I Saw Dennis DeYoung

After time
I sit and I wayyyyyyy-t for your call

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 . . .

Then 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.


I was on my feet!


I was waving my arms in the air!


I was devil-horning in the general direction of the stage!


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 . . .


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?

Kilroy and DeYoung came from here
Broadway DeYoung came from here
Styx came from here
Plant and Page came from here
Tommy Shaw came from here
Old DeYoung came from here

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58 Responses to “I Saw Dennis DeYoung”

  1. 1 Erin

    My favorite – anything off Grand Illusion, it was played at EVERY party in my High School days. And now I would have to say – Too much time on my Hands. I just saw the play, “Rock of Ages” and they sang it – I had actually forgotten what a good song it was/is.

    My obsession would have to be Bon Jovi. We (me & 4 of my GFs) go to see them a couple of times every tour. The hubbys just shake their heads and off we go to have some GF Fun! Alone!! To have many beers and also to scream-sing along!!!

  2. 2 Surfie

    You had me at funnel cakes.

    Metallica is probably the best example of my rock-and-roll obsession. The older, the better. I wish they’d go back to some of that awesome thrash rock they pumped out in the early ’80s. I was outright insane over them in high school. I even knew how tall each of them was and their birthdays and where they worked their first job. I’m getting all nostalgic just thinking about it.
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..Hope Springs Eternal And So Do the Weeds =-.

  3. 3 Stephanie Barr

    I had no, seriously no, rock and roll obsessions. I liked a lot of the music, but never was the slightest bit interested in any of the musicians. Go figure. I favor “Blue Collar Man” among the Styx songs, though they have quite a few winners.

    Completely unexpectedly and for reasons I can’t fathom, I did have a multi-year obsession with long-dead voice and person of Nelson Eddy. I can’t explain it even now. I’ve never been into opera or operetta for that matter, still can’t stand most of the music in that genre (though I’m open to more than I used to be) and still melt when I hear him sing.

    I never said I was sane. There is a reason I have the title “Uber Cool Nerd God” – I’m guessing I got the “uber cool” because there were no Nelson Eddy related questions. Imagine them not predicting that.
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..Fiction Philosophy- Death Part 1 =-.

  4. 4 Grace

    Because I am old I never have a clue about any of the music or groups you talk about. And I have never been obsessed with anyone or anything in the entertainment field. Got my favorites lord knows but there are so many…and they range from Verdi operas to big bands to Billie Holiday to Delta blues to old country to Adam Lambert…
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Its Friday so for those of you who party =-.

  5. 5 Stephanie Barr

    You know, when I first read the title, I thought of some yahoo I’ve seen in local commercials for insurance, but that was for “Rodney D. Young.” Couldn’t understand why you’d want to see him.

    I was going to just say, “Thank you.”

    But, hey, you ruined it by seeing someone interesting. :)
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..Fiction Philosophy- Death Part 1 =-.

  6. 6 Ron

    I’m not a huge rock and roller, but I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, “MR. ROBOTO!”

    In fact, when I lived in Japan for a summer, I would walk around singing ““DOMO ARIGATO, MR. ROBOTO!” They had no idea what the hell I was singing, it was hysterical!

    I’ve gotta look for “Dennis DeYoung Sings Broadway Standards” because like your mother, I love broadway tunes.

    So glad you had a great time at the concert, girl!

    ROCK ON!

    .-= Ron´s last blog ..A Watched or Unwatched Pot =-.

  7. 7 dcr

    Not sure who Dom is, but I’ve heard he cooks a fine steak.
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Movin’ Right Along =-.

  8. 8 Jen

    So many of my ‘firsts’ happened while listening to Grand Illusion. I got all goose bumpy just reading this. I might have to go and download some of these off of iTunes. And, he doesn’t look that bad for a middle aged guy, not for a middle aged rocker but still, he looks okay.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Empty Nest =-.

  9. 9 Anne

    I love Styx (although I have never heard of Dom Delmonico). I had the hugest crush on Tommy Shaw. Of course, I would have been happy with Broadway show tunes because I love them too.

  10. 10 Kelly

    Though I because obsessed with Chicago first (oh, right about the time they changed their name from Chicago Transit Authority to Chicago), Styx is really the only other rock n’ roll obsession I have. Love them both. And I can’t decide which Styx song is my favorite… they had SO many awesome ones.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Ariel’s Cove =-.

