Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (November 21, 2013) - In response to the recent wave of storms that brought tornadoes and highly-damaging winds to the Midwest, STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON have announced that they are using their combined might to help raise funds for those affected by this tragedy. On Dec. 4, these proud members of the Midwest’s rock elite will appear with special guests (to be announced shortly) at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois in a fundraiser: Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. Funds will be earmarked for affected families in central Illinois communities that were left reeling in the wake of devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening.
Tickets for this performance go on sale at www.ticketmaster.com for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com for up-to-date information. Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made here.
STYX guitarist and IL native James “JY” Young said, “As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I’m reminded of his famous quote, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt. It’s our turn to ask what we can do for this great State, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois.”
REO SPEEDWAGON singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin said, “I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word ‘Illinois’ is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering in Washington, IL and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own… the people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs.”
“With our company being based in this area for over 40 years and my family living in Pekin which was affected by the storm, we wanted to do something to help all those affected. Everyone at Jay Goldberg Events have had friends, family members and employees who were directly impacted by the storm,” said Jay Goldberg of Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment.
City of Bloomington Manager David Hales said, “The City of Bloomington has heavy hearts for those affected in the recent tornado outbreaks around Central Illinois. We know that our city and surrounding cities will pull together to help out and support this cause. We are glad to be hosting this benefit concert in our city.”
“We are honored and excited to be hosting this benefit concert. We are passionate about our business and know this is the best way that we could help out. Everyone involved in putting on this concert has dropped everything to make this happen, and we are looking forward to a very successful event to help those that need it,” said John Butler, President of Central Illinois Arena Management that operates the US Cellular Coliseum.
Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON’s Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands’ last tour together, the Midwest Rock N’ Roll Express, Rock to the Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information visit: www.rocktotherescue.net and www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.
Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD
Photos: Marcy J Royce
Pier 6 Pavilion – Baltimore, MD
August 23, 2013
Review by Marcy J Royce
A beautiful warm evening in the port of Baltimore set the stage for one hell of a rock show. STYX was the main attraction with special guests REO SPEEDWAGON. These two veteran groups have been touring together at times for years yet this was the first time I’ve been able to attend the grand show. As I passed through the entrance I began to notice the main age group for this show. Surprisingly my age and at least 20 years older. Very cool! These bands still can draw a large crowd following and that makes me happy because many of the bands from the 80’s are still viable and can tour well.
It wasn’t long before I needed to prepare myself to photograph REO SPEEDWAGON. Their set was a perfect blend of the numerous radio hits they have built their reputation upon. The crowd was really into their set and sang along with most every song. I was pleased to photograph them.
Next up was the mighty STYX. I was very anxious to capture Tommy Shaw and James Young. But I want to tell you, all members were very interactive with the photogs this night as well as the fans. You knew exactly that they were looking at you and smiling, almost as if they were silently thanking you for being there at the show. Believe me, I was honored to be there. The set kicked off with Blue Collar Man, proving to be a crowd favorite from the get go. Then up a notch we went with Grand Illusion. Holy cow, what a start. The last song I photographed was Fooling Yourself. As the song neared the end, I took in the stage and the lighting one last time close up. Great setup with the LED screens that also provided a nice catwalk for the guys above the backline. Very nice. I collected my gear and made my way to the outside of the pavilion. This is when I really recognized and made a huge mental note to myself to include here just how clean, clear, and crisp the sound was. Each member was mixed perfectly and that is delightful. There are too many bands out there today that have poor mixes and crowd penetration. Kudos to the sound engineering for bring these guys out to the fullest potential of the venue. So, not only were STYX presented well via the audio, the lighting was spot on. I’m a visual person, and I really could appreciate as a fan the way everyone on stage was given great coverage. This also makes for better photos for me.
I took in each and every song, bit by bit. My favorite of the night came just before the encore; Too Much Time On My Hands. The crowd from the Pavilion to the lawn was totally engulfed and engaged. When the crowd blinder lights came on you could see the fans well and many hands were in the air and many were singing along at the top of their lungs. So great to see that years of appreciation for the band and their music was returned to them this night in Baltimore.
