Dennis DeYoung, perhaps best known as the front man and auteur of Styx’s love-it-or-hate-it opus “Mr. Roboto,” will play Akron’s historic Goodyear Theater this coming Friday, May 5th.
Although most famous for being the front man/keyboardist for the venerable group, he left the band more than thirty years ago. Launching a successful solo career in the mid 1980s, DeYoung reunited with the now Tommy Shaw-less version of the band in 1990. After recording a new version of one of their classic hits, “Lady ’95” was released on a 1996 compilation Styx Greatest Hits; the album proved moderately successful and the band toured again. DeYoung was a part of the oufit again until 1999, when old tensions amongst bandmates resurfaced. After a lawsuit, DeYoung was allowed to declare “Dennis DeYoung plays the Music of Styx,” while the band itself maintained their moniker.
Today, DeYoung tours with a new band that plays much of the Styx catalogue that the world has come to cherish. Unlike many of his contemporaries, his voice is remarkably fit and strong. He’ll play the Goodyear with his new band this coming Friday night. For more info and ticket information, click here.