Former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung will have a packed house when he plays the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on March 18, a show that will be taped for an AXS TV special and DVD. The veteran rocker offered tickets for the event for the low, low price of five dollars and, not surprisingly, the concert quickly sold out.
Commenting about the upcoming show, DeYoung writes on his Facebook page that the gig sold out “without any advertisement just announcements on the [I]nternet.” He also tells fans to “stay tuned for more info on the deluxe edition of the DVD and CD package.”
Meanwhile, in a separate Facebook post, the 67-year-old singer humorously discusses at length allegations by some rock fans that he’s read about over the years claiming Styx’s 1983 concept album Kilroy Was Here “was a rip off” of Rush‘s classic 1976 release 2112.
“Though I have great respect for Rush, I have never owned a Rush album and know them mostly from their songs that made the radio,” writes Dennis. “I was surprised to find that I didn’t recognize any of the song titles on this album. I guess what I’m getting at is if there are ANY similarities between 2112 and Kilroy it’s totally coincidental.”
He proceeds to compare and contrast differing elements of stories told by each album. “2112 has the Red Star of the Solar Federation and the temple of the Syrinx.” he writes. “[Rush drummer/lyricist] Neil [Peart]‘s thinking big thin[g]s here while Kilroy only has little old Dr. Righteous and the Majority for Musical Morality. Wimpy by comparison.”
DeYoung adds, “Rush had the whole damn galaxy…no wonder they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
In summing up his defense, Dennis suggests that the ideas for both his and Peart’s concepts of a dystopian future world can be traced back to the classic 1927 Fritz Lang film Metropolis and George Orwell‘s book 1984. He finishes his treatise by playfully pointing out the similarity between the Rush 2112 song “The Temples of Syrinx” and his own former band’s name.
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