Dennis DeYoung Performs Live from His Home Studio for Wgn News Ahead of His New Album Release May 22, 2020

Dennis DeYoung performs a new song “The Good Old Days” from his home studio in late March 2020 with a recorded special performance by Julian Lennon.

Dennis DeYoung’s new album “26 East: Volume 1,” will be released May 2020 via Frontiers Records and will feature the duet “To The Good Old Days” with Julian Lennon.

“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.”

— Dennis DeYoung

The collaboration with Julian Lennon came about when DeYoung wrote a verse and chorus of a song with Lennon in mind. Lennon heard the demo and said he would be honored to participate. Lennon’s vocals were recorded in October at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY.

DeYoung shares, “The moment we sang together in the studio it felt magical. I wrote the song specifically for our two voices. I had never met Julian previously, but I have been an admirer since Valotte.”

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The “26 East: Volume 1” album all started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song demo to Dennis.

“If not for Jim Peterik’s encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music,” said 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.”

The album title “26 East” was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland 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 for “26 East” 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.”

— Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung is credited with writing more Styx songs than any other Styx member, but he was ousted from the band over artistic differences. DeYoung also wrote 7 of the band’s 8 Billboard Top 10 singles, as well as a solo top 10 single.

A song co-written by Peterik and DeYoung, “Proof of Heaven” will be on DeYoung’s new album (apparently Vol. 2) and was also on Peterik’s “Winds of Change” album released on April 26, 2019.

Jim Peterik & World Stage – “Proof Of Heaven” feat. Dennis DeYoung (Official Music Video) Frontiers Records (WGN News).

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We catch up with Dennis DeYoung and chat about his new album due to be released May 22, 2020.

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