2 new tracks, including a duet with Julian Lennon, available now
Styx founding member Dennis DeYoung is back with a new original solo album, "26 East, Vol. 1.” The album will be released April 10 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Two tracks from the album were released Monday: “East Of Midnight” and “To The Good Old Days” (feat. Julian Lennon). Listen to them on all major streaming services or at https://youtu.be/9ezG38Iirqg (“East of Midnight”) and https://youtu.be/-1ZFCe5b5BI (“To The Good Old Days”).
Of the song, “To The Good Old Days,” DeYoung said, “It was written specifically for Jules and I to sing together. He nailed the vocal and I harmonized. Harmony baby; I love it. It’s the final song on my album and it’s a simple farewell from me as I recall the sweetest days of my past with my fans, friends, family and forgiveness.”
DeYoung described “East Of Midnight” as a song about how late night radio changed peoples’ lives as the music transported them to a bigger world.
Stream the new singles and pre-order/save “26 East: Volume 1” on CD/Vinyl/Digital at: https://orcd.co/ddy26east_vol1
“26 East” was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, Illinois, on the far south side of Chicago. This is where his former band was formed, in his basement in 1962. Across the street lived the Panozzo twins, John and Chuck, who, along with DeYoung, would go on to form the nucleus of Styx.
The cover artwork features three locomotives traveling through space, representing the original members leaving Chicago on their journey to the stars.
"This was supposed to be my final album, but there were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one,” DeYoung said. “This is ‘volume 1,’ which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so, ‘Hey kids, there are two of them; this is volume 1.’ "
The process that brought forth the album beginning in the first place started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song to Dennis.
"If not for Jim Peterik’s encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music,” DeYoung said. "He once told me the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly; and at this time we have written nine songs together – of which five will be on volume 1. Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best: making music and having a laugh.”
For more information, visit http://www.dennisdeyoung.com.