City Slang: Nuge to tour with Styx and REO Speedwagon



Yep, you read that right. Hunt-happy gonzo boyTed Nugent is going on the road with weepy radio rockers REO Speedwagon and prog-lite lads Styx. The tour reaches here on June 28, when the three bands will play the DTE Energy Music Theater (or Pine Knob), and the shows are being dubbed the “Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express”.

Nugent said in a statement, “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.”

"I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values,” continues REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin. “In the Midwest we work hard, play hard, and rock hard. I am proud to join my brothers in STYX and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock 'n roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world. I am ready to climb aboard the ‘Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!’ Rock On baby!"

To some, this will sound like a nightmare. But putting aside the “cool” factor for a minute, there are a lot of talented musicians on this tour. We might just have to venture out.

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