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Dennis Deyoung The Music Of Styx & Eddie Money

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Dec 8, 2017 – 8:00 PM

  • Dennis DeYoung
  • Eddie Money

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Dennis DeYoung: Within Styx, DeYoung acted as lead vocalist, keyboardist, accordion player, producer, writer and creative force behind many of the band's hit songs. A self-taught keyboardist, DeYoung quickly became one of the most notable players of that instrument in rock. Featured on the cover of the January 1981 issue of Contemporary Keyboard magazine (a story that was reprinted in Contemporary Keyboard's book on the greatest rock keyboardists), DeYoung described many of his steps along the way through his keyboard-playing career: He'd never played an acoustic piano until the recording session for 1972's "Lady"; he recorded the track for 1979's "Babe" in a friend's basement on a Rhodes electric piano he'd never touched before; the odd feeling of switching back to playing accordion for the song "Boat On The River" and discovering how small the keys felt to his fingers after years of playing electric organs and pianos.[2]

As a keyboardist in Styx, DeYoung was best remembered for his prominent lead synthesizer solos performed on the Oberheim synthesizer that dominated the mix with a unique tone, a key element of the Styx sound. DeYoung pioneered the use of synthesizers in rock and roll.[citation needed] Influenced by the recent release of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's first album, DeYoung — a novice synthesizer player at the time — used a modular Moog to record the keyboard tracks for the first Styx album. This album featured a rock version of "Fanfare for the Common Man", more than 5 years before ELP came up with a similar idea of recording this classical composition as a rock band featuring the synthesizer that would later become one of ELP's best known recordings.

DeYoung's songs often had a grandiose style to them in the tradition of 1970s theatrical rock, which heavily influenced the group's direction in the late 1970s, culminating in the concept albums Paradise Theatre (1981) and Kilroy Was Here (1983). The dissent of some members in the band during Kilroy brought tensions between the group's members over the future direction of the band, leading to guitarist Tommy Shaw's departure in 1984.

Eddie Money: When you walk into the Money household, you had better be prepared for sensory overload! Loud and chaotic is what 18-year-old Jesse Money calls a day in the life of her creative family. All five of the kids in the family (Jesse and her 4 brothers) are musicians of some sort and are fiercely competitive so when one starts singing or playing an instrument, the others jump right on in!

The Proud Papa is- living breathing, walking, talking, and most importantly- singing legend Eddie Money. He's ready to take things back to the days in which he grew up to show his kids and other music-loving kids of all ages out there, why they call the songs he recently recorded, classics.

WANNA GO BACK is in stores and on iTunes now! The album is an homage to the rock of the 1960's - music that the 15-year old Eddie Mahoney and his band, The Grapes Of Wrath, played in their live sets. "Good Lovin" and "Build Me Up Buttercup" are just two of the many feel-good tracks on the album. "The greatest Rock and Roll ever came from that time period," explains Eddie. "It was a great time to be alive. You had your girl, your car...what else did you need?" Jesse adds to the enthusiasm for the era by proudly declaring, "Dad kept me away from the crap. He trained me to listen to the best music."

Three of the tracks, "Mockingbird," "Hold On I'm Comin'," and "Aint No Mountain High Enough," feature Jesse Money's debut recordings. "It's a pleasure to do this with my daughter, even though my lovely wife, Laurie, and I really would rather her have been a doctor," Eddie explains with a wink and a smile. She is also a big part of Eddie's live show adding her youth and enthusiasm on stage to some of his most popular songs, including the Ronnie Spector part in "Take Me Home Tonight" and the Jo Baker part in "Baby Hold On To Me," where Eddie makes a heartfelt tribute to his friend Baker, who passed away in 1996.

There was little re-working of the songs onWANNA GO BACK. The tracks are faithful to the originals - pristine - and Eddie wouldn't have it any other way. Members of Tower of Power, Starship, Greg Allman Band, Cold Blood and the Etta James Band horn players were involved in the recordings. The album was produced by Randy Forrester, Eddie's keyboard player, and released thru BIG DEAL PRODUCTIONS, Inc. and WARRIOR RECORDS, distributed via UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION. Forrester has been a part of the Eddie Money clan since Money admittedly "stole" him from blues guitar legend Elvin Bishop's band in the mid '90s to play keyboards for his band. The close knit touring group is rounded out by longtime guitarist, Tommy Girvin, bassist Lee Beverly, drummer Glenn Symmonds, and keyboardist Chris Grove.

"Lately, I have been running into the guys in my old band, The Grapes of Wrath," Eddie muses. "One guy was a junkie, he is on methadone now. He works for a cab company and is a jazz guitarist. Another is married and an English teacher, you'd never know he was a rocker. It is great to be able to see them and give them a record of the stuff we played all those years ago."

One of the things that's made Eddie Money such a huge success throughout his career is his connection to his fans. "I have probably signed every copy of every album I've made," says Eddie of his personal touch with those who love his music. Eddie's fan base bridges many gaps including people who got into his earlier albums, their kids and even celebrities like Oscar de la Hoya (who trains to Eddie's music), Will Smith (who chatted Eddie up at his Drew Carey show guest spot) and Kevin James and Ray Romano ("They know the words to songs I forgot I even sang," says Eddie), making this working class rock hero one of many diverse groups. Further heroism is shown in his charitable efforts. He performs at fundraisers for local schools every year. He also donates a portion of his merchandise proceeds to the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation. And in 2007, Eddie teamed up with Warrior Custom Golf Clubs and U.P.S. to present the "Eddie Money Celebrity Shootout," which will raise funds for multiple charities.

Eddie Money's career has a mythical quality. The successful rock icon is doing what he always loved. It's what took him out of the New York City Police Force and across the country at such a young age .. playing and performing his own music! And, of course, Jesse brings it all together by showing us that Eddie Money, for all he's been through personally and professionally, always comes out the big winner. "My younger brother, Joe, is a straight-A student," she says with a sly smile. "Dad may get his doctor in the family yet!"

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