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Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung addresses similarities between 2112 and Kilroy Was Here

Thu, Feb 27, 2014@8:39AM | comments

In a Facebook post earlier this week, former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung humorously addressed allegations that have been made by some over the years claiming that Styx's 1983 concept album Kilroy Was Here was a rip off of Rush's 1976 classic 2112.

... Though I have great respect for Rush, I have never owned a Rush album and know them mostly from their songs that made the radio; Tom Sawyer, Fly by Night, Closer to the Heart. I was surprised to find that I didn't recognize any of the song titles on this album. I guess what I'm getting at is if there are ANY similarities between 2112 and Kilroy it's totally coincidental. ...

He then spends about 5 paragraphs on a tongue-in-cheek comparison between the stories told on the 2 albums.

... 2112 has the Red Star of the Solar Federation and the temple of the Syrinx. Neil's thinking big thinks here while Kilroy only has little old Dr Righteous and the Majority for Musical Morality. Wimpy by comparison. Hell Rush had the whole damn galaxy no wonder they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ...

You can read the entire thing online here. DeYoung will be playing the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on March 18th for a show that will be taped for an AXS TV special and DVD.