Styx, REO Speedwagon and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder will begin a summer tour dubbed “United We Rock” in June, with U.S. dates through August with a stop at Jones Beach on August 16!
“I called up [Styx’s] 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 frontman Kevin Cronin said in a news release. “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.” Headliners will rotate.
These three bands have a rich shared history, both on the road and in the studio. REO Speedwagon and Styx toured together in 2013, 2012 and in 2009 – marking that first occasion with a collaborative single called “Can’t Stop Rockin'” co-written by Shaw and Cronin. Arch Allies: Live at Riverport, a 2000 album recorded at the Riverport Amphitheatre in Missouri, featured both REO and Styx, as well. Styx and Don Felder are coming off a five-night stand in January at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas. REO Speedwagon’s Dave Amato also sat in with Felder for a performance of “Hotel California,” during February’s Rock Legends Cruise. “Hitting the road with REO and Don Felder is gonna be an unforgettable evening of music for the fans,” Shaw said, “and another chance to hang with these good time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do.”
Midwest rock stalwarts STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON 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 AMPHITHEATRE 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. In 2012 and 2013, REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX hit the road together with the wildly successful THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS tour. Most recently, in JANUARY, STYX and FELDER shared the LAS VEGAS stage for a five-night limited engagement, “STYX & DON FELDER: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” at THE VENETIAN THEATRE inside THE VENETIAN THEATRE. On the recent ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE earlier this month, FELDER invited REO's DAVE AMATO up to perform "Hotel CALIFORNIA." Said REO's KEVIN CRONIN: "I called up TOMMY 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!"
Added SHAW: “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 goo- time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do.”
Said STYX lead singer JAMES "JY" YOUNG: “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!!!”
Said FELDER: “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.”