did them. If any of you were bold enough to get these new things let me know what you think and please do not post your prom pictures...oh go ahead!
Here is an interview I did this morning with Donald Boone Gould the homeless guy who played Come Sail Away on the streets of Sarasota that went viral. The interview was on The Drive WDRV in Chicago with Pete Mc Murray and Danny Mac. Good luck Boone I hope the attention you are getting will have a long term positive effect on your life.
By the way now that I have officially gone viral I am searching for an effective vaccine.
Backstage Wonder Woman congratulates Tony Bennett and Dawn on their triumphant return to the Tropicana. That dude can still sing. Look closely and you'll notice Tony has neutralized Wonder Woman's powers by covering her magic bracelets. He finished his show with Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around That Old Guy's Leg. The crowd went nuts.
MARIO LOPEZ reporting.
Red Beard has this series of interviews on his site promoting the Universal release of the Styx record albums from 1975 to 1983 on high grade vinyl. This vinyl has been hand picked from used Goodyear tires provided by fine junk yards across America. Hence the made in America sticker. Makes sense to me since wheels go round and round like records. (Those last two sentences are absolutely false)
Read the Red Beard article
It appears that these interviews were culled from Beards vault, some dating back to the late seventies while some others by JY and Tommy seem to be very recent or as the Romans would say A.D. or Anno Dennisme). My guess is the most current from me are from either 1991 or 1996 I can't be certain.
All in all a good job and some interesting points being made. For instance Tommy talking positively about the variety of our songs and the three song writers and vocalists coming together to make albums that sounded like radio stations with different formats. Could not agree more considering my belief that this was in fact the greatest strength of Styx. That and tight satin pants. Another was JY and I discussing the apparent risk of Kilroy yet joining hands and jumping in the pool together, together. Dr.Righteous and Kilroy finally hold hands and go for a swim, the MMM certainly never saw that coming.
Then there's discussion about Babe and it's long term impact on the band's image and the paranoid fear (fostered primarily by our manager) that it would be our ruin. This question was never allowed to come to it's obvious conclusion that this damn song caused a protest that led to our fans refusing to buy any more of our records, or concert tickets. And then we released Paradise Theater and we all know what a disaster that turned out to be. A few more mistakes like that and I might have been able to purchase Phoenix.
Also I my have misheard this but it sounded like Beard said that JY and I co wrote Lorelei and Lady. Lorelei yes but everyone knows by now that Lady was written by a Tibetan monk after a particularly bad meditation session. Ommmmm ommmmm Lady!
Give it a listen kids after you've given thanks to the men and women who are willing to serve this country so that back yard barbecues are possible with our only fear being Uncle Fred getting drunk and going face down in the Guacamole.
Cheers and Have a Safe Memorial Day.
By the way I am writing from Charlotte NC across from the Nascar Museum preparing to play the big show. America, America,America, America. Sung to Suite Madame Blue.
In My Silence
This is the only recording of this song. I wrote it for the Bailiwick production that won the Joseph Jefferson Award for best musical in 2008. The production was a bare bones affair that was staged so that I could work on the structure of the book and new songs. The director David Zaks was kind enough to offer me this opportunity because he loved the music.
In this scene Quasimodo has just been harshly admonished by his mentor Father Frollo for his participation in the Fools Day celebration where he was crowned King Of Fools for being the ugliest of all Parisians. His only wish to be treated kindly with a friendly hello, heart breaking.
This is the first known photo of the Tradewinds shot around 1963. It was taken by my mom in our basement in Roseland. Chuck on guitar, John on drums and me with the squeeze box. Look carefully and you will notice the music stand holding the black book(black books were illegal sheet music compilations with hundreds of songs) and also John's bass drum head has the letters d and e which are from the word Trade. Obscured from view is the word Winds and the palm tree which was hand painted in black by the twins sister Emily.
The basement walls and floor were concrete and painted white and dark green respectively. This is where we became a wedding band having yet to know of the Beatles.
So many wonderful memories from this basement despite the pounding on the ceiling from my grandfather Charlie's cane who lived directly above. He felt the music was too loud, he was right. If we would have lived to see our success I would have thanked him publicly for his tolerance. When we practiced he would drive his old 1954 Chevy to the tavern and wait it out. No human being ever drove slower then grandpa Charlie. Six year olds on their tricycles would race him down 101st Place and be victorious.
I'm back in my hotel room in Quebec City with nothing much to do so caveat emptor.
Here are some explanations to Styx photo's that I found on line. The first official group photo was our first album cover. We had nothing to do with this concept other then follow instructions from the record company. As I have said before the name Styx was suggested by Bill Trout the president of Wooden Nickel records the man who signed us to the label.
Styx was the name no one in the group hated so Styx it was. (Other suggestions were Torch, Kelp, Miguelito Loveless, and my contribution, Dime Novel). Dime Novel got voted down for fear of this headline, "Dime Novel ain't worth a plug nickel". Little did we know that we could get Styx Stynx. Thinking back it most likely became Styx because the suggestion did not come from a band member.
For this photo we were asked to buy briefs then have them tea stained to look flesh color.
The idea was for us to look nude without actually being nude. John and Yoko copy catted us years later, hey wait that's wrong they actually were nude. If we had been nude you would have witnessed the real Grand Illusion. It was shot at the photographer's home with the help of his wife Blair. I think his name was Murray but I can't check it from here.
I remember her name because she was in charge of the smoke machine which was used to cover our privates. Here's what we heard throughout the entire shoot, imagine this in a New York accent, "Blairrrr Blairrrr more smoke crotch level". For years to come whenever there was a lull in the conversation one of us blurt out Blairr, Blairrr more smoke crotch level. The green painting we are surrounded by is of Dante's Inferno. And though it's warm there in the winter I give it two thumbs down as a vacation spot.
Bonjour mes Amis
Je suis ici. See everyone tonight at Le Capitole.
Photo left to right: Jean Ravel, our new drummer Dave Anthony, August, Jimmy, Kilroy, Suzanne, John, and Craig at Cafe Teatro. Jimmy and I have different shirts on really we do.
Suzanne, Matt, John and I left Chicago yesterday Mar. 3rd from O'Hare airport at 11am en route to Newark to connect to a flight to Quebec City. The QC flight was cancelled so we rebooked on a 7pm flight through Toronto to connect on 11pm flight into QC. The Toronto flight did not leave until 10pm so we missed the connection to QC by 15 minutes. So at midnight with a power outage around the airport most of the hotels were full so we found lodging further out. Finally caught a flight at 10am and arrived in QC around noon.
Fortunately the Toronto plane had individual movies in every seat so while we sat on the Tarmac for 3 hours I got to watch Hard Days Night. Never have those lyrics had more meaning. All's swell that ends swell.
Before and after cocktails, "in vino veritas".
