REO Speedwagonrss feedhttp://www.speedwagon.com 8/22/2014 - REO Speedwagon & CHICAGO: ALS Ice Bucket challenge Bryan Hitt,Tris Imboden,Dave Amato,Keith Howland Check out the surprise last minute singer...<iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EB4cYo2hlCg?list=UUD0PDb7KKHEecsLnXaq2Hfw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br />Kevin invites the REO fans to the ALS #IceBucketChallenge!<br /> <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1YWQSnIlAaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT 8/19/2014 - Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! Check out this sneak peak of Kevin, Neal and Bruce interview by AXS TV on August 4th, 2014 at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. This is scheduled to be aired sometime in 2015. We will keep you posted!
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT
8/13/2014 - REO Speedwagon and Chicago Back On The Road Again: Greek Theatre Review Hey Fans,<br /> Happy #TuneAFishTuesday!<br /> REO Speedwagon and Chicago Back On The Road Again: Greek Theatre Review<br /> At first REO Speedwagon and Chicago may seem like an odd combination, but it worked very well. Last time Reo came to the Greek was with Styx in 2012. <br /> <a href="http://www.examiner.com/review/reo-speedwagon-and-chicago-back-on-the-road-again-greek-theatre-review">click here to see article.</a> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT 8/11/2014 - St.Louis, MO on August 8th, 2014. It's Guy Favazza and the St.Louis KSHE staff out at Riverport just before show time in St.Louis, MO on Friday August 8th, 2014.
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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT
8/6/2014 - More from REO Speedwagon's concert at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. More from REO Speedwagon's concert at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO.
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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT
8/6/2014 - REO boys on the golf course in Denver, CO. Here's a pic of the REO boys on the golf course in Denver, CO. From left to right. Bryan,our good friend Ken,Kevin,our manager Tom,good friend G-Man,and Bruce.
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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT
8/6/2014 - Hey REO fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday sharing special moments Hey REO fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday sharing special moments from REO Speedwagon's concert last night at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO
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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT
8/6/2014 - Please share with friends and family. (REO Speedwagon & Chicago)
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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT
8/6/2014 - REO SPEEDWAGON/CHICAGO at THE GREEK.
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8/1/2014 - Are you read Los Angeles, tonight at the Greek! <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152283872773499" data-width="466"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152283872773499">Post</a> by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon">REO Speedwagon</a>.</div></div> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 PDT 7/31/2014 - And so it begins!
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/31/2014 - Star Apps: Chicago and REO Speedwagon Before iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Songza, Pandora, and Rdio, there was FM radio. Chicago and REO Speedwagon were two of the rock bands dominating FM airwaves in the '70s and '80s. With 34 top 20 hits and numerous gold and platinum records between them, these Illinois icons are hitting the road for a 27-date tour this summer. I chatted with Chicago vocalist/keyboardist Robert Lamm and trumpeter Lee Loughnane and REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin about the tour, making music in the digital age, their advice to new artists, and their favorite apps. <a href="http://m.download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-57621363-12/star-apps-chicago-and-reo-speedwagon/">click here to read more. </a>
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/29/2014 - Hey Fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! We want to know which REO/Chicago Live Shows you will be seeing this summer? Don't forget to use #TuneAFishTuesday #REOSpeedwagon! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT 7/22/2014 - Bryan Hitt & Tris Imboden,drummer for Chicago. Here's a pic of me with my new BFF Tris Imboden,drummer for Chicago.We got together today in my drum studio to do a little shedding on each other's songs in preparation for our upcoming tour together.(We're playing 6 songs together every night)We had such a great time and got a lot of serious work done.This summer is going to be a freakin blast.<br /> <br />"Hitt'em Hard"<br /> <br />Bryan<br />
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/20/2014 - HarrahsCasino on July 20th, 2014. Don't forget to join us at Harrah's Council Bluffs resort on July 20th. Check it out at <a href="http://www.HarrahsCasino.com">www.HarrahsCasino.com</a>
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Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/17/2014 - RockFest July 17th, 2014 in Cadott, WI. Hi friends, so REO and Sammy Hagar seriously owned the state of Wisconsin last night. We co-headlined Rockfest, an old school four day rock festival held in the heart of the state in the small town of Cadott. The Hagar dressing room was a party right up until showtime, when Sam invited Dave and I into the pre-show prayer huddle with his band mates Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson. Lots of bands have rituals before they go on which are normally quite private so we were quite honored, seriously. I sang some backup vocals on their version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"...I love that kind of stuff. Meanwhile, Robert Lamm and I are busy working on the vocal trading plans, and Jimmy Pankow is reportedly almost finished with the horn charts for our songs for the joint encore on the upcoming REO/Chicago tour. Hard to believe the first show is July 31 in Concord, CA in the Bay Area...then down to the Greek Theater in LA, over to Phoenix, and then the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver. Quite a first week of the tour! The excitement is building in both our camps and with fans of both our bands. You guys do not want to miss this once in a lifetime tour collaboration. Tonight we make our return to the Moondance Jam here in Walker, Minnesota. We are just having too much fun this weekend! Rock on, kc<br /> (Photographed from left to right: Johnson, Kevin Cronin, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, & Dave Amato on July 17th, 2014 at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI.)<br />
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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/14/2014 - Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! Hey Fans, <br /> Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! <br /> How many of you can guess which song these song lyrics are from?<br /> <br /> "It all comes down to the two of us, Yeah this is where we start."<br /> <br /> Don't forget to use #TuneAFishTuesday #REOSpeedwagon! Good luck!<br /> <br /> As many of you fans guessed the lyrics, "It all comes down to the two of us, Yeah this is where we start." came from the song "Building the Bridge". <br /> <br /><br /> Stay tuned for next week's #TuneAFishTuesday!<br /> <br /> "Building The Bridge" Lyrics: Father to son, husband to wife Brother to brother, black man to white Living together, falling apart Looking for the common ground in every human heart It all comes down to the two of us Yeah this is where we start We are building the bridge One small stone at a time With a lot of love And some help from above From your heart to mine There's a land of justice, cities filled with pride A mountain of hope, just on the other side Across a river of indifference, and a valley of despair There's a tower of courage, piercing through the air I have a dream for our children, I want to take them there And we are building the bridge One small stone at a time With a lot of love And some help from above From your heart to mine As we seek out understanding As we learn to forgive When we open up our minds When our words are true and kind We are building the bridge Words & Music Kevin Cronin 1996 Camp Cronin Music, all rights reserved Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT 7/8/2014 - Win Tickets To See Chicago & REO Speedwagon This Week! - 94.5 KOOL FM 94.5 KOOL FM has your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Chicago AND REO Speedwagon as they take the stage at Comerica Theatre on Saturday, August 2nd! Check out how to win a pair of tickets to see these two legendary bands on the same night below!<a href="http://kool.cbslocal.com/2014/07/07/win-tickets-to-see-chicago-reo-speedwagon-this-week/">click here for more details.</a> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT 7/8/2014 - Hey Fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! How many of you can guess what music video this still shot is from? Don't forget to use #TuneAFishTuesday #REOSpeedwagon! Good luck!
