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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 15
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2013-02-28 08:57:13 PM
2 votes:
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
2013-02-28 08:47:06 AM
2 votes:
I just wish someone would inform Tommy Shaw that no, you weren't really in a heavy metal band when you were with Styx.
2013-02-28 07:42:03 AM
2 votes:
No one speaks ill of Mr. Roboto. You hear me? No one.
2013-02-28 11:43:48 AM
1 votes:

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 10:33:55 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-02-28 10:22:43 AM
1 votes:
The poor man's Rush.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-28 09:51:31 AM
1 votes:
Mr. Roboto and Don't Let It End are OK but the rest of the album is crap.

In the docs, Styx says A&M has purposefully been shorting the band royalty income earned from digital downloads and ringtones -- and did so by concocting a "phony business model" in order to "avoid its royalty obligations."

Business as usual in the entertainment industry.
2013-02-28 09:39:03 AM
1 votes:

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.

P.S. "Tommy Shaw"-like typing detected, Submitter.


It always seemed to me that Shaw's problem was more with the theater crap they did on tour than the actual album itself.  I like Mr. Roboto and Don't Let it End, but their little show they did at concerts was pure crap.
2013-02-28 09:34:58 AM
1 votes:
Secret, secret,
www.the60sofficialsite.com
2013-02-28 09:21:03 AM
1 votes:
Styx had some good stuff, especially when Shaw joined.  Crystal Ball, Pieces of Eight, Grand illusion, Cornerstone, were pretty good.   Paradise Theater wasn't awful.  After that, blech.
2013-02-28 09:13:16 AM
1 votes:

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.

P.S. "Tommy Shaw"-like typing detected, Submitter.


I watched the Styx Behind the Music episode too. JY and Shaw have massive butthurt over DeYoung getting the band to number 1 with "Babe." It's the most petty thing you can be pissed off about, and they're still aching over it all these years later.

But I'll bet you dollars and donuts they have their DeYoung stand-in singing "Babe" at every county fair appearance.
2013-02-28 09:10:20 AM
1 votes:
Love them or hate them; they provided one the most enjoyably biatchy episodes of "Behind the Music" ever.
2013-02-28 09:03:56 AM
1 votes:
A band cheated out by a record company?

In other news, the sky is blue
2013-02-28 08:12:28 AM
1 votes:
Sounds like they have too much time on their hands.
2013-02-28 07:59:00 AM
1 votes:
"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.

P.S. "Tommy Shaw"-like typing detected, Submitter.
 
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