  11. 11 puglette

    it appears that i may be in the minority today in saying that i do not like any styx song and that as soon as they start playing on the radio i change the station. that’s ok, i will stand alone.

    my long term rock and roll obsession has been bruce springsteen. hubby knows i would drop him like a hot potato if bruce called. (not really, but i would keep bruce as a boy toy.) he is still hot and i love his music. he puts on the greatest concerts!!

    i enjoyed rod stewart’s bum long ago when he was still with faces. i still think paul mccartney is cute, and he puts on an awesome show. my robert plant fascination came about in my early 30′s. i knew he was cute and sexy and all before that but hubby helped me learn more about the music and what a great singer he is. i now kick myself for sleeping through the led zeppelin concert in the 70′s. but hey, when you start partying at 4 in the morning…well, you fall asleep 12 hours later. however, i have since seen plant and page together and robert plant alone in concert and managed to stay awake!

    i always enjoy your musically tinged blog posts, even if i don’t agree with your opinion of the music. keep’em coming!
    .-= puglette´s last blog ..Dog Park Story =-.

  12. 12 Lola

    I can’t say that I have a rock and roll obsession. I did like REO Speedwagon until I saw them a few years ago at Wisconsin State Fair (home of the cream puff). They did a standard set and basically just phoned it in. I felt cheated. Sure they sounded like the REO of old, but it didn’t seem like their heart was in it.

    Now I’d definitely like to see AC/DC again though. I saw them back in the day. Now they rawwwwwked!
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..Lola Knows How To Treat A LadyDate Night =-.

  13. 13 JD

    Erin: I JUST saw a Bon Jovi video, and it was awesome. I was never a huge fan of theirs, but I bet they put on a great show. “Grand Illusion” . . . sigh. Yes, it was everywhere in the mid-70s. It holds up pretty well, in my opinion.

    Surfie: Or as Dave kept saying, “Fennel cakes.” So have you seen the Metallica documentary, “Some Kind of Monster”? I was never a fan, but my niece played “Nothing Else Matters” at her wedding reception, and I LOVE that song. And the movie’s supposed to be good. I wonder if my mom would want to see Metallica in concert?

    Stephanie Barr: I think my mom might join you in your Nelson Eddy obsession. Does that make you a querulous old lady? Of course not! Who cares why we love what we love? I’ve had some weird obsessions over the years — yes, some that I would not even confess here!

    Also: Hee! to “Rodney D. Young.” I wonder if a lot of people Google him and wind up with Dennis DeYoung?

    Grace: Well, you know, my mom is old too, and SHE knows who Dom Delmonico is! And for someone who claims to be so old . . . Adam Lambert? Grace, you RAWK!

    Ron: You know, I took a look (and a listen) at that Broadway CD, and some of the songs seem well worth downloading. They’re not your standard Broadway “hits” (except for “Memory” from “Cats”). Oh, man. I wish I’d known you during your Mr. Roboto phase. We would’ve had a blast.

    dcr: He does indeed! But his vibrato is somewhat lacking.

    Jen: YES! Download away. I did, after the concert. There were songs I’d forgotten all about and hadn’t heard since the mid-70s. Good times. Actually, Dennis looks pretty good — I do have a problem with the hairstyle, tho (he’s 63!)

    Anne: I didn’t want to go off on a tangent here, but I had a HUGE crush on Tommy Shaw too. Loved his voice and all of “his” songs. He is definitely still rawking. Check out YouTube.

    Kelly: They really did have a lot of great songs, some, as I said above, that I’d forgotten all about. Tommy Shaw and James Young did a concert with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and Choir not too long ago. I caught it on Vh1: AWESOME!

    puglette: Oh, I’m sure there will be others chiming in to say, “THANK YOU JD for seeing Dennis DeYoung so I don’t have to.”
    I remember seeing Bruce in concert in the early 80s. Man, he was awesome and a sex god. He has aged very well. OK, back up. You slept during a Zeppelin concert? I . . . I . . . *faints*

    Lola: Mmm . . . cream puffs. I never saw REO, tho I quite liked them in the 70s and early 80s. Never seen AC/DC either, but I bet they put on a good show. I’ll never forget my mom cleaning up after a party and asking, “Whose ‘Rio’ album is this?”

  14. 14 Grace

    Well – whataya ya want from me? I have no idea who the hell Dom Delmonico is…I just googled him and this blog post came up! I’m Italian but I’m not from Brooklyn! As far as I know Styx is a river in Greek mythology…I’m gonna go and listen to Bob Marley now…I’m in a reggae mood.
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Its Friday so for those of you who party =-.

