On a perfect 70-degree Sunday evening in downtown Chicago, two girlfriends and I went to see the epic troika of late-70s rock:
- Ted Nugent (who went on a rant against Illinois politicians. While performing in Illinois).
- REO Speedwagon (who sang a few too many but rocked totally hard).
- Styx (who are led by Tommy Shaw, who is like a slightly older, way more buff, and probably less chlamydia-ridden David Spade).
I “live-tweeted” the event (gag), mostly to amuse myself and my cousin and to annoy my friends I was with. Who were already — shall we say — frustrated with me because I was in charge of the tickets and, upon having requested the “best three together,” was assigned T-1, U-1, and V-1. All right behind each other. Thank yoooouuu, Live Nation. At least we were on an aisle:
Anyway, here are my observations as they happened over at BethGWrites.
7: 11 pm: Devil horns!! #nugentstyxreo
7:34 pm: 3 mins in, first mullet sighting. #nugentstyxreo
7:43 pm: Richard Branson stole Ted Nugent’s font.
8:09 pm: ‘Don’t Let Him Go.’ A few keys lower than the album version. #nugentstyxreo
8:34 pm: ‘Can’t Fight this Feeling.’ Still too much sunlight for lighters! #nugentstyxreo
8:37 pm: “Bring this ship into the shore … throw away the oars forever.” Not a bad 80s lyrical metaphor. #nugentstyxreo
9:04 pm: “Back on the Road Again?” Worst final encore ever, REO. #nugentstyxreo
9:05 pm: Just kidding! Second encore is ‘Roll With the Changes.” Perfect close. #nugentstyxreo
9:15 pm: Oh my! ‘Keep On Loving You,’ THIRD encore. #karaokefavorite #nugentstyxreo
9:17 pm: Now wondering if Styx will ever, in fact, take the stage. #nugentstyxreo
9:17 pm: Fourth REO encore, ‘Ridin the Storm Out.’ #nugentstyxreo #whereisstyx
9:22 pm: The REO drummer has lost his muscle shirt. #nugentstyxreo
9:44 pm: Met a guy who has seen REO 114 times. #impressive #nugentstyxreo
9:51 pm: Just bought a tee that looks likes it’s from the Freaks and Geeks costume closet.
9:57 pm: Tommy Shaw is amaze-balls. #nugentstyxreo
9:58 pm: Who is this fake, as good, but less self-important Dennis DeYoung? #nugentstyxreo
10:09 pm: Hi-Infidelity and The Grand Illusion? Truly great album names. #nugentstyxreo (agree, @robertAbooey?)
10:16 pm: Please please, Ted and Tommy, sing ‘High Enough?’ #damnyankees #nugentstyxreo
10:18 pm: Tommy Shaw has the most ripped arms I’ve ever seen on any human being? #58yearsold #nugentstyxreo
10:27 pm: Why is Styx covering not one, but two Who songs? #nugentstyxreo
10:32 pm: South Park only made ‘Come Sail Away’ better. #nugentstyxreo
11:04 pm: Great night of classic rock! Beats today’s garbage any day.#ilovethe80s #nugentstyxreo