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Dennis DeYoung bringing Styx hits to the fans

He might not have the brand name of Styx, but Dennis DeYoung is bringing his songs and voice to the masses on his current road trek. DeYoung, who plays tonight (August 21st) at Toronto, Ontario, wrote and sang lead on such band classics as "Come Sail Away," "The Best Of Times," "Rockin' The Paradise," "Babe," "Lady," "The Grand Illusion," and "Mr. Roboto," among others, before leaving the band in 1999. His solo shows feature a Styx-heavy setlist -- including his sidemen performing classic tunes written by former bandmate Tommy Shaw.

Dennis DeYoung makes no apologies for some of his Styx music being over-the-top musically: "A lot of that Styx stuff, especially the art rock-leaning stuff, was symphonic with a rock band, at least in my own mind. Y'know, people (say), 'It's pompous, it's pretentious, it's overblown' -- that's the point! Does everything have to be raw and loose?"

Updated: Dennis DeYoung tour dates (subject to change):

August 21 - Toronto, ON - Woodbine Casino & Raceway
August 24 - North Tonawanda, NY - Niagara River Rocks at Gratwick Waterfront Park
September 6 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
September 8 - Tulsa, OK - Osage Casino
September 12 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Lewis Family Playhouse
September 13 - Brooks, CA - Club 88 at Cache Creek Casino Resort
September 27 - Greeneville, TN - Niswonger Performing Arts Center
October 17 - Boonville, MO - Isle Of Capri Casino
October 18 - Saint Charles, MO - The Family Arena
October 29 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - America Gardens Theatre at Epcot Center
November 14 - Billings, MT - Alberta Bair Theater

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