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Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Dies: Arch Allies in a Tribute to Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon
The Classic Rock era is still an undeniable force in music decades after its inception. If you’re looking for proof, look no further than the ‘70s-‘80s rock triumvirate of Styx, Journey and REO Speedwagon, three bands whose music continually reached the top of the charts and is still being played today. Recreating the music of these three bands, Arch Allies will rock the Isle of Capri Boonville for one powerful performance that will bring back all those great songs and the memories that went with them.
Coming out of the Chicago area, Styx combined a hard rock sound with occasional pop ballads to create a unique, sometimes theatrical style of music. The softer side of Styx heard on songs such as “Lady” and “Babe” contrasted with harder-edged offerings such as “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Snowblind.”
- This year marks the 35th anniversary of the release of “Paradise Theatre,” the only album from Styx to hit the No. 1 spot on the charts.
- Last year, a video of a homeless man playing Styx's "Come Sail Away" on a public piano went viral. The performance, which took place in Sarasota. Florida, has received over 20 million views.
After nearly a decade of playing, REO Speedwagon finally broke out with “Hi Infidelity,” the album which spent 15 weeks on the top of the charts and produced the hit singles “Keep on Loving You,” “In Your Letter,” “Take It On The Run” and “Don’t Let Him Go.”
- One of REO's biggest hits, "Keep on Loving You" started out as a piano ballad that no one in the band wanted to record. Once the guitars and amps were added, it went on to be a No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100.
- REO's "Roll With the Changes" was written as lead singer Kevin Cronin was driving from Chicago to L.A. to rejoin the band after a few years hiatus. He started writing the lyrics on a brown paper bag, and the song reflected all the changes he was going through in his life.
Journey’s commercial success began with the release of their fourth album, “Infinity,” which featured new lead singer Steve Perry. Along with a change in vocal style, Perry brought a more pop-centric sound to the band’s songwriting. From the 1978 release of “Infinity” to “Raised on Radio” (released in 1984), Journey compiled hit after hit. From ballads like “Faithfully,” and “Open Arms” to more rocking numbers like “Wheel In The Sky,” “Anyway You Want It” and “Separate Ways,” the band has to-date sold more than 75 million albums.
- Despite eighteen Billboard Top 40 singles, seven consecutive multi-platinum albums and songs like "Don't Stop Believin'," a rock anthem and the No. 1 digital catalog song in history, Journey has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Journey's hit single "Faithfully" began as notes jotted down on a napkin while on a tour bus in Saratoga Springs NY. The song took less than an hour to write and was recorded in three takes. It peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the official video of the song has over 47 million hits.
Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon were responsible for much of the sound that defined a musical era. Arch Allies takes that sound and creates a tribute performance to all three bands. With their name taken from the legendary “Arch Allies: Live at Riverport” album which featured both Styx and REO, Arch Allies will take the stage for an exciting night filled with all the hits from three of rock’s premiere classic bands. You know all the words, so come and sing along with us in a night of great music!
Come and see Arch Allies at the Isle® of Capri Boonville, Saturday July 16.
- Showtime is 7 p.m.
- Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at the hotel front desk or online at www.isleofcapriboonville.com.
- Must be 21 to attend.
So put on your travelin’ shoes and head on over to Isle of Capri Boonville for some great rockin’. We’ll see you there!