LOS ANGELES -- Classic rock at a classic price? That's what's happening tonight -- Tuesday, March 18, 2014 -- as former Styx singer Dennis DeYoung is performing a special concert at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles for just $5 in an attractive turn-back-the-clock deal. The sold-out show begins at 8 p.m.
What a refreshing change for once instead of gouging us.
And the concert figures to be a good one, too. DeYoung, 67, penned most of Styx's biggest hits, and he is still a master vocalist and front man of the highest order. Plus, DeYoung has a gifted singer/guitarist in August Zadra to do all the Tommy Shaw songs, so expect a full evening of Styx music including well-executed versions of “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Babe,” “Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Renegade” and all the others we know by heart.
The event is being recorded for an AXS TV broadcast and DVD, so you can bet DeYoung and his mates are going to take this seriously.
Only about 750 spectators can fit into the venue, so this is about as close to DeYoung as you're ever going to get.
DeYoung was a star in Styx from 1972 to 1999. The band continues to tour and occasionally record without him, but when DeYoung was a member during the group's peak, Styx was among the biggest bands in the world, routinely doing multiple arena dates and stadium shows.
The other band members are co-guitarist Jimmy Leahey, bassist Craig Carter, drummer Tom Sharpe, keyboardist John Blasucci and backing vocalist Suzanne DeYoung.
Styx was briefly inactive during the 1980s, and during that time DeYoung succeeded as a solo artist, particularly with the hit “Desert Moon.”
Overall, DeYoung participated in 13 studio albums for Styx in addition to two live albums and six compilation LPs. He has released a total of six solo albums, and DeYoung's music has been in nine major motion pictures.