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Dennis DeYoung Re-Embraces Styx Sound

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009

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Dennis DeYoung says that any similarities between his work with Styx and his latest solo album, “One Hundred Years From Now,” is completely intentional.

And he credits his Canadian fans for that.

“I’ve had a lot of success in Canada,” says DeYoung, 62, who cofounded Styx during the late ’60s in Chicago and left in 1999 to pursue a solo career he’d started 15 years before. “Those fans, particular in Quebec ... seem to really love that music, from ’75 through ’83 primarily. I always call it faux progressive rock, which had progressive rock pretensions but was really ... more song-based than what I consider real progressive rock, like Gentle Giant or Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

“So I was encouraged to make a record like that — a Styx record, essentially, something I had really run from in my solo career. But this time, I ... gave myself permission to make a record as if I was still in Styx and doing the follow-up to (1980’s) ‘Paradise Theatre.’ ”

But DeYoung — who released “One Hundred Years From Now” in 2007 in Canada and in April in the U.S. — has never stopped playing his Styx hits, and he promises that his latest show will feature “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Lady” and all the others. And while he jokes that the new material will give people “a chance to go to the bathroom,” he finds it actually sits nicely alongside the Styx repertoire.

“The truth of the matter is that ‘100 Years From Now’ live really works incredibly well,” DeYoung notes. “I play five or six songs from the album and they’re as powerful as any of the other songs I play in the set. And I can see in the way the audience reacts that they like these songs, maybe moreso than some of my other solo stuff that was different.”

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx with Rock Symphony takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 28) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $19.47 and $39.50 pavilion, $9.47 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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