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(TMZ)   Styx sues their record company for allegedly cheating them out of royalties, allowing Dennis DeYoung to convince them that crap like Mr. Roboto was a good idea   (tmz.com) divider line 82
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2013-02-28 11:43:48 AM

Seems like a good time for this (from his 2012 contract rider):

Show to be billed as "DENNIS DEYOUNG: THE MUSIC OF STYX". The word "STYX" cannot be larger in font than any other word contained in the permissible phrases. Other permissible phrases that cannot be modified include:
"Dennis DeYoung, a founding member of the band/group STYX," "Dennis DeYoung, former member of the band/group STYX," "Dennis DeYoung, former singer of the band/group STYX," "Dennis DeYoung, former vocalist of the band/group STYX," "Dennis DeYoung, former STYX singer,"
"Dennis DeYoung, former STYX vocalist,"
"Dennis DeYoung, former keyboardist of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, former STYX keyboardist,"
"Dennis DeYoung, original STYX keyboardist,"
"Dennis DeYoung an original STYX vocalist,"
"Dennis DeYoung, a former STYX songwriter,"
"Dennis DeYoung, a former songwriter of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, a former STYX composer,"
"Dennis DeYoung, a former composer of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, a former STYX author,"
"Dennis DeYoung, a former STYX producer,"
"Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung and the Music of the group/band STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, playing the Music of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, performing the Music of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, singing the Music of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, an original member of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, lead singer of the band/group STYX hits 'Come Sail Away', 'Babe', 'Mr. Roboto', 'The Best of Times', 'Don't Let It End', 'Show Me The Way', and 'Lady',"
"Dennis DeYoung, songwriter of the band/group STYX hits 'Come Sail Away', 'Babe', 'Mr. Roboto', 'The Best of Times', 'Don't Let It End', 'Show Me The Way', and 'Lady',"
"Dennis DeYoung, composer of the band/group STYX hits 'Come Sail Away', 'Babe', 'Mr. Roboto', 'The Best of Times', 'Don't Let It End', 'Show Me The Way', and 'Lady',"
"Dennis DeYoung, formerly of the band/group STYX,"
"Dennis DeYoung, lead vocalist of STYX hits 'Come Sail Away', 'Babe', 'Mr. Roboto', 'The Best of Times', 'Don't Let It End', 'Show Me The Way', and 'Lady',"
NO OTHER USAGE IS ALLOWED.

ARTIST CANNOT be billed or referenced in any of the following ways:
CANNOT use "Dennis DeYoung of STYX"
CANNOT use "Dennis DeYoung STYX singer"
CANNOT use "Dennis DeYoung, former lead singer of STYX" CANNOT use "Dennis DeYoung, former Styx frontman"
The words "Lead Singer" or "Frontman" can never be used to describe ARTIST'S former association with STYX.
 
2013-02-28 11:50:06 AM
Dennis DeYoung stiffed me once on a 48 dollar pizza delivery.
/ not kidding, he lives, or at least he used to in a upscale Chicago burb...
 
2013-02-28 11:54:35 AM
Parking lot full of whale vomit.............

/obscure?
//google it.
 
2013-02-28 11:59:51 AM

Somacandra: Mugato: Great, now I have "Come Sail Away" stuck in my head.

You know that song is actually about alien abductions, don't you?


According to DDY at a concert I attended at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in 1979, it was about a trip to Hawaii that the band made in their early days of touring.  He specifically mentioned being under the influence of "Maui Wowee" which I am guessing is some kind of fruity drink with pineapples and an a teensie weensie umbrella.  Or weed.
 
2013-02-28 12:08:06 PM

Kyosuke: Seems like a good time for this (from his 2012 contract rider):


Uh-oh... I got an ad emailed to me and they used "main songwriter" instead of "a songwriter". They're going to pummel him in the alley after the show, aren't they?
 
2013-02-28 12:10:45 PM

Kyosuke: Seems like a good time for this (from his 2012 contract rider):


What about Dennis DeYoung, douchebag formerly in Styx?

I'd pay a dollar to see that.
 
