The music of Rock-n-Roll band Styx should be familiar to pretty much anyone growing up in America during the mid-1970’s and 1980’s. The unmistakable voice behind the bands most memorable hits belongs to iconic singer Dennis DeYoung, whose current tour made a stop at Medina Entertainment Center on March 5th. Not long into his set, DeYoung asked for a show of hands from those who were seeing him live for the very first time. After maybe a quarter of the mostly middle-aged crowd complied, he playfully responded, “well what are you waiting for, I’m 69 years old.” Aside from a nicely styled full head of grey hair, you’d never have guessed it based on his ambitious stage presence and “straight off the record” vocal performance.

 

DeYoung has assembled the perfect cast of gifted players including his wife Suzanne on backing vocals to help reinterpret the music of Styx for what he refers to as the second stage of his solo career. Early on, Lady and Lorelei enabled DeYoung to showcase his superior pipes without having to transpose down to a lower key, which was impressive. Fooling Yourself included a fierce keyboard solo and was a reminder of how important his skills on a classic Oberheim were to the Styx sound. Of course Babe was a standout and crowd favorite, but to no surprise the biggest song of the evening was saved for last – Come Sail Away. DeYoung seemed sincere when expressing that he had a good time playing that night. He also graciously thanked the audience for coming out during challenging economic times and seemed genuine in his sentiment. It was evident with a show of this caliber that surely sparked old memories while also creating new ones, the audience went home satisfied.

 

Longtime Twin Cities band Headliner (www.headliner-band.com) opened up the show with a solid selection of classic Rock covers that was well received.

 

Set List:

Grand Illusion – Lady – Lorelei – Blue Collar Man – Desert Moon – Mr. Roboto – Too Much Time On My Hands – Rockin the Paradise – Don’t Let It End – Babe

Fooling Yourself – Suite Madame Blue – Best of Times

Encore: Renegade – Come Sail Away