Styx‘s Dennis DeYoung Rolls Out 2018 Tour Dates

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.”] SOUNDCUE (:34 OC: . . . 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