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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/8/2014 - Attention REO Fans! Attention Iowa fans,In case any of you have seen these recent posters in the area, the July 12th Felix Grundy Festival event featuring "Arch Allies" with Journey, STYX, & REO is misleading. "Arch Allies" is actually a "Tribute Band". We thought we would mention it to avoid any confusion.Keep Pushin'
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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/5/2014 - 7/4/14 Logan, UT set list
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Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/3/2014 - More Laughs at Del Mar on July 2nd, 2014.
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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/2/2014 - Tonight's show in San Diego, CA at the San Diego County Fair July 2nd, 2014.
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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
7/1/2014 - Hey Fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! Hey Fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! Check out Bryan Hitt -Drummer for REO Speedwagon it in his fave REO Tee! For the next 7 days we will have 15% discount on the tee Bryan is wearing! Order yours now at http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/reo_shirts.html We want you to share your photos of your fave REO Speedwagon tee's, Don't forget to use #TuneAFishTuesday#REOSpeedwagon!
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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/27/2014 - Neal Doughty- The Love Brothers, Bruce Hall- Me and Trout
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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/26/2014 - Tonight's show sold out at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/25/2014 - Minor League Baseball. Minor League Baseball. Perfect for a summer night off in Springfield, Missouri. Dave, Bryan,Walt, Michael, Rick and Pete. REO band and crew.
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Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/24/2014 - Hey Fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! Hey Fans, Happy #TuneAFishTuesday! Check out Neal in his fave REO Tee! For the next 7 days we will have 15% discount on the tee Neal is wearing! Order yours now at http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/reo_shirts.html We want you to share your photos of your fave REO Speedwagon tee's, Don't forget to use #hTuneAFishTuesday #REOSpeedwagon!
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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/24/2014 - Honorary REO Speedwagon Way street sign in Champaign, IL.
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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/22/2014 - Last night's show in Sunbury, PA at Spyglass Ridge Winery on Saturday 21, 2014
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Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/21/2014 - Last night's show at Penn's Peak on Friday June 20th, 2014!
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Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/18/2014 - The Aquarian: A Speedwagon Summer Check out REO Speedwagon on this week's issue of The Aquarian: A Speedwagon Summer. <br /> <a href=" http://www.theaquarian.com/">click here to visit website. </a>
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Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/15/2014 - REO Speedwagon rolls into Lancaster With more than 40 million records sold, 13 Top 40 hits and one of the 80's biggest selling albums, "High Infidelity," REO Speedwagon is one of rock and roll's hardest working bands."We're probably one of the few bands that has never stopped touring," says lead singer Kevin Cronin. "It has always been about that live show. That's how REO Speedwagon got its start. Today, it's about embracing the present. To me, I love to play. I don't get hung up on where we're playing or how big the venues are. As long as the room is full, I'm OK with that. We stay busy on the road."Formed in Peoria, Illinois in 1967, REO Speedwagon, whose current line-up consists of founding member Neal Doughty (keyboards), Kevin Cronin (vocals), Bruce Hall (bass), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums), is closing in on fifty years of history.The band recorded some of modern rock's most recognizable songs, a list including "Keep On Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore," "Time For Me To Fly" and "Roll With The Changes."<a href="http:// http://www.pottsmerc.com/arts-and-entertainment/20140605/reo-speedwagon-rolls-into-lancaster">click here to read full article. </a> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT 6/11/2014 - Teleconference with Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon Teleconference with Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon along with Robert Lamm and Lee Loughnane of... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT 6/10/2014 - Happy Tuesday Fans Congratulations to last week's #TuneAFishTuesday winner: Sandra Belanger Davenport first kiss first concert first boyfriend love REO 82#TunaAfishTuesday #REOSpeedwagon Check out Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon in his favorite #REOSpeedwagon shirt. This week, we want to see some photos of your fave REO Speedwagontee's! #TuneAFishTuesday. Fans who are looking for their next favorite REO Speedwagon tee can shop <a href="http:// here:http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/reo_shirts.html">here</a>
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Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/5/2014 - Family Fun Family fun going through the DFW airport! At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
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Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
6/3/2014 - "Git-R-Done Foundation" Check out these photos of Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon, Kimmie Hall, Larry The Cable Guy , Dave Amato, & Bryan Hitt - Drummer for REO Speedwagon at the "Git-R-Done" charity auction golf event. The REO prize package just sold for $15,000! All proceeds go to benefit the "Git-R-Done Foundation".
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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 PDT
5/29/2014 - 1,000,000th Fan REO Speedwagon would like to give a special Thanks to our 1,000,000th Fan, Laurie, for helping us reach our goal of 1 million Facebook Likes! May 25th, 2014 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL.
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Thu, 29 May 2014 00:00:00 PDT
5/18/2014 - Check out Bryan Hitt on General Hospital! <a href="http://abc.go.com/shows/general-hospital/news/moment-of-the-day/140512-player-baby-come-back">Click here to see more.</a>
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Sun, 18 May 2014 00:00:00 PDT
5/8/2014 - Little Rock, AR REO Speedwagon having lunch with Governor Mike Beebe and his wife Ginger at the Governor's Mansion.
