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The Grand Illusion

by

Styx



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In a 1978 radio interview, Dennis DeYoung explained how he told a friend that he wanted to title a song "The Grand Illusion." Some time later, Dennis was talking to this friend on the phone and the friend said, "Hey, whatever happened to that song idea you had about a grand illusion?" Dennis said, "Man, I forgot all about that." He hung up the phone and went to work. He already had the music, so he started playing the tune and the words to "The Grand Illusion" came out. (thanks, Steve - St Louis, MO)
The album The Grand Illusion was released on July 7, 1977,(7-7-77), and it was Styx's 7th studio album released. (thanks, Randy - Colerain Twp., OH)
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Comments (7):

thanks sam for bringing up the bad luck they had in later years. seriously I was at the concert in Mancos, Co where a random gust of wind from a summer thunderstorm blew over the roof on the stage they were playing on injuring a couple band members
- Justin, Durango, CO
Due to the ipod generation, my daughter,13, discovered styx on mine. She loves most of the same songs I do. I plan to take her to a concert if they get to this area again. I missed them when they were at Ball St.
- Kent, Fort Wayne, IN
Was checking out artistfacts on the band------didn't know in later years all the bad luck they encountered. That's really a shame.
- Sam, Hipsville, CA
My uncle got me into styx, loved em ever since, saw them live when i was seven, then 10 years later at seventeen, great live show
- Cody, Janesville , WI
Wow that's cool about the letter, Eddie! I went next door to my neighbor's house who had a killer stereo and he played me this title track and I was BLOWN AWAY! I was just a kid so it had MAJOR impact.
- Don, San Antonio, TX
styx is so cool!
- Mara, Coruscant, England
When I was 9 years old, I looked at the back of "The Grand Illusion" album, and found an address to which I could write Styx, which I promptly did.
It wasn't the first time I had written to a band, but it was the first time I got an actual written reply. It was obviously not a form letter, because various questions I had asked in my letter (including when were they releasing a live album) were answeed.
- Eddie, Acton, ME
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