2013-02-28 12:17:24 PM
BTW, I don't think Dennis DeYoung is awesome. He's just okay.
 
2013-02-28 12:25:29 PM

verbaltoxin: BTW, I don't think Dennis DeYoung is awesome. He's just okay.


He's all right, but will he sing for the day?
 
2013-02-28 12:32:35 PM
You guys call me if you need me.

userserve-ak.last.fm

i.ytimg.com
 
2013-02-28 12:37:32 PM
Name me a major hit STYX had that DeYoung didn't write or sing.

Yeah.  Their grapes are sour and their tears are bitter.
 
2013-02-28 12:39:56 PM

Generation_D: Somacandra: Mugato: Great, now I have "Come Sail Away" stuck in my head.

You know that song is actually about alien abductions, don't you?

Put down the bong, 70s kid.


Um ... "I thought that they were angels, but to my surprise, we climbed aboard their starship; we headed for the skies"

Reading is Fundamental.
 
2013-02-28 12:50:01 PM

TheHopeDiamond: Name me a major hit STYX had that DeYoung didn't write or sing.

Yeah.  Their grapes are sour and their tears are bitter.




Renegade

/one of their few hits that weren't sappy shiat or overblown theatrical crap, too
 
2013-02-28 01:11:01 PM

FirstNationalBastard: TheHopeDiamond: Name me a major hit STYX had that DeYoung didn't write or sing.

Yeah.  Their grapes are sour and their tears are bitter.

Renegade

/one of their few hits that weren't sappy shiat or overblown theatrical crap, too


Blue Collar Man

Too Much Time on my Hands
 
2013-02-28 01:11:58 PM
STYX was once a local band, guys.  Guys from da sout side.

They played at my high school.

You think the later songs sucked?  Try "The Earl of Roseland."

//Get off my lawn.
 
2013-02-28 01:14:17 PM
tillerman35:

According to DDY at a concert I attended at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in 1979, it was about a trip to Hawaii that the band made in their early days of touring.  He specifically mentioned being under the influence of "Maui Wowee" which I am guessing is some kind of fruity drink with pineapples and an a teensie weensie umbrella.  Or weed.

It's weed.
 
2013-02-28 01:14:27 PM

rbaron71: You guys call me if you need me.

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 500x375]

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Ah, Larry...what a Strange Animal
 
2013-02-28 01:17:51 PM

TheHopeDiamond: Name me a major hit STYX had that DeYoung didn't write or sing.

Yeah.  Their grapes are sour and their tears are bitter.


As I posted above and will reiterate:  I hear Shaw's songs regularly on classic rock radio, way more than DeYoung's...Fooling Yourself, Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Too Much Time on my Hands, Sing for the Day.  They seem to have more longevity.  And the first three were staples in the late 70s cover band circuit...every band that came through town played at least one.

I do hear Come Sail Away, and on occasion Lady.  Never Babe.  Don't recall the last time I heard it on classic radio.  It was a big hit in its day, but I just don't hear it now...at least not on the three local classic stations (and one of the three plays all day at work).
 
2013-02-28 01:37:27 PM

Somacandra: Mugato: Great, now I have "Come Sail Away" stuck in my head.

You know that song is actually about alien abductions, don't you?


Well yeah, it's right in the lyrics. Not necessarily an abduction though, I think they went voluntarily .
 
2013-02-28 01:46:28 PM

GanjSmokr: ko_kyi: Paradise Theater wasn't awful.

Not only that, it had a great etching on the vinyl.

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 800x535]


Awesome. I have that somewhere...
 
2013-02-28 02:14:58 PM
Styx totally SUCKS.....That is all, back to you Pat.......
 
2013-02-28 02:22:52 PM
What's that JY and Tommy, playing casino's and state fairs doesn't pay that much?
 
2013-02-28 02:50:58 PM

Cooper420: What's that JY and Tommy, playing casino's and state fairs doesn't pay that much?


Hey, they also did an ice skating show on NBC not so long ago.
 
2013-02-28 03:30:08 PM

Electric_Banana: Cooper420: What's that JY and Tommy, playing casino's and state fairs doesn't pay that much?