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Thu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 PDT
5/8/2014 - Can't fight that feeling anymore? Perfect timing for REO Speedwagon concert Love them or hate them, there's no denying the indelible mark REO Speedwagon has left on multiple rock radio formats. Rare has any band served up as many arena-rock anthems ("Roll With the Changes," "Keep Pushin'") as they have monstrous ballads fit for any wedding, prom or bar mitzvah ("Keep on Lovin' You," "Can't Fight This Feeling"). And now that the band that formed in the '60s has all five members in their 60s -- including bassist Bruce Hall, who just turned 61 on May 3 -- there's reason to suspect that their days of ridin' out the storm will soon be numbered. Not so, Hall said. "As long as we take good care of ourselves and still love it -- and we do love it -- I don't think it'll be over anytime soon." <br /> That's good news for anyone who bought a ticket to see REO on May 10 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. In anticipation of that show, Lowcountry Current talked to Hall about the possibility of a new album (he's guessing mid-2015), getting passed over by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (again and again) and myriad REO "best of" albums.<br /> Question. It's been seven years since REO released an album of originals. Any plans of ending the drought soon?<br /> <br /> Bruce Hall. We're always writing songs, and we record songs all the time. We haven't worked on an album for a while only because we're not sure where we want to go with (it). There's so many different ways to get music out to the public and, in our case, we had taken the position of waiting to see what format works best for us. If radio is willing to play new music by classic rock bands, it's easier to know where to go with it. But a lot of times, if you're a Cheap Trick or Foreigner or Styx, if you make new music, programmers at radio stations don't know what to with it. I don't know what they think, to be honest with you (laughs).<br /> Q. REO Speedwagon was eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decades ago but are rarely even mentioned as a nominee. Why do you think that is? <br /> Hall. That's a good question. I wish I knew the answer to that one. The committee that decides that over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are ... I don't know why they don't like to think of us too much. I honestly think they're wrong. We've established ourselves as being a good rock band live and sold enough records. Who knows. Hopefully someday it'll happen. I have a couple guitars in there and (frontman) Kevin (Cronin) has a couple guitars that we used for the "HI Infidelity" album. <br /> Q. About 16 years ago you took legal action against REO Speedealer and forced them to change their name, but you have to admit, in hindsight, that's a pretty good name. <br /> Hall. Yeah. It didn't bother me so much as it ... how do I put it? It was more of a management decision more than it was a band decision. I don't know why, to tell you the truth. They were kind of fun. I liked it. <br /> Q. What's the strangest place you've heard an REO song? <br /> Hall. Holy cow, let's see. To tell you the truth, I hear some our songs in the elevator on Muzak, and that's enough to turn your stomach. It just doesn't sound right. <br /> Q. There are so many "best of" REO Speedwagon albums that it's hard to keep track of them all. Can you? <br /> Hall. Our original recording contract (is) with Epic Records. They own the masters of the original recordings and can put together any kind of compilation they want. It's almost surprising to hear there's a new album out by REO Speedwagon. A lot of times we'll just run into one on the road. Someone will go to the mall, and they'll go into a record store and say, "Did you know there's an album by us and it's titled 'this'?" And I'll go, "No," and it's all these songs from other records. That's what they do. <br /> Q. They all pretty much have the same songs. <br /> Hall. That's exactly right. It just doesn't make sense. I don't know what the thinking behind that is, to tell the truth. I don't know why people would continue to buy the same songs over and over again.<br /> <a href="http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/05/07/3098866/cant-fight-that-feeling-anymore.html?sp=%2F99%2F543%2F">click here to read article.</a> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 PDT 4/29/2014 - Enter To Win Tickets To See REO Speedwagon&Chicago(104.3 K-Hits Chicago) Enter to Win<br /> <br />104.3 KHITS welcomes two local favorites to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Saturday, August 9th in Chicago and REO Speedwagon!<br /> <br />Tickets for this performance go on sale beginning Monday, May 5th at 10am at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster.com.<br /> <br />Enter now for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show from K-HITS!<br /> <br />The contest begins on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 and ends on Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 10am. One (1) winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. One entry per person. You do not need to be present or listen to win. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of entries received. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Approximate Retail Value $100.<br /> <a href="http://khitschicago.cbslocal.com/enter-to-win-tickets-to-see-chicago-and-reo-speedwagon/">Click HERE to ENTER</a> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT 4/29/2014 - REO Speedwagon Kevin Cronin thoughts on Flashback Heart Attack - Flashback Heart Attack <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/L0ML0oMpKGM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT 4/28/2014 - Fine dining on the road....
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4/26/2014 - REO Speedwagon bassist talks evolution REO Speedwagon means different things to different people.<br /> For some, it's the rocking almost-jam band of the early 1970s, while many others remember the pop rock icons from the late '70s and early '80s, and still others think of the power ballads. For bass player Bruce Hall, the Champagne, Illinois-based band is all those things.<br /> "I played in a band with (former REO guitarist) Gary Richrath before he joined REO Speedwagon," Hall said. "REO in the early days were a great band. They had these extended sections in the middle of songs that were fun to listen to, but as far as AM radio and a song that could last, they weren't doing anything with that." Hall joined in 1977 just as the band was beginning to hone its songwriting to get the attention of radio stations.<br /> "The ('You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish') record, the first I played bass on, they started making the songs a little bit tighter,"Hall said. "Songs had more verse-chorus. They were getting better, more serious at the songwriting."<br /> That tighter songwriting led to the band's chart-topping success and, arguably, its most famous work, the 1980 album "Hi Infidelity." "That one just fell together," Hall said. “All the songs, we were all on the same page as far as our writing and our playing. I didn't see it coming, but, boy, it changed our lives for sure. We started headlining the Boston Garden, the Forum in L.A., the Superdome...we were having a ball with that."<br /> Along the way, the group even managed to stake its claim as one of the founders of the power ballad. "One thing we all had in common was we loved the Beatles, and they could do everything," Hall said, recalling the band's decision to experiment and evolve musically."(Lead singer Kevin Cronin) started the song 'Keep on Loving You' on piano - it was just these little chords. We made a demo, and Gary said, 'What am I supposed to do with that?"<br /> That song was key to the burgeoning popularity of the power ballad in the 1980s, and Hall said REO deserves credit as one of the pioneers of that particular style.<br /> "That's kind of where we started the power ballads," he said. "We started sitting on these big chords behind a ballad. 'Keep on Loving You' was one of the first songs that did that." Hall said those in attendance for the band's Toadlick set can expect some songs from all the band's phases, including some songs from the days before he joined.<br /> "It's a good old time, and almost every song we play, everybody knows the lyrics to the songs," Hall said.<br /> He also said the band is "sitting on a lot of new"songs, but hasn't yet decided how to debut and distribute them. <br /> <a href="http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_dc6a5a26-cccc-11e3-b31f-0017a43b2370.html">click here to see article.</a> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT 4/22/2014 - REO Speedwagon in Cozumel on Carnival Cruise #CarnivalLive
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT
