Styx guitarist J.Y. Young admitted to us that he's still coming to terms with the band finally including its 1983 hit, “Mr. Roboto” in its setlists for the first time in 35 years. The Dennis DeYoung-written classic was the Top Three lead single from the band's Kilroy Was Here concept album, which marked the band's last with the dramatic frontman and final album featuring the classic lineup.
With fan requests for the song never drying up and its use in commercials gaining the track a whole new spate of fans, bandleaders Tommy Shaw and J.Y. Young finally brought the song back into rotation. Young reveals that he still has very mixed emotions about the song: “We steered away from it for ages. Stylistically, it was never what I was after — and sort of, the bad feelings that went along with that record, 'cause that's really the project. . . y'know, the things that led up to it (laughs). . . and then during it. . . that broke up the band in the first place — 'end of '83. That was a song that really knocked us down to half of what we were just two years before after doing, four, three million selling albums in a row — The Grand Illusion through Paradise Theatre.” band — in small amounts that they did — and there was young people there where the first song that they ever bought was 'Mr. Roboto' and that sent them back to the previous albums. So, while it killed the momentum of the first huge wave of Styx, it actually spawned the next generation of Styx fans.” (:23 OC: . . . generation of Styx fans
Just released is Sing For The Day!, Tommy Shaw's solo 2016 concert performance with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, which will be available on Blu-ray, CD, and Digital Audio/Video.
Highlights on the set include live versions of such Styx classics as “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Crystal Ball,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” — along with Shaw's 1990 Damn Yankees' Top Three classic, “High Enough.”
Source: Pulse of Radio