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Dennis DeYoung: A founding member of Styx
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dennis DeYoung said he had to be honest. He thinks the chances of he and his former bandmates in Styx somehow getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame aren't good.
The multi-platinum singer/songwriter and former front man of the band best known for hits like "Come Sail Away," "Lady" and "Babe" sounded resigned to Styx's fate of being excluded from the honor.
He said, "Obviously, everybody would like to be well thought of. Of course, you'd like to be in, but I just don't know. There are so many bands that are more deserving than Styx who are not in," said DeYoung, who performs Friday night at the Clay Center.
The problem comes down to who controls the nomination process, which DeYoung said is largely decided by Rolling Stone magazine. Its publisher Jann Wenner, co-founded the Hall of Fame and sits on the nominating committee.
DeYoung said Rolling Stone has never been a supporter of the kind of rock music Styx or other successful bands of that generation played. It's not just Styx that's been left out, but bands like Boston, Foreigner and Journey.
Record sales, fans and even continuing popularity don't seem to make much difference, and DeYoung said he's confused by what it takes to even get considered. Some of the performers that have been honored aren't really known for rock music.
Songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, for example, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, which DeYoung said doesn't make a lot of sense.
"Leonard Cohen is a nice man and a fine songwriter, but ..."
The Canadian isn't exactly a rock star, and neither is Madonna, for that matter, who also was inducted in 2008.
"Madonna is a huge pop star," DeYoung said. "She's had a formidable career and a lot of great songs, but I don't know what that has to do with rock 'n' roll."
DeYoung said he isn't the only one perplexed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's judgment.
"I'd like to be in," DeYoung affirmed, "but I have my doubts."