Styx and REO Speedwagon, along with very special guest star Don Felder — formerly of the Eagles — will join forces for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour, which kicks off in Ridgefield, Washington on June 20, 2017. The tour will be produced by Live Nation. Tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 24. For more information, please visit livenation.com.
In the meantime, the following video tells you all you need to know about how the “United We Rock” Tour actually came to pass:
BTW, all three artists on the “United We Rock” tour are very much hi-res audio savvy, which yours truly can personally vouch for via a number of interviews and interactions I’ve had with all of them over the years (and I’ll likely be posting new, related interviews after the tour gets underway). For starters, check these two links: 1) Don Felder and I talking about hi-res and surround sound, and 2) Styx’s Tommy Shaw and I talking up the merits of vinyl. REO’s Kevin Cronin and I discussed the sonics of Hi Infidelity at length a few years back, but that story has not been properly archived here on the Web… yet.
Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Don Felder will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales beginning Tuesday, February 21 at 12 p.m. local time through Thursday, February 23 at 10 p.m. local time. Visit StyxWorld.com to join the Styx Lounge for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales, and VIP packages (as well as read the weekly exclusive Styxology column from yours truly, your HRAC CCO).
You can also visit REOSpeedwagon.com for information about REO Speedwagon’s VIP packages and ticket pre-sales, and go to DonFelder.com for information about Don Felder’s VIP packages and ticket pre-sales. General onsales begin on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information on tickets, please visit livenation.com.
Midwest rock heroes REO Speedwagon and Styx have a rich touring and recording history together. In 2000, the bands recorded a live album and companion DVD, Arch Allies: Live at Riverport, at Riverport Amphitheatre in Missouri. In 2009, the bands embarked on the “Can’t Stop Rockin’” Tour, and marked the occasion with a new single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” co-written by Styx’s Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin. In 2012 and 2013, REO Speedwagon and Styx hit the road together with the quite successful “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour.
Most recently, in January, Styx and Don Felder shared the Las Vegas stage for an unforgettable 5-night limited engagement, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. (You can read my review of opening night right here.) And, on the Rock Legends Cruise earlier in February, Don Felder invited REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato up for an amazing performance of “Hotel California.”
Everyone on the tour is ecstatic to criss-cross the U.S. together again. In their own words:
“I called up Tommy Shaw last summer, and we were both thinking the same thing: Let’s get the boys together, make some music, and have some fun. REO Speedwagon and Styx together is a head-first plunge into the fountain of youth, an unstoppable force of nature. Add the amazing Don Felder to the mix, and it’s a thundering slam dunk!” – Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon (vocals, guitars, keyboards)
“Hitting the road with REO and Don Felder is gonna be an unforgettable evening of music for the fans, and another chance to hang with these good-time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do.” – Tommy Shaw, Styx (vocals, guitars)
“Forget politics!!! Since music is the universal language, Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Don Felder have a shout out to the universe: United We Rock!!! At a venue near you this summer!!!” – James “JY” Young, Styx (vocals, guitars)
“I’m so excited to be spending the summer on tour with my good friends Styx and REO. It’s going to be a ‘rocking’ summer filled with hit after hit and tons of fun for everyone. Come on out and party, dance, and sing with us this summer. It’s going to be a blast.” – Don Felder
And now some band FAQs for y’all, in case you don’t know (and there may be a quiz later)…
STYX – Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo, would eventually transform into the virtual arena-rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 40-year career, they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations, and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles along the way.
Styx has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of their career combined. Two Super Bowl appearances, Pollstar box-office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, and Bad Company (to name only a few), and two more studio albums add more to their amazing C.V. September 2, 2016 marked the long-awaited release date of Styx: Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment. (It was released on CD on July 24, 2015.) Orleans Arena captures the band performing in Vegas in July 2014, tackling such fan favorites as “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and much more. Orleans Arena also includes a special surprise visit from Don Felder for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).” Styx continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
REO SPEEDWAGON – Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run,” and the album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot.
To date, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums around the globe, with Hi Infidelity approaching 10 times platinum status in the U.S. After nearly 5 decades since forming, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar), and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide with concerts featuring their timeless pair of #1 singles, “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” along with other big hits and fan favorites including the aforementioned “Take It on the Run,” plus “Time for Me to Fly,” “Roll With the Changes,” “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” and more.
DON FELDER – Former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author, and four-time Grammy Award winner Don Felder released his second solo album (and first since 1983), Road to Forever, on October 9, 2012, and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since. To coincide with the launch of “The Soundtrack of Summer,” Don’s 2014 tour stint opening for co-headliners Styx and Foreigner, the album was re-released via INGrooves Music Group with four additional songs and retitled Road to Forever: Extended Edition.
Road to Forever debuted on Billboard‘s “Heatseekers” chart at #27. “Girls in Black,” the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart, while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by Felder and Styx’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart. Felder wrote or co-wrote all of the album’s songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the album, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers including: David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills; Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Steve Porcaro of Toto; Randy Jackson; Styx’s Tommy Shaw; and others. It was produced by Felder along with Robin DiMaggio (Posse 2.0 bandleader on the Arsenio Hall Show, and the United Nations’ Musical Director).
Check out “United We Rock” Tour this summer at any (or all!) of the following stops…
DATE CITY VENUE CLOSER
Tue 6/20 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre REO Speedwagon
Tue 8/22 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center STYX