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Ted Nugent, Styx and REO Speedwagon concert booked for June 23

By Marty Finley

Rock ‘n’ roll wild man Ted Nugent plans to unleash his guitar-heavy brand of music on Fort Knox this summer, and he’s bringing some friends.

Nugent will be joined by classic rock standouts Styx and REO Speedwagon to form the Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express Tour, which storms into Godman Army Airfield on June 23. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m., said event coordinator Mark Wicker.

Tickets go on sale April 14 and are reduced in price from April 14-28, Wicker said. During this pre-event window, active duty soldiers can purchase tickets for $20 while general admission costs $25. Following the promotion, tickets will be available to everyone for $30 and cost $35 the day of the show, he added.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the leisure travel office on Fort Knox at 1053 Spearhead Division Ave. Those interested in purchasing tickets can contact the leisure travel office at (502) 624-5030.

Nugent, known for songs such as “Stranglehold” and “Cat Scratch Fever,” is equal parts rock showman, hunting enthusiast and outdoorsman who still spends about six months each year playing music, according to his official website.

“The incomparable guitar genius and fire-breathing intensity of Ted Nugent have carved him a permanent place among the legends of rock,” according to his official bio. “Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, ear-shattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned young Ted the moniker of ‘Motor City Madman,’ along with international acclaim.”

According to his website, Nugent recorded around 35 albums from 1967 to 2009 and has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Styx, meanwhile, has taken its stabs at progressive rock and concept albums, producing hits such as “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Renegade” through a career that has spanned more than four decades.

“Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing rock songs,” said Styx singer and guitarist James “JY” Young in a news release announcing the tour. “It’s time for mega-platinum Illinois bands Styx and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan calendar with the Motor City Madman!”

REO Speedwagon is no stranger to the Hardin County area after performing at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown in 2008. The band, which formed in the late 1960s, traveled in station wagons to tiny gigs before it struck it big and sold millions of albums backed by the hooks and harmonies on tracks like “I Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep on Loving You” and “Take it on the Run.”

“I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values,” said REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin in the news release. “In the Midwest we work hard, play hard and rock hard. I am proud to join my brothers in Styx and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock ‘n’ roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world.”

Wicker said Fort Knox has had its greatest success with classic rock acts and jumped at the chance to book the tour once organizers realized it was forming and there were dates that lined up. Previous classic rock acts to play at Fort Knox include Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and Kansas while the post also hosted country acts, such as Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith.

“We’ve never had these three artists play at Fort Knox before, so it worked out well for us,” Wicker said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.