Styx, REO Speedwagon Expand 2022 Co-Headlining Tour

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Styx (Photos: Jason Powell; used with permission)

Styx and REO Speedwagon have announced another 10 dates to their summer co-headlining tour. The 2022 run will be the frequent touring partners’ first together in four years. This time they’ll be joined by special guest Loverboy for the “Live & UnZoomed” tour that begins on May 31. It’s produced by Live Nation.

Tickets for the additional dates, announced on Feb. 11, all of which occur in September, will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. local time here.

REO Speedwagon

Citi is the official presale credit card of the U.S. “Live & UnZoomed” tour dates. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. local time.

REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin said, “Tommy (Shaw) and I have done a number of Zoom performances together during the pandemic, and REO and Styx are ready to go get UnZoomed, and out on the road for our fifth U.S. tour together. Add our great friends Mike Reno and the Loverboy guys, and I am totally psyched.”

Watch Cronin, Shaw and Loverboy’s Mike Reno share a light moment

Styx’s latest studio album, 2021’s Crash of the Crown, was recorded during the trying times of the pandemic. The multi-Platinum rockers are James “JY” Young (lead vocals, guitars), Shaw (lead vocals, guitars), Chuck Panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ricky Phillips (bass, guitar, vocals). Styx have earned eight Top 10 singles on the Hot 100, beginning with “Lady” and “Come Sail Away.” Others include their #1, “Babe,” as well as “The Best of Times” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.” Their multi-platinum albums include 1981’s Paradise Theatre and 1977’s The Grand Illusion.

Formed in 1967, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon‘s non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Their landmark Hi Infidelity album in 1980 contained the hit singles “Keep on Loving You” and “Take It on the Run.” The album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot and has since earned the RIAA’s coveted Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States.

From 1977 to 1989, REO Speedwagon released nine consecutive albums all certified Platinum or higher. Their lineup features Cronin, Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar), and Bryan Hitt (drums).

Loverboy

Loverboy formed in 1979, when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to guitarist Paul Dean – both veterans of several bands on the Canadian scene. Along with Reno and Dean, the band still includes original members Doug Johnson on keyboards and Matt Frenette on drums, with Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve replacing the late Scott Smith on bass.

Loverboy has earned four multi-Platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky. Their string of hits includes “Working for the Weekend,” and such classic rock staples as “The Kid is Hot Tonite” and “Turn Me Loose.”

Styx – REO Speedwagon – Loverboy 2022 Tour (Closing act in parentheses) (Tickets are available here)

5/31 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena (REO Speedwagon)
6/01 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center (Styx)
6/03 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amp. (REO)
6/04 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amp. (Styx)
6/07 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amp. (REO)
6/08 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (Styx)
6/10 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center (REO)
6/11 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center Styx
6/13 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Amphitheatre* (REO)
6/14 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre (REO)
6/17 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (Styx)
6/18 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp. (REO)
6/19 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre (Styx)
7/08 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena (Styx)
7/09 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre (REO)
7/12 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre (REO)
7/13 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amp. (Styx)
7/15 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre (Styx)
7/16 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre (REO)
7/19 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amp. (Styx)
7/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion (REO)
7/22 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amp. (Styx)
7/23 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion (Styx)
7/24 – Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (REO)
8/05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amp. (REO)
8/06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion (Styx)
8/08 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater (Styx)
8/10 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park (REO)
8/12 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live (REO)
8/13 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion (Styx)
8/16 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage (Styx)
8/17 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga PAC (REO)
8/19 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (Styx)
8/20 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center (Styx)
8/21 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (REO)
9/03 – Duluth, MN – Amsoil Arena (REO)
9/04 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena (REO)
9/06 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center (REO)
9/09 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amp (Styx)
9/10 – Burgettstown, PA – Pavilion at Star Lake (Styx)
9/13 – Huntsville, AL – Orion Amphitheater (Styx)
9/14 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours (REO)
9/16 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford Healthcare Amp (Styx)
9/17 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion (Styx)
9/18 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (REO)

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  1. Baybluesman
    #1 Baybluesman 5 December, 2021, 08:54

    Went to a show on Styx’s Paradise Theater tour in 1981, and they blew the roof off of the Civic Arena (aka “The Igloo”) in Pittsburgh, PA.
    After a 35+ year hiatus (hard to believe, so many years seemed to pass so quickly), I saw them at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD, and I gotta say, Styx had not lost a step, and had the crowd in their hands – musically, vocally, and on stage presence – they still had it all going on.
    I still miss Dennis DeYoung, as he contributed a lot more to Styx’s muscular sound than he gets credit for, and gets stuck with the Kilroy debate and some of their softer side, such as “Babe”, which I personally still believe is a great tune, if you remove the critique labels.
    In any event, while a good number of classic rock bands have been regrouping for what seems to be a fast buck and nostalgic glory, Styx soldiers on, still creating good new music, while entertaining their fans with great live performances, and not being a tribute band of themselves.

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