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Nugent, REO & STYX: The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express makes a stop at Jiffy Lube Live! in Virginia
May 21, 2012
by Craig Hunter Ross

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.

Though personnel and line ups have changed over the years, the love of live performance and bringing the music live to the people for each of these artists has not. Maybe it's those American values they bring with them to the stage every night…love of country, honor for the military, the demonstration of giving it your best through hard work, integrity and loyalty. Even in tough economic times, the fans keep coming back…and on this night, they're going to get their money's worth.
It's a beautiful spring Friday evening and the cool breeze blowing through the amphitheater known as Jiffy Lube Live! in Bristow, Virginia, is soon overtaken by the raging whirlwind known as Ted Nugent. Fans are excited to see Derek St. Holmes, the original singer and guitarist for The Ted Nugent Band along side 'Uncle Ted" as his "BBQ" begins. Within minutes "Wango Tango" is rattling the rafters and everyone is on their feet.
With three acts on the same bill, set lists would have to be slightly abbreviated, but that didn't mean there would be a shortage of classics, as well as a few surprises. Nugent provided "Just What the Doctor Ordered" (pun intended and song played), "Free for All", "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold" and other hits as well as a cover of Hendrix' "Red House", all the while weaving in humor and politically charged commentary, much to the delight of the suburban D.C. audience.

Following a complete stage set change, REO Speedwagon took to the stage as the guitar roar of Dave Amato got the crowd on their feet and rocking with their hit 'Don't Let Him Go", quickly followed by "Take it on the Run". Front man Kevin Cronin led the express trip through decades of rockers and ballads, each of which had fans dancing and singing along to what must be a great deal of the soundtrack of their lives. The hits are too numerous to name…"Can't Fight This Feeling", 'Time For Me to Fly", "Roll With The Changes" and more. All played with the joy and enthusiasm as the day they were recorded. At times, it's difficult to determine who is having more fun, the listener or the player…and that's what makes for a special show.

The evening's last stop on the "Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express" brings STYX into the station, wasting no time getting the rock going with the familiar organ refrain of "Blue Collar Man" soaring into the clear Bristow sky, as the ever youthful Tommy Shaw leaves no square foot of the stage unexplored while the cerebral James "JY" Young rips his axe to shreds, looking on approvingly.

Once again, every song is a hit, every word is sung by the audience and every note of each solo is air guitar'd along to. "The Grand Illusion", "Too Much Time on My Hands", "Lady", "Fooling Yourself", "Come Sail Away", "Renegade" and so many others would keep the party going until it was time for the train to leave the station and the 'Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express" would be on it's way to another town in another place. If there's a stop at a "station" near you, make sure you have a ticket and climb aboard. You'll enjoy the ride!
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Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent in Alpharetta, GA
May 21, 2012
by Dan harr

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.

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In Pictures: REO Speedwagon in The Woodlands, TX
May 17, 2012

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 r
May 17, 2012

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.

Saturday Night: Styx & REO Speedwagon At The Woodlands
May 15, 2012
by Chris Gray

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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