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Styx Announces “United We Rock” Summer Tour w REO Speedwagon & Don Felder

I don’t think I need to say much more about this one do I? Check out the fun video for the tour.

The Tour Dates:
6/20 – Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
6/21 – Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
6/23 – Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
6/24 – Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
6/25 – Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/27 – Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/29 – Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/1 – Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/18 – Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/19 – West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/20 – Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place
7/22 – Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
7/23 – Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 – Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 – Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/29 – Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/30 – Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
8/11 – Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/12 – Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
8/13 – Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 – Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion
8/16 – Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 – Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Events Center (Styx / REO only)
8/19 – Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/20 – Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/22 – Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve been into the music of Styx for a very long time and while the first album that I ever purchased from them off the racks came care of “Paradise Theatre” at The Little Record Store (my IRL friends know exactly where I am speaking of in this reference), I was pretty much a fan of the band for some years earlier thanks to tracks such as “Renegade”, “Come Sail Away” and “Lorelei” along with many others. Not this next disclosure might crack you up because despite being a fan of the band for more than two decades I have NEVER EVER seen them live in concert. I’ve tried and tried but something always managed to get in the way of my being there in terms of scheduling or ending up with a ticket. I guess we cannot be everywhere in life. The reason I even mention this is because I’ve also never seen either of the other acts in REO Speedwagon and Don Felder. In my formative music years I listened to all of The Eagles hits and that “High Infidelity” album by REO was something that EVERYONE had in their music collection. EVERYONE. I’m not kidding and with that one you could even hear its hits on mainstream radio and not just the ones dedicated to Big Rock. Amazing times for sure. You younger fans probably don’t really recall even owning a radio but that was how we did it back in the day. So, let me close up and ask the eternally asked inquiry….Will you be seeing this tour and how excited for it are you? Let me know in the comments section below.

Official Websites:
Styx: http://www.styxworld.com
REO Speedwagon: http://www.speedwagon.com
Don Felder: http://www.donfelder.com

REO Speedwagon @ The Paramount

REO Speedwagon brings their Classic Rock sound to life in Long Island.

“Not So Silent Night: Christmas with REO Speedwagon” (Special Edition) by REO Speedwagon

Artist: REO Speedwagon
Title: “Not So Silent Night: Christmas with REO Speedwagon” (Special Edition)
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 8/17/2010
Genre: Holiday Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

Back in the Fall of 2009 the band REO Speedwagon offered up their own take on many holiday classic tunes and I had to admit that the end result was something very enjoyable. This year the band has re-released the album with three additional tracks and since its holiday vibe still rings the same for the original recording, I am re-presenting my views to you about it and then briefly discussing the new additions. Please find a comfortable chair, light a holiday scented candle and enjoy a little eggnog while we revisit those seasonal thoughts.

When I learned that REO Speedwagon was planning on releasing their own album of Christmas material I was unsure of what to expect and this made sense based on the surprising hit that the Twisted Sister became and just how good the Rob Halford “Winter Songs” release was. I’ve always loved what REO was capable of as a band but admit that my favoritism begins and pretty much ends with their juggernaut recording “Hi Infidelity”. Of course there were a few scattered tracks over the years they have been together that I enjoyed but I had gotten into the very heavy stuff not long after that 1980 release so it took a little more to get a rise out of me. Now older and somewhat wiser, I had to say that I was incredibly curious to see how the bands classic sound would be mixed with time honored holiday classics and I am happy to report that the end result is one of the warmest releases of its kind to come along. It’s not at all sarcastic like the Twisted Sister piece nor does it give you a smiting like the Halford one does at times but instead fills you with the spirit of the season on track after track. It begins with the softly delivered “The First Noel” that finds Kevin Cronin in terrific form and from here it launches into a very fun version of “Winter Wonderland”. “Silent Night” is slower and that song works best when done in this fashion and with “Deck The Halls” we see just how rocking this tune can be. So far so good I was thinking as I made sure these songs were on the Holiday Stuff playlist in my music player.
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“Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon” by REO Speedwagon

Artist: REO Speedwagon
Title: “Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon”
Label: CMG Records
Release Date: 11/3/2009
Genre: Holiday Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

When I learned that REO Speedwagon was planning on releasing their own album of Christmas material I was unsure of what to expect and this made sense based on the surprising hit that the Twisted Sister became and just how good the Rob Halford “Winter Songs” release was. I’ve always loved what REO was capable of as a band but admit that my favoritism begins and pretty much ends with their juggernaut recording “Hi Infidelity”. Of course there were a few scattered tracks over the years they have been together that I enjoyed but I had gotten into the very heavy stuff not long after that 1980 release so it took a little more to get a rise out of me. Now older and somewhat wiser, I had to say that I was incredibly curious to see how the bands classic sound would be mixed with time honored holiday classics and I am happy to report that the end result is one of the warmest releases of its kind to come along. It’s not at all sarcastic like the Twisted Sister piece nor does it give you a smiting like the Halford one does at times but instead fills you with the spirit of the season on track after track. It begins with the softly delivered “The First Noel” that finds Kevin Cronin in terrific form and from here it launches into a very fun version of “Winter Wonderland”. “Silent Night” is slower and that song works best when done in this fashion and with “Deck The Halls” we see just how rocking this tune can be. So far so good I was thinking as I made sure these songs were on the Holiday Stuff playlist in my music player.
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