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‘Dennis DeYoung: The Music Of Styx’ To Perform At Meramec Community Fair

dennis-deyoungThe Meramec Community Fair is pleased to announce that “Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx” will be performing on Friday night, June 24, bringing the classic rock giants full musical spectrum.
“We are very pleased to finally announce the full fair lineup for the main stage at this year’s 25th Annual Meramec Community Fair,” said James Bartle, fair board president. “We announced that we would have country music star, Craig Morgan, on Saturday night, June 25, and now we have permission for Dennis DeYoung to appear on Fri., June 24. I think that we have a very strong fair lineup for this year’s fair and have something for the classic rock audience and the country audience.”
The fair board will have tickets on sale soon at an early bird price and hopes to have other final events lined up in the coming weeks.
“We have everything coming back, as far as events, that we had last year including the demo derby, side-by-side truck and tractor pulls, motocross, rodeo and bull bash,” said Bartle. “It’s going to be a fun-filled fair. I’m very proud of our entertainment lineup and, once again, think people will have a great set of concerts from the main stage.”
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the rock group, Styx. The Chicago-based band originated in 1962 when 14-year-old DeYoung and brothers, John and Chuck Panozzo, joined Dennis in the basement of his childhood home to form one of America’s most successful and enduring bands.
Styx has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and DeYoung has written eight of their nine Top 10 singles. Styx was the only band to ever record four consecutive triple platinum albums.
For over four decades, DeYoung has been a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer. He wrote and sang several classics including: “Lady, Come Sail Away,” “Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Show Me the Way,” “Desert Moon,” “Don’t Let It End,” and the 1979 Peoples Choice Award winner, “Babe.”
His singing talents have made his voice one of the most recognizable in the world. DeYoung has recorded seven solo albums including Desert Moon, whose title track achieved Top Ten status. DeYoung continues to tour with his rock band around the world.
In 2007, DeYoung recorded his seventh solo album for DEP Universal Canada. The title track for this CD, One Hundred Years From Now, was released as a single and reached #1 on the Pop, Rock and AC charts in Quebec. In 2008, this CD was released in the United States on Rounder Records and features two additional tracks. In May of 2008, DeYoung’s musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was staged in Chicago at the Bailiwick Repertory Theater.
In 2006, DeYoung performed live on Canadian Idol. DeYoung also performed live on three episodes of the Fox Network’s Celebrity Duets with celebrity duet partner, Hal Sparks, and was selected as one of three artists, along with legends Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight for the finale. DeYoung was also selected to perform live on VH1’s BIG IN ‘06 Awards show along with The Killers, The Fray, Fergie, and Weird Al.
In 2003, DeYoung performed and recorded an expanded version of his Rock Symphony show at the historic Chicago Theater. This CD, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx Live with Symphony Orchestra, has been certified platinum in Canada.
In 2002, WTTW PBS Chicago taped DeYoung performing with his rock band and 50-piece symphony orchestra with The Chicago’s Children’s Choir for the pilot of the PBS’ Soundstage series. The Soundstage pledge program is currently airing nationwide on PBS stations around the country and have raised in excess of two million dollars.
The Soundstage DVD, Dennis DeYoung and The Music of Styx Live with Symphony Orchestra, has been certified triple platinum in Canada. Both the CD and DVD are available at www.dennisdeyoung.com.
In recent years, DeYoung’s songs have continued to enjoy remarkable popularity. His compositions have been featured in over 30 television shows including: The Simpsons, Freeks & Geeks, Dharma and Gregg, E.R., King of Queens, Sex in the City, Will and Grace, Las Vegas, Cold Case, That 70’s Show, Saturday Night Live and numerous others. The piece de resistance, however, was when Cartman sang “Come Sail Away” on the groundbreaking series South Park.
DeYoung’s songs have been featured in 15 major motion pictures including; Virgin Suicides, Big Daddy, Detroit Rock City, Disney’s Atlantis, and The Wild, The Karate Kid II, the Shrek II DVD, Mr. Woodcock, Underdog and Fun With Dick and Jane, etc. Four songs of DeYoung’s were used in The Perfect Man, in which he also made a cameo appearance.

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