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Dennis Deyoung & Night Ranger

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Jan 27, 2018 – 7:30 PM

16103 Lexington Blvd
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Dennis DeYoung: Within Styx, DeYoung acted as lead vocalist, keyboardist, accordion player, producer, writer and creative force behind many of the band's hit songs. A self-taught keyboardist, DeYoung quickly became one of the most notable players of that instrument in rock. Featured on the cover of the January 1981 issue of Contemporary Keyboard magazine (a story that was reprinted in Contemporary Keyboard's book on the greatest rock keyboardists), DeYoung described many of his steps along the way through his keyboard-playing career: He'd never played an acoustic piano until the recording session for 1972's "Lady"; he recorded the track for 1979's "Babe" in a friend's basement on a Rhodes electric piano he'd never touched before; the odd feeling of switching back to playing accordion for the song "Boat On The River" and discovering how small the keys felt to his fingers after years of playing electric organs and pianos.[2]

As a keyboardist in Styx, DeYoung was best remembered for his prominent lead synthesizer solos performed on the Oberheim synthesizer that dominated the mix with a unique tone, a key element of the Styx sound. DeYoung pioneered the use of synthesizers in rock and roll.[citation needed] Influenced by the recent release of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's first album, DeYoung — a novice synthesizer player at the time — used a modular Moog to record the keyboard tracks for the first Styx album. This album featured a rock version of "Fanfare for the Common Man", more than 5 years before ELP came up with a similar idea of recording this classical composition as a rock band featuring the synthesizer that would later become one of ELP's best known recordings.

DeYoung's songs often had a grandiose style to them in the tradition of 1970s theatrical rock, which heavily influenced the group's direction in the late 1970s, culminating in the concept albums Paradise Theatre (1981) and Kilroy Was Here (1983). The dissent of some members in the band during Kilroy brought tensions between the group's members over the future direction of the band, leading to guitarist Tommy Shaw's departure in 1984.

Night Ranger: Night Ranger was one of the '80s biggest hard rock acts, selling over ten million copies and performing at some of the largest venues in the world. After a short lived break-up, the original members of the band rejoined in 1995 to release more albums and tour to their international fan base. Night Ranger tour dates are currently scheduled internationally. Don't miss a date on the Night Ranger concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Night Ranger tour dates and venue information.

The group formed in San Francisco in 1982 and were an immediate hit on the local club scene. Known for their rowdy live performances, the band had opened for ZZ Top and Ozzy Osbourne before releasing their debut album, Dawn Patrol, in 1982. The album was a Platinum success and the band found their videos in heavy rotation on MTV. In 1984, they released their breakthrough album, Midnight Madness, which featured the #5 power ballad, "Sister Christian". Night Ranger tour dates were scheduled internationally on their first headlining concert tour. In 1985, Night Ranger released their biggest selling album to-date, Seven Wishes, which became their first album to chart in the top ten on the Billboard 200 en route to three million copies sold.

The band released two more albums in the '80s, Big Life (1985) and Man in Motion (1989), before disbanding in 1989. Jack Blades left the group to form Damn Yankees and the other members focused on solo projects. However, by 1995 the band reunited to record a new album and embark on a Night Ranger worldwide tour. The band is still in the studio and on the road. Night Ranger recently released Somewhere in California, in 2011 and have been on the road on a promotional tour ever since. Night Ranger remains as one of the great power-rock bands of the '80s whose nostalgic fans return over and over again to their riotous live shows. Stay on top of Night Ranger tour dates using Eventful as your concert calendar.
 

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