The train just keeps a ‘rollin on ‘The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express’ tour, featuring the triple bill of Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent. The classic rock collective that earned a prominent spot on our ‘Must-See Rock Concerts of 2013’ list recently made a pit stop in Springfield, Mass. on April 23. Check out our photos from the show below.
Ted Nugent, Styx and REO Speedwagon retold the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sunday night (April 21) in Toledo, Ohio -- each striking a different balance between well-rehearsed craft and spontaneity.
Why: Last year's triple-billed Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express tour did very well, so it makes sense for them to re-stage it this year. All three of these acts work the road every year like clockwork, and all of them are tight, energetic live performers. Expect a night chock-full of a set of hits like a classic rock
A successful two-month run in 2012 has lead to more shows together for REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent in 2013. The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express tour will begin again in April, with 20 dates announced through May 19.
When Styx, Reo Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent announced that they were teaming up this summer for the ‘Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express’ tour, the classic rock gods had to have smiled down from above knowing they had crafted the perfect trifecta.
The roar of the crowd was surprisingly deafening on Saturday evening when Styx frontman Tommy Shaw asked how many in attendance were seeing the group for the first time. It was a moment which provided proof positive that classic rock continues to cross over into new generations.
REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin has probably been called many things throughout his lengthy career as vocalist for the group, but perhaps “human pogo stick” is an additional title which should be added. Cronin’s energetic and unflagging enthusiasm for the REO mission was evident in the verbally animated conversation that he had with Ultimate Classic Rock about the upcoming ‘Midwest Rock N’ Roll Express’ tour featuring REO Speedwagon, Styx and the inimitable Ted Nugent.
Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon are teaming up for a 30-date triple-threat summer tour named "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express," which will kick off May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas and cross all over the country before winding up in Gilford, N.Y. on July 7.
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