4/18/2014 - Neal Doughty is a funny guy. The keyboardist and only original member of the rock band REO Speedwagon effortlessly rolled out a series of jokes during a phone interview from his home in Minnesota. Doughty was born on July 29, 1946, in Evansville, Ind. From his dorm room at the University of Illinois in 1967, he formed the band that, several decades later, is still touring the country.<br /> REO Speedwagon -- Doughty, Kevin Cronin (singer and guitar and keyboards), Brian Hitt (drums), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bruce Hall -- will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Doughty said while every member of the band is now in their 60s, they are healthier now than in the party-throwing heyday of the '80s.<br /> "We can still walk up and down stairs to get to the stage," he joked.<br /> Later he added, "We're still going quite a ways into the future. There's no one in the band who doesn't want to keep doing this. We'll keep going until one of us just drops and I hope it's not me. We are all very healthy, happy and ready to keep going. Plus, it's not like we're playing football and have to take body shots during our concerts --at least not on our good nights."<br /> REO Speedwagon boasts a slew of sing-along-friendly ballads and rock songs, including "Keep On Loving You," "Take It On The Run," "Time For Me To Fly," "Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" and "One Lonely Night," among others.<br /> Doughty reminisced about how the band signed to Epic Records in 1971 and stayed on the label for almost a decade until it produced a major hit --something he says wouldn't happen in today's music industry.<br /> During the late '60s and '70s, REO Speedwagon built up its fan base playing college bars around the Midwest where a "select group of beautiful people would be invited afterwards to keep it going for hours."<br /> After the success of the 1980 album, "Hi Infidelity," the band took off. Parties followed.<br /> "I don't know how we are still alive. We weren't not the No. 1 party band in the world, but we tried to do our part just for the sake of the art form," he said."There's a lot I don’t remember at all and those are probably the best stories."<br /> He quickly touched on the story of a band member -correction, a member of the road crew - who tossed a television out of a hotel room in Japan and nearly got them kicked out of the country. REO Speedwagon has several tour dates throughout the summer, including some with the band Chicago in August.<br /> When the band gears up for another tour, Doughty flies from Minnesota to Los Angeles, Calif., for rehearsals, as he did recently for this last stint on the road.<br /> "I just hate going to Los Angeles for two weeks of rehearsals during a Minnesota winter," he said.<br /> During those practices, the band figures out ways to keep the live show "fresh." They work on a few "surprises and transitions" while also playing the hits their fans expect. The group takes cues from Kevin Cronin, the band's frontman since 1972 and its principle songwriter.<br /> "We still look to him for musical direction. He's kind of the quarterback, you could call it. He's always one to keep it fresh. He's always looking for new ideas," Doughty said.<br /> Everything from the setlist to the production requirements must meet Cronin's standards--an emphasis few of their peers emphasize.<br /> "There are a lot of bands from our heyday in classic rock still making a good living without changing anything. We're just determined not to fall into that rut, although it would be way easier," he said.<br /> Doughty still finds performing live exhilarating, but he could do without the rigors of touring. "The travel will just about kill you. It seems like I'm on a plane every weekend."<br /> He said his attitude toward travel is slowly improving.<br /> "The last tour I only quit the band twice, so that's getting better. There was one a tour a couple years ago where I quit everyday," he said.<br /> During his first couple days back from tour, Doughty said he sits on the couch for two or three days and watches HGTV to get ideas how to spruce up their house or their greenhouse "when we moved some place warmer." When he's not marveling at the dishwasher, he also plays the piano in his living room. "I'm straight and narrow, low profile," he said of being home. "My wife has to force me to have fun."<br /> For a band with Midwest roots, Doughty and company like Michigan crowds. Doughty said they were among the first fans of REO Speedwagon outside of Illinois. He also pointed out Michigan, specifically Lansing, is the birthplace of the REO Motor Car Company, producer of the Speed Wagon, an early version of the pickup truck.<br /> "We're always happy to play in front of a Michigan crowd. It's a high-energy show and you'll hear all the songs you want to hear," Doughty said.<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/reo_speedwagons_neal_doughty_w.html">click here to read article.</a><br /> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT 4/11/2014 - As a part of a special Rock Megaticket, we will be playing in St.Louis this August w/ Chicago Attention REO Speedwagon fans,<br /> As a part of a special Rock Megaticket, we will be playing in St.Louis this August (date TBD) with Chicago.<br /> The Rock Megaticket gets you 1 GA lawn or rear reserved ticket to each of these 4 St. Louis shows for just $49.95!<br /> Boston with The Doobie Brothers - June 20th<br /> Sammy Hagar with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson - July 19th<br /> REO Speedwagon and Chicago - August date TBD<br /> ZZ Top & Jeff Beck - August 24th.<br /> Individual tickets for the REO Speedwagon & Chicago show go on sale on April 26 at 10AM. Stay tuned for more information and show date!<br />
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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT
4/3/2014 - The Queen Latifah Show airing April 10th, 2014 Don't miss the band performing on The Queen Latifah show on April 10th, 2014. Actress Felicity Huffman gives a hilarious, candid look inside her household as part of her quest to prove there's no such thing as a "perfect mom." Then, the gorgeous "The Hunger Games" star Alexander Ludwig picks up a guitar and performs the song he wrote just for Queen. Plus, the classic rockers REO Speedwagon perform two of their greatest hits "Keep On Loving You" and "Roll With the Changes."<br /><br /><br /> <a href="http://queenlatifah.com/music/performances/reo-speedwagon-performs">click here to see performance. </a><br />
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4/2/2014 - Show Announcement: REO Speedwagon at Gillioz in June The late 70's and the entirety of the 80's decade can be defined by arena rock and power ballads thanks in large part to bands like REO Speedwagon. Named after the station wagons the band would ride in together to get from gig to gig in its early formation in Champaign, Illinois, REO Speedwagon has stayed true to its touring roots as they continue to play shows across the country to this day.<br /> REO Speedwagon is making a stop in SGF on their latest tour at the Gillioz Theatre June 26, at 7 p.m. The band is most known for their hits such as "Ridin' the Storm Out" and power ballads like "Take it on the Run" and "Keep on Lovin' You."<br /> REO Speedwagon has been fronted by vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972 with one main constant over the decades: a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out.<br /> <a href="http://tagsgf.com/2014/03/03/show-announcement-reo-speedwagon-at-gillioz-in-june/">Click here to read in full.</a> <br /> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT 3/30/2014 - REO Speedwagon to perform at Hard Rock Tampa Classic rockers REO Speedwagon are coming to Tampa. <br /> The veteran band responsible for hits "Keep On Loving You" and "Take it on the Run" is set to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock casino on May 25 at 9 p.m.<br /> Tickets to the 21-and-up concert go on sale March 28 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster outlets or the Rock Shop inside the casino. Tickets are $80 and allow for general admission to stand on the floor.<br /> The platinum-selling band was formed in 1967 by vocalist Kevin Cronin. They last played the Tampa Bay area during Ribfest in St. Petersburg last November.<br /> <a href="http://tbo.com/arts_music/reo-speedwagon-to-perform-at-hard-rock-tampa-20140320/">Click here to see article.</a> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT 3/29/2014 - REO Speedwagon Returns to the Performing Arts Center Rock legends REO Speedwagon will return to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 10th at 8 pm. <br /> <a href="http://www.holycitysinner.com/2014/02/25/reo-speedwagon-returns-to-the-performing-arts-center/">Click here to see article.</a> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT 3/28/2014 - Shared by Bruce Hall Big thanks to Disney Cruise Line for another awesome vacation! We loved the Disney Magic and I was honored to be the first "Rock Star" on the Aqua Dunk..ha ha! Last night we were surprised with an unbelievable meet and greet with the Disney characters..love how Stitch is playing air guitar and Mickey's throwing the rock horns. The look on our Timmy's face says it all.
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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT
3/23/2014 - REO Speedwagon, Martina McBride, more to headline Tampa cruises Planning on taking a Carnival cruise from Tampa in the next year? Keep an eye out for some famous faces. The cruise line this week unveiled the "Carnival Live Concert Series," a run of musical performances by big names on dozens of cruises throughout 2014 and four of them depart from Tampa. Tickets to each show are a la carte, costing between $20-$40 apiece or $100-$150 for VIP. So far, four cruises departing from Tampa all five-day cruises of the Western Caribbean aboard the Carnival Paradise will be part of Carnival Live: REO Speedwagon (departing April 19), Martina McBride (May 12), Chicago (May 31) and Gavin DeGraw (Aug. 18). If you were on the fence about booking a cruise from Tampa, maybe this will be the excuse you've been looking for. -Jay Cridlin <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/travel/florida/reo-speedwagon-martina-mcbride-more-to-headline-tampa-cruises/2163675">Click here to see article.</a> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT 3/20/2014 - REO Speedwagon prepping for the summer tour. Check out Bryan's new drum kit!