  15. 15 v

    don’t know dennis, sticks or stones, but i can’t believe you let that bulge go and didn’t circle it in red. wassa matter, not feeling well today, jd?
    .-= v´s last blog ..where’s george =-.

  16. 16 v

    okay it’s small enough to overlook, but not by me.
    .-= v´s last blog ..where’s george =-.

  17. 17 Tarheel Rambler

    Longer ago than I care to admit, I was in a band in Wisconsin and our first gig was at a venue in Green Bay. It was a fairly large “teen club” and they brought in some pretty popular bands for the time. On the day we auditioned, the band that was playing that Saturday night was setting up and doing sound checks. It was Styx. Didn’t know it at the time, but I was rubbing elbows with greatness.
    .-= Tarheel Rambler´s last blog ..The Sound of Solitude =-.

  18. 18 Lauren

    It’s great that you and your mom go out to large public gatherings together. My mom would be too distracted with cleaning up after everyone. She’s good to invite to parties after they end.

    My list: Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney, not Sir Paul McCartney, Don Henley, Jim Morrison. You didn’t mention if they had to be alive. Of course, I’m talking about when Jim Morrison was alive and composing and not his present state of decomposing. I guess that’s why he hasn’t written anything new lately. It’s hard to grab a microphone or guitar with phantom hands, not to mention a pen. I really need to get more sleep.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..WTF Did the Cashier Say Now =-.

  19. 19 Roger

    My two oldest boys and I went and saw Styx, Foreigner and Kansas, well we saw Kansas, Foreigner and some Styx before the stage started to get blown away about a month ago. Good times, and I was impressed that Tommy Shaw today, sounds like the Tommy Shaw I saw back during the Kilroy was Here tour (yes, I am a long-time Styx fan). I would like to see Dennis DeYoung play now, thanks to this awesome review. :)

    Favorite Styx song(s): Suite Madam Blue, Queen of Spades, Pieces of Eight and Rockin the Paradise (I think that’s the title).

    Styx is in a word. Awesome!

    Too bad the boys don’t get back together, I’m sure the concert would be a classic.

  20. 20 puglette

    yes, i slept through THE led zeppelin concert where the big fight happened backstage with bill graham. it’s mentioned in all of the books / histories of the band i have read. maybe this would be a good kick start to my other blog. hmmmmm
    .-= puglette´s last blog ..Dog Park Story =-.

  21. 21 Linda

    Great trip down memory road with STYX.

    I don’t have any real obsessions. I do like STYX, especially Renegage. Back when John Mellencamp was known as John Cougar, I was a big fan. When my hubby and I were first dating, back in the days when you could just go buy tickets, I mentioned I like to go see John Cougar. Next thing you know he has 2 tickets. That was a great concert.

    More recently I like Bon Jovi, and we went to see them the last time they were nearby. Funny, I didn’t listen to them 20 years ago. Thought they were just weird hard rockers. Then I saw a video and said who’s that? I was amazed at the end when it said Bon Jovi. When I hear they were coming, I had to go.

    Other favorites over the years were Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney & Wings, and probably more I can’t think of at the moment. Oh then there’s Journey.

  22. 22 Kathleen Kaufman

    I’m a concert lamo, I’ve only been to two and they were both Harry Connick Jr. I was going to marry him when I was in high school, you see, until he ran off with that tramp of a model wife of his….

    The Husband, however, has regaled me with neverending stories about seeing various hair bands and all the cool stuff they did…..as you can see, I don’t quite remember all the details….oops.
    .-= Kathleen Kaufman´s last blog ..Super Amazing Caption Contest! Enter And Win! =-.

  23. 23 absepa

    My longest-lasting rawk obsession would have to be U2…I first fell in love with Bono when I was 12. I don’t agree with the way they handle their business now (don’t make me buy all of the same songs AGAIN just to get the one new one-grrr), but I still love the music.

    My favorite Styx song would have to be Mr. Roboto. It was just so odd and kitschy. I will never forget singing along with the “long arm of the law” song with my favorite cousin, who couldn’t carry a tune if his life depended on it but was VERY enthusiastic. So much fun.
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..Please pardon this interruption =-.

