Riding the Storm Out (In Which I Celebrate 80s Rock in Modern Fashion)

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



One thought on “Riding the Storm Out (In Which I Celebrate 80s Rock in Modern Fashion)

  1. Tommy Shaw is great, and yes, he does look like David Spade, but probably has even more STDs. This is the guy who used to ride around the country dispensing cocaine to DJs who agreed to spin “Come Sail Away” more.

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