Dennis DeYoung Schedule
Best recognized for being one of the founding fathers and frontman of the legendary rock
band, Styx, Dennis DeYoung has been credited for contributing more Styx tunes than any other Styx member.
the ladder to fame with Styx in the 1970s and 1980s, with songs like Babe, Come Sail Away and Mr. Roboto, and has successfully
transitioned into a solo career. DeYoung is currently scheduled to play at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois;
and the Casino Miami Jai Alai in Miami, Florida.
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Dennis DeYoung Background
Dennis DeYoung grew up in the Roseland area of the Windy City. He launched his career
early when at the age of 14, he joined up with his neighbors, Chuck and John Panozzo, to form a three-piece combo. Later on,
James Young and John Curulewski were added, and the band, Tradewinds, was born in the late 1960s.
The band assigned
itself a new name, TW4, in 1968, before assuming the Styx moniker in 1970. Prior to the band garnering success, DeYoung's
time was dedicated to his position as an elementary school teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He still managed to fit in his
music, playing school events and venues with the band.
But in 1972, the band got their big break with the song Lady
- the song that catapulted DeYoung and Styx into stardom. From 1970 to 1984, DeYoung was at the helm of Styx as lead vocalist
and also was the keyboardist, accordion player, songwriter and producer.
DeYoung was responsible for the majority of
the band's songs. He penned and took the vocal lead on six of the band's seven Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits. The songs included:
Babe, Mr. Roboto, Don't Let It End, Lady, The Best of Times and Come Sail Away.
DeYoung also made the impressive contribution
as a self-taught keyboardist and was recognized as one of the best keyboardists in the genre. He was even included on the
cover of Contemporary Keyboard magazine's January 1981 edition.
Aligning with the ambitious style of 1970s theatrical
rock, DeYoung's songs inspired the albums Paradise Theatre (1981) and Kilroy Was here (1983). As with many bands, Styx members
disagreed about the direction of the band, which led to guitarist Tommy Shaw's exit in 1984.
From 1984-1989, following
the departure of Shaw, DeYoung embarked on a solo career. Desert Moon was his first solo effort, which produced the Top 10
hit of the same name. Don't Wait for Heroes also eclipsed the Billboard Top 100, and the album went gold in Canada in 1984.
album Back to the World arrived in 1986, which featured the tune, This Is the Time. This Is the Time was included on the soundtrack,
Karate Kid II. Boomchild (1988) additionally fared well in receiving music video airplay.
After a five-year break, members
of Styx tossed around the idea of getting back together in 1989. By the end of that year, they had an unofficial reunion,
sans Tommy Shaw.
In 1990, Styx stepped back into the recording studio for Edge of the Century. Show Me the Way was a
result of their efforts, penned by DeYoung. It cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 3.
In 1993, in between
performances with Styx, DeYoung participated in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. He took the role as Pontius Pilate
in nearly 200 stage performances. His experience with the stage musical motivated him to cut his 1994 album - 10 on Broadway.
He also initiated work on a musical of his own adapted from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The band did reunite for a
short time in the mid-1990s and even toured together. But the reunion didn't last long when old issues resurfaced.
reunion was also further complicated when DeYoung was afflicted with health issues and could not fulfill his role at the helm
because of his illness. The rest of the members, wanting to satisfy their touring obligation, filled DeYoung's shoes with
Lawrence Gowan as the frontman. DeYoung ended up suing the band members, looking to use the Styx name to back his solo effort.
suit was settled in 2001, with DeYoung only being able to use "Styx" in association with descriptive phrases.
went on to pursue other interests, including his 1997 stage musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He additionally returned
to booking tours, and still does so today!
Dennis DeYoung Hit Albums
In addition to the release of a number
of albums with Styx, Dennis DeYoung has proven himself to be a successful solo artist as well. As a solo artist, Dennis DeYoung
has cut albums that include: Desert Moon (1984); Back to the World (1986); Boomchild (1989); 10 on Broadway (1994); The Hunchback
of Notre Dame (1998); and One Hundred Years from Now (2007/2009).
Dennis DeYoung Trivia
is not only an accomplished singer, but he is also an accomplished actor. He made an appearance in The Perfect Man (2005),
where he took the fitting role as the frontman of a Styx tribute band.
Dennis DeYoung Concert Experience
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