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.
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 —Styx, REO Speedwagon 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.
|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|
|Sun 5/5||Atlanta, GA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||Styx|
|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.”
The Midwest Rock N Roll Express tour featuring Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx came to Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday June 26th.
I was surprised to find that Ted Nugent was leading off the show, but I was ok with that as I was pretty excited to see Uncle Ted & company play again. Ted Nugent’s band is rounded out by Derek St. Holmes on rhythm guitar and vocals, “Wild” Mick Brown on drums and Greg Smith on bass. St. Holmes rejoined Ted Nugent’s band in 2011, and is the voice of several of Ted Nugent’s hits including “Free For All”, “Cat Scratch Fever”, “Stranglehold”, “Hey Baby” and “Just What The Doctor Ordered”. The band played all of these songs and more and have never sounded better. St. Holmes still has an awesome voice, and Ted Nugent is a lot of fun to watch play. He makes a lot of crazy faces while playing the guitar, and isn’t afraid to say anything in his live set. “Wild” Mick Brown looks like his is having the time of his life playing drums for Ted Nugent. It was good to see him behind the drum kit.
REO Speedwagon is the second band to take the stage, and quite frankly, I didn’t know what to expect. This is the first time that I saw REO Speedwagon live, and I have to say, I was pretty impressed. I had forgotten how many great songs REO Speedwagon has. Lead singer Kevin Cronin sounds exactly the same as he did back in the 80′s. His voice is spot on perfect. The main highlight of the evening was REO’s performance of their song “Back on the Road Again”. This song is great hard rocker through and through, and while I have never considered REO Speedwagon a hard rock band, this song made me rethink this. After the show, I immediately went online and purchased the band’s albums, Nine Lives and Hi Infidelity. I am hoping that REO Speedwagon comes back to town again sometime in the near future. I can’t wait to hear these songs live again.
Styx is he headliner and the Midwest Rock N Roll Express tour and rightfully so! If you are one of those fans that won’t see the band due to Dennis DeYoung not being in the band, you are truly missing out. Styx was on fire on Tuesday night, and played a ton of their hits including “Blue Collar Man”, “Grand Illusion”, “Man in The Wilderness”, “Fooling Yourself”, “Too Much Time On My Hands”, “Lady”, “Lorelei “Miss America”, “Come Sail Away”, “Rockin’ The Paradise and “Renegade”. Styx’s current lineup is James “J.Y.” Young on vocals and guitar, Tommy Shaw on vocals and guiar, Todd Sucherman on drums, Lawrence Gowan on keyboards and vocals, and Ricky Phillips on bass. Tommy Shaw has been a favorite musician of mine for a long time now. His voice is still amazing after all of these years. This is the second time I have seen Styx with this lineup, and they have put on a tremendous show both times, but I think this one was my favorite of the two I have seen. The band had Chuck Panazzo come out to play a few songs towards the middle of the set. It was good see Chuck back on bass again too!
Although, Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon will continue tour for the rest of the year. The Midwest Rock N Roll Express only has 5 dates left. Be sure to
check it out if it hits your town. It was great night of rock and roll in Cincinnati, and I am very glad that I went!
The remaining dates of the Midwest Rock N Roll Express Tour are listed below.
Tue 7/3 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino
Thu 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Fri 7/6 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage
Sat 7/7 Gilford, NY Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
Sat 7/8 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Pavilion
Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, Styx Photo Gallery
Over 80 million albums sold worldwide. 12 Top 10 smash hit singles. Thousands of concerts performed. The time has come for the ultimate convergence of Rock’s finest from the Midwest. REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will join forces for “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” 30-date U.S. tour. Rolling out May 1 in Hidalgo, TX, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 22.
For the first time in its 19-year history, the Moondance Jam rock festival will be broadcast on television. America’s premier television provider, DIRECTV, will air the 2010 festival exclusively on The 101 Network. Blaze TV filmed performances during the festival last July 15 – 17 and are producing ten one hour shows featuring Moondance Jam main stage acts. The programs will air as part of the DIRECTV Concert Series and begin airing on The 101 Network this November.
Here is the schedule so far. More shows will be added soon:
- Saturday 11/20: REO Speedwagon
- Monday 11/22: REO Speedwagon
- Saturday 12/11 Buckcherry
- Monday 12/13 Buckcherry
- Saturday 12/18 Sammy Hagar
- Monday 12/20 REO Speedwagon
- Monday 12/27 Jonny Lang
This news comes as the staff and fans of the festival continue to mourn the passing of festival founder Bill Bieloh. Bill passed away in the morning hours of September 24. His legacy can never be put into words, but perhaps a small part of what he meant to the bands, fans and staff of the Moondance Jam festivals will be apparent when you watch these performances from the 2010 festival.
REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and Buckcherry have all been added to The Moondance Jam schedule for 2010, joining the previously-announced Lynyrd Skynyrd, who will headline the final night of this year’s festival. Now the country’s largest classic rock festival, this year’s event will take place July 14-17, 2010 in Walker, Minnesota. Tickets are available now at www.moondancejam.com or by calling 1-877-MOONJAM.
REO Speedwagon returns to Walker as the 30th anniversary of its classic “Hi Infidelity” album approaches later this year. The band still plays many of the hits from that iconic record along with its other classics. Benatar, with husband Giraldo on guitar and original drummer Myron Grombacher now back in the band, has been playing steadily over the years with a greatest hits set that satisfies even the most ardent fans. Buckcherry makes its first Walker appearance with its brand of sleazy rock slotting perfectly with the classic rock stars from the 70’s and 80’s who usually appear here.
Tickets are now available in a variety of packages. Concert goers can purchase Rockstar All Access, three-day VIP, three-day general admission, weekend packages and single day admission, as well as camping sites and parking passes by contacting the Jam office in Walker.
An official announcement concerning the entire festival line-up is due sometime later this month. Expect 15 bands to pack the main stage over three days and many more side stage acts to be added in the coming months.
The Moondance Jam has been held at the same location in Walker since 1992. This year marks the 19th edition of the festival, which was started by resident Bill Bieloh. The Moondance Jam and its sister festival, Moondance Jamming Country Fest, help bring thousands of music fans to the Walker area every summer. Its bucolic location, situated near a huge lake on a site located three hours northwest of Minneapolis, houses thousands of camping sites during the festivals, and has been cited by many as to why they return year after year to Walker for the shows.