Ask your kids if they'll go with you to see Styx on April 6
If you saw Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear this past summer in The Perfect Man, you'll probably remember the scene in which Dennis DeYoung plays a Dennis DeYoung impersonator in a Styx tribute band.
DeYoung, of course, hasn't played with Styx since the 1999 studio album Brave New World.
And if you listen really, really hard to Brave New World, you can almost hear DeYoung and James Young (shown) squabbling over their diverging musical styles.
DeYoung came down with a virus around that time and the record label pushed the band out on tour with DeYoung left behind, his place filled by Lawrence Gowan.
After that, things got messy.
DeYoung launched a lawsuit over who could use the Styx name, and Chuck Panozzo left, revealing later that he was suffering from HIV.
Playing the Soo on April 6
Well, Kewadin Casino today announced its lineup for the first part of 2006, and the biggest act on the marquee is Styx, set to play an April 6 gig for which tickets will cost US$38.50.
Of course, DeYoung won't be here.
But original Styx member James Young will, and Chuck Panozzo is known to frequently sit in during concerts.
And the band's hometown press in Chicago has been talking recently about how the number of fans with underage bracelets at Styx concerts has been climbing ever since Adam Sandler cranked up Babe on his stereo in his 1999 movie Big Daddy.
Featured on Family Guy
Maybe the kids saw that scene in The Family Guy in which DeYoung trashes KISS on a KISS hotline.
Maybe they caught one of those three Styx references on The Simpsons or heard Eric Cartman butchering Come Sail Away on South Park.
Or perhaps it's part of a much larger trend of young people downloading classic rock tunes they're hearing everywhere, including advertisements and rap-music 'samples.'
"While previous generations bonded with their offspring over fishing or baseball or rolling out the dough for Thanksgiving pies, many of today's parents bond with their kids over classic rock - music born of teenage rebellion," Leslie Baldacci of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote last month.
Vintage rock t-shirts
Baldacci tells of one Chicago-based owner of a retail clothing chain catering to the 14-to-24-year-old suburban crowd, whose best-selling t-shirts are the Doors, Beatles, Hendrix, Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin.
With teenagers discovering classic rock stations and rooting through their parents' record collections, 10 percent of the Styx fans at a 1,500-seat club in St. Louis were said to be under the age of 21.
Over the weekend, the Courier and Journal newspaper in Lafayette, Indiana credited an almost-sold-out Styx concert earlier this month with providing a major shot in the arm to Lafayette's struggling 1,200-seat Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie has also announced two other vintage acts you might want to see with your kids: Rare Earth (the first all-white rock band signed by Motown) and Foghat (the British blues-rockers on whom the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap was loosely based.)
Here's the rest of the lineup announced today by Kewadin Casino:
Foghat and Rare Earth, 7 p.m.
Tickets available now
Taylor Dayne, 7 p.m.
Tickets available now
Atlanta Rhythm Section & Georgia Satellites, 7 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday December 27
Garry Allan, 7 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 3
Rock-n-Roll 70's show
Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 10
Little Texas and Kevin Sharp, 7 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 17
Styx, 7 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 24
Dave Mason, 7 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 31