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  1. Ron

    Warning Shot

    distant roads astrangers face
  2. If I knew back then all the things I knew today
  3. Ron

    Desert Moon

    Is this the train to desert moon is all she said
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    You dont care about me i dont caere about that
  5. Ron

    Boys Will Be Boys

    Summer is here believe it or not
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    So let's give our love one more chance
  7. Ive got my dreams
  8. Atlantic Hotel Casino - Grand Ballroom https://www.atlantiscasino.com/reno-events/concerts-events/dennis-deyoung Tickets $55 / $75
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    Rice Lake, WI

    Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx Aquafest Main Street Rice Lake, WI https://www.aquafestonline.com/bands/
  10. The band does have great chemistry together, which helps make the shows so much fun. "Sing for the Day" is in the middle of the big keyboard solo near the end of "Fooling Yourself". It's a really nice touch, and I was disappointed that it wasn't included when they did the DVD, but I can understand why it was left out. Your comment about the sound being so close is one reason why I don't like to get a seat within the first five rows: You hear the monitors instead of the sound system. Depending on the venue, you may hear from both which sounds even worse. Personally, I like about 10 rows back, if I can get a seat with good balance. Otherwise, depending on the venue, I'll sit near the sound board because I know that's where it will sound the best. Glad you had a great time
  11. I don't want to shut it down, because I do feel it is some sort of service for Dennis' fans. However, it does make it difficult to draw up some motivation to improve it, because it would be a lot of effort for minimal results. But still, I pay the hosting bill every quarter with no thoughts of getting rid of it. If it was a business, the site would have been gone a long time ago. But I didn't create it to make a profit. I did it in honor of someone's contribution to music, and thanks for the impact that music made on me. Those reasons still stand, which is why the site is still here.
  12. There are several reasons why things are a big quiet around here, but I do not think it is for a lack of fans. Dennis has become active on Facebook.The way that social media has evolved since this site was first created in 2004 (let alone it's original form as a Yahoo! Group) has greatly changed the way that people communicate and share things on the internet. Message boards do not carry the status that they once did, and just aren't as active. Even though you can connect to this site while on Facebook, people don't. Arguments = activity. Members fighting over which opinion is right, arguing over band members arguing, etc. Nothing stirs up discussion more than controversy. The band breakup was 15 years ago, and (most) fans have come to terms with it by now. If you like Dennis, you are here. If you like the other guys, you don't come here. The site is, by design, one sided. By eliminating the other half, the site is a place for friendly conversation for people that share the same thoughts and feelings. The downside is that now there is no one to argue with, so there just isn't that much activity. Everything has already been said. What facet of the group's breakup hasn't been over-analyzed in the past 15 years? What "new" news about a group that's almost 45 years old can be covered? With a lack of worthy topics to discuss, activity gets reduced. It's still the same set list. We like the songs, and keep going back to hear them. But there really isn't anything new to report. I see 2-3 shows a year, and although the song order might be changed a little here or there, it's still the same 16 songs. So I go and hear "Best of Times" and thoroughly enjoy it--but it isn't exactly newsworthy. I don't like to post all of the time. Even though I run the site, I don't want the site to be about me, and comment on every post. The site is about Dennis' career, not what I think about Dennis' career. I'll look into the lyrics issue. There are other things I have to update as well.
  13. The sound of the audience can be a tough thing to manage on a live recording. First, it depends on how many (and where) microphones are to pick up the audience. The other main part is how this audio is then added into the mix of the performers onstage. Plus, the speed of sound also has to be considered. If everything ends up in sync then it sounds good. If it gets out of sync by even a little bit, it would sound bad. Also the audio was mixed twice. The first version Dennis did not care for, and it is my understanding that the second try was rushed due to production deadlines. The final product sounds very good, but to people that have seen the show multiple times, there are a few things missing that just got lost in the mix.
  14. From what I understand Dennis will be using who was filling in for Tom at the Quebec City shows
  15. There are those that argue that Kiss' "Beth" was the first ballad to be a hit for a hard rock band. Meatloaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" also could be considered a ballad, Kansas' "Dust in the Wind" as well. I'm sure there are others as well from the 70's, but there were all pretty isolated in comparison to one another. I think that "Babe" transformed the ballad into something new that not only was extremely successful, but was something that the listening audience really wanted as the style of music was shifting from the prog-rock sounds of the latter 70's to the more new wave sounds of the 80's. I wouldn't say that it was the first ballad, but it was the first to make a lasting impact on the entire music genre.
  16. I assume that his illness stems from when he was sick in December and had to cancel several of the Quebec City shows. Unfortunately there has been no official word on his progress. No news is good news? Ken where did you hear this about Tom?
  17. DDY version of Rockin' the Paradise blows any other version of that song away. Currently, the band performing as Styx using RTP as a part of their encore. Could their version be that poor in comparison to the DDY version? Dennis could deny any video of his songs for any future Styx release, and it is my understanding that there will be one next year. Although they won't admit it publicly, (and questionable if they will even admit it to themselves), Styx needs Dennis far more than Dennis needs them. I admit I like to go a little bit deeper than the hits, but a video release with only two hits on it is not going to sell. But, I honestly think that he will not "return the favor" by not giving permission for his songs. I think he will. Why? Because he cares about the Styx brand name like he has for his entire career. I think the music is more important than the petty bullshit.
  18. That used to be the case. But artists make crap from the recorded product, and composers don't make that much from the recording, either. They learned the real money was in publishing. So composers form their own publishing companies to make their money. This also gives them 100% of the control of their product. When someone wants to use one of Dennis' songs in a commerical/movie/tv show, etc. He has to give his okay. He has a company handle it, but the decision (and probably pricing) comes down to his yea or nea. The final decision not to give permission for that one song comes down to two people. One, or both, said no. Even if they were advised by their management, they had the final say.
  19. I think his comments about "100 Years from Now" are quite valid. As a collective piece or work, that album, out of the four solo rock albums, is the strongest on its own.
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