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 Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express Tour with Styx and REO Speedwagon at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. For $30, you get two general-admission lawn tickets for Saturday, May 12, at 6:40 p.m. (up to a $39.20 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express smuggles arena legends and Illinois heroes Styx and REO Speedwagon into the great outdoors of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 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 frontman 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."