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Dennis DeYoung plays Styx’s ‘Grand Illusion’ in its entirety at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on April 27

Dennis DeYoung plays Styx’s ‘Grand Illusion’ in its entirety at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on April 27
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From a press release:

It was announced today that singer, songwriter, musician, and former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung will bring The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8 p.m., playing the entire 1977 album in its entirety as well as all the Styx hits.

Tickets, which are $37 for regular reserved seats and $42 for premium reserved seats, go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at and all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

Dennis DeYoung is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer, and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans.

Born in Chicago, Dennis DeYoung was a founding member of Styx as the lead vocalist and keyboardist, a tenure that lasted from 1970 through 1999. He has been credited as the writer of more Styx songs than any other member of the group. He was also the band’s most successful writer, penning seven of their eight Billboard Top 10 singles as well as a solo Top 10 single.

His live concert with a six-piece band showcases all the Styx greatest hits spanning the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” plus classic rock anthems “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madame Blue,” “Rockin’ the Paradise,” and more.

“The Grand Illusion” is the seventh studio album by Styx, recorded at Paragon Recording Studios in Chicago and released on July 7, 1977. It launched the band to stardom, spawned the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself,” and sold over three million copies in the U.S., going triple platinum. Along with “Pieces of Eight,” it is their bestselling album to date.

“‘The Grand Illusion’ album was Styx’s greatest achievement, and this year my band and I will bring its sound and spirit to life nightly on concert stages across America,” DeYoung said when the tour was announced earlier this year.

“I formulated the theme behind the ‘Grand Illusion’ album after observing how American culture creates illusions through advertising and entertainment to convince us that our lives our lacking, in order to sell products,” he continued.

“I told the audience that we were part of the ‘Illusion’ and warned them not to be ‘fooled by the radio,’ which was us, and that in the end, despite the illusions and hype created, that ‘deep inside we’re all the same.'”