Kevin Cronin’s ready to put on a show for you.
The REO Speedwagon singer has a good reason to be prepared. He doesn’t want to be outdone by his tour mates.
“We better be ready. We’ve got Ted Nugent and Styx with us,” Cronin told The World-Herald.
Cronin said there’s a bit of friendly competition, but nothing too serious.
“Each band wants to be the band everyone walks out the door talking about,” he said. “When I know we’re going on after Styx or Ted, it’s just another little motivation to take it up a notch. We’ll be operating at the highest level that we’re capable of.”
The idea for the tour, called the Rock N’ Roll Midwest Express, came from some tour dates between REO and Styx last year. Both bands had played with Nugent over the years, and all three are from the Midwest, so it seemed like a natural fit.
“There’s a mutual admiration society and ... it should be a great show,” Styx guitarist James Young told The World-Herald.
All the bands on the bill got their start decades ago, but they still continue to be popular.
“The more we’re out there, the more we see people under 25 with a Styx shirt on singing all the words, and they clearly weren’t a member of the first generation of fans,” Young said.
Both Cronin and Young were excited to be back on the road and playing for fans.
“We always love coming to the Omaha-Council Bluffs area,” Young said. “We’ll be rocking it out.”
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