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Review: Dennis DeYoung and the Florida Orchestra bring Styx's greatest hits to life at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater




Sometimes everything just clicks. That was the case at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, when former Styx singer Dennis DeYoung enlisted the Florida Orchestra to help him recreate some of the biggest songs in rock 'n' roll history.

Stuck in the '80s' Steve Spears -- who interviewed DeYoung for more than an hour to preview the show -- was there, and he described the show as a rousing, life-affirming, everything-you-want-it-to-be extravaganza:

It felt like a 2 1/2 hour reawakening of the spirit as he rolled through tunes like Suite Madame Blue, Lady, Babe, Grand Illusion and more. The crowd was on its feet early and often -- "Testify, Dennis!" -- and it was impossible to even consider anything but the moment we were in.

Dennis just turned 65, but carries himself on stage with the energy of a 25-year-old. His voice still in tip-top condition, he didn't shy away from any high notes. (In fact, he's a stickler for nailing them. After missing the first exploding note of Rockin' the Paradise, he quickly resang the line for us after the tune, blaming the missed note on the "amazing cookies" backstage during intermission. Yes, the crowd adored that.)

Click here for Steve's full review.

(Photo not from Friday's show)

[Last modified: Saturday, February 25, 2012 7:36pm]


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