  24. 24 Nicky

    Ok, I LOVE the comparison pics of Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung! LMAO!! I’m with you, Come Sail Away is still a great song. And thanks to Dave, I am now walking around singing

    “Zzz’ iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii’ve GOT TO be freeeeeeeeeeee!”
    .-= Nicky´s last blog ..A Girl Can Dream- Can’t She =-.

  25. 25 Daisy the Curly Cat

    Oooooh, my favorite song is Renegade! On account of Hangman is one of my favorite games.
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..My New Stetson Hat! =-.

  26. 26 Janiss

    Sorry, but I just cannot share in your Styx obsession. There’s something about that high vocal range that hurts my ears. I didn’t like Led Zeppelin either, for similar reasons, even though that’s blasphemy around my crowd. (Plus I thought Robert Plant was a pompous, chauvinistic dick.) Even a few years later, when Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction was my favorite spin (back in those vinyl disc days), I preferred Axl’s lower demon-range tunes like “It’s So Easy.” Not so fond of his screechy stuff.

    My obsession? The guy who really knew how to wring sex and meaning out of any rock lyric his talented songwriting guitarist threw his way: Robin Zander of Cheap Trick. Robin’s voice is Not Obnoxious, which is important to me. I met and interviewed a lot of famous people back at the height of my rock journalism days, but the only one who turned me into a blubbering idiot was Robin when I first met him in 1989. In the past few years, however he sadly has been starting to fray around the edges. Although he’s still a damn sight better (or a damn better sight) than Dennis DeYoung.
    .-= Janiss´s last blog ..And the Winner Is… =-.

  27. 27 Shieldmaiden1196

    In college, (for those of you keeping score, a full ELEVEN YEARS after the official breakup of the band) I went through a pretty intense Led Zeppelin in general Robert Plant in particular obsession. I even had the flocked neon blacklight reactive Led Zeppelin poster in my room. Right next to my Lord of the Rings poster. Right next to the bulletin board with my coveted concert ticket stubs. (I saw Robert Plant TWICE…)

  28. 28 Pricilla

    Seriously, you write about funnel cakes and leave us hanging.


    I want to know about the funnel cake!!!!
    I demand to know about the funnel cake.

    Sorry. I guess I am a hungry goat.
    I do not listen to much music except for the braying of my studmuffin in rut.
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Poor Luke =-.

  29. 29 Surfie

    I have seen the documentary. I love the Behind the Music Rockumentary VH1 did a long time ago. It was awesome!

    I would looove to see them in concert. You may have to be sneaky to get your mom to go though. Maybe if you play her the Metallica S&M album, where they recorded their songs with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, she won’t realize what she’s getting into.
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..Hope Springs Eternal And So Do the Weeds =-.

  30. 30 Katherine

    Heyyyyy…. you can see his JUNK in that picture!!! LOL! I loved Styx… knew every song you wrote about and could probably sing all the lyrics. HOW FUN you went!!!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Welcome To Hampton Roads- Y’all! =-.

  31. 31 EternalSunshine

    My iPod has more Styx than, well, than you can shake a styck at.

    My musical obsession? Duran Duran. John Taylor. ’nuff said.

  32. 32 JD

    Grace: Reggae will mellow you out. “Dom Delmonico” is a bit of an inside joke. Perhaps I will explain his existence in another post.

    v: Y’know, I’ve kinda been laying low on the bulge front thanks to SO MANY disgusting bulge-related Google searches. But that is a tasty bulge, isn’t it?

    Tarheel Rambler: OMG! How cool! That was probably even pre-Tommy Shaw. C’mon: cough up the date!

    Lauren: I know my mom was disturbed by the plastic cups littering the grounds; I had to reassure her that there were clean-up crews for that. No, they don’t have to be alive, but the crush has to be on an alive version of the decomposing corpse, which rule you seem to understand.

    Roger: I’d love to see Tommy Shaw. Everything I’ve seen online confirms that he has stood up well to the test of time. I FREAKING LOVE “Suite Madame Blue.” I couldn’t believe when DD played it — it was one of those songs I’d forgotten all about and haven’t heard since it was popular. YES: AWESOME!

    puglette: Yes, I definitely think you should share this one — and get back to your other blog, too. I guess it’s hard when you’re constantly surrounded by adorable pugs at the dog park!

    Linda: I rawk out to Journey, too. And Foreigner, Bad Company, and REO. I’ve actually MET John Cougar (back when he was “Johnny Cougar,” which will be a blog post someday). Ah, the good ol’ days when you could just buy tickets to a concert — and actually get decent seats.

