Backstage With Dennis
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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