Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello knows the history of rock 'n' roll as well as anyone, so when former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung asked him for a guest solo, Morello was honored to take part.
DeYoung's forthcoming solo album, 26 East, Vol. 2, arrives June 11. You can hear the new new single, "The Last Guitar Hero," featuring a ripping Morello whammy-pedal solo, via the player above!
In a recent Instagram post celebrating the new song, Morello noted how the impossibly humble DeYoung approached him: "Hi Tom, I'm not sure if you're familiar with my music but..."
"I said, 'Stop right there!! Every single time I'm in my hometown I PACK the jukebox at the local bar with those great Styx songs all night long! 'Man Of Miracles'? 'Renegade'? 'Suite Madame Blue'? 'Mr. Flippin' Roboto'?! Fellow Illinois rocker, it would be an honor," Morello recalled.
DeYoung was born and raised in Chicago. It was there that he co-founded Styx in the early-'70s. Morello grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, about an hour north of the Windy City.
The title of DeYoung's new album, 26 East, is a reference to the Roseland, Illinois, address where DeYoung grew up and where Styx formed.
DeYoung said that last year's release, 26 East, Vol. 1, was meant to be his final studio album, but he had so much material for the record he divided it into two LPs.
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