    Kathleen Kaufman: She IS a tramp, isn’t she? Not that I’m competing for Harry Connick Jr., by any means. Details? Phhhhtttt. Overrated.

    absepa: I fell in love with Bono in college. U2 has been a huge obsession for me (one of the reasons I fled to Ireland after college). Not a big fan these days tho. Also in college, a friend and I drove from Indiana to Colorado with ONLY A CAR RADIO. We kept track of how many times various songs were played. “Mr. Roboto” was in the lead in double digits, as I recall.

    Nicky: Oh, I’m so happy someone gets Dave’s impression! He was so proud of it. I remember when “Come Sail Away” came out; I had the 45, and it was considered such a cool song: starting out all slow and pretty and then “rawking” midway through. Sigh.

    Daisy the Curly Cat: I bet you like singing along, Daisy. Especially the “hangman” line.

    Janiss: I love Cheap Trick, and I had a huge crush on Robin Zander. I liked that he didn’t look like a typical pretty-boy rocker. As far as I’m concerned, Robert Plant can be as pompous and chauvinistic as he likes — HE IS ROBERT PLANT!

    Shieldmaiden1196: That’s the beauty of Led Zeppelin — and blacklight posters, apparently — they never go out of style. I’m jealous you got to see Robert Plant TWICE. I saw Led Zeppelin in their mid-70s heyday, but the concert got cut short due to Jimmy Page being “sick.”

    Pricilla: A studmuffin’s braying can certainly be music to some ears. I’m sorry, but I ended up skipping the funnel cakes because I’d made the mistake of eating Culver’s spicy chipotle deep-fried cheese curds before arriving at the festival. One port-o-potty trip was enough for me.

    Surfie: I’ll have to watch for the Behind the Music. Surprisingly, even when it’s a band I don’t love, it’s always good to watch. I think my mom would fall for the orchestra-version of Metallica. As long as Dom Delmonico is on vocals.

    Katherine: Yes. Yes, you can. Ahhhh, junk. ANYway, yes, it really was fun, which I wasn’t expecting. And I’m pleasantly surprised at how many Styx fans there are!

    EternalSunshine: Oooh, yeah, John Taylor. He still looks pretty good. Duran Duran were very cool in the early days. Aw, heck, they’re still cool.

  33. 33 babs - beetle

    You lost me :)

    I have no idea who any of them are. Were they purely in the US?

    I suppose it has to be the Stones for me. In their 60′s and Rockin’ better than ever.
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..Painting by blackmail- instead of numbers =-.

  34. 34 meleah rebeccah

    Who’s your rawk-and-roll obsession? What’s your favorite Styx song? And most important, who the hell is Dom Delmonico?

    My obsession is probably the ‘Rolling Stones’. My favorite Styx song is also ‘Come Sail Away’. And I have NO IDEA who Dom Delmonico is!!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Blog Posts and Ideas! =-.

  35. 35 Lin

    Somebody needs to tell Dennis DeYoung that he is gay. VERY gay. I swear he and his wife are clueless on that one while the rest of the world knows.

    Anywhooooo… I LOVED Tommy Shaw and every one of his songs back in the day. I find it lame, BIG time, that Dennis-I’m-Gay is trying to make a buck singing Tommy’s songs. Ick.

    I do admit to loving Styx back in the day, but lost my love of them when, on my 3rd concert in a row, they repeated the set verbatim. It was horrible and I felt betrayed. I could have saved the $14 and listened to the albums at home.

    I quickly switched to the Police, and Sting and I have been together ever since. He still makes my heart flutter. Add in that he’s all into that tantric sex and stuff…….wow. And after seeing them live a year or so ago–he has still got it. Maybe even more so now.
    .-= Lin´s last blog ..Reality Bites =-.

  36. 36 Jenn of Many Cabbages

    I saw Styx right after college when I was in my Prog Rock phase. I also saw Jethro Tull, like, a million times. Because, see, it completely made my having to take flute lessons for 8 years legitimate. I would practice Tull’s “rock flute” thing yes, okay, wasn’t very. More jazz, really.

    But I still enjoy them. Pipe on, Ian Anderson! Pipe on! :)

  37. 37 Patricia (Lady Patricia Toilet on a Cliff Branson)

    Geez, you adults with your ‘oldies’ and your ‘classical music’ like your Cheap Trick and your Engelbert Humperdink…

    I enjoy ‘young Tommy’s’ hairstyle…I’m thinking maybe it’s back to bangs for me…anyone in the know about bangs? Are they in or out?