Back on the road since last Friday at Penn's Peak. Thanks to all of you who sold the show out, this was my fifth visit, always great people there. The YouTube clip is from last night at one of the best venues in the US, Broward Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale. This was my fourth time there and were we glad to be out of the cold up north, you betcha. We haven't done the symphony show in some time so I had forgotten how thrilling it is. I like to think of these concerts as rock shows with breast augmentation, "I'm not all about da bass, I like treble"! The maestro Arnie Roth was conducting and his wife Marcie came down from Chicago for a lovely reunion. Arnie and I first met in1979 when he wrote the string charts on Cornerstone. The incredible orchestra arrangements we perform are his.
Yes This is February 18 and I can no longer do the joke about being 67, I am rewriting it to be 68, there that was easy.
By the way I threw a curveball last night at the band and put in an extra song which required retuning an acoustic guitar. I stalled while August retuned by playing the first verse of First Time by myself. That was the first song Arnie and I worked on together so it seemed relevant.
Check out this video on YouTube:
Borrowed Time 1979
Given the supposed political makeup of our country which purports that about half of us are liberals and half are conservative, stating a preference about nearly anything involving politics would be idiotic for a performer such as myself. No matter what you say half are with ya and half are agin ya. Too many actors and musicians whom I admire artistically take public policy stands that I strongly disagree with. Does this make me like them less, sure a bit although I try and keep an open mind. I have told my kids several times when they feel the need to relive past experiences by filling me in on details of what crazy things they did when they were younger of which I was unaware I tell them this, "I do not have to know everything about you to be happy". Same goes with performers.
I have believed for some time that the current political climate pitting the left against the right in a theatrical setting actually began with 60 minutes in the 70's with a segment called "Point Counterpoint". Liberal Shana Alexander and conservative James Kirkpatrick would debate whatever topic was presented. I found myself agreeing and diasgrreing with both of them. These two represented the extreme positions of each of their parties. It became so popular that SNL spoofed it many times with Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtain. This allowed the audience the opportunity to choose sides like some sporting event. Hooray for my team boo for yours. The extremes held sway and any of us who might like some from column A and some from column B were left unrepresented as if there were only two paths one could follow. This show begat several others including Crossfire and the MacLaughlin group to name but two. This brings us to today when so much of what we hear demands a loyalty to a strident party line with no road in between. Both the far left and right pretend that the other side has never been right about anything which history consistently disproves. I find it disturbing that this political theater has become so pervasive in our culture(because it's dramatic and sells) that it corrupts any real chance for reasonable discussion. So it is with that in mind that I dissect Borrowed Time and what I was thinking in 1979.
January of 1965 was when I graduated high school, hence the reference in the opening line. It was a time when all things seemed possible. The turbulence of the middle to late sixties had not yet reached my naive front door. I had worked in the band and at a grocery store for threes years and had saved every penny so I could purchase a brand new 1965 Mustang. Total cost $2600 which I made monthly payments on for three years. What a car and that's why it's used in the Desert Moon video although mine was a hardtop and burgundy. The original script called for an MG convertible and I said no way.
" I HAD MY CAR AND I MADE THE SCENE DIDN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT NO GASOLINE". It was 30 cents a gallon in "65". WOW. This song was written in 1979 after years of Opec oil manipulations and helicopters burning in an Iranian desert. Hence the "THEY CAN GO TO HELLl" line. "THE PROMISED LAND WAS OURS WE WERE THE GREAT SOCIETY" The Great Society was President Johnson's name for his administration. The next line is the one pertaining to the beginning of the theatrical political divide we were witnessing," I'M SO CONFUSED BY THE THINGS I READ I NEED THE TRUTH BUT THE TRUTH IS I DON'T KNOW WHO TO BELIEVE THE LEFT SAYS YES AND THE RIGHT SAYS NO AND I'M IN BETWEEN AND THE MORE I LEARN WELL THE LESS THAT I KNOW". Chorus LIVIN HIGH LIVIN FINE LIVIN HIGH ON BORROWED TIME This refers to not only my feelings about the undisputed power of the USA but also the nature of success and fame the band had enjoyed. Was Styx living on Borrowed Time as well. The Yes No bit was an attempt to mock the idiotic political discourse. "FAITH BE WITH ME NOW I"M JUST A DREAMER IN A DREAMLAND" refers to America as well as Styx were we both dreamers living on borrowed time? The tag on the fade is actually the bands addresses at the time. Lake Shore, Drive Redbud Trail etc. I wrote the lyrics to this song and Tommy and I wrote the music together. An underrated Styx song and a true rocker with a tricky rhythmic structure on the chorus, which I came up with. When performing this I always had to concentrate while cursing my trickiness.
To all you younger folks who come to this site I hope this ancient history does not bore you. The next post will be an examination of songs I wrote before the invention of the light bulb.
HAPPY 45TH ANNIVERSARY
This past January 18 Suzanne and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary, I'm so glad I went to that Mendel dance in 1964.
This is the Perfect Man premiere. I was going to post a wedding photo but I still can't scan to the computer." The problems plain to see when your a dope like me". Plus I need to replace my computer it's working so slow that today I received an email reply from 1953. It was from Eisenhower.
My friend Chris Taylor sent me this. Brilliant except Macklemore won't stop calling me. He thinks I'm the Na Na guy.
The theme of this article concerns the regimen I go through before I perform each concert. Actually I had to make stuff up considering what I do is virtually nothing. That's me considering the playlist minutes before going on stage, (hmm should we play Don't Stop Believin or Plexiglass Toilette tonight) me adjusting Suzanne's wireless pack, ( yeah sure I am) me and the band warming up vocally, me and Jean Ravel adjusting Windsor knots and finally me singing in the shower at the hotel. Normally I do this without stage clothes but this is after all a family newspaper.
The original pic taken in the shower was hysterical but I was counseled against using it because it really represents my inner Jerry Lewis which perhaps is too silly for a "rock star."
Rock star? I may post it anyway. Thanks for all the good wishes for Christmas I read them while watching It's a Wonderful Life.
Here are some quotes from radio, TV and print translated into English by ours friends at Le Capitole. Come this spring I plan to run for president of Quebec on the Suite Madame Blue platform which promises every Quebecer a sample of me holding the long morrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre note in that song. That should cure them. Wait I have just been informed that they do not have a president and if they did I would have to have been born here and at the very least be able to order food en Francais without making hand gestures and make clucking sounds to order coq au vin. Not true I can say poulet without prompting not to mention poutine.
I am also doubling as Rick Steve's DeYoung today with some pics from my hotel room. Next I will be making you sit through some home movies of our family vacation to Starved Rock Illinois.
CRITICS - DENNIS DEYOUNG
"The most Quebecer of all Americans delights Le Capitole."
