Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday July 20, 2012 7:30 PM
$34 in advance / $45 day of concert

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the rock group Styx. The Chicago-based band originated in 1962 when 14 year old DeYoung and brothers John and Chuck Panozzo joined Dennis in the basement of his childhood home to form one of America's most successful and enduring bands. Styx has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and DeYoung has written eight of their nine top ten singles. Styx was the only band to ever record four consecutive triple platinum albums.

For over four decades, DeYoung has been a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer. He wrote and sang several classics including: Lady, Come Sail Away, Best of Times, Mr. Roboto, Show Me the Way, Desert Moon, Don't Let It End, and the 1979 Peoples Choice Award winner, Babe. His singing talents have made his voice one of the most recognizable in the world. DeYoung has recorded 7 solo albums including Desert Moon, whose title track achieved Top Ten status. DeYoung continues to tour with his rock band around the world.

In 2002, WTTW PBS Chicago taped DeYoung performing with his rock band and 50 piece symphony orchestra with The Chicago's Children's Choir for the pilot of the PBS' Soundstage series. The Soundstage pledge program is still airing nationwide on PBS stations and has raised in excess of two million dollars. The Soundstage DVD, "Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx Live with Symphony Orchestra," has been certified triple platinum in Canada. Both the CD and DVD are available at:

In recent years DeYoung's songs have continued to enjoy remarkable popularity. His compositions have been featured in over 30 television shows including: The Simpson's, Freaks & Geeks, Dharma and Greg, E.R., King of Queens, Sex in the City, Will and Grace, Las Vegas, Cold Case, That 70's Show, Saturday Night Live and numerous others. The piece de resistance however was when Cartman sang Come Sail Away on the groundbreaking series South Park.

DeYoung's songs have been featured in 15 major motion pictures including Virgin Suicides, Big Daddy, Detroit Rock City, Disney's Atlantis, The Karate Kid II, the Shrek II DVD, Mr. Woodcock, , Underdog and Fun With Dick and Jane. Four songs of DeYoung's were used in The Perfect Man in which he also made a cameo appearance.

Volkswagen turned Mr. Roboto into a hit national commercial, featuring two Wayne's World like guys jamming to the words "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto." In 1999, Hippo Records released The Ultimate Collection, a compilation of select songs from DeYoung's solo albums Desert Moon, Back to the Word and Boomchild. In 2005, Universal Music Group released a DVD of DeYoung's videos entitled, The Best Of Dennis DeYoung, The 20th Century Masters. In 2008, DeYoung released his seventh solo album, One Hundred Years From Now.

DeYoung made his Broadway debut in 1993, starring as Pontius Pilate in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Jesus Christ Superstar's 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour. His performance earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for best supporting actor in a musical. DeYoung's passion for American musical theater and composers inspired him to write a musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," productions of which has been mounted in Nashville, Chicago and elsewhere.

2010 brought the formation of a new band dedicated to the legacy of Styx which features August Zadra, Jimmy Leahy, Tom Sharpe, Craig Carter, John Blasucci and Suzanne De Young. To date this group has performed over 150 concerts worldwide focusing on the greatest hits of Styx. This year DeYoung was named by as the #22 greatest rock keyboardist and #38 greatest rock vocalist of all time.

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Both are master musicians, riveting performers, soulful and expressive singers. Both are hit songwriters, together having sold millions of copies of their songs around the world. Both have written for television, motion pictures, and have toured and performed in many of the most prestigious venues in the world. Both have grown and developed through years of creating the soundtrack for so many lives.

They have diverse backgrounds, but as veterans of the now legendary Boston music scene, they intersect with a shared history and common love and appreciation for the roots of what makes music move us. A collective respect and enthusiasm for the personal journey music offers both performer and listener.

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