Few things invigorate a singer’s creativity like a solo tour, where they no longer have to clear songs with their band or make room for them when singing in the shower. Break free of the band with this GrouponLive deal to see Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx at the Stafford Centre in Stafford on Thursday, October 11, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose from the following reserved seating options:
- For $50, you get two tickets for upper-balcony seating (up to a $105 value, including all fees).
- For $65, you get two tickets for mezzanine or lower-balcony seating (up to a $135 value, including all fees).
- For $75, you get two tickets for rear-orchestra seating (up to a $155 value, including all fees).
- For $85, you get two tickets for orchestra seating (up to a $175 value, including all fees).
Dennis DeYoung is 65 years old. Yet when he holds high notes with his time-freezing vibrato, he sounds like 1972. He’s recorded an album of Broadway standards, toured in Jesus Christ Superstar, and written his own musical based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but the unwavering smoothness of his operatic voice reminds audiences how, as a founding member, lead singer, and primary songwriter of Styx, he led the legendary arena rock band to multiplatinum success across the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.
Even though the original lineup has splintered, usually touring without Dennis or billing themselves as Stycks, DeYoung’s new six-member band delivers the Styx show that fans froth for: bombastic rock ballads and epics that start small before exploding with unabashed theatricality. With singer and guitarist August Zadra emulating Styx’s other songwriter, Tommy Shaw, and Tom Sharpe of Mannheim Steamroller fame effortlessly moving into drummer John Panozzo’s slippers, DeYoung tickles the ivories and lets his voice out of its throat cage for an evening of greatest hits. Romantic cannonballs such as “Lady,” “Babe,” and “The Best of Times” seduce the stiches out of denim jackets, and the prog-rock classic “Come Sail Away” inspires pumped fists, raised lighters, and alien abductions. The band’s full-boil steams the classic rock mecca of the Stafford Centre, where high-caliber acoustics soak over 1,000 seats in Dennis’ stormy arias.