STYX’s former frontman rocks The Center in Coral Springs.Dennis DeYoung’s tour this year is a little different than his previous tours. This year is the 40-year anniversary of Styx’s Grand Illusion album and so in honor of that, he started the show with singing all of the songs from the album in order, without breaks. In fact, a recording of his voice explained that he would not be talking to the crowd, as he normally does during the show, until he completes the album.
DeYoung was accompanied by some great musicians, including a Tommy Shaw look-a-like (the guitarist from Styx). August Zadra not only looked like Tommy, he shredded the guitar like him. Also joining Dennis on stage was his wife, a backup singer and a drummer who hailed from Jupiter which the local crowd cheered with heavy enthusiasm.
During the show, he made a made a great tribute to his wife with the song Babe, which he wrote for their 48th wedding anniversary. He also brought out his daughter, who now lives in Florida to explain how she was 1st diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 37. In honor of his daughter, he wore purple to honor her and the Epilepsy Foundation.
The crowd sang along to the songs of the Grand Illusion album and DeYoung, although now 70 years-old, sung and moved around like he was a young man. When he completed the Grand Illusion album, he sang all of Styx’s hits like Mr. Roboto, Too Much Time on My Hands, Renegade and The Best of Times. During Mr. Roboto, he brought out the Kilroy mask. The crowd loved it, and the small theater made the concert feel more intimate. The stage had the usual lights and smoke effects of a rock show, but the acoustics of the theater were great. Dennis apologized for the intermission after the Grand Illusion album was finished, explaining that the theaters require him to do an intermission so that the show doesn’t end too quickly.
However, as was easily noticed by the crowd, the show could’ve been on hours longer and we still would’ve felt it wasn’t long enough. DeYoung captivated all of us not just with his music prowess, but also with a pretty funny sense of humor. One of the best examples was when he caught us off guard saying he just completed his 1st marathon, only to claim it was a marathon of watching Law & Order. It’s crazy to know that the legendary rocker actually started out in a cover band, pretending to be Robert Plant.
Just a great show of music. DeYoung really made us feel like a part of his family. At the finale, when he sang Come Sail Away again, the crowd was singing along and cheering. Like the name of another Styx song, I wanted to say to DeYoung, “Don’t Let It End.”