"Quebec City loves Dennis DeYoung. And Dennis DeYoung repays it well in return."
"In sober decor lit by delicate light show, DeYoung appeared in great shape, having fun with the public and multiplying the theatrical dance steps."
Cédric Bélanger, Journal de Québec
"Denis’’ is off to a good start."
"Throughout the very well-oiled and smooth-running show, we felt the great complicity which united Dennis DeYoung to his guitarists."
Ian Bussières, Le Soleil
"Mister DeYoung carries well his name. We appreciate the way he moves, the way he plays the keyboard, his impeccable voice and the quality of his repertoire. A beautiful present. "
Marie Saint-Laurent, CHOI Radio X
"It is impressive to see him on stage. At the age of 67, he has lost nothing of his voice and still masters the art to move on stage. A perfect show for nostalgic people! "
Marie-Christine Leblanc, TVA
"Seizing… stunning... astonishing…!!! Dennis DeYoung’s voice is frozen in time; it forgot to age... Same for the successes of Styx. Run to see and hear this living legend!"
Brigitte Guay, CKOI
"A moving return to the past. Supported by a young energetic group, DeYoung finds the magic and energy of Styx’s golden years. We sing, we shed a few tears, and we still ask for more!"
Dominic Maurais, CHOI Radio X
"At 67 years old and fitter than ever, the great Dennis DeYoung made us relive marking moments in our youth by making us travel in time. Everything was there in this well-oiled and smooth-running show. The vocal harmonies, the sound effects, the lighting effects, but especially the unique voice of this rock legend which made us vibrate, leaving us an immortal souvenir, pure Styx, what a pleasure!"
Lyne Laroche, Destination Ville de Québec
"Classics, a perfect complicity, enchanting solos... A magical evening! It’s a must-see!"
Sarah Charbonneau, Expoze.TV
"It is impressive […] He has a lot of fun, he moves all the time, he is accompanied by two guitarists who give it all […] In shape, very complicit with his public, very generous!"
Patricia Tadros, ICI Radio-Canada Première
Found this on YouTube. This a trip. It's a sort of a history/discography combo apparently for the blind. Obviously the female narrator is computer generated but they did a good job, better then most I have read. One small correction, in 1999 the year which I was replaced the tour had not yet been planned so there were no commitments that needed to be fulfilled by the band. Also during the years 1984 to 1990 the band did not break up we simply went on hiatus waiting for Tommy to return.
Quebec Shows - French Website Article
Kilroy and Roboto catching up on old times. This young man whose name escapes me showed up at Epcot all 3 nights. I asked him why pray tell and he genuflected, kissed my rings and said and I quote "your eminence without the Kilroy album to guide me through life I most certainly would have given in to the temptation of becoming A Flock of Seagulls fan". (No he didn't) Actually all he said was he thought it might be fun.
Fair enough. I brought him on stage and he did the robot. I think this is on YouTube somewhere.
This is a True Story
A couple of days ago I was checking this site and I noticed that Mike Kessler a friend from way back who worked in radio among other things had posted a video by Jim Peterik who was in both The Ides Of March and Survivor. Jim is the lead singer on Vehicle and co writer of Eye of the Tiger among others and he lives no more then 4 blocks from me. The song is entitled The Spirit of Chicago. So I gave it a listen and there's Jim singing lead then someone else joins then someone else then suddenly I hear this very familiar voice and the guy sounds a lot like me. I keep listening and I turn to Suzanne who was at the stove and I say good grief this guy really sounds like me he's even got my cheesy little tricks down pat. And then the wheels start turning and I begin feeling lousy because I have prided myself in the fact that I have never heard anyone who really sounds like me, and that's job security. Suzanne has got this strange look on her face and I know she is thinking the same thing. I get to googling to see if I can find out who the hell this guy is so I can have Luca Brasi pay him a visit. Perhaps a fishing trip to northern Wisconsin. Finally I find the info and there's Jim and Cathy Richardson listed and some clown named Dennis DeYoung. Dennis DeYoung???????? What the .....turns out the guy who really sounded like me was me! I honestly cannot remember doing this vocal try as I might. I remember singing To Miss Somebody with Jim but not Spirit of Chicago. I can't tell you how relieved both Suzanne and I were to discover that it was me. We were afraid this unknown bum was a little too good. Later that afternoon I went to the store to buy some ginko biloba and some Sharp Thought. I think it's working because this morning I remember singing the lead vocal on Hey Jude. NaNaNaNaNaNa 68 is fun. cheers dennis
Well today I am on my way to Canada to begin our month long run at Le Capitole in Quebec City. No Anglo musician has ever done this many shows before and I feel honored and fortunate to have this opportunity. Meci beaucoup to eveyone in Quebec In preparing for the show I began listening to the100 Years From Now CD to refresh my memory of the French lyrics and to go over This TIme Next Year. Driving in my car and singing along I let the whole CD play start to finish, something I haven't done in quite some time. Wow is all I can say. This is by far and away my finest solo effort of original material and it reminded me of how much I loved some of these songs. The lyrics alone are worth the ride if you are interested in knowing me as a person. I get very emotional listening to Rubicon because it is as good a song as I have ever written in that classic prog rock style, I put it right behind Madame Blue. This album represents for me a return to the Styx of Equinox through Pieces of Eight period one I personally played a large part in. Of all the members I was the one most rooted in Progressive rock primarily due to my interest in Emerson Lake and Palmer and Yes. The keyboard playing was the key. It put keyboards on an equal footing with guitars, I should say nearly because the guitar is truly the instrument of Rock an Roll. The classical music influences in this genre appealed to me for they were something I had studied and played on accordion (yes there is more to accordion then polka's)so there was familiarity unlike my near zero knowledge of the Blues, upon which Rock n Roll is based. So on Rubicon, 100 Years, Rain, This TIme Next Year, Private Jones and CNN I posit that these tracks would be quite at home on those albums for 1975 thru 1978. If you have never listened to this album it would be worth your while. I actually found myself at amazon reading the customer reviews which were quite flattering. I love this CD and it reminds me of the task of trying to equal or surpass it...yikes. Once again check this album out you will not be disappointed.
I was going to send a link to youtube for Rubicon but whoever put it up has taken it down. If anyone knows how to upload to youtube a good copy please do I will appreciate it.
Anyway Le Capitole has added 3 more shows to the original ten and want two more. At this rate I will have to apply for dual citizenship, learn more French and start eating poutine.
