Awesome 80's Flashback

I was into Styx big time in HS and college, collecting all their albums and following the band member's solo careers. Mr. Roboto was the song that started it for me, believe it or not.

I've got a couple of Dennis DeYoung's and Tommy Shaw's solo albums as well as a three Damn Yankees albums with Tommy Shaw. I even have James 'JY' Young's first solo album with Jan Hammer of Miami Vice fame (not good, at all). Tommy Shaw was the only one to have any real musical success outside of Styx with the Damn Yankees, who were awesome. I always thought that although Dennis was seen as the leader of Styx, it was Tommy who made the band a big success in the 70's.

The Kilroy was Here tour was pretty cool, at least I thought so (I only saw it on VHS tape after teh fact). It opened with a movie made by the band that told the story of how Rock and Roll was banned and 'Kilroy' was a rocker who was imprisoned because he wouldn't stop. He overpowers a Mr. Roboto (Japanese servant robot thing) and uses it as a disguise to escape. He then organizes a protest/concert in the old Paradise Theater. That was the end of the film and the start of the concert. At the end of the show, the 'authorities' break in and drag the band off stage.

Dennis DeYoung (lead singer) was always interested in the Rock Opera concept and this was his baby. Yeah it was cheesy, but it was 1983, everything was cheesy.

I later saw them on the Edge of the Century tour int he late 90's and they put on a great show.

Thanks to Jared at the Thinklings for the video.

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I'm biased but the 80's had some great rock music. I think the 90's belonged to country and I'm too old to know what's going on in 2000's.

Heh - I liked Styx a little earlier and most of us thought of Mr. Roboto as a low point. If we were into jazz, well, Jan Hammer was pretty good before Miami Vice.

I still like Styx. Pre - Mr. Roboto...

Synchronicity came out that year, too, offsetting some cheese. :)

Synchronicity was (is) awesome. Great album.

I agree, Kilroy was a low point for Styx, but I still love it. Once I got it, I started collecting other Styx stuff and found what you already knew - the earlier stuff is better.



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