Dennis DeYoung is a singer and songwriter from Chicago, Ill.. He is best known as the founder and lead singer of the pop and progressive rock band Styx. Though Styx produced many hits over its tenure, the 1983 song Mr. Roboto written by DeYoung himself is perhaps the most iconic song from the band's repertoire. His music has been featured in numerous films and television shows, including Shrek 2, Austin Powers in Goldmember and Sex and the City.
The Best of Times
Styx grew organically in the early '60s from the childhood friendship of Dennis DeYoung and his neighbors Chuck and John Panozzo. With the later additions of guitarist James Young and John Curulewski, the band adopted the name Tradewinds, which eventually evolved into Styx. The band released its self-titled debut album in 1972. Though only a modest success, it set the stage for the band's gold-certified sophomore album Styx II, which produced the top 10 hit single "Lady." The Grand Illusion in 1977 and Pieces of Eight in 1978 both sold more than 3 million copies in the United States, while Cornerstone in 1979 sold more than 2 million copies and carried the band's sole No. 1 hit single, "Babe." The album also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. Paradise Theatre in 1981 was the band's only album to hit No. 1 on the US chart. Styx produced another platinum album in 1983 called Kilroy Was Here and then went on a brief hiatus. This reprieve allowed DeYoung to embark on his solo career with the release of his debut album Desert Moon. He would follow it up with Back to the World in 1986 and Boomchild in 1989. In 1996, DeYoung recorded a soundtrack to a local Chicago musical adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He would occasionally reunite with the Styx before finally departing the band in 1999 after the release of the album Brave New World. In the 21st century, DeYoung has mainly focused on his touring career and his live albums.
Where can I purchase Dennis DeYoung tickets?
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Who are the members of Dennis DeYoung's band?
The band currently consists of guitarists August Zadra and Jimmy Leahey, bass guitarist Craig Carter, keyboard player John Blasucci, drummer Michael Morales and backup singer Suzanne DeYoung. The band is touring under the name Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx.
Is Dennis DeYoung touring in 2019?
Dennis DeYoung is currently on The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour for the remainder of 2019. He is making stops across North America, including the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C., the Agora in Quebec City and the Knight Theater in Charlotte, N.C.
What can I expect from a Dennis DeYoung concert?
Fans should expect a celebration of the music of Styx and Dennis DeYoung. Though the band is compromised of all new members, it captures the energy and style of the original band. Dennis DeYoung is primarily the lead singer but plays the keyboard as well. While on stage, he frequently interacts with the other members of the band.
What is Dennis DeYoung's tour setlist like?
Dennis DeYoung plays a selection of Styx songs and his own original songs, including "The Grand Illusion," "Lady," "Lorelei," "Desert Moon," "Mr. Roboto," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Babe," "The Best of Times," "Renegade," "Come Sail Away," "Miss America," "Man in the Wilderness," "Castle Walls," "Superstars," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" and "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)." DeYoung also covers other famous songs such as "The End" by The Beatles. The setlist may vary in between performances.
Which artists are similar to Dennis DeYoung?
If you enjoy the music of Dennis DeYoung, then you should check out the original band Styx, which is still touring. You can also check out the '70s rock band Streetheart.Back to Top
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