“The addition of Don Felder to the Soundtrack of Summer tour means that the combined album sales of all three acts, as well as all the bands they were once members of, is well north of 200 million worldwide,” said Styx guitarist/singer James “JY” Young in a press release issued by ABC Public Relations. “Certainly by this yardstick, the Soundtrack of Summer has got to easily be in the Top 10 three-act concert tours to ever hit the road. ‘Renegade’ ‘Juke Box Heroes’ partying at the ‘Hotel California’ will be your slammin' soundtrack of a rockin' hot summer! What more could you ask for after this crazy cold winter we are having?”
“As longtime friends, we’re happy to join Styx and Don Felder for the ultimate soundtrack of summer,” said Foreigner founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “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.”
“This tour will have the best vocalists and guitarists on the road today,” said Don Felder. “The sheer volume of our combined catalogs is massive and should satisfy any rock ’n’ roll fan, and rock them until they can’t walk out of the place.”
The Soundtrack of Summer kicks off May 16 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before making two stops in Texas. Then, it’s on to the Sunshine State for a performance at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall. Felder will hit the stage at 7 p.m. at every stop. Styx and Foreigner will alternate closing slots. According to the current schedule, Foreigner will close the show at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 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 – such as “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 No. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is” – Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 30 years into the game. “Juke Box Heroes,” a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, spent more than 20 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart in 2013.
According to the band’s biography provided by Paradigm Talent Agency, at Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence, along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.
Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The album “Double Vision” followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, “4,” its impressive run at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of ’80s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, “Agent Provocateur,” gave the world the incredible No. 1 global hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”
A new level of energy commenced in 2002 when Jones decided to take Foreigner to the next level, according to the biography. He was joined by the astonishing Kelly Hansen on vocals, and continues as they lead the group in a re-emergence of astounding music that speaks to long time foreigner fans and younger generations. With renewed energy and direction, Foreigner hit the Billboard charts again with the 2005 release of their live greatest hits album, “Extended Versions.” “Can’t Slow Down” followed in 2009, and entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30, driven by two Top 20 radio singles, “In Pieces” and “When It Comes To Love.” To follow was the release of the band’s three-disc set, “Feels Like The First Time,” which included an acoustic CD with an intimate and unique re-interpretation of many Foreigner classics, studio re-records by the new lineup and a live performance DVD showcasing the group’s exceptional live energy.
“Juke Box Heroes,” a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, spent more than 20 weeks in the Billboard Top 200 in 2013.
Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early 1970s, 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.
Over the course of their 38-year career, the band has released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top 10 singles. Styx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. As a sign of their enduring popularity, the band has performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined.
According to ABC Public Relations, the current lineup of Styx features Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips – along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo.
Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, two more studio albums and no end in sight, Styx continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
Early on, the music of Styx reflected then-current prog-rockers as Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Moody Blues, as evidenced by such releases as 1972’s self-titled debut, 1973's “Styx II,” 1974's “The Serpent Is Rising” and 1975's “Man of Miracles.” While the albums helped the group build a substantial following locally, Styx failed to break through to the mainstream, until a track originally from their second album, "Lady" started to get substantial airplay in late 1974 on the Chicago radio station WLS-FM. The song was soon issued as a single nationwide, and quickly shot to No. 6 on the singles chart, as “Styx II” was certified gold.
By this time, however, the group had grown disenchanted with their record label, and opted to sign on with A&M for their fifth release overall, 1975's “Equinox.”
On the eve of the tour in support of the album, original guitarist John Curulewski abruptly left the band, and was replaced by Tommy Shaw. Shaw proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle for Styx, as most of their subsequent releases throughout the late '70s earned at least platinum certification, including 1976's “Crystal Ball,” 1977's “The Grand Illusion,” 1978's “Pieces of Eight” and 1979's “Cornerstone,” and spawned such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself.”
The band decided that their first release of the '80s would be a concept album, 1981's “Paradise Theater,” which was loosely based on the rise and fall of a once-beautiful theater. “Paradise Theater” became Styx's biggest hit of their career, selling more than three million copies in a three-year period. The band became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as "Too Much Time on My Hands." It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.
In 1984, Styx released a career-encompassing live album, “Caught in the Act.” Not long after that, the band went on hiatus, as the majority of its members pursued solo projects throughout the remainder of the decade.
A greatest hits compilation led to a reunion tour in 1996. The tour proved to be a success and resulted in the release of “Return to Paradise,” a live album and video.
Don Felder is the former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time.
According to an artist biography provided by Paradigm Talent Agency, the band’s record-setting compilation “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” sold more than 29 million copies in the United States alone and was awarded by the RIAA the top-selling album of the 20th century.
Currently Felder and the Eagles have sold more than 83.5 million albums. A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones. He originated the music and co-wrote The Eagles’ biggest hit – the iconic smash “Hotel California” – along with fan favorites like “Victim of Love” and “Those Shoes.”
Felder is celebrated for his lyrical, signature guitar work on legendary songs like “Hotel California,” “One of These Nights” and “New Kid In Town.” “Hotel California” was recently voted the No. 1 best 12-string guitar song in the world by Guitar World magazine.
After leaving the group in 2001, Felder also became a New York Times bestselling author when his riveting confessional memoir “Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles” proved a major commercial triumph upon publication in 2008 and went on to become a New York Times best seller.
More recently, Felder has worked in both sessions and live performances with numerous music legends spanning the musical spectrum: The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Bob Seger, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Boz Scaggs, Warren Zevon, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Vince Gill, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand – and even old friend, Steven Stills.
Felder recently re-released his critically acclaimed solo album “Road to Forever” as an extended edition including four additional songs. The new songs are “Can’t Stop Now,” “Southern Bound,”
“She Runs Free” and “Sensuality.”
“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 Classic 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 such as David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto, Randy Jackson, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and others.
‘Soundtrack of Summer’ album
Felder, Foreigner and Styx also partnered to release “The Soundtrack of Summer,” an album featuring 16 classic rock anthems by the participating artists.
The album was released May 6 to coincide with the highly anticipated summer tour. It is available exclusively at Walmart.
“The Soundtrack of Summer” package includes Foreigner hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and Styx hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade.” The collection also boasts a brand new interpretation of one of Classic Rock’s most successful songs ever, “Hotel California.” Original songwriter Don Felder teamed up with Styx and Foreigner for this very special collaboration, as well as a stunning new version of Foreigner’s massive hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which will only be available as a limited edition vinyl disc and on iTunes.
Following is a complete track listing of “The Soundtrack of Summer” album:
1. “Feels Like The First Time” 2. “Cold As Ice” 3. “Hot Blooded” 4. “Double Vision” 5. “Urgent” 6. “Waiting For A Girl Like You” 7. “I Want To Know What Love Is” 8. “Juke Box Hero” 9. “The Grand Illusion” 10. “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” 11. “Lorelei” 12. “Crystal Ball” 13. “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” 14. “Miss America” 15. “Renegade” 16. “Too Much Time On My Hands” 17. “Hotel California”