Although attributed to the ‘70s, arena rock began in Roman times when bands fought to the death with power ballads while roadies were fed to lions. Appease your inner emperor with this GrouponLive deal to see The BIG Concert with Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. For $15, you get one general-admission lawn ticket for Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. (up to a $25 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C. classic-rock station BIG 100.3 FM smuggles arena legends and Midwestern heroes Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent into the great outdoors of Jiffy Lube Live with an inestimable cargo of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding front man and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep On Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." Kicking off the show, "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through toothy classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.