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New album out April 10 on Frontiers.

From Ultimateclassicrock.com:

Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung has unveiled the details for his upcoming LP, 26 East: Volume 1.

Ten songs will comprise the album, DeYoung’s seventh solo studio effort and first in over a decade. The LP includes a previously announced guest appearance by Julian Lennon on the song “The Good Old Days.” A full track list can be found below.

26 East was originally planned as DeYoung’s final album, but the singer later decided to split it into two separate volumes.

"There were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of (record label) Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums,” DeYoung explained in a statement. “So be it. 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.”

In a Facebook post, DeYoung’s label confirmed April 10 as Volume 1’s release date. Details for Volume 2 have yet to be revealed.

The title “26 East” refers to 26 E. 101st Place, the Chicago address where DeYoung grew up and from where Styx was formed. The rocker served as the group's frontman and primary songwriter over three separate stints: 1972-1984, 1990-1991 and 1995-1999. The three trains featured on 26 East’s cover art represent the three musicians who founded Styx -- DeYoung, along with brothers Chuck and John Panozzo.

In support of the new album, DeYoung will hit the road for a string of North American performances. The singer’s tour begins Feb. 14 at the River City Casino in St Louis, Mo. and concludes July 11 in Austin, Texas.

Track Listing
1. "East Of Midnight"
2. "With All Due Respect"
3. "A Kingdom Ablaze"
4. "You My Love"
5. "Run For The Roses"
6. "Damn That Dream"
7. "Unbroken"
8. "The Promise Of This Land"
9. "To The Good Old Days"
10. "A.D. 2020"



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From Frontiers:

Styx founding member Dennis DeYoung is back with a new original solo album, "26 East, Vol. 1.” on April 10th! Two tracks from the album have been released, ‘East Of Midnight’ and ‘To The Good Old Days’ with Julian Lennon. 

Of the song, ‘To The Good Old Days,’ DeYoung says, “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 describes ‘East Of Midnight’ as a song about how late night radio changed our lives as the music transported us to a world bigger than the one we knew.”

“26 East” was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, IL on the far south side of Chicago. This is where the 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 states. “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,” says DeYoung. "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 9 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.”

To kick-off the release of the album, DeYoung will appear at the House of Blues Chicago on April 3, 2020. Every attendee will receive a physical copy (CD) of “26 East”. In addition, the album will be played in it’s entirety on the house PA, followed by a Q&A session with DeYoung and Jim Peterik to discuss the new music. A live performance of The Music of Styx will follow after that. Attendees can also expect to hear a few songs from the new album performed live. In support of the release of “26 East,” DeYoung will tour heavily throughout 2020.

1. East Of Midnight 
2. With All Due Respect
3. A Kingdom Ablaze
4. You My Love
5. Run For The Roses
6. Damn That Dream
7. Unbroken
8. The Promise Of This Land
9. To The Good Old Days with Julian Lennon
10. A.D. 2020

-Dennis DeYoung: Keyboards, fake drums, fake bass, fake news, and some vocals. Oh, and Vuvuzela.
-Jim Peterik: Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals and Vuvuzela 
-August Zadra: Electric Guitars, vocals 
-Jimmy Leahey: Acoustic and electric guitars 
-Craig Carter: Bass, vocals and invocations 
-Mighty Mike Morales: Drums and all day sound checker 
-John Blasucci: Keyboard’s
-Mike Aquino: Electric Guitars 
-Kevin Chalfant: backing vocals 
-Matthew DeYoung: Drums on “To The Good Old Days”
-Ed Breckenfeld: Drums on “Unbroken”
-Zoe and Austin Orchard for Ring Around The Rosie 
-The Chicago Children’s Choir and conductor Josephine Lee



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