    As for the ‘old Tommy’ (I’m beginning to feel like I’m casting The Who musical) he…looks like Richard Branson. Richard Branson with a spaghetti squash in his pants. (Tommy can totally see me, hear me, touch me, if ya know what I mean…rawwr!) The only difference is that Sir Richard has his own island with a toilet with no stalls…just out in the open with the breeze, an incredible view, and your undies, should you chose to accept them, around your sandy ankles…

    Oh, Babs, you and I are peas in a pod. I remember my father taking me to see my first Stones concert…oh, and my mortified mother carefully explaining those other-other-other facts of life thanks to the vid-screen images during ‘Satisfaction.’

    The truth is, my one and only rock n’ roll love is funnelcake. And Eric Clapton. (Did you know he grew up thinking his grandmother was his mother when in fact, his mother was his sister? Just like Bobby Darrin.) Now there’s a musicial genius!

    P.S. Lauren, is your mother available to ‘attend’ weddings and babyshowers as well? We could always use someone to help clear up… ;)

  38. 38 Tarheel Rambler

    It was back in the early 70′s, when I had more hair and my voice was still good. ;)
    .-= Tarheel Rambler´s last blog ..Sunday Scenery – 108 =-.

  39. 39 Halomomma

    My ultimate rawk obsession ( and I have had many) would have to be Motley Crue. Tommy Lee specifically. Turns out I was onto something, I mean you saw the video right. Yea, THAT video. I saw the Crue in concert when I was 11 (still can’t believe my parents let me go) They rocked out and I was in LOVE!

  40. 40 Top Twenty Lists

    My obsession would probably have to be the Rolling Stones. I am sure many have the same so nothing much to tell there.
    .-= Top Twenty Lists´s last blog ..Top Twenty hilarious newspaper clippings =-.

  41. 41 JD

    babs – beetle: Really? “Better than ever”? I’ll take your word for it. Believe it or not, I was never much of a Stones fan. I thought Styx were sort of a worldwide phenomenon, but maybe they were only big in Japan. But check out Dennis DeYoung’s Broadway CD. You might like it!

    Lin: BWAH HA HA! You don’t think maybe Dennis DeYoung is into tantric gay sex? I guess it doesn’t really matter. Tommy Shaw IS Styx, and he NEVER plays “Dennis” songs in his shows. The Styx “Behind the Music” show is on YouTube, and it’s worth watching, just to see the juxtaposition of the two battling sides. I never saw them in concert. I wish I had. I would’ve gladly shelled out 14 bucks.

    Jenn of Many Cabbages: HAR! I never understood the “rock flute” or “flute rock” thing. But Ian Anderson did make flauting cool, for a while. I only really like “Bungle in the Jungle,” and that probably doesn’t even count.

    Patricia (Lady Patricia Toilet on a Cliff Branson): Yo, that’s Robert Plant with the spaghetti squash in his pants. Otherwise . . . Richard Branson? Noooooo! I do subscribe to his toilet worldview, however. Funnel cake will always top Eric Clapton and the Stones for me. Rock guitarists? There is only one, and that is Jimmy Page, followed by Jack White and then Carlos Santana. Eric Clapton IS a grandmother! HAHAHAHA!

    Top Twenty Lists: Bleh. Rolling Stones AGAIN? Haven’t any of you people heard of Zeppelin?

  42. 42 cardiogirl

    Alright, I wasn’t really groovin’ with ya until we met Mr. Roboto. Who can resist him? Do you remember the album cover on that one?

    It was mostly green with a tiny bit of red. There was a huge … anyone? Anyone? Yes, that’s right. There was a huge robot on the cover crushing humans in its metal hands (I think.)

    There was a big robot I’m sure of it.
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..Cardiogirl called and she wants her stuff back in working order =-.

  43. 43 cardiogirl

    Damnation. That was Queen News of the World.

    Well it *was* a robot and it was green. Mofo. (My faulty memory is the mofo, not you. Unless you want to be. You can be a bad mamah jamah, too. Whatever you like.)
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..Cardiogirl called and she wants her stuff back in working order =-.

