Styx kicked off their big triple bill with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts along with Tesla on May 30 in Irving, California, at FivePoint Amphitheatre. The veteran Chicago prog-rockers delighted the audience with a hit-filled 15-song setlist, which included the first live performance of their 1983 single “Mr. Roboto” in its entirety for the first time in 35 years.
Blabbermouth reports on May 31 the “The Best of Times” hitmakers performed the live rarity from their classic 1983 studio album Kilroy Was Here as part of the night's two-song encore along with their 1979 hit "Renegade." “Mr. Roboto” hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and topped the charts in Canada, but the band discontinued playing the pop hit live in 1983 in favor of a more rock orientated direction.
Fans who missed the concert can check out fan-shot footage, which was posted May 31 via YouTube. Longtime Styx lead singer Lawrence Gowan does an admirable job of handling ex-Styx frontman and “Mr. Roboto” composer Dennis DeYoung's lyrics as he belts out the instantly familiar chorus, singing, “Domo arigato/Mr. Roboto/Domo...domo.”
Styx are currently touring in continued support of their highly successful 2017 comeback album The Mission. The concept album features 14 tracks and is available here in CD, digital, vinyl and streaming formats.
Styx and company will be back in action on June 1 in Concord, Calif., at Concord Pavilion. The triple bill will wrap up July 15 in Holmdel, N.J., at PNC Bank Arts Center. Following the co-headline bill with Joan Jett, Styx will perform a string of solo dates through early fall, starting Aug. 4 in Columbus, Ohio, at Celeste Center. Grab your Styx tickets now at AXS.