Hey, they also did an ice skating show on NBC not so long ago.


I saw Herman and the Hermits at Busch Gardens the other day, that's how metal I am.

/didn't even know they'd  be there
//they played the song from The Naked Gun and Animal House/Witness
 
2013-02-28 04:02:27 PM

Generation_D: Rickenbacker: Very similar (without as much hatred and drama) to REO Speedwagon.  Their biggest chart success also lead to their downfall.  Grab the low-hanging fruit with the power ballad, gain a quick input of shallow fans, piss off the fans who got you there.

I'll sign off on this. There were REO and Styx in my teen aged growing up album collection.

Once they wussed out and got famous, I said the hell with it and moved on.


Same here.  Not at the same level, but throw Triumph and April Wine in there too.  Loved the rockin' stuff, not so much the Top 40 direction they went.

CSB time.  Saw REO on the "Decade of Rock and Roll" tour, maybe a year before Hi Infidelity came out.  Small college gym, middle of Illinois (heart of REO country).  Great show.  About midway through, Kevin says "We're gonna play a new song for ya people-uh!" as only he could do.  They played Keep On Loving You.  Kid you not, golf clap applause.  I don't think anyone that left thought that was going to be a hit.
 
2013-02-28 06:13:36 PM

Rickenbacker: CSB time. Saw REO on the "Decade of Rock and Roll" tour, maybe a year before Hi Infidelity came out. Small college gym, middle of Illinois (heart of REO country). Great show. About midway through, Kevin says "We're gonna play a new song for ya people-uh!" as only he could do. They played Keep On Loving You. Kid you not, golf clap applause. I don't think anyone that left thought that was going to be a hit.


That's because if you liked anything they did before Hi Infidelity came, then it was crap once it did. They used to be a rocking band.
 
2013-02-28 06:19:23 PM
Solar Jenny One frowns upon your shenanigans
 
2013-02-28 08:45:05 PM
I knew a guy in HS who said "Fooling Yourself" is really about masturbation... citing phrases like "....you've got it all in the palm of your hand, but your hand's full of sweat and your head needs a rest..." and "...Come on, let's see what you've got, just take your best shot "...
 
2013-02-28 08:57:13 PM
Why all the hate for 'established' groups playing state fairs and such. Now, 'the Elk Lodge' I can understand, but some of the truly best musical performances I've seen have been at 'festivals' and 'state fairs' etc.

Unclench for a second and think about really - why would a 'famous band' play such a cliche'd venue? Cause they're raking in the bucks? (c'mon - srsly?) or possibly, just possibly cause they really enjoy playing their stuff and getting some sincere musical lurve from true fans... I realize this latter concept is hard to comprehend when you're a younger person - but it's certainly worthy of some whole hearted consideration.

That said, DDY had - what in 'industry terms' is referred to as "LSD" (Lead Singer Disease). I've seen the documentary mentioned and completely agree with JT Young & T Shaw's perspective on the different types of tunes and their preferences.

BTW - I happen to love me some old Journey (Infinity ftw), foreigner, cars, et al.

/obviously old Farker
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-28 09:26:16 PM
old Journey

I didn't learn until this century that Journey used to be a progressive rock band.
 
2013-02-28 11:23:32 PM

Somacandra: "Kilroy Was Here"  is certified platinum and got to #3 on the charts. Two singles got to #3. And it was a powerful hit back against both the creeping fascism of the Reagan administration and the baseless accusations of Satanism against the band by the California state legislature and reactionary evangelical groups in the mass media. It has its weaknesses to sure, but "Cold War," "Heavy Metal Poisoning" and "Don't Let It End" are be powerful songs any arena-rock band would be happy to have in their repertoire.


That sounds so much better when read in Patrick Bateman's voice from American Psycho.
 
2013-02-28 11:37:45 PM
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Come sail away
Come sail away
Come sail away with me
(you guys)

/The Mr Roboto tour was the first concert I ever saw....Concrete Blonde opened for them.
//Get Off My Lawn!
 
2013-03-01 01:30:55 AM
Stynx.
 
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