Ted Nugent played it fk’n loud at the Target Center Friday night, but it was Styx then REO Speedwagon who made fans jump out of their seat and sing.
After the Nuge’s rockin’ tribute to the USA, fans browsing their smart phones during intermission discovered that the Boston police had caught the Marathon bombing suspect. It was a moment praised by REO Speedwagon during their performance, and had everyone in the audience join together in relief.
“There was an overwhelming feeling of patriotism inside the Target Center which lifted the concert to another level,” REO posted on their Facebook page.
All three bands showed their respect to rock legends like Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, whose style presented itself in each band’s music Friday night.
So. Much. Insane. Guitar-age.
Nugent’s best were ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ and ‘Stranglehold.’ Styx had an energetic open with ‘Blue Collar Man,’ had everyone singing along to ‘Lady’ and had fans sitting in the upper levels jump out of their seats during ‘Come Sail Away.’ Left to the last minutes were ‘Renegade’ and ‘Rockin' the Paradise.’ The songs ‘Lorelei’ and Dennis DeYoung’s ‘Mr. Roboto’ unfortunately never made the cut.
REO’s performance of ‘Keep On Loving You’ proved sitting down during a rock ballad is never okay, and that anyone can dance with a little air guitar action. ‘Roll With the Changes’ and ‘Time for Me to Fly’ had fans belting out every word.
The only disappointment about this concert was the lack of projectile screens behind the bands. They should have let the people in the back see them up close and ditched the goofy, often repetitive graphics.
Tommy Shaw’s daughter Hannah Shaw even made a guest appearance at the show. She announced that fans could enter a $10 raffle to win a guitar signed by Nugent, Styx and REO. The bands are donating a guitar at each of their stops on tour, and their first concert in Grand Forks, ND raised $8,000 to help Boston.
The Nugent-Styx-REO mix was a fun one, and reminded us that the old school style of rock and roll will never fade away.
“Keep rock music alive!” exclaimed REO lead vocalist Kevin Cronin at the end of the show.
By Candice Wheeler