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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT
3/18/2014 - REO Speedwagon stays faithful to "Hi Infidelity" REO Speedwagon can't leave a venue without rendering the hits from its mammoth 1980 album, "Hi Infidelity."<br /> "That's the way it goes,"vocalist-guitarist Kevin Cronin said. "That's a good thing, not a bad thing."<br /> Prior to the release of "Hi Infidelity," which sold more than 10 million copies, the Midwestern band had built a pretty strong following.<br /> The band's 1978 curiously titled "You Can Tune a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish" sold more than 2 million copies. REO Speedwagon was on par with other heartland rockers, such as Styx and Ted Nugent, during the late '70s.<br /> But "Hi Infidelity" arrived and everything changed. Goodbye theaters and hello arenas.<br /> The album generated four hit singles including "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run."<br /> "Hi Infidelity" was on the charts for 65 weeks. It was in the Top 10 for a staggering 32 weeks, including 15 weeks when it was on top of the Billboard charts.<br /> "It's incredible how well things worked out when I look back at that album," Cronin said. "All of the stars just lined up for us. What happened is that our songs were impacted by our lives. My marriage was bad and so was (former REO Speedwagon guitarist) Gary Richrath's marriage. (Keyboardist) Neal (Doughty) came home and discovered a letter from his wife. She left him. All of that had an effect on this album."<br /> "Keep On Loving You," which changed the band's life, almost didn't make "Hi Infidelity."<br /> "Nobody wanted to record that song," Cronin said. "None of us wanted to do the wimpy piano ballad. But things had a way of working out. One day while playing it, Gary started playing this really nasty guitar, and it worked. That in-your-face guitar worked with the sweet piano and we had our song."<br /> And REO Speedwagon, which will perform Friday at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, is happy to play "Hi Infidelity" cuts as well as other songs from its massive canon.<br /> "We try to be diverse when we play," Cronin said. "We just don't pull from one era. We have a lot to draw from, and we have fun with it. I'm just glad I found what I love to do."<br /> Like many of his peers, Cronin found his career path by watching the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964.<br /> 'That changed everything for me and so many others,' Cronin said. 'They were the first band that played, wrote and recorded their songs. When I saw that, I knew I wanted to do the same thing. There was something magical about the Beatles. They inspired me. I continued my guitar lessons that I started before they played 'Ed Sullivan.' I'm glad I did. It's led me to a wonderful life.' The current REO Speedwagon lineup, which also includes guitarist Dave Amato, bassist Bruce Hall and drummer Bryan Hitt, have been together since 1989.<br /> "For a while, it was as if there was a revolving door for this band," Cronin said. "But it's been a long time since we've had a personnel change. That (a quarter century) is a big number. But we love playing together. We're friends first and that's a big reason nobody has left this band. We get along really well and we have no problem playing the hits, particularly the songs from 'Hi Infidelity.' The fans still love those songs, so why not give the fans what they want?"<br /> <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/13/3343641/reo-speedwagon-stays-faithful.html">Click here to read more.</a> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT 3/18/2014 - REO Speedwagon at the Houston Livestock & Show Rodeo 2014 <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CTh95cDvirg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT 3/15/2014 - The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, OK. FULL HOUSE!
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Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT
3/12/2014 - Tonight's show at Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium in Texas.
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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT
3/11/2014 - REO Speedwagon pulls a Rodeo surprise: These old rock stars don't give a damn what you want There's something rather inspiring about witnessing an artist of a certain age metaphorically say: Fuck it. I'm NOT too old for this shit, and I'm going to do what I want.</p> <p> This might be the best way to describe what the 54,039 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rodeohouston.com/Concerts/EntertainerLineup/2014/REOSpeedwagon.aspx">REO Speedwagon</a> fans experienced at Reliant Stadium Monday night when their band took the stage for a RodeoHouston concert.</p> <p> Not that lead singer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2014/mar/09/photos-reo-speedwagon-draws-over-12000-free-concer/">Kevin Cronin</a>, his gravity defying white hair visible from any seat in the house, ever used those words the many times he talked with the audience in between songs. (Maybe he spotted the kids in the crowd usually accompanied by what looked to be their middle-aged fathers.) Yet with their opening song "Don't Let Him Go," it became apparent that this much older, but still kickin' it REO Speedwagon was going to play as they wanted and what they wanted.</p>Those in the crowd who came expecting to see the familiar Top 40 radio and early MTV stars might have been surprised to meet REO the classic rockers from the '70s and early '80s.</p> <p> This latest incarnation of the band one of many since REO formed in 1967 consists of long-time members Cronin, Bruce Hall on bass guitar and Neal Doughty on keyboards along with newer members Dave Amato who joined the band in 1989 and drummer Bryan Hitt who joined in 1990. The guitar air jumps, stage runs, multiple guitar solos and Hitt's need to go shirtless halfway through the performance all point to a band having immense fun and who seemed just happy to be in the middle of the Reliant stage looking up at all those fans surrounding them.</p> <p> When Cronin told the crowd they had played some big gigs in the past, "but nothing like this," there might have even been a little awe in his voice. Yet, the band seemed least likely to act their age when the spirit of classic rock took hold of them.</p> <p> REO sprinkled their hour long play list with several of their biggest hits everyone could sing along with: "Take It On the Run," "Time for me to Fly" and "Keep on Loving You." When they got to the one we all were waiting for "Can't Stop This Feeling," Cronin gave a bit of music history lesson, explaining how they wanted to emulate the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/mar/10/mitch-benn-review-the-beatles">Beatles'</a> ability to cross rock and pop genres, that they were attempting to write their own "Yesterday."</p> <p> But by placing their biggest hit only halfway through the concert, they made it clear this song was just one of many they love to play.</p> <p> The crowd might have cried for and sang every note of "Can't Stop This Feeling," but the hearts of REO belonged back in the 1970s, if Cronin's eloquent introduction to "Golden Country" was any gage. This political song written when they were young men who thought they had something to teach the world and the closing song of the night "Ridin the Storm" a release from 1973 might not have served fan expectations.</p> <p> Instead these songs proved that for deep, energetic performances it's best to let rockers of a certain age rock on any way they please.</p> <p> <strong>Set List:</strong></p> <p> Don't Let Him Go<br> Take It On the Run<br> Keep Pushin<br> Golden Country<br> Can't Fight This Feeling<br> That Ain't Love<br> Time For Me to Fly<br> Back On the Road<br> Keep on Loving You<br> Roll with the Changes<br> Ridin The Storm Out</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT 3/10/2014 - Great night at the Houston Rodeo at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. 60,000 people!
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3/8/2014 - Fremont Street Experience! REO Speedwagon March 8th, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.
