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Midwest Rock ’n Roll Express

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Styx amped up the volume for its hour-long set and was arguably the biggest draw for Toledo.

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Bryan Hitt, drummer with REO Speedwagon, performs. REO Speedwagon started it off when a 10-song hour-long set that started promptly at 7.

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REO Speedwagon's vocalist Kevin Cronin, left, with lead guitarist Dave Amato. Cronin, at 61, has kept his high vocal range.

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James ‘JY’ Young, left, and Tommy Shaw of Styx perform at the Huntington Center, playing to their faithful fan base. Styx was arguably the biggest draw to the megaconcert in Toledo.

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Styx's Midwest roots were prevalent in its setlist, with songs like “Blue Collar Man,” “Angry Young Man,” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.”

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Styx's classic-rock staple “Come Sail Away,” however, that drew the biggest reaction from the Toledo crowd.

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Styx performs during the The Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour.

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Styx drummer Todd Sucherman performs during their set.

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When Styx lead singer and guitarist Tommy Shaw asked the crowd for a show of hands of how many were seeing the band for the first time and how many have seen the group before it was evenly split.

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Styx was the middle act in the The Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour in Toledo.

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Styx is Midwest part of the Rock ’n Roll Express, which launched its second-consecutive tour only a few days ago.

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REO Speedwagon stirred the audience out of its seats immediately with opening song “Don’t Let Him Go,” followed by “Take It on the Run,” with Kevin Cronin pausing little to chat with the crowd during the band’s set.

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