On Halloween night at Epcot Suzanne and Isaac our head roadie had planned a trick not a treat in an attempt to try and surprise me during our final set. This is the time I usually introduce Suzanne to the audience but as you can see a much less attractive some might say scary version appeared instead. Because of the strict enforcement of the 30 minute set rule by Disney a performer such as myself( one who can blab a lot between songs) can suddenly realize he is running out off time, hence my forgetting to introduce Suzanne and moving on to the next song. John reminded me I forgot to introduce her so I unintentionally ruined their surprise. Oh goody let's trick Dennis won't that be fun.They were lucky I didn't have a stroke considering the visage I observed approaching me. Poor Issac thought I was mad at him, I was not but I was quite disappointed in his fake boobs and his depilatory issues. Afterward I recommended electrolysis and gave him a years supply of Nair. I was shocked to find he had been using both for over six months.
the fun starts around 50 seconds
Hey look it's GUITAR WORLD. Congrats to August and Jimmy you deserve all the attention you have been getting and I don't mean those pesky IRS agents.
Here is my extended family at Epcot. I enjoy these gigs because it allows my band to gather with their families to be together for three uninterrupted days of joy at the happiest place on earth, which for me would be my house with a plate of Suzannes's spaghetti and meatballs(turkey by the way) watching the Bears beating Green Bay. That last part is really pure fantasy because as long as Aaron Rogers is breathing no way. Hey look he just threw another touchdown pass against the Bears defense from the locker while soaking in the hot tub. Please all my fans up in Wisconsin feel free to still like me despite this character flaw. By the way Dave my tour manager and my entire crew are from Appleton and they all wear the green and gold, see if you can pick them out in the photo. Here's a clue. They are the ones bits of cheese at the corners of their mouths.
This was part of an interview I did for Guitar World. That's right Guitar World of which both August and Jimmy were also interviewed. I only know two chords on guitar which puts me only one chord away from challenging Buddy Guy and EricClapton to a blues guitar duel. They had better watch their step. Thanks to Jimmy Woods
Here is a quick sampling of the more than 100 interviews I have been doing.
Certainly some repetition but some good laughs along the way. Make sure you finish all the important things in your life before wasting it here.
Thanks to Andrew for the kind words.
http://www.wbab.com/Player/102416201/ bab Long island good listen
CBS Radio New York Interview
Happy Birthday Suzanne,
Because of all the hoopla this year concerning the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan I began thinking about that night that forever changed the course of my life, and then a funny thing happened. I suddenly realized just how momentous the month of February 1964 would become in my life.
Gathered around the tv in my parents home were my sister Darcy, mom and dad and a couple of friends. My friends and I were on our way to our Sunday night ritual which was the Mendel Catholic High School dance. In those days this was the place to go in our neighborhood for boys to meet girls and visa versa. I was not interested in the Beatles for I had heard the hype incessantly on the radio and I Want To Hold Your Hand and was not impressed. My friend Dave had Meet The Beatles and had bought Beatle boots, good grief. After they performed their first song All My Loving I was totally transfixed like some many of the 74 million other who saw the show. After the program we were off to Mendel to check out the bands and the girls. Exactly two Sundays later we were at the same dance trying to twist and jitterbug our way into the hearts of some of the cutest Catholic school girls on the South Side. The dances ended at 10 pm and this night like too many others my friends and I were scoreless, no dates no phone numbers nada. As we filed out onto the streets on our way to our cars we passed a group of girls. Me, Mickey Bogie, Dave Heaster,Tom Ebert and Lary Leugoud (who posts on this site often hey Lar) approached them and I was instantly taken with a gorgeous brunette who stood out like a leko was focused on her and her alone. I immediately engaged her in a conversation that seemed much too one sided, so I took her hand out of her overcoat pocket to look for a steady ring which in the those days would have meant she was taken. No ring. She pulled her hand back as though I was intruding on her space and remained aloof for the remainder of our time. Shortly afterward the girls were picked up by one of their parents but a group connection had been made and it was decided as a group we would meet at a dance the next week over at St Anthony's. We did and that night I fared much better getting the girls phone number. It was of course Suzanne. By the way she told me later that she was interested initially in one of my friends not me.So within a two week period in February of 1964 my personal and professional life was set in stone without me having the slightest clue as to what had just occurred. Amazing! I came to this realization when talk about the Beatles and 50 years and Suzanne and mine came together. The night we met was captured in the second verse of Beneath the Moon from the Boomchild album.
To my one and only true love who has been there for me through everything I say
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY YOU'RE THE GREATEST.
Great Reviews for Dennis DeYoung And The Music of STYX Live In Los Angeles Keep Pouring In
This is an interview I gave to Jeb Wright for CRV.
I will save you time and translate this article for you. It says Dennis DeYoung is so handsome, charming and talented that he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, the Pulitzer, an Oscar, an Emmy a Tony, The French Legion Of Honour and should be elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the category of, "Who Else Really Matters Anyway".
They are very smart up there although some snarky people may say they only like me because their brains are frozen. Either way I love em. By the way that painting behind me Is by Claude Teberge a French Canadain aritist and a favorite of both mine and Matthews. Several of his prints hang in Matt's home. This was shot in the lobby of Le Capitole.
cheers and eh bientot, d
Getting ready to finish our Halloween three day run here at Disney Epcot. Sold out all Nine shows and I am happy to see so many familiar faces especially the guys in the band. This is our third time here so I guess you folks like coming here, I notice lots of comments here on Facebook. Some photos with captions are now being made available. If you would like some 8 by 10 glossies go ahead and make some. Unless you have my printer copier which always has a paper jam.
Moments before going on stage I am relieved to find I have met the stage weight requirements.
First of all thanks for all the great comments about the DVD CD it's much appreciated. I do read my facebook page.
I just returned from two shows in Missouri and a week of promotion in my second home, Quebec. The band and I had a great time at the Family Arena in St Louis a venue we played four years ago where the band with Craig and August played one of it's first shows. I rarely have the opportunity to perform in arena's but when I do this band really shines. I am reminded of the days when every night was a show in a big hall. It's exhilarating! Thanks to all those in attendance, St Louis remains a strong market for me.
My time in Montreal and Quebec City always allow me to pretend I'm Sting for a week. You know, people recognize me everywhere I go, greet me en Francais make a big deal over me and start asking me about Tantric sex. I tell them I practice frantic sex instead which is the same thing except it lasts only 10 seconds, which allows more time for hobbies. (see how silly you get when you try to be funny)
I performed on Quebec's biggest morning show "Salud Bonjour", did several radio shows, one with my buddy Terry DiMonte and countless press interviews. Once again the response to the DVD has been astonishing. I have heard over and over that this band truly captures the spirit and sound of the music of Styx so "mission accomplished". (sorry "W") The ticket sales for Le Capitole have been so good that more shows are being added. If you live in Vermont or Maine or near an airport come to Quebec City this is a great opportunity to see this wonderful city all decked out for Christmas. Plus Castle Walls, Mademoiselle, This Time Next Year and 100 Years will be rotated into most shows.
