To many classic-rock fans, it would seem a bit of unnecessary clarification to bill a Dennis DeYoung show as "Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx."
After all, as the band's main vocalist, chief songwriter and keyboardist, anyone with a ticket to the show surely knows they will hear the headliner belt out classics like "Lady," "The Grand Illusion," "Babe," "The Best of Times," "Come Sail Away" and -- yes -- "Mr. Roboto" in that utterly distinctive voice.
Despite all that success, though, DeYoung himself felt that his name alone doesn't have enough familiarity; thus the extra wording he is allowed to use after some messy legal wrangling upon his unceremonious 1999 ouster from the band. After all, it's his legacy too.
"When I was replaced, I had to find a way to work it out. I worked really hard at promoting a certain four-letter word my whole life," DeYoung says today. "And there is a genuine honesty to Styx music. It was heartfelt. We weren't trying to be ironic or smarter than anybody. And I'm proud of that."