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Special one-time-only surprises usually happen at the end of a long tour.  The final stop in Bangor, ME last Sunday, July 8 of “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was no exception.   During STYX’s set, lucky fans at that final stop got what they were hoping for when Ted Nugent joined the band for a special performance of the Damn Yankees classic “Coming Of Age.”

As STYX’s Tommy Shaw declared, “Working with Brother Ted has been a real treat.  Joining fellow Nugent alumni Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon guitarist) in the wings on a regular basis to watch Ted, Derek (St. Homes), Greg (Smith) and Mick (Brown) craft the perfect set for our collective audience.  Night after night, it has been inspirational.  Then, to finish the tour with Ted joining STYX on stage for a killer performance of ‘Coming of Age’ caught me off-guard how powerful it was.  I swear Nugent was levitating.  Damn Yankee brothers forever.”

“The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” began May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas and quickly became one of Pollstar’s top-grossing tours of the summer so far.   Rolling Stone recognized the 30-date tour as one of the “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012” noting, “Likely Highlight:  Styx has played ‘Renegade’ and ‘Come Sail Away’ about six thousand times, but the fans keep coming back for more.”

In touring news, the band’s schedule isn’t slowing down now that “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour is done.  Check out STYX at any of the following stops, with more to be added in the coming weeks:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Thu 7/19            Interlochen, MI               Kresge Auditorium

Fri 7/20             Lac du Flambeau, WI     Lake of the Torches Resort Casino

Sat 7/21            Goshen, IN                    Elkhart County Fair

Sun 7/22           Harrington, DE              Delaware State Fair (with Cheap Trick)

Fri 8/3               Waverly, IA                   Bremer County Fair

Sat 8/4              Anderson, IN                 Hoosier Park Racing Casino

Sun 8/5             Muskegon, MI               Frauenthal Center

Tue 8/7             West Allis, WI                Wisconsin State Fair

Wed 8/8            Sioux Falls, SD             Sioux Empire Fair

Fri 8/10             Corbin, KY                    NIBROC Festival

Sat 8/11            Pittsburgh, PA              PNC Park (post-game Pittsburgh Pirates game)

Fri 8/24             Boise, ID                      Western Idaho Fair

Sat 8/25            Albany, OR                   Oregon Amphitheatre

Sun 8/26           Palmer, AK                   Alaska State Fair

Mon 8/27          Monroe, WA                  Evergreen State Fair

Fri 8/31             Marshfield, WI               Central Wisconsin State Fair

Sat 9/1              New Lenox, IL               New Lenox Commons

Sun 9/2             Wauseon, OH                Fulton County Fair

Thu 9/6             Lincoln, CA                   Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Fri 9/7               Madera, CA                   Madera District Fair

Sat 9/8              Pomona, CA                 LA County Fair

Sun 9/9             Saratoga, CA                Mountain Winery

Tue 9/11            Redding, CA                 Cascade Theatre

Thu 9/13            Spokane, WA                Interstate Fair

Sat 9/15            Deadwood, SD             Deadwood Jam

Fri 11/9             Biloxi, MS                     Hard Rock Casino & Resort

Wed 11/14        Provo, UT                     Covey Center

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