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3/6/2014 - REO Speedwagon, Chicago to rock the State Fair on Sept. 9 <p>Two classic rock forces Chicago and REO Speedwagon come together for one concert at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 9.</p> <p>The appearance is part of their summer tour and part of the fair's Columbia Bank concert series.</p> <p>Legendary Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. With 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, REO Speedwagon has brought classic rock to fans since the early 1970s.</p> <p>It is the first time the bands have performed together.</p> <p>Tickets are $80 (Golden Circle), $50, and $40 with reserved seating and include fair gate admission. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8 on the fair <a title="website" href="http://bit.ly/1bQ9Z41" target="_blank">website</a> or by phone at 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the fair's box office at 9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.</p> <p>To make it a very special evening, ticket holders to the Chicago and REO Speedwagon concert can purchase a pre-show dinner for $55 each.</p> <p><strong>Performing together</strong></p> <p>"It's ironic, that these two legendary bands, who both have roots in Illinois, were label-mates (Columbia/Epic) in the '70s, and experienced waves of immense success in the '80s and '90s, and have somehow continued to consistently make compelling music, both in studio and on tour ... have never before performed together," said Chicago's Robert Lamm. "This situation is about to change. ... As a musician who has always respected REO's skills, I look forward to our first rehearsals early this summer. This will be fun."</p> <p>"With so many personal connections between various members of REO and Chicago, it is amazing that we have never actually toured together. I love it that the Chicago guys feel the way we do about truly playing together when you tour together," said REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. "This tour promises to deliver some unique music from two bands who have made a ton of hit records, share that Midwest work ethic, and still refuse to sit back on their past accomplishments. We both keep raising the bar, challenging ourselves and rocking hard."</p> <p>In March of 2013, Chicago's multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best Of Chicago, Only The Beginning charted at #1 on two Billboard charts. In Billboard magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. Chicago will be performing on the Grammy stage for the first time in 2014, and their album The Chicago Transit Authority was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame this year.</p> <p>Formed in 1967 in Chicago, the group produced a steady stream of hits Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, the group has produced a steady stream of hits throughout their career, including "25 or 6 to 4," "Saturday In The Park," "Hard Habit To Break," "If You Leave Me Now" and many more.</p> <p>Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100 million mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five Gold singles.</p> <p>The lineup includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and Wally Reyes on percussion.</p> <p>From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-classic songs, this band's concerts are celebrations. The band is now in their 46th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date!</p> <p>Chicago continues to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city's name with pride and dignity around the world. Chicago is currently recording new songs.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.chicagotheband.com" target="_blank">www.chicagotheband.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>REO Speedwagon</strong></p> <p>Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. The group's nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot.</p> <p>Over 30 years later, Cronin and band mates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying concert audiences across the nation. Live at Moondance Jam - the band's hit-filled performance from the country's premier classic rock festival, was released in both a Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) on Nov. 19, 2013.</p> <p>REO unveiled the band's "Great Chicago Fire Hydrant" as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project to benefit the 100 Club Chicago. Recently, REO Speedwagon and STYX organized Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, a benefit concert to raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes. This concert raised in excess of $400,000 and REO Speedwagon continues to raise funds for Rock To The Rescue at shows in the Midwest.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PST 3/5/2014 - Check out these live shots of REO's performance at today's recording of The Queen Latifah show.
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3/5/2014 - March 5th, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.
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2/17/2014 - Kevin Cronin - The Celebrity Bucket List <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FWtZ1_fHHg8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 PST 2/12/2014 - Hi friends, I wanted to let everybody know about a cool little television show... Hi friends, I wanted to let everybody know about a cool little television show called "Celebrity Bucket List". Well, this Saturday, at 8:30 AM Pacific Time, on the Lifetime Channel I will be the subject of the show and will have one of my bucket list items come true. Now as a member of REO I have fulfilled my bucket list on a number of occasions...selling out Madison Square Garden, having number one records, etc. Other guests on the show have parachuted, piloted jets, driven race cars, all cool stuff indeed. The particular item which I chose for "Celebrity Bucket List" is one that you would never guess, but it turned out to be a ton of fun and extremely rewarding for me personally. So if you want to see me singing, making a fool of myself, and having an amazing romantic moment, you can either tune in or set your DVR to the Lifetime Channel, this Saturday morning at 8:30. Rock on, kc PS. Just had a thought. You know how Jimmy Buffet's people call themselves Carrot Heads? What do you all think of the nickname "Wagon Ears", or "Wagonears". I think we need a good nickname for our our true loyal fans. Then instead of opening these notes with "Hi friends", I could say something like "Yo Wagon Ears", or "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your Wagon Ears". Just a thought...not necessarily a smart one, but a thought nevertheless... <br /> Check out this Behind the Scenes clip of our upcoming show with REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin! Be sure to tune in this Saturday at 8:30a ET/PT, 7:30a CT to see him in this special Valentine's Day episode.<br /> </a><iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7a2CUlc403Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br />
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2/12/2014 - The Celebrity Bucket List episode For more information and The Back Stories of the making of The Celebrity Bucket List episode with me and my family go to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheCelebrityBucketList">https://www.facebook.com/TheCelebrityBucketList</a> and like the story on my family. <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VZpTz0GhsdM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 PST 2/11/2014 - Kevin Cronin on "The Celebrity Bucket List". Airs Saturday at 8:30a ET/PT and 7:30a CT on Lifetime. Join us as we take Kevin Cronin to check off one of his bucket list items! Airs Saturday mornings at 8:30a ET/PT and 7:30a CT on Lifetime.<iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VZpTz0GhsdM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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2/6/2014 - Win Tickets to See Chicago and REO Speedwagon in Dallas Legendary rockers Chicago and REO Speedwagon will be playing Gexa Energy Pavilion on Sunday August 31st and we've got your free tickets to this epic show.<br /> Just head on over to the KOOL FM Facebook page, "LIKE" the picture of the concert tickets then "SHARE"it with your friends and you'll be entered to win a pair of these tickets. We've got a ton of tickets, so that means we'll have lots of winners.<br /> If you haven't liked our Facebook page, then you really should do that first. That way you can get in on all the KOOL contests we have.<br /> We'll announce our many winners on February 21st. <br /> <a href="http://koolfmabilene.com/win-tickets-to-see-chicago-and-reo-speedwagon-in-dallas/?trackback=tsmclip">Read More: Win Tickets to See Chicago and REO Speedwagon in Dallas</a> <br /> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/30/2014 - REO Speedwagon's Neal Doughty: Dancing on the Moon! Neal Doughty gets the blame for REO Speedwagon. While at the University of Illinois, he joined a band with his co-founder, drummer Alan Gratzer that needed a name. "One day we decided to advertise in the campus paper to see if anyone would hire us," says Doughty, "So we needed a name fast. The very next day I walked into an engineering class and saw 'REO Speedwagon' written on the board in giant letters. It was a milestone in the history of transportation: a high-speed, heavy-duty truck. I told the guys that night and they all loved it. It was the only name we ever considered."<br /> <br /> As it turned out, people wanted to hear REO and they were hired to perform on-campus, as entertainment for the party...and a food fight!. Neal recalls, "It was a frat house that had invited a sorority over for a dinner. We walked in and saw heavy paper covering all the walls. We kinda thought something was up, but it was too late. The evening ended with mashed potatoes everywhere. Alan spent the next whole day cleaning them off the drums. But we made forty dollars." From those humble beginnings, REO Speedwagon eventually became a household name, yet massive success eluded them for over a decade. <br /> <br />REO has recently released Live at the Moondance Jam, which features all of the band’s biggest hits recorded at America's premier classic rock festival, The Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota. In the interview that follows, Doughty speaks openly about the Moondance Magic, as well as the bands past, present and future. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=1027">click here to read article in full.