University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent play April 18 at the Ralph

Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent will open "the Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" tour April 18 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.  Ted Nugent will hit the stage at 7 p.m.  Styx is the closing act.

Last year’s debut of “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour, recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012,” was such a huge success that Rock’s finest from the Midwest— REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent—are teaming up again for another round of shows starting April 18 in Grand Forks at Ralph Engelstad Arena.  The trek concludes May 19 in Burgettstown, Pa. at First Niagara Pavilion.

Styx and REO Speedwagon will offer direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive fan club pre-sales.  Visit StyxWorld.com to join the Styx Lounge for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages, and visit www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon for information about REO Speedwagon's ticket pre-sales.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 15, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office, ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800.745.3000. Additional event information is available at theralph.com.

“The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour racked in rave reviews during its debut run, including:

“Tuesday’s lineup of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx brought album-oriented rock to a rabid, near sold-out audience that ate up every lick, groove and wail like it was manna from heaven.  -- Candace Horgan, Denver Post

“The ‘Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express’ tour proved to be aptly named and by the time the last guitar pick had been thrown and the final encore had faded away, it’s likely that more than a few in the audience were pulling out their smartphones to look for their chance to stow away as passengers to catch the next stop.”  --Matt Wardlaw, Ultimateclassicrock.com

“One would be hard pressed to find a tour line-up that can boast more combined top 40 hits and platinum recordings than that of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and STYX…on this night, (the fans are) going to get their money’s worth.”  --Craig Ross, Guitarinternational.com