Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m.
TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline IL
Two of the most successful and enduring acts in the history of rock will share a local stage on the evening of St. Patrick Day, as Moline's TaxSlayer Center hosts a March 17 concert featuring co-headliners REO Speedwagon and Styx – rock-'n'-roll legends who will be joined by guitarist Don Felder of the equally iconic band The Eagles.
Originally formed in Champaign, Illinois, in 1967, REO Speedwagon cultivated a huge following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the following decade, with 1980's Hi Infidelity containing four top-40 Billboard hits and standing as the group's best-selling album with sales of over 10 million copies. Over the course of its career, REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million records and has charted 13 Top-40 songs that include the number-one singles “Keep on Loving You” and “Can't Fight This Feeling,” with the band's discography also boasting such timeless rock and pop tunes as “Take It on the Run,” “Keep he Fure Burnin',” and “One Lonely Night.”
Styx, meanwhile, was formed in Chicago in 1972, and also became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre. Though the musicians established themselves with a progressive-rock sound in the 1970s, Styx began to incorporate pop-rock and soft-rock elements in the 1980s, and is best known for such smash singles as “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “The Best of Times,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Renegade,” and “Mr. Roboto.” Styx can also boast four consecutive albums that were certified multi-platinum as well as 16 top-40 singles, eight of which hit the top 10.
Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert with REO Speedwagon and Styx are $29.50-99.50, and can be reserved by calling (800)745-3000 or visiting TaxSlayerCenter.com.