</a> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/30/2014 - Band REO Speedwagon keeps pushin' on REO returns to Muncie to rock, raise money MUNCIE - He can't fight this feeling. Kevin Cronin loves his job.<br /> You can hear it in his voice as he talks about traveling the country, meeting new people and, of course, rocking out. Cronin, you see, is the frontman for REO Speedwagon, a band that has been doing that rock thing since the 1970s.<br /> REO will rock Emens Auditorium on Feb. 7.<br /> The band and its hits like "Keep On Loving You,","Can't Fight This Feeling," "Roll with the Changes" and "Take It On the Run" is still packing them in. And it's not just fans who have been there since Day 1.<br /> "It's great seeing young people who are discovering our music, whether it's listening to their parents music in the car or finding classic rock stations, or hearing it on a TV show," he said. "Somehow these songs have just kind of infected the fabric of our country. When I think about it, it's really quite humbling. I couldn't be luckier."<br /> Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has sold 22 million albums in the U.S., 40 million around the globe.<br /> Cronin, admittedly, has a soft spot for audiences in the Midwest, where the band got its start.<br /> "It does feel good when we come back to places like Muncie that we've been playing since the very beginning," he said. "It's in our own backyard. We've come a long way, but at the same time, we are still so connected to those days."<br /> The Muncie show will benefit Rock To The Rescue, which recently raised more than $400,000 to benefit victims of the Midwest tornadoes and storms.<br /> At these shows, a portion of proceeds will benefit the charity; plus, the band will hold memorabilia and instrument raffles or auctions, and donations will be accepted.<br /> Cronin said that since the band played Live Aid in 1985, charitable efforts have always been a big focus of the band. The band recently helped raise $400,000 for charities in the area of Bloomington, Ill., after a recent tornado.<br /> "There is so much power in music," he said. "It raises money and people's spirits."<br /> He added that the band's power comes, ultimately, from the fans.<br /> "Any power that our music has is a result of the support that we got from the people in small towns of the heartland," he said. "These people gave us this power. It only makes sense to use this power they have given us to come back and support them when they need it."<br /> Cronin said fans of the band should expect to hear all of the hits during the Emens concert. That's what the people come to hear, after all, he said. And he said he honestly still enjoys playing every one of them.<br /> The band has been "messing around with new music"lately, even trying them out during sound checks before concerts.<br /> "Maybe we will break one out during the show," he said, adding that smaller shows like the one at Emens gives the band a chance to "stretch out a little."<br /> One thing is certain, he said. "It will be a good time."<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/30/2014 - 2014 NAMM Show: Dave Amato Interview <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/35D90s5ZZaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/20/2014 - KEVIN CRONIN OF REO SPEEDWAGON does Shoot the Puck at Chicago Blackhawks Game 1/19/14 KEVIN CRONIN OF REO SPEEDWAGON does Shoot the Puck at Chicago Blackhawks Game between the 2nd and 3rd periods on 1/19/14 against the Boston Bruins.<br /> <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kIH-WLMAPYs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/20/2014 - REO Starting the 2014 touring season ....IN THE FREEZING COLD!!!!
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1/18/2014 - Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon | WGN Radio 720 AM Pete McMurray welcomes back Chicago's favorite rocker, Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon. Pete and Kevin talk about the Blackhawks, Brother Rice, Adam Sandler and Chicago Pizza! REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin<br /> <a href="http://wgnradio.com/2014/01/16/kevin-cronin-reo-speedwagon-3/">Click here to hear the interview.</a> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/16/2014 - We're asking you to"Roll with the Changes" as we've moved our February 6, 2014 show We're asking you to "Roll with the Changes" as we've moved our February 6, 2014 show at Normal, IL's Braden Auditorium to Friday, June 27, 2014. However, don't worry about a lack of rockin' around that time, because on Jan. 29 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, our summer tour-mates, the always amazing Chicago, are playing a free show to boost morale for those that suffered due to the recent Midwest tornadoes.<br /> <br /> Tickets for the originally scheduled February 6 show will be honored on Friday, June 27, and tickets are on sale now for the June show. We’ll be back with a set of all of your favorite songs, along with special guests The Easthills and another band TBD, in June. At that time we'll still be raising funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes (to add to the $400,000 already raised). To see where we are playing prior to the summer, visit http://www.reospeedwagon.com/tour.php<br /> <br /> More information about the rescheduled REO show can be found at the Braden Auditorium website www.bsc.ilstu.edu and at www.REOSpeedwagon.com <br /> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/13/2014 - CHICAGO & REO SPEEDWAGON SET TO LAUNCH CO-HEADLINING SUMMER 2014 TOUR Summer Tour Will Take Both Bands To Dozens Of Cities Across The U.S.<br /> <br />Tickets On Sale Starting January 17 Through The Live Nation Mobile App And LiveNation.com<br /> <br />January 13, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) - Legendary rock bands, REO Speedwagon and Chicago, announced today they will kick off a co-headlining tour this summer. The 16-date summer tour, presented by Live Nation, will take the bands through major metropolitan areas across the United States including New York City, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Detroit and more with even more dates to be announced soon. Tickets for the general public go on sale on starting Friday, January 17 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com. <br /> <br />Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 AM local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Live Nation mobile app users (available for both iOS and Android) will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 AM local time. Band fan club presales will begin on January 14 at 10:00 AM local time. All presales end at 10:00 PM local time on Thursday, January 16. <br /> <br />"It's ironic, that these two legendary bands, who both have roots in Illinois, were label-mates (Columbia/Epic) in the 70's, and experienced waves of immense success in the 80's and 90's, and have somehow continued to consistently make compelling music, both in-studio and on tour.... have never before performed together!" says Chicago's Robert Lamm. "This situation is about to change, as Chicago and REO will perform together during the concert's encore and present a finale that will thrill their audiences. As a musician who has always respected REO's skills, I look forward to our first rehearsals early this summer. This will be fun!"<br /> <br />"With so many personal connections between various members of REO and Chicago, it is amazing that we have never actually toured together. I love it that the Chicago guys feel the way we do about truly playing together when you tour together," says REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. "Can you imagine the Chicago horn section on 'Roll With the Changes'? That would blow my mind! This tour promises to deliver some unique music from two bands who have made a ton of hit records, share that Midwest work ethic, and still refuse to sit back on their past accomplishments. We both keep raising the bar, challenging ourselves, and rocking hard... and the audience is the ultimate winner. We are psyched... I can't wait for this tour."<br /> <br />All dates below subject to change. All shows on sale January 17 unless otherwise noted.<br /> <br />August 2 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater <br />August 4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre <br />August 7 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre <br />August 10 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center <br />August 12 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre <br />August 13 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center <br />August 15 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre <br />August 16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center <br />August 17 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater <br />August 19 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center <br />August 20 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion <br />August 22 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Events Center <br />August 23 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre <br />August 24 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre (on sale TBA) <br />August 31 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion (on sale January 24) <br /> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/7/2014 - KEVIN CRONIN: IN CONVERSATION ABOUT REO SPEEDWAGON 'Live At Moondance Jam' is just what it says on the tin! It's a live affair that was recorded during their appearance at the annual Moondance Jam festival which takes place in Minnesota, USA. <br /> Started way back in 1992 and providing entertainment and a good show to a few hundred people made up of friends and families, this live extravaganza now welcomes audiences in the region of tens of thousands at a time and it continues to grow. <br /> Recognised these days as a classic rock festival, Moondance Jam seemed ideal as the backdrop for this recording of REO Speedwagon's most recent live album. <br /> <a href="http://www.metaltalk.net/columns/20106354.php">Click here to read article in full.</a> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 1/8/2014 - REO Speedwagon live @ Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX on 12/15/13 REO Speedwagon live @ Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX on 12/15/13. Photos by Chris Becker. <a href="http://www.qromag.com/concert_gallery/?g2_itemId=609920">Click here to see photos.</a> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST 12/16/2013 - REO Speedwagon on January's cover of Goldmine Magazine.
