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Dennis DeYoung Open to Styx Reunion
'I gave that band my life'
By Andy Greene
Earlier this month, Rolling Stone interviewed Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw – and he told us that there was virtually no scenario in which he'd allow former frontman Dennis DeYoung to rejoin the band. "In retrospect, we weren't even happy working with each other in our heyday," Shaw said. "We're just different people with different desires and different vision of how things should be. God, it was such an unhappy place. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
When we decided to get DeYoung himself on the phone to hear his side of the story, his representative said he'd be more than happy to chat, but he couldn't be sure when DeYoung would have a chance to call. A few days later I answered my phone and heard somebody whistling the theme song to the Andy Griffith Show. (I share a first name with Sheriff Taylor). After asking me a few questions about Opie and Aunt Bee, he finally confessed to being Dennis DeYoung.
Thanks for calling.
Ha, yeah. I can talk.
Where are you calling from?
Gotcha. How's your tour going?
So how's that doing these days?
So, I was reading . . .
Ha. I've read that you're now doing the Tommy Shaw-sung Styx songs on your new solo tour.
About the songs by Tommy you're doing on the tour.
The truth of the matter is that my bass player quit about a year and a half ago to be the bass player in the pit orchestra for 101 Dalmatians. So I started to look for a new bass player. One night at 12:30 my son called me up. He told me to look at this, and it was this kid August Zadra in a Styx tribute band called the Grand Illusion doing "Man In The Wilderness," "Too Much Time" and "Renegade." It was remarkable.
So I completely changed my philosophy and my band. I never really wanted to do those songs because they mean so much to me. I gave my life for Styx and I'm really very proud of it and I didn't want to perform that music and screw it up. I believed after watching this kid that we could honor that music the proper way.
The band reunited around 1996. What do you think went wrong?
So why didn't things last?
rollingstone.com - December 27, 2011
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