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.
Styx were one of the biggest American rock groups of the '70s, with a string of hit albums and songs including 'Lady,' 'Come Sail Away,' 'Renegade' and 'Blue Collar Man.' The group scored two of their biggest successes with concept albums -- 1977's 'The Grand Illusion,' and 'Paradise Theatre' in 1981. On Feb. 28, 1983, Styx released 'Kilroy Was Here,' their most ambitious concept album yet. But within a year, tensions in the group came to a breaking point, bringing the classic era of Styx to an end.
Former Styx maestro Dennis DeYoung is an exceptionally diverse songwriter, capable of producing progressive rock, hard rock, ballads and even Broadway material with equal aplomb. His prototypical power ballad 'Lady' gave Styx their first hit, and he wrote the majority of the group's highest-chartin
What: 2013 Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express Tour
When: April 18 - May 19
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
Former Styx front man Dennis DeYoung hasn't been an active member of the group he helped found since 1999, but he still makes his living by playing their greatest hits. DeYoung's current solo band is geared toward recreating the classic Styx sound as closely as possible, and the singer, songwriter and keyboardist has revealed that he is hoping to re-stage the superstar rock group's most successful tour for an upcoming DVD release.