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‘Midwest Express’ rolling in with REO, Styx and Nugent

20120420_Web Story Image_midwest_rock_expressHIDALGO – What happens with three rock and roll power houses come together under one roof? State Farm Arena may never be the same when REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent rock the stage, the walls and maybe loosen a few bolts on the roof Tuesday, May 1, for “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express.” It’s part of their 30-date 2012 U.S. The performance starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6.

In a pre-tour media blast, Styx Guitarist/singer James “JY” Young said, “Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs. It’s time for mega-Platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Maya Caledar with the Motor City Madman!”

REO speedwagon, formed in 1967, is fronted by vocalist Kevin Cronin on lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards, with Bruce Hall on bass, Neal Doughty at the keyboards, Dave Amato on lead guitar and Bryan Hitt on drums.

The band has been around for the long haul, the ups and downs of the music industry, and worked through thick and thin to make it in the business.

Reflecting on the state of current affairs, Cronin said, "The world is going through a weird phase, and everybody needs music now more than ever. We all need to join our friends, pool our resources, combine our energies, because there is power in people coming together."

Styx caught the world’s attention in the 1970s, took a hiatus with solo efforts in the 80s, and came back for a reunion tour in 1996 when they lost their drummer, John Panozzo. They grieved, but re-grouped and pressed on for a 1997 reunion tour. Band members Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips, with a “fondness” for the big rocker sounds and power ballads, won over a new generation of fans.

The paradoxical Ted Nugent, strong on conservative politics, is the unabashed, unleashed, not-so-conservative rock and roller. He works hard, he plays hard, but his heart beats red, white and blue.

“The heart and soul of American R&B&R&R has always gushed forth from the heartland of America. REO, STYX and The Nuge have always celebrated the power of our special music and on the mighty 'Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express,' the energy, attitude and spirit is more intense than ever. This is the soundtrack for the hardcore," he said.

Tommy Shaw proclaimed, "It's gonna’ be 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. In other words, a real good time."

The Midwest boys are ready to rock and roll.

Tickets range from $32 to $96 and are available at the State Farm Box Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 843-6688. Or, go to or call 1-800-745-3000.

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