I got my first look at the DVD CD in Montreal when Eric from Universal handed me a box of them. Thanks to Frontiers for making such a beautiful package chuck full of photos and info, I fear soon these things will no longer exist and our collective heads will all be "in the clouds". Hey who put all my stuff up there. Because I was in Canada I was not able to see the AXS show until I returned home. I held my breath because I had never seen the final product and broadcast always does something to the audio mixes, it's just the nature of the beast. Hooray it was awesome. Breathe again.
The songs chosen had to fit a 52 minute format so the decisions are always tough.
The DVD has 16 songs so everything is there except Rockin the Paradise for which synch rights could not be obtained, but it rocks the cd with the great guitar duel of 1886. Of course I ran around the whole house listening to the AXS show on every one of my TV's. The Samsung in the family room needs help but I knew that because even tv programs never cut it audio wise I thought I was losing my hearing. As fate would have it the best tv in the house is up in the Master bedroom so I went there first and sure enough the picture was sightly out of synch with the music. I freaked, then I
realized that this new system from direct tv which was recently installed allow you to watch any recorded program in any tv in the house no matter where it was recorded, causes audio delay. I went to another tv and it was perfect. After two antacids and five fingers of Jack Daniels I settled down.( If you ever see me drink 5 fingers of Jack say a prayer because the end of days is upon us)
Pictures of Quebec will be coming soon.
My thanks to Jeb Wright for his interview (which will be appearing soon) and for this wonderful review. I would say more but I'm giddy with excitement.
Hey everybody here's the Grand Illusion from the Blue Ray dvd.
Just some clarification, if you have a regular DVD player then you can purchase the standard HD video in the DVD CD package and it will play wonderfully. As I now understand it the Blue Ray is available as a stand alone purchase. The problems plain to...
This is an interview I gave about the new DVD CD to a London based magazine called Fireworks. Ian was a wonderful lad who encouraged me to travel to jolly old to play some shows. Nice work if you can get it and it turns out I am exactly two pints down on my bangers and chips. Go ahead now everyone let's start the banger jokes, you notice I restrained myself.
I am in Montreal as I write, my second home promoting the release and the shows at Le Capitole in December. Because of demand the promoters have threatened to add even more shows...mon Dieux I will have to get dual citizenship and buy Rosetta Stone en Francais. Maybe I should ask those promoters to go to London.
Midterm elections, ISIS, Ebola, Putin in Ukraine, Iran nuclear threat, hurricanes, crazy stock market, and DeYoung releases DVD CD package in Times Square. Be afraid, be very afraid!
Hey look everybody it's Dennis the dog whisperer.
During a photo shoot at home for The Illinois Entertainer CarrieAnn's dog Aspen decided to get into the act. He's a Standard Poodle which I much prefer to the sub standard ones.
Some of the photos were hysterical, one in particular which Suzanne says will be on our Christmas card. Unfortunately Aspen has refused to sign a release, something about residuals.
Show biz, it's dog eat dog. (Sorry about that).
Huffington Post Article and Grand Illusion Premiere
Thanks to Mike for a great interview.
Click here for the Huffington Post article and Grand Illusion premiere
I have been doing several overseas interviews and the response to the dvd which journalists were able to obtain in advance has been incredibly complimentary.
They love the energy and precision of the performance, not to mention the set list. I asked the gentlemen from Sweden his thoughts and he said it made him wish he had been there.
We got caught up this weekend in the O'Hare mess and had two flights cancel on us day before and day of the show in Greenville, so I was forced to charter a Falcon jet to get us there. This was the 3rd time in the past year that we have flown on a private jet to shows and I have decided to travel this way from now on. In order to accomplish this I will be playing all future shows for free. On second thought commercial is just peachy. Thanks to my friend Bob Sayad for arranging the last minute flights which saved the day down in Greenville. In gratitude for my efforts the Greenville chamber of commerce has decided to erect a statue of me that will be displayed in the town square alongside the one of president Andrew Johnson who called Greenville his home. I may decline the offer due to a long fear of pigeon poop.
The last video tease will be coming soon and it will be Best Of Times.
Christmas In Quebec City
We will be playing 10 shows in Quebec City during December and I invite anyone who has never been there to come on up and experience this marvelous gem of a city. The French European atmosphere from the cobblestone streets and architecture to the great food and sights are a tourists dream. This city really celebrates the holidays in spectacular fashion. Oh and I will be there too. It's just a short trip from most east coast cities.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets
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Just found this going through unopened email.
This is from 2011 when we played a corporate show at Wrigley Field. They did not know that I had White Sox underwear on under my pants. That's CarrieAnn, Suzanne, baby Zoe, daddy Tim and some guy whose head is glued to Tim's coat.
Zoe took her first steps ever that night, in foul territory down the first base line. I'll never forget it. This was October and of course their were no games. Wait till next year.
Computer troubles have kept me from posting sooner but August 6 I flew to Newtown Ct. to witness the dress rehearsal of 101 Dalmatians being performed by the students of the Newtown, Sandy Hook area. The ages ranged from 4 to 14 with mostly grade schoolers participating.
Click here to see the photos
What a night! I have had many memorable experiences in my career but this one was something special. You can tie it but you can't beat it. Several times during and after the show I was taking big gulps, "because there is no crying in musical theater"
wait a second that's all there is for goodness sake. Many memories came flooding in that night reminding me of my teaching days before Styx.
The kids were terrific every single one and Michael Unger did a splendid job directing this new version for the community. Hat's off to him. The highlights for me are still three moments, specifically "Breakout" (when the pups are reunited with their parents) My Sweet Child (Peridta reassures her daughter that she is the most perfect child in the world) and finally 107 kids singing Be A Little Bit Braver. Especially appropriate here. Special thanks to Broadway actress Kristine Zbornik who brought to life Cruella De Vil.
I also was privileged to meet Maryrose Kristopik the brave music teacher who saved 15 students on that tragic day. She is everyone's hero. Everyone stand up and take a bow everyone you deserve it.
Look What August Found
Congratulations Tony La Russa
Congratulations to my good friend Tony La Russa on his induction today into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tony and I met in 1982 at the old Comiskey Park and have been friends ever since. He has revolutionized the way pitching staffs are utilized in the late innings of games, not to mention being the third wining est manager in baseball history. To Tony and his wife Elaine we send our love on this special day. Dennis and Suzanne
Just found this searching for a picture of me and Tony on the internet. No luck. I have tons of photos of us together but I still don't know how to scan them to email. I am going to ask my neighbor who is 6 I'm sure he will know how.
Click here to see the photos and poster
This past Friday I performed in Ridgefield Connecticut. The next afternoon before traveling to Mohegan Sun I visited Newtown and met with director Michael Unger and some of the kids in the cast of 101 Dalmatians. I watched a read through of the show and offered suggestions concerning lyrics and music for the new revised edition which will be performed August 6th through the 10th. It was one of the most fulfilling and gratifying moments in my career. To be sitting there among some of the children and parents who experienced the events of December 14th 2012 was very emotional. Hearing these kids sing Be A Little Bit Braver and Breakout from the show gave a new and deeper meaning to the words.
