Monday, August 26
REO Speedwagon brings unrelenting rock excellence.
REO Speedwagon’s main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. The band formed loosely in the late ‘60s at college in Champaign, IL, calling itself REO after the precursor to the light truck. They rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band.
The band was signed in 1971, and has been fronted since 1972 by the iconic vocals of Kevin Cronin. By the early ‘70s the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more.
Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as Ridin’ The Storm Out followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity, which earned the Recording Industry Association of America’s 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the U.S. REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.
REO Speedwagon has sold 40-million albums to date around the globe. Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide in concert with hits and fan favorites such as In Your Letter, Can’t Fight This Feeling, Time For Me To Fly, Roll With The Changes, Keep On Loving You and Take It On The Run.
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