STYX Setlist for Pier 6 Pavilion in Baltimore, MD:
-Blue Collar Man
-Man In The Wilderness
-Too Much Time On My Hands
-Medley: Tiny Dancer/You Can’t Always Get What You Want/Light My Fire/Black Dog/Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2/Fat Bottom Girls
-Come Sail Away
-Rockin’ The Paradise
One of the biggest highlights for me was Lawrence Gowan. WOW! Energy, enthusiasm, charisma, and strong presence made for quite the show. I found myself fixated many times on him. Love his full 180 degree keyboard. Close but not far behind was Tommy Shaw. Man, can that guy belt them out with precision and sound as great today as he did years ago. This is what it should be like for most lead vocals. Glad to see that Tommy takes care of his voice so well. And a depressing side note though: I didn’t stick around long enough after the show outside with other media friends and I TOTALLY MISSED Tommy coming out to meet and greet. My uber large loss. It would have been fantastic to have met him. Next time? And I do hope there is a next time!
Kudos to the great performance of STYX!
STYX consists of Chuck Panozzo (guest at shows on Bass), James Young (Guitar), Tommy Shaw (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Todd Sucherman (Drums), Lawrence Gowan (Keyboard, Lead Vocals), and Ricky Phillips (Bass).
As always, a huge thank you to Amanda Cagan for arranging this opportunity for me and the away-team. You are the best of the best, dear. I absolutely love working with you.
July 9, 2013 — The April/May “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was successful in more ways than one. STYX and REO Speedwagon’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston marathon bombings.
Donations were collected along the 21-date trek when fans purchased a silent raffle ticket to win a guitar signed by all three acts.
“Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help. We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise with us to help our friends in Boston. We Are Boston!” — STYX
“We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now. We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the guitar which is to be donated on their behalf each night. In our small way, we do what we do.” — REO Speedwagon
“The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort.” – Ted Nugent
Spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah Shaw, Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. As of last year, at every STYX tour date Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.
Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. For more info: www.rocktotherescue.net and www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.
February 11, 2013 — Last year’s debut of “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour, recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012,” was such a huge success that Rock’s finest from the Midwest— REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent—are teaming up again for another round of shows starting April 18 in Grand Forks, ND at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The trek concludes May 19 in Burgettstown, PA at First Niagara Pavilion.
Styx and REO Speedwagon will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive fan club pre-sales. Visit StyxWorld.com to join the Styx Lounge for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages, and visit www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon for information about REO Speedwagon’s ticket pre-sales.
To say that everyone on the tour is excited to get back out there would be an understatement, in their own words:
“Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s tour, we are going to once again wind up the juggernaut of megatainment. Styx, REO and the Motor City Madman: there aren’t enough expletives in my vocabulary to explain how great this is…but I’ll try. This is going to be *$@&#@*&@# awesome!” – James “JY” Young, Styx (guitars, vocals)
“Yo, wake up everybody! Winter is over, the snow is melting, the sun is coming out–it’s time for the second annual REO, Styx, Nugent springtime extravaganza. We had so much fun in 2012 we all decided to fire this ‘Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express’ thing up and do it again. Time to strap on our six strings, pack up the trucks and tour buses, get together with our best rock buddies and go out to have some big fun. See y’all soon.” – Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon (vocals, guitars, keyboards)
“Blazing vocal melodies and guitars, soaring arrangements steeped in Progressive Rock roots, heart touching ballads you know in your bones, and that’s just my DAMN YANKEES brother TED NUGENT I’m talking about! Wait until STYX and REO take the stage! You might need to take the next day off after riding this glorious train!” — Tommy Shaw, Styx (vocals, guitars)
“When you live the ultimate American guitar player’s dream, with the ultimate grinding band, performing the most intense fun songs in the world to the most enthusiastic audiences alive, every tour and every concert is an indescribable celebration. Styx and REO deserve me. Here we come again baby, like dogs in heat!” –Ted Nugent
“Tuesday’s lineup of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx brought album-oriented rock to a rabid, near sold-out audience that ate up every lick, groove and wail like it was manna from heaven.”
