News: Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent to play Red Rocks in May - Reverb

News: Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent to play Red Rocks in May

Somewhere deep in the hills of this great state, a midday classic rock DJ is raising his fist in triumph, slamming a Bud Heavy tallboy, leading a solitary “U S A!” chant and thanking the rock gods for this triple whammy of a summer tour.

Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent will bring their “Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 8, promoter Live Nation announced this morning.

Styx played Red Rocks last summer with Yes, though this tour will have a decidedly different feel.

Tickets, $37.50-$125, go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday through livenation.com

Please enjoy these select quotes from the press release:

“Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs,” exclaims STYX guitarist/singer James “JY” Young. “It’s time for mega-Platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!”

“As STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw proclaims, “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.”

And finally, from Mr. Nugent, himself:

“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.”

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John Hendrickson is the managing editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist for The Denver Post. Follow his rants on music and more on Twitter.