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Dennis DeYoung rolls out 2018 tour dates

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Styx co-founder and primary songwriter Dennis DeYoung has announced his first solo dates of 2018.

DeYoung, who plays on Saturday night (November 18th) in Hinckley, Minnesota, kicks off next year's run on January 12th in Fort Pierce, Florida at Sunrise Theatre For Performing Arts, with dates stretching through March 24th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Dennis DeYoung 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, guitarist Tommy Shaw.

Dennis DeYoung told us that there's only so much envelope pushing you can do in a live setting without alienating the people paying to see you play: "I fool with the setlist. Y'know, I drop in this, that, and the other thing from time to time, I play a couple of songs from my solo career. But when it comes down to it at this point in my life, at any rate, the vast majority of the audience has a particular set of songs in mind that they really want to hear. Y'know, I added 'Born For Adventure' from the (1975 Styx) Equinox album -- and I've been playing that, and people really dig it -- but, y'know what? They don't recognize it. (Laughs) Y'know what I'm sayin'? A percentage does. But the vast majority of that audience, they really know the big ones, and that's just the way it is.”

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

November 18 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center
December 7 - Peekskill, NY - Paramount Hudson Valley
December 8 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
December 16 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theatre
January 12 - Fort Pierce, FL - Sunrise Theatre For Performing Arts
January 13 - Coral Springs, FL - Coral Springs Center For The Arts
January 26 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
January 27 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land
February 10 - Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
February 16 - St Louis, MO - River City Casino and Hotel
February 17 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theatre
March 23 - Williamsport, PA - Community Arts Center
March 24 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Side Notes:

Dennis DeYoung recently released a new live CD/DVD set, Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles. The collection, which is also available in Blu-ray and digital formats, was captured live on March 18th, 2014 live at L.A.’s El Rey Theater.

The disc features such Dennis DeYoung / Styx standards as “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “The Grand Illusion,” "Don’t Let It End,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Babe,” “Rockin’ The Paradise,” “Best Of Times” and his solo hit “Desert Moon” -- along with guitarist Tommy Shaw’s classics, performed by DeYoung's guitarist August Zadra, “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” and “Renegade.”

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Twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo first got together with their neighbor Dennis DeYoung in 1961 in the Roseland section of the south side of Chicago, eventually taking the band name "The Tradewinds.” In 1965, the name was changed to TW4 after another band called The Trade Winds broke through nationally

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