Styx, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon announce 2012 tour
The black light poster/Spandex-era acts announced that the 30-date outing, in which Styx will headline, will kick off May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas, and cross the country before winding up in Gilford, N.Y., on July 7, with an L.A. date scheduled for May 6 at the Greek Theatre.
So, it's time to ask yourself, how much power balladry can you stand?
Though stone-washed denim jackets, scissor kicks and wailing guitar heroes may seem to have gone the way of, well, stone-washed denim jackets, scissor kicks and wailing guitar heroes, their influence lives on in the compilation CDs available in pharmacy gift shops everywhere.
With years on the festival and casino circuit under their belts, this line-up of former arena rock staples will reprise that role with a vengeance across the heartland. The title of the tour is a proud homage for Illinois-bred bands Styx and REO Speedwagon (from Chicago and Champaign, respectively) and Nugent, who has roots in Detroit.
Press statements released Wednesday about the tour show that these Midwestern rockers make no apologies for their corn-fed corniness:
"I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values,” said REO Speedwagon singer-guitarist Kevin Cronin. "In the Midwest we work hard, play hard, and rock hard. I am proud to join my brothers in STYX and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock 'n roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world. I am ready to climb aboard the ‘Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!’ Rock On baby!"
Styx singer Tommy Shaw is calling the tour a "Twang Fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base."
Soundtrack for misbehavior? Really? This?
"Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing rock songs," exclaims Styx guitarist-singer James "JY" Young. "It's time for mega-platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!"
So, will the last day on Earth sound more like "Lady" or "Wango Tango"? Or perhaps like the long (and thankfully) forgotten supergroup Damn Yankees that Nugent formed with Shaw in 1989.
And the random dis on "Glee" is a little snickerworthy when you consider that both of these bands are easy targets for the Fox show, especially thanks to Corry Monteith's rendition of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling."
Check out the dates for the tour below:
DATE CITY VENUE
May 1 Hidalgo, Texas State Farm Arena
May 3 Albuquerque Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
* May 4 Tucson Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre (no Ted Nugent)
May 5 Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
May 6 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
May 8 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 10 Council Bluffs, Iowa Mid America Arena
May 11 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
* May 12 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Ted Nugent)
May 13 Corpus Christi, Texas Concrete Street Amphitheatre
May 17 Charlotte, N.C. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 19 Virginia Beach, Va. Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre
May 20 Alpharetta, Ga. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 21 Kansas City, Mo. Starlight Amphitheatre
June 22 St. Louis Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 23 Ft. Knox, Ky. Godman Army Airfield
June 24 Chicago Charter One Pavilion
June 26 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 28 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 29 Scranton, Pa. Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
June 30 Cleveland Blossom Music Center
July 1 Atlantic City, N.J. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Center
July 3 Verona, N.Y. Turning Stone Resort Casino
July 5 Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Arena
July 6 Big Flats, N.Y. Summer Stage
July 7 Gilford, N.Y. Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
-- Nate Jackson
Photo: Guitarist-vocalist Tommy Shaw of Styx. Credit: Skip Bolen