STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON to Perform at ROCK OF AGES April 27
One month after their classic songs debut as part of the score of the new hit musical comedy, ROCK OF AGES, two unparalleled rock stars - Tommy Shaw from STYX and Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon - will make their Broadway debuts as they perform their new single, "Can't Stop Rockin'", immediately following the evening performance on Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th Street). The performance of the new song, co-written by Cronin and Shaw, celebrates the rockers recently announced CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour, which kicks off on May 12th, presented by VH1 Classic and Rock Band®.
Following an extremely successful off Broadway run and a bidding war over the film rights in which New Line Cinema won; the new musical comedy ROCK OF AGES will open on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W. 47th Street). Previews began on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. ROCK OF AGES, starring Constantine Maroulis ("American Idol"), is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, STYX ("Too Much Time on My Hands" & "Renegade"), REO Speedwagon ("Can't Fight This Feeling" & "Keep On Lovin' You"), Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. The show is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.
VH1 Classic and Rock Band ® are proud to bring the CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour to America, featuring REO Speedwagon, STYX and 38 Special, three of the hardest working bands in rock n' roll. CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' kicks off on May 12th in Amarillo, Texas and will feature hit-packed sets spanning the course of these three rock legacies. The tour is geared to give the ultimate classic rock experience at a fan friendly ticket price (as low at $13.50). Confirmed tour dates are listed below, with additional concerts to be announced shortly.
Just as economy conscience as the CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour, ROCK OF AGES offers several ticket initiatives that that will treat audience members to one of the most unique (and inexpensive!) experiences on Broadway, every night. Starting 30 minutes before every show and during intermission, audience members seated in the orchestra will be able to buy color-coded drink chips from waiters in the orchestra or at the bar. The chips can then be redeemed during the show, from your seat, for the drink of your choice. In addition to having the least expensive top ticket price on Broadway (at $89.00 during the week & $99.00 during the weekend), ROCK OF AGES will also have a two VIP GREEN ROOM boxes ($295.00 for 4 tickets), which includes four tickets to the show located in one of only two mezzanine boxes and your own waiter, and LOTTERY tickets ($26.50 each, max 2 per person) which will be available two hours before every show at the box office, cash only.
Tickets for the musical and the STYX/ REO Speedwagon live performance of "Can't Stop Rockin'" (at no extra charge) on April 27, 2009, can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com/ 212-307-4100 or in person at The Brooks Atkinson Box Office (256 W. 47th Street).
CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' Tour Dates:
DATE MARKET VENUE
12-May Amarillo, TX (NO 38 SPECIAL) Amarillo Civic Center
13-May Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino Amphitheatre
15-May Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
16-May Las vegas, NV Thomas and Mack
17-May Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
21-May Ontario, CA Citizen's Bank Arena
22-May Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
23-May Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Resort
24-May Mountainview, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
27-May Kent, WA ShoWare Center
30-May Salt Lake City, UT Rio Tinto Stadium
31-May Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
2-Jun San Antonio, TX (NO 38 Special) Municipal Auditorium
4-Jun Kansas City Starlight Theatre
5-Jun Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino
6-Jun OK City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
7-Jun Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
16-Jun Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
18-Jun Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheatre @ The Wharf
19-Jun Birmingham, AL City Stages
21-Jun Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
23-Jun Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavillion
24-Jun Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
26-Jun Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata
27-Jun Gilford, NH 7PM Meadowbrook
28-Jun Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
1-Jul Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
2-Jul Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort and Casino
3-Jul Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
4-Jul Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
5-Jul Wheeling, WV Wheeling Island Hotel and Casino
The performance schedule for ROCK OF AGES March 17 - March 29 is Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm & 8pm. Beginning on Monday, March 30, the performance schedule is Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm.
For more information on the CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour, visit the bands' web sites:
www.speedwagon.com, www.styxworld.com, and www.38special.com.
REO SPEEDWAGON - Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter, keyboard player and founding member Neal Doughty, bass player Bruce Hall, lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Loving You," and "Time For Me To Fly," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Don't Let Him Go" and "Keep Pushin." Their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites "Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.
STYX - Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since '99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time. Every STYX release throughout the late '70s earned at least platinum certification (1976's Crystal Ball, 1977's The Grand Illusion, 1978's Pieces of Eight, and 1979's Cornerstone), and spawned such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself." Paradise Theater became Styx's biggest hit album of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as "Too Much Time on My Hands." It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.
ROCK OF AGES - In addition to Constantine Maroulis, ROCK OF AGES features Amy Spanger (The Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate) as "Sherrie" and James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1's "So NoTORIous") as "Stacee Jaxx", Adam Dannheisser (The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night), Mitchell Jarvis (Fiddler on the Roof), Michele Mais (Roza), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd), Paul Schoeffler (Sweet Charity, Nine), Wesley Taylor (See Rock City), Ericka Hunter (Flower Drum Song, 42nd Street), Jeremy Jordan (Little Dog Laughed tour), Michael Minarik (Les Miserables), Angel Reed (Saturday Night Fever tour), Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines (Pal Joey, The Color Purple), Katherine Tokarz (White Christmas, A Chorus Line ), Andre Ward (Xanadu, The Producers), Savannah Wise (Les Miserables), Tad Wilson (The Full Monty) and Jeremy Woodard (Glory Days). And rockin' in the on-stage band, ARSENAL, are Music Director/ keyboardist Henry Aronson (Theatre: Rocky Horror, RENT ), lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger), drummer Jon Weber (The Orion Experience, Theatre: Hedwig), bassist Winston Roye (Ace of Base, Theatre: Bright Lights, Big City) and guitar player David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do), who also wrote the original arrangements. The Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia)
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