REO Speedwagon & Styx Ammounce Benefit For Illinois Storm Victims
Legendary Illinois rockers Styx and REO Speedwagon will headline the upcoming "Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need" benefit show to raise money for recent storm and tornado victims in the Midwest. Pollstar reported that neither Styx, REO, nor any of the artists still to be announced will be receiving any compensation for the December 4th concert at Bloomington, Indiana's U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
The Rock To The Rescue non-profit organization was set up by Styx's Tommy Shaw and REO's Kevin Cronin in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Tickets for the upcoming event go on sale on Saturday, November 23rd at 10 a.m. CST.
Styx guitarist James "JY" Young said in the announcement for the benefit gig, "As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I'm reminded of his famous quote, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe them a tremendous debt. It's our turn to ask what we can do for this great State, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois."
Kevin Cronin added: "I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word 'Illinois' is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering in Washington, Illinois, and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own. . .the people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs."
Although always a mainstay of classic rock radio, "JY" Young, feels lucky that bands like he and REO are considered "hometown heroes" all over the country. He explained that the days of radio spotlighting a specific city's musical stripes has long past: "When radio stations was with individual owners, or maybe there's a group of owners that maybe owned radio stations in a couple of cities, but they have one giant conglomerate that has half the cities in the United States and they're all programmed from someplace in San Antonio, Texas, or something like that. Y'know, there's. . . each city had it's own sort of unique rhythm and individuality and unique personality and that's just lost. It's just like every other thing that was unique and individual has been sort of -- well, it's been homogenized."