BE A LITTLE BIT BRAVER, DON'T WOBBLE DON'T WAVER, BE A LITTLE BIT BRAVER THEN YOU THINK YOU CAN BE
YOU MUST REACH A LITTLE HIGHER AND ASPIRE TO ASPIRE
THEN IN TIME I KNOW YOU WILL SEE
THERE'S A POWER INSIDE YOU TO HELP YOU AND GUIDE YOU
BE A LITTLE BIT MORE BRAVE
AND SOON YOU WILL BEHAVE THAT WAY
WHEN YOU SEE THE ROAD CRUMBLE AND YOU STUMBLE AND TUMBLE
BE A LITTLE BIT STRONGER THEN YOU WERE YESTERDAY
YOU MUST STAND A LITTLE TALLER WHEN YOU'RE FEELING SMALLER
DON'T BE AFRAID WE ALL LOSE OUR WAY
WHEN FEAR COMES TO GREAT YOU AND TRYS TO DEFEAT YOU
DON'T EVER GIVE UP NO
KEEP YOUR CHIN UP COME WHAT WAY
BE A LITTLE BIT BRAVER BE A LITTLE BIT BRAVER
BEA LITTLE BIT BRAVER EACH DAY
What an afternoon. If you are in the area please come and join in the joy of seeing these kids sing and dance to Dodie Smith's classic tale complete with 107 kids on stage and of course everybody's favorite Cruella De Vil.
We played Summerfest in Milwaukee this past Saturday night and as always the good people of Wisconsin turned out in mass to see me and the band. The temperature was near perfect. The only problem was what we thought at the time was a technical problem that had August running off stage and not playing part of two songs. Suddenly at the beginning of Best of Times this horrendous tone overwhelmed the entire stage and August thought it might be his guitar rig acting weird. It wasn't till after the show that we discovered a helicopter was hovering behind the stage causing the problem. Poor Auggy was running around with our road crew trying in vain to stop what appeared to me some crazy low feedback.
I guess I should be happy is was just a helicopter and not a drone.
REO was playing on a stage that faced ours so from time to time when the music stopped we could hear "Heard from a Friend who".
Outside of the Ride of the Valkyrie during Best of Times it was a fantastic night.
This week we will playing in our hometown for the big fourth of July celebration in Elgin with Creedence Clearwater Revival. Then after that to the east coast for a very busy July.
A Worthy Cause
While in Ridgefield Connecticut for a concert I will be visiting Newtown for a meeting with my friend Michael Unger to watch a read through by the students from the area who will be performing a revised production of 101 Dalmatians for the 12 14 Foundation. The musical will run from August 6th through the 10th.
Michael called a few months ago and asked me to join him in reinventing the show for
the Sandy Hook, Newtown community. We have been rewriting some lyrics and book
in an effort to make the musical a little shorter and gentler. The cast will be comprised mostly of kids from four to fourteen with a couple of high schooler's and of course Cruella will be portrayed by an adult. I volunteered to play her to save money because we would only have to dye one side of my head black. Michael said I did not look good in heels. Apparently he never saw me in the 70's in my platforms. At one point in the show there will be 107 kids dressed as Dalmatians on stage singing Be a Little Bit Braver, I can't wait. I you live in the area please buy a ticket to support a more than worthy cause.
For more info click this link (http://www.1214foundation.org/). Hey that Rhymes.
Wednesday night Suzanne and I attended the world premier of Sting's musical "The Last Ship" right here in Chicago. (Click here to read more about the musical.) I have been following the show since he released his cd of a group of songs he was working on as a basis for a show not yet written.
Someone emailed this photo to me.
I was telling Sting how great the song Practical Arrangement was from the cd as well as the entire musical. How could I not like this show there's a song called Sail Away in it. Randy Newman likes it too.
Very similar to Hunchback in that a songwriter who has never done any Broadway begins with what he know, writing songs. The music on the cd only hinted at what the story might actually become and Wednesday we saw the result. Between the director Joe Mantello and the book writer John Logan a heartfelt and powerful tale based loosely on Sting's life has emerged. The dynamic of fathers and sons and their relationship is at the core of this show and for me contain the most compelling parts. There are other stories being told, one being the loss of dignity when an entire way of life is lost as an industry such as shipbuilding collapses, the other is a love triangle.
First attempts at musicals are a tricky affair but this show was much further along then most I have seen. It was passionate, poignant and polished. Yes that three P's.
I really loved the show and told Sting so. Best songs were The Last Ship, Dead Man's Boots, and The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance. The very best song was cut which was Practical Arrangement due to character changes. Sting said it would be the first song to a new musical. One can never be sure how a musical will be embraced by an audience but for me this show is terrific.
The after party was a place for old reunions. I talked to Jerry Moss former owner of A and M records and to Jeff Frankel who I worked with on the Show me the Way video. Jeff is now at Spotify and we both lamented the loss of the golden age of the music business.
I haven't posted much lately because I have been holed up in the studio mixing the dvd, cd package for Frontiers and the tv show for AXS. That's a lot of mixing since all three are very different.
I just received the airing date for the AXS series The Headliners Club of which my show will be one in the series. The date is October 20 2014. It looks and sounds great and I am thrilled to finally have this band and show on video.
Will the real Dennis DeYoung please stand up?
I was watching the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions last night and it struck me after Cat Stevens and John Oates pictures were displayed that there was some eerie 70's cloning going on. As you can see I hold the Let it Be album responsible.
Before this the only guys I ever saw with beards were the Smith Brothers on their cough drop box. Oh and the House Of David baseball team.
Can you name these hirsute guys?
I LIKE THIS REVIEWER. HE SMART
Great weekend in Anaheim and Phoenix with standing room only crowds... in the men's rooms. Back at the Grove and a new place for us the Wild Horse Casino. Read the review
I LIKE THIS REVIEWER AS WELL, HE SMART TOO
Funny thing, back in the day rock journalists were not exactly in the Styx mutual admiration society. Then there was the period where most bands from our era were labeled dinosaurs, now we are vintage or classic's. I prefer this last phase how about you.
What comes through in nearly all these reviews is two things, one how great the band is at replicating the original sound and spirit and two my voice and keyboarding. I'm glad I went back to playing because it's too easy for some to forget that I was the guy who came up with that stuff. By the way my hokey moves on stage are on purpose, I can't suppress the desire to be funny and to poke fun at me acting like a 25 year old at this age. I keep telling the ban tonight I'm going to play it straight and be totally rock star as though it were 1977 and then I look at the audience and Jerry Lewis invades my psyche. Besides if I pull out my platforms and satin-pants I could twist and ankle or pull a groin. There I go again. Read the review
Oh what a night!
