It all started with some querulous old lady calling me and rambling on about a music festival and Dom Delmonico.
Or, it was just my lovely mom, politely asking if I’d like to accompany her to a concert at Frontier Days, Arlington Heights’ Fourth of July festival.
Either way, it involved Dennis DeYoung.*
(*Also known as Dom Delmonico, apparently.)
Why would my mom want to see Dennis DeYoung? Well, some years ago he put out an album of Broadway hits, and the combination of aggressive vibrato and perky mullet were just too much for her to resist.
Hey, before you go making fun of some querulous old lady, I used to think he was kind of cute too, way back in the 70s.
In fact, you could say that Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung were sort of a stepping-stone to what would be my most intense rawk-and-roll-related obsession.
First this . . .
Tommy Shaw looks pretty good these days and is obviously still rawking.
Dennis DeYoung is . . .
The Frontier Days flyer promised “Dennis DeYoung Featuring the Music of Styx.” Not “Dennis DeYoung Sings Broadway Standards.” And nothing about Dom Delmonico.
My mom was fine with that. Dave and I figured we’d humor an old lady, eat some funnel cake, and enjoy watching all the freaks.
Dennis DeYoung? Meh. Whatevs. Dave wanted to hear “Come Sail Away,” and I was curious to see if he’d do “Mr. Roboto.” Other than that? Freak watching.
But then it happened.
“WELCOME TO THE GRAND ILLUSIONNNNNNNN!”
I was on my feet!
“LAY-DAY! FROM THE MOMENT I SAW YOU!”
I was waving my arms in the air!
“OH MAMA I’M IN FEAR FOR MY LIFE FROM THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW!”
I was devil-horning in the general direction of the stage!
“DOMO ARIGATO, MR. ROBOTO!”
I was scream-singing along!
Dave wasn’t quite as into it (nor was my mom, for that matter), but he did express disappointment at every slow song.
“Lame . . . Oh, wait! This is Babe-I-Love-You — ILOVETHISONE!”
They played most of the hits, including “Suite Madame Blue,” which I’d forgotten all about and also “Lorelei” and “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Fooling Yourself” and Dennis Delmonico sounded GREAT and the band RAWKED, and, and, and . . .
I LOVE STYX!
And finally, they did “Come Sail Away,” and weeks later, I am STILL having to listen to Dave’s impression:
Zzz’ iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii’ve GOT TO be freeeeeeeeeeee!
And my mom? I think she went home and played a certain album. And maybe did her own impression.
Has the moon lost her memoreeeeeeeeeeee?
She is smiling alooooooooooooooooooone
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Who’s your rawk-and-roll obsession? What’s your favorite Styx song? And most important, who the hell is Dom Delmonico?