YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown lost one of its rock-n-roll legends this week when Dennis Sesonsky died.
Don’t remember Sesonsky? That’s because his stage name was Dennis T. Menass, the long time lead singer of Left End.
Left End was in an in-your-face rock and roll band popular in the 1970s and 80s and Menass was Youngstown’s version of Alice Cooper.
“Dennis was really an enigma,” Left End drummer Pat Palombo said.
Palombo talked with Sesonsky right up to his last day.
“He turned heads with his exorbitant costumes, his makeup, his whole persona just commanded attention. He could control an audience anywhere in the country,” Palombo said.
In 2000, WYTV anchor Stan Boney did a story on Left End as it rehearsed for a reunion concert.
“I sound better than I ever sounded. Really, as I get a little bit older, I hate to say that because it’s only a number, but I have gotten better. I really have,” Sesonsky said during that interview.
Palombo said Sesonsky was one of the best rock-n-roll singers anywhere.
“Dennis could sing anything any other singer did. When he did a Mick Jagger song, he sounded like Mick Jagger. He could do anything Led Zeppelin played, Foreigner, any of these bands that had great singers, Dennis could do it,” Palombo said.
Sesonsky graduated from Chaney and retired from General Motors. His obituary stated that he died at the age of 65 after a long battle with cirrhosis of the liver.