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Dennis Deyoung The Music Of Styx & Eddie Money

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With the additions of August Zadra and Craig Carter the sound the look and the spirit of the new band has reached heights I could have only dreamed of. This has begun stage two of my solo live performance career.

I began stage one of these solo journeys some 10 years ago with an out of the blue offer from Tim Orchard to put together an orchestra show for a single concert at the Rosemont Theater in 2000. I enlisted a group of fine musicians I had worked with several times in the past. There was no intention to create anything other than a good show with rock band and orchestra. Dawn Feusi was brought in to sing Styx harmony and perform selections from the Hunchback of Notre Dame as part of a retrospective on my career. This included Styx, my solo rock work and Broadway. Because of the success of this show I was chosen to be the pilot for the new Public Television Soundstage program. "Dennis DeYoung and Friends" went on to be the most lucrative pledge show for PBS from this series, pledging over 100 cities across the country raising over 2 million dollars in the process, thanks to viewers like you. From this initial concept I began to get offers to perform with and without the orchestra and simply kept the same band for both shows. My set list consisted of the Styx songs that I had written and sung and remained that way until January this year.

Hank Horton my bass player and high harmony singer informed me last fall that he would be leaving the band to play in the pit orchestra for 100 Dalmatians, so I was compelled to consider changes. As I searched for a bass player Craig Carter was suggested and a demo was sent. "Great Caesars Ghost" was it good. Not only could he play bass and sing lead but he was an accomplished songwriter as well. So the search was over. Not so fast, late one night my son woke me at 12:30 at night and told me to go down to the computer and check out something he found on youtube. There was August Zadra singing Blue Collar Man in a Styx tribute band, "Mother Of Pearl" are you kidding me. I knew then and there it was time for action. Needless to say my son Matthew is still in the will and may be receiving a slightly higher amount then my daughter CarrieAnn. (Not really). August was so good at recreating a sound that both you and I have come to love that I knew I must give this thing a shot. And what a shot it has been to me personally. When we perform our new show the audience is ecstatic for they're finally getting what they have wanted from the beginning and that's ALL the songs they have come to know and appreciate. No longer would they have to settle for less. Alleluia!

The new blood has given more responsibilities to Jimmy Leahey on lead guitar and brothers and sister he's laying down guitar work that's both dazzling and tasteful. Tom Sharpe has found the perfect balance between being true to John Panozzo and modernization, without trying to over complicate. Good drumming should always serve the song. John Blasucci continues to recreate layers of keyboards that best remind us of the brilliance of the original keyboardist. (Sorry John I couldn't help myself) These changes have also brought me back to the keys, something that many of you have been wanting for some time. I must admit it has been great fun reminding myself that I was the guy who invented that stuff and played it.

The interaction between August and Jimmy both musically and in terms of stage presence has made feel like I'm back in 1981 until I look in the mirror and wonder how my dad has gotten into this band.

Special thanks to August for authenticating a vital part to our sound and to Craig for the effortless high harmonies. (Remember dude as a rule I never hire any band mate taller than me so practice the crouch). As always Suzanne sings her heart and always has my back.

Upcoming Events for Eddie Money

When you walk into the Money household, you had better be prepared for sensory overload! “Loud and chaotic,” is what 18-year-old Jesse Money calls a day in the life of her creative family. All five of the kids in the family (Jesse and her 4 brothers) are musicians of some sort and are fiercely competitive so when one starts singing or playing an instrument, the others jump right on in!

The Proud Papa is- living breathing, walking, talking, and most importantly- singing legend Eddie Money . He's ready to take things back to the days in which he grew up to show his kids– and other music-loving kids of all ages out there- why they call the songs he recently recorded, “classics.”

WANNA GO BACK hits stores on March 13, 2007 . The album is an homage to the rock of the 1960's - music that the 15 year old Eddie Mahoney and his band, The Grapes Of Wrath, played in their live sets. “Good Lovin,” and “Build Me Up Buttercup,” are just two of the many feel-good tracks on the album. “The greatest Rock and Roll ever came from that time period,” explains Eddie “It was a great time to be alive. You had your girl, your car… what else did you need?” Jesse adds to the enthusiasm for the era by proudly declaring, “Dad kept me away from the crap – he trained me to listen to the best music.”

Three of the tracks, “Mockingbird,” “Hold On I'm Comin,” and “Aint No Mountain High Enough ,” feature Jesse Money's debut recordings. “It's a pleasure to do this with my daughter, even though my lovely wife, Laurie, and I really would rather her have been a doctor,” Eddie explains with a wink and a smile. She is also a big part of Eddie's live show adding her youth and enthusiasm on stage to some of his most popular songs, including the Ronnie Spector part in “Take Me Home Tonight” and the Jo Baker part in “Baby Hold On To Me,” where Eddie makes a heartfelt tribute to his friend Baker, who passed away in 1996.

There was little re-working of the songs on WANNA GO BACK. The tracks are faithful to the originals – pristine - and Eddie wouldn't have it any other way. Members of Tower of Power , Starship, Greg Allman Band, Cold Blood and the Etta James Band horn players were involved in the recordings. The album was produced by Randy Forrester, Eddie's keyboard player, and released thru his company, BIG DEAL PRODUCTIONS, Inc. and WARRIOR RECORDS, to be distributed by UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION. Forrester has been a part of the Eddie Money clan since Money admittedly “stole” him from blues guitar legend Elvin Bishop's band in the mid ‘90s to play keyboards for his band. The close knit touring group is rounded out by longtime guitarist, Tommy Girvin, bassist Lee Beverly and drummer Chris Frazier.

“Lately, I have been running into the guys in my old band, The Grapes of Wrath” Eddie muses. “One guy works for a cab company and is a jazz guitarist. Another is married and an English teacher, you'd never know he was a rocker. It is great to be able to see them and give them a record of the stuff we played all those years ago.”

One of the things that's made Eddie Money such a huge success throughout his career is his connection to his fans. “I have probably signed every copy of every album I've made,” says Eddie of his personal touch with those who love his music. Eddie's fan base bridges many gaps including people who got into his earlier albums, their kids and even celebrities like Oscar de la Hoya (who trains to Eddie's music), Will Smith (who chatted Eddie up at his Drew Carey show guest spot) and Kevin James and Ray Romano (“they know the words to songs I forgot I even sang,” says Eddie), making this working class rock hero one of many diverse groups. Further heroism is shown in his charitable efforts. He performs at fundraisers for local schools every year. He also donates a portion of his merchandise proceeds to the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation. And in 2007, Eddie will team up with Warrior Custom Golf Clubs and U.P.S. to present the “Eddie Money Celebrity Shootout”, which will raise funds for multiple charities.

Eddie Money's career has a mythical quality. The successful rock icon is doing what he always loved. It's what took him out of the New York City Police Force and across the country at such a young age – playing and performing his own music! And, of course, Jesse brings it all together by showing us that Eddie Money , for all he's been through personally and professionally, always comes out the big winner. “My younger brother, Joe, is a straight-A student,” she says with a sly smile “Dad may get his doctor in the family yet!”

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