  44. 44 Erock

    I saw STYX last not long ago at EIU on family weekend. Still put on a very good show. Tommy Shaw, James Young and the rest of the group have still got it! My obsessions –KISS and CHEAP TRICK I’ve been to my share of concerts over the years. The best ones in my humble opinion were KISS (with the original lmembers) FARM AID (the first one in Champaign Il) Huey Lewis– yes, I said Huey Lewis–Fantastic show, when the lights came on people refused to leave. They came back out and did some barbersop quartet type music and various other stuff. He finished the show by asking everyone to pick up after themselves and even carry the floor chairs to the workers in the back. He then set down at the piano and played Stay. Next on th list is Charlie Daniels–Great energy And finally The Stones

  45. 45 Patricia (Lady Patricia Toilet on a Cliff Branson)

    Rawk guitarists and you didn’t even mention the masterworks of Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Jose Feliciano and Yngwie Malsteen. See the YouTube and marvel at the weird name and outta-this-world insanity:


    And…just plain hilariousness. Leather pants and heavy black eyeliner to play with an orchestra?? At least he did his hair…I think?


    Plus I somehow found a guy working on being in the Guiness Book of World Records for fastest banjo player. I’m still working on being the fastest tambourine player.

    Sorry about the mix up there with the Robert Plant, my eyes were square on his uh…plant.

  46. 46 kathryn

    Oh. My. Gawd.

    You went CRAZY…..and I’m somehow not in the least bit surprised.

    Loved the part where you say you were “devil-horn-ing’ the stage….freakin’ priceless. It’s like I was right there behind you…watching the whole thing….and videotaping it to put it
    on YouTu–…..never mind.

    Such a nice thing you did for that little old lady. Out of the goodness
    of your heart and all.
    .-= kathryn´s last blog ..All Roads Lead to Jeffrey =-.

  47. 47 babs - beetle

    Are you yankin’ my chain? Broadway hits? Or has he ‘rocked’ them up?

    They may have been a hit here but I think I wavered off the scene a bit in the late 70′s/80′s.

    When we saw the Stones live a couple of years back, they were fantastic. Their playing had definitely matured with their ages.
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..Painting by blackmail- instead of numbers =-.

  48. 48 JD

    cardiogirl: According to my sources, you are wrong. But it totally doesn’t matter, because as soon as I saw the green lights flashing from the stage, I KNEW! Because green lights = ROBOTS! (I was so excited I first typed “Robits” then “Robobits.”) But there are robots on the cover. Japanese robots, to be precise. Or robits.

    Oops, OK, I should’ve read your second comment before going all Google Image on yo’ ass. Cuz I am a mofo like that.

    Erock: Wow, that Huey Lewis (YES I SAID HUEY LEWIS) concert sounds awesome. I probably would’ve enjoyed that back in the day. And tho KISS are not in my top 10, I bet they put on a good show. Thanks for chiming in!

    Patricia (Lady Patricia Toilet on a Cliff Branson): So is Richard Branson a duke or a knight or something? Is that the reason for the “Lady”? Or is that a mystical shout-out to Styx? As for the “guitarists” you mention: No, no, no, and no. I mean, they’re talented and all, but they just don’t stand out for me. No, not even Hendrix. Nevertheless, I will watch the videos and probably completely change my mind. It’s been known to happen.

    kathryn: Oh, how I wish SOMEONE (preferably you) had been YouTubing me. I dreamed of the video I could possibly make, but cameras and video devices were not allowed. That didn’t stop those asshats next to me from taking pictures on their phones, tho. That old lady was really pissed.

    babs – beetle: Would I lie to you? Nope, there is absolutely no rawking involved in this CD. Seeing the Stones live is probably something I should do before I die. Unless they die first.

  49. 49 Master Dayton

    I’m not a huge Styx fan, but I always really enjoyed “Renegade” and “Come Sail Away.” My rock n’ roll obsessions would have to be Eric Clapton and Tom Petty. Petty’s absolutely amazing in concert, and the cult classic CD #1 by the Traveling Wilburies.
    .-= Master Dayton´s last blog ..How I Turn Demand Studios Rejections Into Passive Cash =-.

  50. 50 Patricia (Lady Patricia Toilet on a Cliff Branson)

    It’s a double joke—Styx and Richard Branson is a Sir…so…laaaaaaaaaaaady…….(I guess it could be a triple if you think about Jerry Lewis yelling it…;)

    Not even the banjo guy got you going? Not even if he put his corncob pipe down his pants for a good old fashioned BPB? (Banjo Player Bulge?)

