Today is one of my favorite rock singer’s birthday.
Former Styx keyboardist/vocalist Dennis DeYoung turns 63.
Growing up in the ’70s, Styx was my band. I had all the Styx album; a bunch of T-shirts; a poster from “The Grand Illusion” album; a file with articles from the Deseret News, Wichita Eagle, Billboard Magazine and more; as well as lapel pins, patches, guitar picks and bandanas.
Three of my prized possessions still are a “Pieces of Eight” plastic vinyl picture disc (which I eventually had the band sign when I met them during the 1996 reunion tour); an original master recording vinyl edition of “The Grand Illusion”; and a box set interview vinyl collection that was played on the radio right after the release of “Pieces of Eight” back in 1978.
Oh, and I also have an interview vinyl disc of Dennis that aired on the radio when he released his first solo album “Desert Moon” in 1984.
While I’m not into the recent line-up as much as I was the original and classic line-ups, I still consider Styx to be my favorite band.
Anyway, I just wanted to send Dennis some birthday wishes.
“Don’t wait for heroes, do it yourself. You’ve got the power…” — Dennis DeYoung, 1984