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One of the reasons why Dennis DeYoung and the rest of Styx had a falling out during the late '90s was the singer's desire to move into a more theatrical direction. But theatricality was always a love of DeYoung's, as evidenced by Styx's bombastic Kilroy Was Here presentation, as well as a stage musical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame that the singer assembled in 1997. DeYoung sounds in fine voice throughout the CD version of the presentation (which he released himself), especially on such tracks as the set opener, "Who Will Love This Child." However, upon hearing the fabulously titled "Hey Quasimodo" you can instantly detect why DeYoung's preferred style was bound to clash with the more hard rock-minded Tommy Shaw and James Young. That said, if any rock vocalist was made for Broadway-esque material, DeYoung is the leading candidate, as evidenced throughout the bombastic The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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A Brilliant Rendition

There are not too many superstar rock and rollers who can claim to have written a bona fide musical/theatrical production in their lives, but Dennis DeYoung can. DeYoung, the former lead rocker of Styx, has produced a tapestry of finely knitted works that blend together beautifully to form a masterful and powerful product. In my opinion, "With Every Heartbeat" is the most powerful piece on the album - performed flawlessly by DeYoung along with vocalist Dawn Marie. Dawn Marie performs solo on "When I Dance for You", "This I Pray", "Paradise", and "While There's Still Time". Renditions of the latter tracks can be found on Styx's "Return to Paradise", and "Brave New World" CDs respectively, both of which are performed by DeYoung. Elsewhere, you will find DeYoung's versatility in a wide variety of the tracks - particularly in "Who Will Love This Child" and "Alms for the Beggarman". The reprise of "With Every Heartbeat" is a nice closing touch, reminiscent of DeYoung's love for reprises on various Styx albums.


Born: February 18, 1947 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The keyboardist/vocalist of Chicago-based arena rock band, Styx, Dennis DeYoung continues to cultivate a successful solo career. Recording on his own as early as 1984, DeYoung produced four impressive solo albums -- Desert Moon, Back to the World, and Boomchild before reuniting briefly with his former bandmates in 1990. The reunion proved to be brief, however, and Styx disbanded a second time shortly after releasing an album, Edge of the Century. DeYoung used the opportunity to record his fourth...
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