Dennis DeYoung Shares “The Last Guitar Hero,” ft. Tom Morello — New (and Final) Album ’26 East, Vol. 2′ Out 6/11

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Dennis DeYoung, longtime vocalist of Styx and an accomplished solo artist, will release 26 East, Vol. 1 — his final studio album — on June 11.

Announced recently, DeYoung has now debuted two songs from the album. The latest is “The Last Guitar Hero,” and features special guest Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) doing some shredding:

26 East, Vol. 2 is a sequel of sorts to the 26 East, Vol. 1, which was released in 2020 and was the focus of a feature interview in May (click here to read that). “The last album was supposed to be my final album, but there were so many songs written that Serafino [Perugino] of Frontiers suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one,” said DeYoung in a statement.

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“The Last Guitar Hero” joins the first song debuted from the album, “Isle of Misanthrope,” which came with a wild, high-concept music video:

And some additional album information, via a news release:

Vol. 2 picks up where Vol. I left off, with DeYoung mining similar musical territory. With direct links to the classic Styx sound, as only he can provide, along with some straight ahead rock. The breadth of the album is illustrated on tracks like ‘The Last Guitar Hero’, with help from the Houdini of guitarists Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), to two signature DeYoung ballads, ‘Your Saving Grace’ and ‘Made For Each Other’ to the piece de resistance, the first single, the ‘Isle of Misanthrope’, an eight minute masterpiece with a surprise finish.

“My musical goals for this album are the same as they have always been and that’s to write the best songs possible and make great sounding records out of them. By now, Styx fans know pretty much what they can expect and I hope they will be pleased. I am,” says DeYoung in his usual witty manner.

And the album’s track listing and personnel involved:

1. Hello Goodbye
2. Land Of The Living
3. The Last Guitar Hero (Featuring Tom Morello)
4. Your Saving Grace
5. Proof Of Heaven
6. Made For Each Other
7. There’s No Turning Back Time
8. St. Quarantine
9. Little Did We Know
10.  Always Time
11.   The Isle Of Misanthrope
12.   Grand Finale


  • Sara says:

    Why isn’t he fronting Queen? He’d be much better than Adam Lambert, IMHO.

  • Dave says:

    Dennis DeYoung has written and sang some of the most iconic songs in Rock music. Why would he want to sing Freddie Mercury’s songs when he has such a large catalog of his own songs. He should still be the front man of the band he formed which is Styx.

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