Special one-time-only surprises usually happen at the end of a long tour.
The final stop in Bangor, Maine last Sunday, July 8 of "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" with Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was no exception.
During Styx's set, lucky fans at that final stop got what they were hoping for when Ted Nugent joined the band for a special performance of the Damn Yankees classic "Coming Of Age."
Damn Yankees was formed in 1989 and consisted of Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Ted Nugent and drummer Michael Cartellone. The band released two albums, 1990’s self-titled debut and 1992’s “Don’t Tread.” The Yankees’ single, “Coming Of Age,” was a Billboard #1 Mainstream Rock Track and reached #60 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Working with brother Ted has been a real treat,” said Styx’s Tommy Shaw. “Joining fellow Nugent alumni Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon guitarist) in the wings on a regular basis to watch Ted, Derek (St. Homes), Greg (Smith) and Mick (Brown) craft the perfect set for our collective audience. Night after night, it has been inspirational. Then, to finish the tour with Ted joining Styx on stage for a killer performance of 'Coming Of Age' caught me off guard how powerful it was. I swear Nugent was levitating. Damn Yankee brothers forever."
"The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" began May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas and quickly became one of Pollstar's top-grossing tours of the summer so far.
The tour-ending July 8 show was not without controversy: following Nugent’s performance, his drummer Mick Brown was arrested for stealing a golf cart, operating under the influence, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was released on $4,000 bail and is due in court on August 15.
Ted Nugent + Styx – Coming Of Age
Original by Damn Yankees
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