The Midwest Rock n’ Roll Express Tour featuring Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: Styx is a progressive rock band from Chicago that released its self-titled debut album in 1972. Their breakthrough album was 1977’s “The Grand Illusion,” which achieved triple platinum sales status and contained the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man).” Styx continued to release hit albums such as “Pieces of Eight” and “Cornerstone” as the decade came to a close. The band’s first No. 1 hit was the ballad “Babe,” which also was their first million-selling single. Success continued into the 1980s with the concept album “Paradise Theatre,” which yielded the hits “The Best of Times” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.”
Although their debut album was released in 1971, it wasn’t until a decade later that REO Speedwagon hit the big time with the massive hit singles “Keep on Loving You,” “Take it on the Run” and “Don’t Let Him Go” from 1981’s “Hi Infidelity” album. The band’s success continued for the next several years with hits singles like “Keep the Fire Burning” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
Detroit native Ted Nugent initially performed with The Amboy Dukes for 10 years before striking out on his own as a solo artist in 1975. He recorded several multi-platinum albums including “Ted Nugent,” “Free-for-All” and “Cat Scratch Fever.”
During this time period, Nugent also scored hit singles with “Hey Baby,” “Stranglehold,” “Dog Eat Dog” and “Cat Scratch Fever.” In addition to being a hit-maker, Nugent also became known as an excellent guitarist.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Borgata will play host to a Midwest rock n’ roll summit on Sunday, July 1, as Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent team up on a triple bill as part of the Midwest Rock n’ Roll Express Tour. Styx fans can expect to hear all of their favorites such as “Lady,” “Show Me The Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Come Sail Away” and Babe” along with deep cuts and a few surprises. Meanwhile, REO Speedwagon will take the stage with their arsenal of power ballads. Although the lineup has undergone plenty of changes over the years, fans can still look forward to hearing those sappy, emotional hit songs like “Keep on Loving You,” “Take it on the Run” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Although he’s made far more headlines lately for his inflammatory, hateful rhetoric regarding the President of the United States, extreme right-wing views and killing his own food, Ted Nugent still apparently finds the time to play music every once in a while, too. Fans will get to hear classics like “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Dog Eat Dog” and “Stranglehold.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75, $85 and $95. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, at the Event Center, Borgata.