The DVD CD shoot in LA at the El Rey was simply fantastic. The new set and lights designed and run by my son Matthew truly added a lot to the concert, thanks Matt for all your talent and hard work, you can go to sleep now it's over. Thanks to the AXS people especially Devin De Haven the director, everyone who has seen the footage has raved about it. I will see it some time this week when I open the pro tools files. After the show I had to do an interview with AXS for the tv show and for the DVD so I never made it out to the truck to see any of it. I was told it was in color which is great unless of course we had decided to do a remake of Casablanca instead, "here's lookin at you kid".
The crowd as you will see were quite energetic and sang along mightily throughout the entire concert never wavering. The majority of the audience was new to me and was reflected when I asked how many were seeing me for the first time live. I expected more of you die hards but the distance and the fact that it sold out before we actually were able to promote it caught us by surprise, a pleasant surprise, not like Oh my God Freddie Kreuger is in the rec room and he looks angry.
The band equated themselves very well as I knew they would and it was non stop energy start to finish. Except for the 10 minutes I had to rest from a slight case of the "vapors". "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers". As far as clothes go I told the band to wear something that they have already performed in and felt comfortable moving in. The last thing you want to find out is that the crotch on your new pants are so tight that all your smooth moves have been reduced to an occasional smirk.
Besides if you guys are mostly interested in what I wear at this point you have somehow missed the whole point.
Now the mixing begins for me and the final editing begins for the AXS folks. No date has been set for either broadcast or DVD package but I will let you know as soon as I do. Many thanks to all who helped with this production especially Dave,Tim,Matt and the good people at 100.3 the Sound
Live DVD & CD Release Later This Year
At long last the contracts are signed and I can announce with great pride that Frontiers Records will be releasing the live deluxe DVD, Blue Ray and CD package later this year featuring the show at the El Rey theater for AXS television. I am constantly amazed at the good fortune that has been afforded me at this point in my life. Baby I'm amazed. (Which by the way was what I thought the title of the Mc Cartney song was for years)
I'd like to thank Serafino Perugino the president of Frontiers for his belief and support and for being such a fan, who knew? In a recent phone call I asked him what was it he liked about me other than my wicked good looks and he said your songs and your voice. He has now made a friend for life for not saying my jokes and The Grove Of Eglantine. He told me he loved CarrieAnn and Love at First Sight from Edge of the Century plus all my ballads and that he was looking forward to exposing me to a world wide audience. I asked him if that included Joliet Illinois and he said yes. "Yippie yi yo ki yay" is all that I can say. And that rhymes. He also told me that he would like to have an album of new music from me, wow!
"I wash my hands of your self destruction"
While all these negotiations were taking place I was offered the chance to reprise my role as Pontius Pilate in the new Andrew Lloyd Weber produced "Jesus Christ Superstar" arena tour coming to north America this summer. I thought long and hard about this generous offer knowing that the tour would undoubtedly garner great attention in both the US, Canada and Mexico.The show will be playing in places like Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and Chicago Stadium, venues that would be thrilling to perform in. Oh how I really wanted to take this opportunity. Unfortunately at the same time the tour was being planned I had already agreed to deliver the mixes and the artwork for the live Frontiers project. In the end I decided that the DVD CD was of the utmost importance. My thanks to Clint Mitchell of William Morris for even considering me for this role.
Mr Roboto on Glee
I just finished watching Glee and all I can say is booyah!!!
It was the first time Mr. Roboto ever beat More Than A Feeling at anything, take that Tom Scholz. Oh and take that Neil Diamond and Bono and Edge and Larry and Adam, and...
Obviously I'm kidding. While I was watching I thought, Oh no we're gonna be the bad guys but it really didn't turn out that way. I told Suzanne and CarrieAnn while we watched that I thought the Glee kids were not going to win because from a writing perspective there was more drama and lessons to be learned if they came in second.
Sure enough the plot thickens as the ax falls on the arts, very timely I might add. I sense a resurrection is coming.
It was thrilling to see that they more or less used our video as a template for the choreography, staging and lighting. They even did the bit where the lead singer had his initial outfit ripped away to unveil another underneath. The last time I saw that many Roboto masks in one place was 1982 at the Wiltern theater where it was filmed. I would be remiss if I didn't give credit to those who were responsible for the video so let me thank Kenny Ortega who choreographed the Roboto's, two time academy award nominee cinematographer Steven Goldblatt and the late great Brain Gibson who story boarded and directed the Kilroy film and video.
I remember the first day of shooting, I walked in the theater and saw all the par cans on the floor instead of hanging from truss's above. I assumed they were running late but no Steven told me he had the idea to put them all on the floor pointing up like an upside down world, brilliant. To my knowledge this was a first. Anyway it was certainly cool to see old R refusing to go quietly into the night. DOMO ARIGATO to the Glee folks. By the way good old Mike O'Malley from Perfect Man shows up again with Mr Roboto, it must be in his contract. By the way he told me his favorite album was Pieces of Eight.
Hey look Modren Family
Yes I spelled it like you know what.
Two of the biggest shows on TV, Glee and Modern Family within a week using songs my songs. Sacre Bleu. I was looking for the hat trick with an Oscar shot, perhaps as a last minute replacement for Bette Midler singing Wind Beneath My Things. No one called.
Instead Suzanne and I watched from bed. I'm not saying the Oscars were long but half way though I needed an I.V.
It 's been a while since I last posted but we have been working for nearly 6 months putting this thing together. The whole story will follow in the next few days. No man is an Island. (FYI To me this has always meant we all need help from others to accomplish great things.)
The Problem's Plain to See Too Much Technology
Over the years I have read that some people believe Kilroy Was Here was a rip off of Rush's album 2112. Mostly Rush fans. So today for the first time ever I looked up 2112 and read the plot line and song list(have I mentioned were in the grip of a polar vortex here and...I'm bored).
Though I have great respect for Rush I have never owned a Rush album and know them mostly from their songs that made the radio,Tom Sawyer, Fly by Night, Closer to the Heart. I was surprised to find that I didn't recognize any of the song titles on this album. I guess what I'm getting at is if there are ANY similarities between 2112 and Kilroy it's totally coincidental.
Remember great minds think alike, unfortunately so do mediocre and stupid ones.
Neill Peart who wrote the lyrics and story of 2112 based his concept on an Ayn Rand book entitled Anthem. He has since denounced his love of her writings and blamed it on the musings of his youth. I have never denounced Kilroy but I do regret not making him Chinese given the way there world has turned. Thank you very much Mr Roboto in Chinese is Fei Chang Xie xie Xiansheng Ji Qi Ren, catchy huh, on second thought.
