The show had been advertised on local classic rock radio for months and die hard fans were at the venue hours before hand, awaiting the entrance gates to swing open. One would be hard pressed to find a tour lineup that can boast more combined top 40 hits and platinum recordings than that of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and STYX; not to mention each act brings more than 40 years in the business to the stag,e respectively.
Classic super rockers Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent made a stop on their joint tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA, where they all performed for a packed house of fans. Detroit Rocker Ted Nugent opened the show, hitting all the notes perfectly on his many hits. Following him was REO Speedwagon, who have maintained their star rocker status for over four decades. Closing the show was Tommy Shaw and Styx, who rocked the house with their chart topping hits. It was a night enjoyed by all in attendance, who mostly stayed on their feet throughout the show, singing along to their favorites. Music News Nashville was on hand to capture the evening in photos.Click here for review.
As of last week, rock veterans REO Speedwagon -- Kevin Cronin (vocals, guitar), Dave Amato (lead guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards) and Bryan Hitt (drums) -- are on the road with the "Midwest Rock N' Roll Express" tour across parts of North America.
Prior to the outing, Cronin gave a statement to the press, saying, "I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values.... In the Midwest we work hard, play hard and rock hard." Fans can catch the tour on Thursday (5/17) at Charlotte, NC's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The 26-city trek, which also features Styx and Ted Nugent, is slated to wrap in early July.
SoundSpike photographer Eric Sauseda was among the guests with permission to take pictures during REO Speedwagon's performance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX, and here are some of his best shots.
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PHILIPPINE TIMES (bi-weekly Los Angeles newspaper geared at the Filipino community): Secured live review of the 5/6 Los Angeles show by Raul Balboa. Run date: May 10-16 issue.
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When dinosaurs roamed the earth, Saturday night in America was a pretty awesome place to party.
Considering how many times both Styx and REO Speedwagon must have been through Houston, this weekend's stop on their tandem "Midwest Rock N' Roll Express" tour couldn't help but feel haunted by the ghosts of Arrowfests past. Both bands are hard-rock groups that scored their biggest success with disgustingly maudlin radio-friendly power ballads, and both stubbornly refuse to acknowledge themselves as relics from another era.
Well into their second or even third generation of fans, why should they? The way the three kids in Styx shirts behind me, who couldn't have been older than ten or 11, were playing air drums during REO Speedwagon's set, both bands' appeal could be as strong as it ever was.In keeping with their origins as a scrappy college-town bar band in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, REO is mostly hung up on girls, one way or another: Can't live with them ("Time for Me to Fly," "Back on the Road Again") or without them ("Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Lovin' You"). Besides learning some wicked lessons from ZZ Top and Deep Purple, it's remarkable how many of their songs contain commands in the title: "Don't Let Him Go," "Take It On the Run," "Keep On Pushin'."
It would be incorrect to call them naifs, because any band that can write from such a bitter place as "Take It On the Run" knows just how cruel the world can be, but REO hasn't lost a certain sense of small-town wonder. "Golden Country," one of the oldest songs they played Saturday, brought the crowd to its feet when the LED screen showed the Stars and Stripes. Later, singer Kevin Cronin brought astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock onstage to thank him for bringing an 8-track of Hi Infidelity to the International Space Station in a moment that... sorry, it was just cool.
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