A trio of rock luminaries from Middle America, StyxREO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, will team up for a major U.S. tour in the coming months.  The trek, aptly dubbed the Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express, is scheduled to make 30 stops across the country during the late spring and early summer.  The tour will get under way on May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas, and currently is mapped out through a July 7 concert in Gilford, New Hampshire. "Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing rock songs," Styx guitarist James "JY" Young said in a statement.  "It's time for mega-platinum Illinois bands Styx and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan calendar with the Motor City Madman!" Added REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin, "In the Midwest we work hard, play hard and rock hard.  I am proud to join my brothers in Styx and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock 'n roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world." Not surprisingly, Nugent also had something to say about the trek, declaring, "The heart and soul of American R&B&R&R has always gushed forth from the heartland of America.  REO, Styx and the Nuge have always celebrated the power of our special music and on the mighty Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express, the energy, attitude and spirit is more intense than ever.  This is the soundtrack for the hardcore." Check StyxWorld.comREOSpedwagon.com and TedNugent.com to find out when tickets for the shows go on sale. Here are the confirmed dates for the Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express tour (*denotes that Ted Nugent will not appear):

5/1 -- Hidalgo, TX, State Farm Arena
5/3 -- Albuquerque, NM, Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
*5/4 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre (no Ted Nugent)
5/5 -- Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
5/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
5/8 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/10 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Mid America Arena
5/11 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre
*5/12 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Ted Nugent)
5/13 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Amphitheatre
5/17 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/19 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre
5/20 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Amphitheatre
6/22 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6/23 -- Ft. Knox, KY, Godman Army Airfield
6/24 -- Chicago, IL, Charter One Pavilion
6/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/28 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/29 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
6/30 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Center
7/3 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino
7/5 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/6 -- Big Flats, NY, Summer Stage
7/7 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion