Dennis DeYoung live
Posted by: Bladesian ()
Date: November 01, 2000 02:50AM

I'll warn you now. This is NOT an objective review. It's a report of my experience of the show. And I guess I'm posting that because even though I disagree with Dennis's attitude with regards to Styx and with him sueing the band, still, well, he's a great performer and I very much support his solo career. I'm still very much a fan.

Dennis DeYoung in St. Louis Sunday night...

In word... awesome

In two words... totally awesome.

In three words... I love Dennis!!!!

Now, I went in February in Chicago. I was first row of the balcony,
center section. It was awesome. A wonderful view of the whole.

This time, my seat was MUCH closer. Not so good of an overview of the
stage. But a MUCH closer view of Dennis.

When he walked out, singing "Grand Illusion"... my oh my... I was
mesmerized just by the fact that Dennis was there -- that he was there
in person and so close to me. (The Febrary show and this one are the
only times I've seen Dennis live.) Dennis looked at me during that
song. My Hunchback shirt might have got his attention. :-) He looked
at me more than once. But, I was still so freaked out by him being
there that him looking at me didn't freak me out. But, later during
"Desert Moon" he looked at me, and ran his hand across his chest
horizontally (The image on the Hunchback shirts has a horizontalness to
it) and then pointed at me. Then I freaked. He not only looked at me,
he gestured at me! My oh my...

It was awesome. Song wise, pretty much the same as when I saw him in
Chicago in February. He didn't do the Jerry Lee Lewis songs this time.
(Also, I'm not sure if he did "Light Up" last time.) He changed the
order some (at least if my memory of the February show is accurate.)

Totally wonderful. I can't say that too many times.

The man... I love him. That's all there is to it. Yeah, he ain't
perfect, and I don't always agree with him, and I don't like everything
about him. But that don't change the fact that he is also wonderful.
Wonderfully wonderful. And, it was wonderful to watch him, and
wonderful to hear his wonderful music he's written, and wonderful to
hear his awesome singing. And wonderful to listen to what he had to
say. Oh yeah, and wonderful to hear him play when he played. (And the
other players were good too.)

It was awesome.

Oh yeah, I liked "Lady". I definitely enjoyed it this time. Wonderful
song. (Not that I liked it better than the rest, it's just, I didn't
like it so much the first time I saw Dennis live).

I could go into the details. But I really don't want to. I feel like
talking about my experience, not the show. But, I'll note a few things,
without details...

Hunchback stuff... awesome... audience applauded loudly... folks don't
have to know stuff to enjoy it!

Tommy Dziallo... good lead guitarist.

Dennis had to restart "Lady" do to lack of a microphone!

I could only see Dennis's legs when he was at the piano. I did enjoy
watching him play his organ solo on "Sweet Madame Blue" though.

Some good stage banter.

Dennis wrote "Babe" in 1979 for his wife's 30th birthday. (As Dennis
said, you do the math.)

During "Mr. Roboto", someone came out with a Roboto head and a St. Louis
Blues (NHL hockey) shirt with the number 1 and the name DeYoung. It
turned out to be Dennis's son Matthew.

Dennis said something happened in 1990 -- I forgot what -- and Mike
Eldred corrected him and said 1997, and Dennis goes, "Well, what
happened in 1990?" and Mike Eldred (I hope I got the name right) replied
"I was in high school). :-)

Oh yeah, on "Lady" Dennis sang the first two verses backwards. I think
it was a mistake. I'm like going to myself "That's not right, that's
not the first line." But then for the 2nd verse then he did what's
supposed to be the first verse. It's still a great song, even a little
out of order. :-)

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Dennis DeYoung live220 Bladesian 11/01/2000 02:50AM
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RE: Dennis DeYoung live 139 Rocker Chic 11/02/2000 04:53AM
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