The Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012

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REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent and Styx

Target Audience: People who hated punk just as much as they hated disco. Fans at this show spent the punk revolution blasting their eight tracks of "Cat Scratch Fever," "Come Sail Away" and "Keep On Loving You." The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones are no more, but these bands tour every single summer. 

Missing Members: Styx is down to just guitarists Tommy Shaw and JY Young, though bassist Chuck Panozzo does sit in on occasion. They haven't played with original vocalist Dennis DeYoung since the late 1990s, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. REO Speedwagon are pretty much intact, though drummer Alan Gratzer no longer tours with the band. Ted Nugent recently reunited with Derek St. Homes, the voice of "Stranglehold" and many other early classics. 

Likely Highlight: Styx has played "Renegade" and "Come Sail Away" about six thousand times, but the fans keep coming back for more. REO Speedwagon usually close with "Ridin' The Storm Out," but we're most looking forward to "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold." The Nuge has some crazy political views, but he remains an amazing guitar player. 

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