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Posted: August 18, 2017

Dennis DeYoung Addresses Rumors He Wants To Rejoin Styx

The former Styx singer sets the record straight on internet gossip surrounding him

CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 02:  Musician Dennis DeYoung performs onstage during the VH1 Big in '06 Awards held at Sony Studios on December 2, 2006 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 02: Musician Dennis DeYoung performs onstage during the VH1 Big in '06 Awards held at Sony Studios on December 2, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By Aaron

While giving an interview to Rock Candy Magazine Dennis DeYoung was faced with a question about whether he would be open to touring with Styx one more time for nostalgia sake.

While DeYoung says the sting of the split he had with the band is still present in his memories, he still thinks another reunion could work towards healing the fan base.

Dennis goes in-depth in the latest edition of his exclusive podcast “Come Sail Away” 

Fans of Styx may remember one of their many iterations with DeYoung. The band was formed with Dennis at the helm in 1972. What followed was a 12 year run as a mainstream progressive rock success. At thisa point, the wheels began to wobble as in-fighting between Tommy Shaw and Dennis over the direction of the band began to affect other members. 

Styx disbanded in 1984, only to return to the stage in 1990 without Shaw - who some consider the backbone to the band’s rock sound. At that point Shaw was committed to his new band the Damn Yankees, and refused to part ways with the project. 

Five years later Shaw returned to Styx, but the honeymoon only lasted 4 years before in-fighting returned at DeYoung once again parted ways with the band. 

In a July 7, 2011 interview with Rolling Stone magazine Tommy Shaw said that he "[doesn't] think [a reunion with DeYoung] is realistic," and that "what was true in 1983 was only more true in 1996", in which his coming together with DeYoung had "a very negative effect on each other".

However, since 2010, DeYoung has instead formed a new band with guitarists August Zadra and Jimmy Leahey, bassist-vocalist Craig Carter, Tom Sharpe, John Blasucci and wife Suzanne DeYoung to perform Styx hits and other DeYoung solo works touring North America billed 'Dennis DeYoung: the Music of Styx'. 


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