Photo: Ash NewellStyx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent have just announced that they will be teaming up again this spring for second installment of the Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express tour, which the three acts first launched in May of 2012. Styx guitarist James "JY" Young tells ABC News Radio that the new trek will be hitting a number of cities that weren't on last year's itinerary, as well as revisiting "places where the three bands are really popular."
Young says the lineup offers "a great cross-section of rock 'n' roll," while noting that each show will be "a great night of the soundtrack to your glorious, misspent youth." He also points out that while fans will get to enjoy the many hits they've come to love from Styx and REO, the real wild card on the bill is Nugent.
"To me [rock 'n' roll] is always, at its core…about teenage rebellion, and Ted sort of takes that to the ridiculous extreme," JY declares. "I don't agree with everything he says but I will defend to the death his right to say it. I find him highly entertaining and he's a source of laughter, and sometimes of surprise."
Regarding what fans can expect from each act's performance, Young notes, "[REO's] set changes a little bit from time to time and ours changes maybe to a slightly greater degree." As for Nugent's set, Young says, "I think [it's] the same [as] he's been doing, but what he says on stage is -- you know, he's an outspoken character."
Young compares heading out on the road with his fellow tour mates to the experience NFL players have. "There's a camaraderie that exists when you just get three bands together and you're out there, and it's kind of like a traveling party," he says. "Everybody's whooping it up and everybody's cranking it up and we may not do it as quite as stupidly as we used to when we were younger, but we're still gonna go out there and have a great time."
Asked to recall one of most memorable moments of last year's Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express, Young, not surprisingly, brings up one that involves the Nuge.
"The very last night [of the trek] we did a Damn Yankees song, 'Coming of Age,'" says JY, referring to the 1990 hit by the supergroup that featured Nugent, Styx's Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger's Jack Blades, "and Ted got up on stage, and he and I are kinda rockin' out together and he licked my face in the middle of it all. [He] got right in my face and stuck his tongue…He's Ted."
The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express kicks off on April 18 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and is scheduled through a May 19 concert in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Visit StyxWorld.com, REOSpeedwagon.com and TedNugent.com to find out more details about the trek.
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