STYX, REO Speedwago and Deon Felder - United We Rock Tour
Rock legends REO Speedwagon and STYX, along with very special guest star Don Felder – formerly of the Eagles – are joining forces for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour.
REO Speedwagon and STYX have a rich touring and recording history together. In 2000, the bands recorded a live album and DVD called Arch Allies: Live at Riverport at Riverport Amphitheater in Missouri. In 2009, the bands embarked on the “Can’t Stop Rockin’” Tour and marked the occasion with a single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” co-written by STYX’s Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin. 2012 and 2013, REO Speedwagon and STYX hit the road together with the wildly successful “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour. Everyone on the tour is ecstatic to criss-cross the U.S. together again.
Don Felder is the former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner. He released his second solo album (and first since 1983), Road to Forever, in 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since.
“We've played hundreds of shows with STYX,” says REO keyboardist Neal Doughty. “It is one big happy family. As well, Don is the nicest guy and STYX loves hanging with him on the show. I think any friend of STYX is a friend of mine. It's going to be a great experience!”
STYX is made up of 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.
“You have to be born with ability and talent, then embrace it. STYX has done that, found a path and found success, we have an extensive catalog to create shows that can change from night to night,” says STYX bassist Ricky Phillips.
Over the course of their 40-year career STYX has released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
“We have a great work ethic. When we perform live we go out with guns blazing!” adds Ricky Phillips. “Going deep and doing things onstage fearlessly, lets you put on a great show for yourself as well as the people who want to see you. Still being alive – still being sought after by fans – is our greatest accomplishment. STYX has the unique ability to bring to the table a safe happy place where everyone can sing along.”
REO SPEEDWAGON was 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 spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot. To date, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums around the globe, with HI INFIDELITY approaching ten times platinum status in the U.S. After nearly five 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, singles.
“Music is the only thing I know,” explains Neal Doughty. “I appreciate the whole thing now more than ever. I will look at an audience – we've been touring for all these people's lives and they are still coming to see us! It makes me feel really good that the fans have kept us going. To walk out in front of 10,000 people and they are all screaming for you – it's awesome that so many people want to see you perform.”
“United We Rock” is coming to Los Angeles on June 24 at the Greek Theatre, Griffith Park, 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles. Call (844) 524-7335 or log onto www.lagreektheatre.com for tickets and information.