"Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!" Those memorable words became a catchphrase way back in 1983 when they were heard on “Mr. Roboto,” the quirky Dennis DeYoung-penned hit by Styx that featured on the band’s Killroy Was Here album. DeYoung quit the band many years ago, and while Styx is still an active touring band without him, there is little doubt about what he meant to the band. DeYoung was the original lead singer of Styx and wrote seven of the band’s Top 10 hits, all of which he’ll likely play when he and his band appear Aug. 11 at the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center in metropolitan Phoenix.
A Midwestern band with their roots in the Chicago area, Styx was one of those bands that was all over the radio for approximately a decade beginning in the late 1970s. With their talent for memorable hooks and their penchant for “stretching out” with their arrangements, Styx got airplay both on radio stations that catered to the Top 40 as well as at progressive FM radio, and they would also place more than 10 videos into rotation at MTV. For his part, DeYoung wrote big hits “Babe,” “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Rockin’ the Paradise,” all of which continue to get airplay today at classic rock radio.
The Dennis DeYoung performance kicks off the new season at the Mesa Arts Center, where an eclectic line-up of shows will be on offer as the season plays out well into 2018. Here’s a look at some of the other upcoming shows at Mesa Arts Center:
Aug. 17 – Herbie Hancock
Sept. 15 – George Benson and Kenny G
Sept. 17 – The Beach Boys
Oct. 6 – “Take Me to the River” with Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, William Bell and the Stax Alumni Band
Oct. 13 – Andrew Bird
Oct. 17 – Ludovico Einaudi
Oct. 22 - "Love on the Floor" with Cheryl Burke
Oct. 25 – Hudson (Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield) (Piper Repertory Theater)
Oct. 25 – Home Free (Ikeda Theater)
Nov. 3 – Steep Canyon Rangers
Nov. 5 – Gregory Porter
Nov. 25 – The Righteous Brothers
The calendar at Mesa Arts Center also includes Christmas shows, classical music concerts, spoken word events, world music and dance presentations, theatrical presentations and a variety of National Geographic Live shows. For a complete list of upcoming shows and events go here.