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’80s rockers to join forces in Plymouth

Queensryche, Warrant, Lita Ford among acts scheduled

Queensryche headlines Rock the Speedway 2 in Plymouth on Sept. 15.
Chris Hupe

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 12, 2023

We already announced that Megadeth, Saving Abel, and others would be visiting Plymouth Motor Speedway, about an hour and a half west of Fort Wayne, but the small venue continues to fill out its schedule.

Fans of the greatest decade in rock, the 1980s (this is an inarguable truth), will want to head to the Plymouth on Sept. 15 for Rock the Speedway 2. Queensrÿche, who just performed an amazing show at The Clyde Theatre in Fort Wayne, is headlining the event with support from Warrant, Lita Ford, Last in Line, and Bulletboys

Of note, Last in Line, consisting mostly of Dio’s backing band, just released a phenomenal new album, Jericho, and Queensrÿche are still supporting their latest, Digital Noise Alliance, which is one of the best albums of their career. 

Warrant, Ford, and Bulletboys were all MTV darlings at one point or another during the decade. 

This one will be fun.

Godsmack, Staind team up

Heavy rockers Godsmack and Staind will hit the road together on their Summer 2023 U.S. tour, running from mid-July through late August. 

The 25-date outing hits Pine Knob Music Theatre outside Detroit on Aug. 9, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre outside Chicago on Aug. 10, and Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville on Aug. 12.

The bands have a long history with each other, having toured together on the 1998 Warped Tour. Godsmack recently released Lighting Up the Sky with the band stating that it is their last.

For Staind, frontman Aaron Lewis has had a nice run as a solo artist. Staind resumed touring sporadically in 2019 and they are currently working on their first album since 2011’s self-titled effort. 

Mudvayne back on the road

Speaking of veteran rock bands, Mudvayne will embark on their first headlining tour in more than 14 years in July, with the reunited Coal Chamber serving as special guests, along with support from Butcher Babies, Gwar, and Nonpoint.

The Psychotherapy Sessions tour stops in our region in early August with a date at Blossom Music Center near Cleveland on Aug. 4 followed by stops at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre near Chicago on Aug. 5, Pine Knob Music Theatre near Detroit on Aug. 6, and Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville on Aug. 8.

Nugent bids Adios

The Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent has announced the Adios Mofo ’23 Tour. 

As it sounds, this is planned to be Nugent’s last tour and at 74 years old, who can blame him? 

In typical Nugent fashion, he said, “My amazing American Dream sure as hell ain’t over. However, my fiery vaportrail of flamethrowing all American R&B and rock n’ roll has been so much damn fun I can hardly believe it. I will write The Book, but for now, it’s Adios Mofo ’23.” 

While some dates are still being finalized, you can catch him one more time at the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana on July 20 or at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre near in his home city of Detroit on Aug. 11.

Kiss books date in Detroit

While we are thinking about final shows in Detroit, Kiss recently announced their final concert dates while leaving out an important part of their history: “Detroit Rock City.” That has changed now as the iconic band will play Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 20, six weeks before they call it a wrap with a pair of hometown shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

The always entertaining band will also play Indianapolis on this final run with a Nov. 25 date at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

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