Styx Say Mr. Roboto Both Curse And Blessing

The 1983 Styx song "Mr. Roboto" was both a blessing and a curse for the band.


According to guitarist James "JY" Young, the song -- and its album, Kilroy Was Here -- led to the end of the original line-up.

"It was an ugly time, but I'm not bitter about it anymore," Young tells Billboard. "It's clear that moment in time was a huge mistake. We gave [singer-keyboardist Dennis DeYoung] enough rope to hang himself and us, collectively...We killed the golden goose, at least for the time being..."

The blessing lies in the fact that it introduced a whole new audience to the band.

"There were young people whose first song they bought was 'Mr. Roboto,' and that sent them back to the previous albums ... it actually spawned the next generation of Styx fans. A lot of people under the age of 12 bought it, and those people are now in their 30s, perhaps even older. It just became clear from an unsophisticated poll that there were people coming to our concerts that wanted to hear that song, so we just decided to try and do it."

The band had never done the song in concert before this current tour. It has been well received.

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