– Candace Horgan, Denver Post
“The ‘Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express’ tour proved to be aptly named and by the time the last guitar pick had been thrown and the final encore had faded away, it’s likely that more than a few in the audience were pulling out their smartphones to look for their chance to stow away as passengers to catch the next stop.”
–Matt Wardlaw, Ultimateclassicrock.com
“One would be hard pressed to find a tour line-up that can boast more combined top 40 hits and platinum recordings than that of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and STYX…on this night, (the fans are) going to get their money’s worth.”
–Craig Ross, Guitarinternational.com
Check out “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.
DATE CITY VENUE CLOSER
Thu 4/18 Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena Styx
Fri 4/19 Minneapolis, MN Target Center REO Speedwagon
Sat 4/20 Moline, IL iWireless Center Styx
Sun 4/21 Toledo, OH Huntington Center Ted/Styx/REO
Tue 4/23 Springfield, MA MassMutual Center Styx
Wed 4/24 Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Center REO Speedwagon
Fri 4/26 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center Styx
Sat 4/27 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Styx
Sun 4/28 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center REO Speedwagon
Wed 5/1 Estero, FL Germain Arena REO Speedwagon
Fri 5/3 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre Styx
Sat 5/4 TBA TBA
Sun 5/5 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Styx
Tue 5/7 TBA TBA
Wed 5/8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center REO Speedwagon
Fri 5/10 Kansas City, KS Starlight Theatre Styx
Sat 5/11 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl Theater REO Speedwagon
Tue 5/14 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena Ted/REO/Styx
Wed 5/15 Evansville, IN Ford Center REO Speedwagon
Fri 5/17 Green Bay, WI Resch Center REO Speedwagon
Sat 5/18 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre REO Speedwagon
Sun 5/19 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion Styx
Special one-time-only surprises usually happen at the end of a long tour. The final stop in Bangor, ME last Sunday, July 8 of “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was no exception. During STYX’s set, lucky fans at that final stop got what they were hoping for when Ted Nugent joined the band for a special performance of the Damn Yankees classic “Coming Of Age.”
As STYX’s Tommy Shaw declared, “Working with Brother Ted has been a real treat. Joining fellow Nugent alumni Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon guitarist) in the wings on a regular basis to watch Ted, Derek (St. Homes), Greg (Smith) and Mick (Brown) craft the perfect set for our collective audience. Night after night, it has been inspirational. Then, to finish the tour with Ted joining STYX on stage for a killer performance of ‘Coming of Age’ caught me off-guard how powerful it was. I swear Nugent was levitating. Damn Yankee brothers forever.”
In touring news, the band’s schedule isn’t slowing down now that “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour is done. Check out STYX at any of the following stops, with more to be added in the coming weeks:
Thu 7/19 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
Fri 7/20 Lac du Flambeau, WI Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
Sat 7/21 Goshen, IN Elkhart County Fair
Sun 7/22 Harrington, DE Delaware State Fair (with Cheap Trick)
Fri 8/3 Waverly, IA Bremer County Fair
Sat 8/4 Anderson, IN Hoosier Park Racing Casino
Sun 8/5 Muskegon, MI Frauenthal Center
Tue 8/7 West Allis, WI Wisconsin State Fair
Wed 8/8 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Empire Fair
Fri 8/10 Corbin, KY NIBROC Festival
Sat 8/11 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park (post-game Pittsburgh Pirates game)
Fri 8/24 Boise, ID Western Idaho Fair
Sat 8/25 Albany, OR Oregon Amphitheatre
Sun 8/26 Palmer, AK Alaska State Fair
Mon 8/27 Monroe, WA Evergreen State Fair
Fri 8/31 Marshfield, WI Central Wisconsin State Fair
Sat 9/1 New Lenox, IL New Lenox Commons
Sun 9/2 Wauseon, OH Fulton County Fair
Thu 9/6 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Fri 9/7 Madera, CA Madera District Fair
Sat 9/8 Pomona, CA LA County Fair
Sun 9/9 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
Tue 9/11 Redding, CA Cascade Theatre
Thu 9/13 Spokane, WA Interstate Fair
Sat 9/15 Deadwood, SD Deadwood Jam
Fri 11/9 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Casino & Resort
Wed 11/14 Provo, UT Covey Center