|Styx, Foreigner coming the The Wharf May 25|
February 4, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25, The Wharf will be the site of the “Soundtrack of Summer Tour” featuring Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder formerly of the Eagles.
Combined, they’ve sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. They’ve had 36 No. 1 and Top 10 smash hit singles that are still being spun on Classic Rock radio more than 500,000 times every year.
They’ve performed thousands of concerts worldwide to countless crowds. Now it’s time for three of the most legendary names in rock to come together for a massive U.S. Summer tour.
The three-month tour kicks off May 16 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Zoo Amphitheatre. In Orange Beach, Don Felder will open the show followed by Styx and then Foreigner, according to the tour schedule.
Tickets for various cities go on sale starting Feb. 7. Fans can check out the tour’s official website, Soundtrack of Summer for info about all three acts, ticket on-sale dates, and more shows that will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The addition of Don Felder to ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ tour means that the combined album sales of all 3 acts, as well as all the bands they were once members of, is well north of 200 million worldwide,” Styx guitarist/singer James “JY” Young said. “Certainly by this yardstick, ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ has got to easily be in the Top Ten three-act concert tours to ever hit the road.”
“As longtime friends, we’re happy to join Styx and Don Felder for the ultimate soundtrack of summer,” Foreigner founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones said. “Our combined songs are some of America’s favorite summer anthems, and we’re excited to be bringing them to our fans across the country.”
Don Felder, former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy Award winner, released his second solo album (and first since 1983), Road To Forever, in October of 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since. Now, to coincide with the launch of “The Soundtrack of Summer,” the album is being re-released with four additional songs, Road To Forever: Extended Edition, on March 4 via INGrooves Music Group.
The album’s latest single, “You Don’t Have Me,” will be serviced to radio in April. Felder’s Road To Forever originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at No. 27.
"Girls In Black," the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by Felder and Styx’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to No. 4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.
Felder wrote or co-wrote all the songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the album, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers including: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto, Randy Jackson, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and others. It was produced by Felder along with Robin DiMaggio Posse 2.0 bandleader on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” United Nations’ Musical Director.
Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.
During the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. Styx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined.
Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, Styx continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
With 10 multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.
Juke Box Heroes, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, spent more than twenty weeks on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart in 2013. The 2008 No End In Sight album re-entered the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart, joining Juke Box Heroes in July 2013.
Check out “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks). Don Felder hits the stage at 7 p.m. at every stop. Styx and Foreigner will alternate closing slots.