He wants back in, but the bigger question is whether they want him back in. Former Styx vocalist and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung says that he wants to reunite with his former bandmates for one final tour.
Of course, DeYoung’s voice is well remembered for leading the band on such tunes as, “Suite: Madame Blue,” “Come Sail Away,” “Babe,” and “The Best of Times.” His remarks about a reunion came via a recentt interview with Q105.7 in Albany, NY.
“There are only two guys in Styx, really — it’s J.Y. [James Young, guitar/vocals] and Tommy [Shaw, guitar/vocals],’ De Young said, “They replaced me in 1999, they took the band — they took the name.” Showing possibly the slightest bit of nostalgia, DeYoung says that fans want a reunion: “Even Rolling Stone [magazine] had an article, that said there should be a reunion. Even though some fans like the new band that Tommy and J.Y. put together, most fans want a reunion.”
DeYoung added that one final tour is all he’s looking for, and nothing permanent: “I want one last tour for the STYX fans who want this. I don’t wanna be back in the band. One last tour — to say ‘thank you’ to the people who gave us such a great life. That’s it.”
“I just did a YouTube session where I sang ‘The Best Of Times,’ and there were over 7000 comments, people are all saying the same thing: ‘We love you.’ ‘We want this reunion.’ ‘We love you, Dennis.’ ‘We want you back in the band.’ I’m humbled by all these comments.”
In the early 1970s, DeYoung co-founded Styx alongside his neighbors Chuck and John Panozzo. James Young joined shortly after that, with Shaw coming on board in 1975. DeYoung was replaced by Canadian vocalist Larry Gowan in 1999.
Over the years, both Shaw and Young have expressed their feelings about reuniting with DeYoung. Neither appear to be in any rush to welcome DeYoung back into the fold. Shaw likened the relationship with DeYoung to a divorce. “You get married when you’re young and everything’s rosy. Then, as you start to get a little older, you realize you didn’t have that much in common and then you go through a tough divorce… We still have songs that we co-wrote together, and those are our children, and we’ve managed to find a way to keep those things in play.”
Shaw also added that the fight is not worth the struggle anymore, saying he was content to let the past remain in the past., “At this stage in my life, I want to be happy. I want to be around people who love me and that have my best interest at heart, and I don’t have to fight. There’s just not enough years left that I would want to risk not having that again.”
As is the case with most things of this nature, only time will tell if wounds and personalities can be healed. Stay tuned!