Dennis DeYoung reveals his one regret about the Styx retrospective Live in Los Angeles: ‘I chicken-sh*tted out’

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With Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles, Styx’s erstwhile vocalist has returned to his legacy in the most complete way yet — singing not just his own songs, but those associated with other members of the group, as well.

Still, as he tells Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited, DeYoung wasn’t able to include everything. And one of the omissions still bothers him.

“I am very grateful and thankful to have the opportunity to record those great songs all in one package so Styx fans can have that,” DeYoung says. “The night we did it, I was trying to decide if we should do ‘Born for Adventure’ because I have the rights to do that one. We’ve got a great arrangement for “Born for Adventure,” but at the last minute I chicken-shitted out. It is my one regret on this package. All of the people are out there, and it is a one shoot situation, and all of the cameras are out there and there is no real rehearsal. I just didn’t want to risk it. I felt risk-adverse, and now I am sad I didn’t do it, but it is still a pretty good collection of songs.”

Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles, released in October via Frontiers, finds DeYoung working with August Zadra in the Tommy Shaw role. That gave him an opportunity to perform “Come Sail Away” and “Lady” as well as “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade,” giving fans a true overview of DeYoung’s career-defining stint in Styx.

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