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'Soundtrack of Summer Tour’ earns its stars

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Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Foreigner and Styx delivered some of rock’s best-loved anthems to a high-energy crowd of more than 4,600 fans at Cincinnati’s Horseshoe Casino on Thursday night, June 5 as "The Soundtrack of Summer Tour" rolled into town. Local favorite Brent James opened the show.

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Fans lined up early, and several fans were walking around The Shoe with albums, hoping to get them signed by the bands. With such a stellar line-up of musicians and a countless mix of hit songs, the more than four-hour show brought with it a perfect summer night in so many ways – an enthusiastic crowd, the weather, and of course, some of the greatest songs in history by a handful of the most respected acts in the music business.

Tunes like Felder’s opening “Life In the Fast Lane,” and "One of These Nights" were immediately recognized by concertgoers after only a few notes. By the end of his set, it was no surprise that everyone was anxious to hear “Hotel California,” as Felder invited Styx frontman Tommy Shaw onto the stage to join him for a duet.

Following Felder, Foreigner wasted no time getting to the hits as the band’s vocalist, Kelly Hansen belted out “Double Vision” and climbed up to the top of one of the light rafters. One hit followed another with songs like “Head Games,” “Cold as Ice,” “Starrider,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero" and “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” Another highlight was Mick Jones entrance onto the stage for an extended, live version of "Urgent," which resulted in a standing ovation and an electrified saxophone solo by Foreigner’s Tom Gimbel. Foreigner closed out their portion of the show with “I Want To Know (What Love Is,)” as they were backed by a local choir.

At dusk, co-headliner Styx took over the stage with a colorful light show that was equally as magical as their hits. The fans were just as lively as measured by their cheers to the opening, “The Grand Illusion.” As the band’s set continued, Shaw, James (JY) Young and Ricky Phillips showcased triple guitar riffs on songs like “Too Much Time on My Hands,” and “Fooling Yourself.” The crowd continued to roar, and the band played more of their favorites – “Lady,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Come Sail Away.”

About a dozen dates into the tour, "The Soundtrack of Summer” more than lives up to its name. Just like those around me at the show, I loved every minute of the concert. I would highly recommend it to everyone, who appreciates classic rock’s finest. From start to finish, with an all-star line-up, the concert brings a renewed energy to a collection of timeless classics.

Felder is slated to open each of the shows on the tour. Foreigner and Styx will interchange sets during the closing slots. "The Soundtrack of Summer Tour" kicked off mid-May and will run through late July. To find out the latest news, tour dates, or to purchase a ticket for an upcoming show in your city, go to www.soundtrackofsummer.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. Fans can also pick up the companion “The Soundtrack of Summer” CD exclusively at Walmart.

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