BANGOR, Maine — The popular ’70s and ’80s band Styx is coming back to Bangor in July for an outdoor show, and they’re bringing along some high-profile friends.
Fellow Illinois-based band and ’80s supergroup REO Speedwagon is on tour with Styx along with Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, and they’re making Bangor’s Waterfront Pavilion one of their initial 30 concert stops with a Sunday, July 8 show.
Tickets to “The Midwest Rock ’N’ Roll Express” show will go on sale Friday at noon. Ticket prices are $71.50, $61.50 and $37.50, not including any applicable fees. They can be purchased online at www.waterfrontconcerts.com and through Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at Mark’s Music in Brewer or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
Combined, the three popular rock acts have sold more than 80 million albums internationally and have 12 top-10 singles to their credit.
Styx has released 15 studio albums since its debut in 1972 and has eight top-10 singles, only one of which — “Babe” in 1979 — went all the way to No. 1 on the charts.
REO Speedwagon, which has been performing since 1967, peaked with the release of its “High Infidelity” album in 1980. The album contained four top-25 singles led by No. 1 hit “Keep On Loving You” and has sold more than 10 million copies. The band hit No. 1 again with “Can’t Fight This Feeling” from the 1984 album “Wheels are Turnin’.”
The 63-year-old Nugent has been rocking solo since 1975 and overall since 1967. His solo career has spawned 13 studio albums, three of them multiplatinum albums. His biggest hit single, “Cat Scratch Fever,” peaked at No. 30 in 1977 and propelled the same-titled album to triple-platinum status.
Through January 2008, a concert featuring REO Speedwagon, Styx and Survivor was ranked the fourth-highest attraction at the Bangor Auditorium since 1996 after drawing 4,073 fans to the Nov. 10, 2000 show.
Styx singer and guitarist Tommy Shaw tells fans in a press release that the Midwest Rock ’N’ Roll Express is going to be a “twang fest of screaming guitars and big, singalong choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base. In other words, a real good time.”
The concert is the eighth announced for the 2012 Bangor Waterfront Concerts season.