Dennis DeYoung sings the music of STYX with Silverbird 7/19/14

Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung rocked the Paramount in Huntington, New York singing the music of Styx on July 19th

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[img src=http://headlampdigital.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/dennis-deyoung/thumbs/thumbs_dd0772014-99.jpg]40Jimmy Leahey
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[img src=http://headlampdigital.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/dennis-deyoung/thumbs/thumbs_dd0772014-336.jpg]40Jimmy Leahey
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[img src=http://headlampdigital.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/dennis-deyoung/thumbs/thumbs_dd0772014-474.jpg]20August Zadra
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Rockin’ the Paramount

 

Words by Bob Wilson

 

Dennis DeYoung rocked the Paramount in Huntington, New York singing the music of Styx on July 19th. The billing is the result of a 2001 lawsuit where his old band members won the right to use the name, and he the offshoot. As soon as one reads the marquee, the old “Styx and stones” infighting among the band comes to mind, and it really has been quite entertaining. The VH1 documentary that covered their split is the best cleft since rock of ages, as the prediction went they would play together again when the river Styx freezes over. Jagger and Richards showed insults can be used as promotion, and the Beatles made a movie out of such. The Styx verbal daggers have been a better ticket for your entertainment buck than the moribund Beatles footage in ‘Let It Be’ ever was.

Dennis DeYoung beat the audience to the joke, saying that he is “the anti Steven Tyler”. Yet at 67 years old, it must be said that Dennis is in fine shape both physically and vocally. He also informed that his marriage to his backup vocalist Suzanne is in its 44th year. Well, he also may as well have joked that he is no Paul McCartney, but even he and Linda had nothing on a union such as this. In an industry that eats marriages like cocktail franks, their record is impressive.

The anticipation of the Styx faithful was rewarded with the opening number the Grand Illusion, followed by DeYoung’s classic Lady. Lady was released back in 1972, and it may be etched in rock and roll’s collective unconscious with groove’s as deep as those of Yesterday. Some may wince at the opening notes, but many ticket buying customers were singing along seemingly reliving memories attached to the song. Suzanne DeYoung’s background vocals and still striking looks provided an unspoken commentary of sorts, as the song played true to the studio recording.

Mr. Roboto is a guilty pleasure, and another opening to recall the rifts of Styx. DeYoung exhibits no shame when clutching his mask from the classic video onstage on this tour. He started as a musician in 1961, and he is still a draw in 2014 so he has presented his argument for validity. That despite memories of Tommy Shaw recounting on VH1 how he feared for his safety before a redneck stadium crowd in Texas that wanted hard rock in the hot sun. They were met with a reticent Shaw acting out Roboto dialogue in ‘geeky’ costumes. Fortunately, they came out unscathed.

The band fills out with August Zadra on guitar, Craig Carter on bass, Jimmy Leahey on guitar, John Blasucco on keyboards, and Tom Sharpe keeping the beat on drums. They recreated slick Styx standards note for note, including Blue Collar Man (Long Nights), Rockin’ the Paradise, Babe, Suite Madame Blue, The Best of Times, A.D. 1958, and a nod to the Fab Four closing out with Abbey Road’s finale, The End.

DeYoung joked that instead of hiding on the side of the stage, pretending they may not come back out, they would just move to the encores. Renegade was a fine call to set the crowd to dancing, and Come Sail Away was an invitation to forget the problems of the world for a short while. Apparently, that is what the people comprising the audience were more than happy to set a course for this evening. As the last notes of the show played, DeYoung waltzed with his bride, giving a nod of thanks for all he has been given.

Styx meanwhile tours with Lawrence Gowan filling in for Dennis DeYoung on vocals. It seems DeYoung answers the sting of that with having August Zedra sing lead vocals on the Shaw tunes Too Much Time On My Hands, and Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man). Zedra did a fine job, in his own version of ‘Styx-mania’, catching the eye of many women in the crowd while doing so. As the audience handled the lyrics for some of The Best of Times from memory, this evening found a good time being had by all.

The show was opened by Brooklyn’s own Silverbird with a six song offering, led by singer songwriter Tim Barr. Barr also handles rhythm guitar work. Influenced from the diverse likes of Wilco to Heartless Bastards, the band impressed an act that it is worth watching for future development. Corey Davis is on bass, Dan Whaley on lead guitar, and Jacob Schaub fills in the backbeat. Silverbird released Surface Life in 2014, and will play Vibe Lounge in Rockville Center on August 22nd. They can be found at silverbirdsongs.com, and at Silverbirdssongs on Facebook.

One Response to “Dennis DeYoung sings the music of STYX with Silverbird 7/19/14”

  1. Gary Revel says:

    Another great article by Bob Wilson…