  51. 51 Preston

    I have so missed reading your blog. You are hilarious. I used to think Tommy Shaw was so hot. (Dennis DeYoung never did much for me.) People think I’m crazy for still loving Styx, but hey, I’m a product of the 80′s.
    .-= Preston´s last blog ..It Sucks Getting Old =-.

  52. 52 Sheila Sultani

    It’s weird – I was crazy about Styx and REO Speedwagon but never really cared for any of the guys themselves. The best “Reunion” type concert I ever went to was the beach boys – with 600,000 other people in DC back in 84. It’s great when you can stand up and make an ass out of yourselves when they play a song that brings back great memories.
    .-= Sheila Sultani´s last blog ..Calvins Pee Happy Ad Campaign – Totally TMI!!! =-.

  53. 53 carissa

    I don’t know how I missed this post before but I am literally in tears right now. I snorted at the Dennis Deyoung pic. Priceless.. Wonderful and priceless. You Rawk!
    .-= carissa´s last blog ..It’s my party You are on the maybe list =-.

  54. 54 Julie Jackson

    What the heck do you know! Dennis is one of the greatest singer, song writers of all time.
    His music is incredible and prolific. He is a very down to earth person. And is the voice of
    Styx! The guys are still touring but you might as well call them, The Tommy Shaw Band.
    Gowan sound like an animal in pain and near death. Styx is not styx without Dennis. Seeing Dennis is a Styx concert!


  55. 55 JD

    Master Dayton: Petty’s great in concert, eh? I was never a huge fan, but if I had the chance to see him (free) I would do it. How can anyone NOT love “Renegade”?!

    Patricia (Lady Patricia Toilet on a Cliff Branson): Oh, man, your jokes are too complicated for me! But I love them. I’ll admit: Yngwie (how DO you pronounce that?) gives good guitar face, but he’s too show-offy. Page just played. Oh, how he played.

    Preston: Aw, welcome back, my friend! I’ve missed you too. I’m surprised at how many people join me in my worship of Tommy Shaw. SO CUTE! I feel like if you love a band SO MUCH in your wild youth, a part of you always loves it, no matter how cool you get.

    Sheila Sultani: I bet that Beach Boys concert was crazy. I liked REO Speedwagon too, but didn’t like any of the guys in the band. I mean, Kevin Cronin? Ewww!

    carissa: Thank you! You rawk too.

    Julie Jackson: What do I know? Well, I know Dennis DeYoung was freaking awesome, but I’ll always be a Tommy Shaw girl. For me, Styx is Dennis DeYoung AND Tommy Shaw. Both band currently touring are just halves of a whole.

  56. 56 John

    I saw Dennis at Thunder Valley Casino (near Sacramento, Calif) a few months ago and he was amazing! His band is stellar. After the concert, I was getting drunk on beers in the casino and I walked up to the band who was sitting at the bar and talked with them a couple minutes. I told them how amazing they were, and how good it sounded in the outdoor venue. I asked if Dennis was around, and they said he is eating dinner at the restaurant in the casino, and that I could meet him if I wanted to. I said “You mean, just walk up to him?”. But, I didn’t think it right to disturb a man who is eating, so I didn’t meet him. Dennis is a very funny guy and when he is on stage, he jokes about his age and such. He made a joke that the reason the outfit he is wearing is so tight, is because it is holding up his underwear which goes up to his chest. Very funny guy.

    When the show was over, I hung around and noticed some of the band members clearing the stage, I thought it impressive that they do that themselves. I was talking to another fan and he told me that Dennis’ band is BETTER than Styx, and I thought to myself, how can that be?

    Well, it is January now and I just got back from Reno, NV where I saw Styx (Tommy Shaw and James Young) and they were very good, but I must say that Dennis DeYoung’s band sounds a little better as a whole, I can’t put my finger on it, but it just comes together so well. Still, James Young is an amazing guitarist, and there is only one Tommy Shaw. Tommy’s voice sounds so good, I just love it. It’s hard to believe he is 57 years old.

    I wonder if there will be a day when the two superstars of Styx — Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw — can come together again. Two amazing and enduring talents.

  57. 57 JD

    John: How cool! Yes, I thought DD was very funny onstage and very much the showman. His band sounded awesome. I’ve never seen Tommy and James’s version of Styx, but have you ever heard/seen the concert they did with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra? It was on VH1 — AWESOME! I, too, love Tommy’s voice, probably more than Dennis’s. Either way: Styx will always be one of my favorites.

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