Peart's vision of the future was about an intergalactic group of priests who utilize computers to dominate all areas of society kind of like the IRS but with zappers. On the other hand Dr. Righteous is simply a cable network owner whose part preacher and politician, though unelected. His goal is to simply ban rock music with a group of like minded anti first amendment thugs, increase his networks viewership and make himself rich. He even has his own brand of fried chicken. He's Branding)In the original draft he was a failed rock musician who'd found the righteous path, so to speak.
2112 has the Red Star of the Solar Federation and the temple of the Syrinx. Neil's thinking big thinks here while Kilroy only has little old Dr Righteous and the Majority for Musical Morality. Wimpy by comparison. Hell Rush had the whole damn galaxy no wonder their in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rush's hero finds a guitar learns how to play it and attempts to bring back the old ways but finds resistance from you know who, the Syrinx cat's. He becomes despondent and commits suicide. Bummer.
In Kilroy Jonathan Chance has the guitar passed to him by his mentor Kilroy and vows to fight to keep rock alive. ("Damn it Kilroy")Does he succeed, who knows, but it's hopeful. However if current music trends are any indication Miley Cyrus's tongue, Lady Ga Ga's designer and Bruno Mars fancy footwork have done more to kill rock music then twenty Dr Righteous's. Face it kids Pop rules!
I could keep blabbering on here but I noticed the sun just came out and it's nearly reached 10 degrees so in conclusion, I never ever knew anything about 2112 when I came up with the Kilroy concept (it would be fun to say it was all Neil Peart's fault) and to me the similarities are oblique at best, besides if you are looking for the originators of these kinds of ideas I suggest Fritz Lang's Metropolis and of course Orwells 1984. By the ray Rush fans Syrinx...Styx...Syrinx...Styx...hmmmm I wonder.
One Hundred Years From Now
This performance was the first time Eric and I ever sang together. That afternoon we rehearsed then let it fly for television and a live radio show simultaneously in front of 200 radio listener winners. The great Stephan Dufour on lead guitar playing his solo from the album. The song went to #1 on all three charts in Quebec.
If someone would have told me at 24 that at 60 I would have a #1 song anywhere in the world I would have suggested they empty their bong water.
The Return of Crystal Ball
We debuted Crystal Ball in Montreal and the reaction to August's version was spectacular. So in the set it shall remain. This may turn out to be my favorite song August sings in the show, not to mention the guitar solo. The classic Styx repertoire is now complete.
Thanks to the people of Chicago who made this show at the Arcada in St. Charles another sell out.
Set list in St Charles
THE GRAND ILLUSION
BLUE COLLAR MAN
SHOW ME THE WAY
BORN FOR ADVENTURE
TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS
ROCKIN THE PARADISE
SUITE MADAME BLUE
BEST OF TIMES
COME SAIL AWAY
If you loved these songs don't miss this show.
Triumphant return to Toronto's historic Massey Hall. Not the best sound given where the person was standing but hell the love of the audience for this song still amazes me. The first headline show we did in Canada was at Massey Hall in 1976. Thanks Toronto.
This just popped up and thought you might get a kick out of it.
Me Tony and Andy chat about forming a power trio and doing Rush covers.
Andy was so chatty we could hardly shut him up and I told Tony how I always preferred his voice to Franks which explains his grin. I think I went one more time for a charity event. Overall my view on clubs mirrors Groucho's who once said, "I've got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it". Or "I would never want to belong to a club that would have me as a member".
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I was up in Montreal this past weekend appearing on two TV
shows, En Direct which is like This Is Your Life
and Belle Et Bum which is a music program both of which are
live. Live TV for music is like tight rope walking especially
in this circumstance where I rehearsed that day with two different bands
and two different arrangements
of the songs. The guy Joselito Michaud whose life was being
featured told the producers I was his favorite vocalist so they flew me
up there in secret
as a surprise guest. At the end of the first show we got
into a car and went directly to the Belle et Bum show. All in all not bad.
God Bless Quebec.
Watching the Oscars last night was like a dagger in my heart.
Once again overlooked for my performance in The Perfect Man.
Oh sure Daniel Day Lewis had fake ears, a slouch, whiney voice and a
but lets' see him act and manage that Roboto head. Maybe
Seth McFarlane began his career with radio bits, one of which
referred to me as a disguised disgruntled caller on a radio talk show
complaining about Kiss. When the host recognizes my voice he calls me
a high pitched voice bastard. Funny stuff. He has graduated to insulting
real celebrities. The last song broke the show biz rule of better one
song to little than one song too much.
No way would Hollywood let Lincoln win after all he was a
Republican The movie was good but a tad reverential. It was Lincoln though.
Figures Argo would win after all the Hollywood community
is the hero. I liked Argo.
I am watching Silver Linings Playbook tonight.
Zero Dark Thirty was also very good but committed the sin
of not ruling out torture completely. Ms Bigelow please take a seat with
Jessica Chastain is different in every role. Check out The
Music was the highlight. Shirley Bassey nailed it. Jennifer
Hudson was great though I have never liked that song, Les Miz kids were
good too. Adele whom I love seemed like her voice may have been giving
her problems and Norah Jones whom I also like was out of her element.
Hugh Jackman should have gotten a special award for doing
two things at once - acting and singing.
Impossible to compare Lewis and Jackman they are two different
animals. If Lincoln had sung Dixie instead of having the band play it...
well maybe then.
Didn't see the other movies and don't know that I will.
I love the movies and the Academy Awards but by the time
it was over I had to shave again,
Check it out at 7:33 then watch the whole thing. Come Sail
Away gets 20 million hits with the help of DC Shoes and Ken
Scott. 20 million holy cow.
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Thank you to the TFE photographers for all the great photos
Here are some pics from our concert on Freemont Street in Las Vegas hope you like them.
Me and the band have had one heck of a year so far and were heading into our busiest July ever.
The word has spread about this band and this show which as I have said before gives Styx fans the songs and concert they have been waiting for. We have been selling out left and right which let's us know we've set the right course. You know the one for the virgin sea. Or as someone asked me recently what's a vergency.
The city of Las Vegas estimated the crowd at 2 million but that of course includes casino skimming and 1.9 million comps, oh and all the people from the canceled Sigfreid and Roy show and spill over from the Pacquiao fight. Those people were fighting mad.
This past week we played an acoustic show for radio station KHITS in Chicago on Navy Pier. The show sold out in less than 36 hours. The setting at the pier was priceless, with the lake and the skyline in full view on a perfect night. The station played The Best of Times and Mr. Roboto along with the usual suspects daily for nearly 2 months promoting the show. Thanks to Todd Cavanaugh and Eddie and Jobo for all the airplay and kind words.
Shots from the Drummer's Chair (2012)
Vegas Freemont Street
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