DeYoung to hit the high notes at Orleans

His former band Styx turns up in Las Vegas all the time with a sound-alike singer, but the group's estranged singer-songwriter, Dennis DeYoung, stays busy on his own.

When DeYoung played the MGM Grand in 2002, it was "essentially to see if there's an audience who would come to see this middle-aged white guy singing high."

Since then, the 63-year-old has been back in concert with an orchestra and as part of a rekindled version of "JuneFest." He also has been busy composing stage musicals which adapted "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "101 Dalmations."

DeYoung is sure to croon power ballads such as "Babe" and "The Best of Times" at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Showroom at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets are $22-$44; call 365-7075.