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12/10/2013 - Kevin Cronin will Guest DJ on Holly channel 17 on SirusXM radio, and channel 752 online. Kevin Cronin will Guest DJ on Holly channel 17 on SirusXM radio, and channel 752 online. Airing this coming weekend.<br /> Schedule:<br /> Saturday, December 14th - 12pm EST<br /> Sunday, December 15th - 12am/6pm EST<br /> Monday, December 16th - 12am EST<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.siriusxm.com/hollyonline">http://www.siriusxm.com/hollyonline</a> <br /> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 PST 12/12/2013 - Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon Talks New Music, Foo Fighters and the Nuge It's been a couple of years since REO Speedwagon released a new album: they put out a Christmas record, Not So Silent Night in 2010; their last regular album was Find Your Own Way Home in 2007. The wait for a follow-up may be a bit longer, but to hold fans over,the group has just released Live At The Moondance Jam, recorded in 2010. Frontman Kevin Cronin spoke with Radio.com about that show, and about why it's taken so long to release a new album. And also: what the Nuge is really like, why they're ignored by the music media, and how he met up with Dave Grohl. And hey, if Dave Grohl likes you (the Foo Fighter interviewed Cronin for the film Sound City), who cares what a rock critic thinks? <br /> Talk about your performance on Live At The Moondance Jam.<br /> <br /> Well, it was an awesome night, I'll tell you. Moondance is a four day long, old-school rock festival. It's an amazing scene. This particular night, the weather was beautiful, there was north of 30,000 people there. We went on late, it was close to midnight. Sometimes when you shoot a show, guys push a little too hard, or something technically goes wrong. But on this night, the stars lined up, it was a really special night. <br /> Seeing all the fans in the video, it looks as huge as some of the more well-publicized rock festivals. Do you feel like the mainstream music media doesn't report on how big you and other classic rock bands still are? <br /> It's still happening out there, especially in the midwest, that's kind of our territory. It's true that in general the mainstream media tends to - and this is normal human nature - pay attention to bands that do well in New York or L.A. They end up getting more attention, because those are the media centers. But there's a lot of area, what people call the "flyover states," and those people who live there love their rock and roll, and are loyal to their bands. So, we don't get quite as much attention. But be that as it may, 30,000 people still showed up at Moondance that night! You'd be surprised at how well a lot of us are doing out there (on tour). Part of the idea of releasing a DVD is to show that. To show what the mainstream media is missing. But there's nothing we can do about it if they don't want to cover us.<br /> You seem very passionate about this DVD. <br /> I'm surprised to be as into this project as I am... but I kind of am! It's the same songs we've been playing for years! I read an interview with Paul McCartney in Rolling Stone, and he said something about how he's sang "Blackbird" how many thousands of times, but he said, every time we play it live, I get another shot at singing it the way it really should be sung. What people kind of forget is, when you make a record, those songs are brand new, you barely know them, you haven't even memorized the lyrics. In my case, even though I've sung those songs a million times... maybe I'm weird but I really do enjoy it. It gives me another shot of getting it "right."<br /> And of course, it's probably thrilling to have 30,000 people singing your lyrics back at you.<br /> That's right, there's not many things that rise to that level. As the writer of these songs, I have more experience with these songs than anyone else, I remember where I was when the spirit first moved me (to write them), or where the seed of that song first came from. To have 30,000 people singing them back at you, that's a pretty nice trip to have taken. <br /> You've spent a lot of time recently sharing stages with Ted Nugent. I've read some of the things you've written on your Facebook page, and in other interviews, and you certainly have different political views than him. I'm curious what your backstage conversations are like.<br /> The funny thing is, I go back with Ted to before he was famous as the bowhunting right-wing politics Ted. I go back to the Amboy Dukes leader. He was always wild, swinging across the stage with a loincloth. When I think of Ted Nugent, I think of an amazing, legendary, lead guitar player. Say what you will about his politics, he has an amazing feel on the guitar. But I've sat in a room with Ted, I'll put it to you this way, you could be a vegetarian Democratic voter, and after 20 minutes with Ted, you walk out of there going, "I think I kind of want to have a steak, and I want to go shoot some guns..." And then you go, "Wait a minute! What am I thinking about?" And then you come back to your senses. But the guy is extremely persuasive, and he’s extremely well read. His world is a world that I find difficult to understand. But on a real human level... his daughter lived in my house when she first moved to California. I know him as a regular guy. He's another guy who survived the rock wars and is still standing. He’s got bad knees. We talk about that kind of stuff. We don't really talk about politics that much, honestly. <br /> He seems like Gene Simmons: even in an interview situation, he's on stage. Like, as soon as the mic is turned on, it's showtime! <br /> When you're standing there alone with Ted, he's just another guy, but you're right, as soon as another person walks in, everything chagnes and he turns into the "Motor City Madman." He's not always the "Motor City Madman," he's a regular human being. But he does say some outrageous things, man. When we toured with him, right before the tour, he said that thing about if Obama was re-elected he'd be in jail or dead, so the secret service was all over him. This was a couple of weeks before the tour, and I'm thinking to myself, "Ted, if you're you're touring by yourself and you want to make statements like that, OK, but you're kind of part of this whole tour here." My thing was, I didn't want him to become the spokesman for the tour. But it's kind of hard because he gets all this attention because he says all of this outrageous s***. It's hard for him not to become the spokesman for the tour. Two years in a row with that tour (Ted Nugent and Styx) was great, but I think we'll take some time off from that particular package.<br /> <a href="http://kearth101.cbslocal.com/2013/12/12/kevin-cronin-of-reo-speedwagon-talks-new-music-foo-fighters-and-the-nuge/">Click here to read the full article.</a><br /> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 PST 12/12/2013 - Dave Amato in Vintage Guitar Magazine "My good friend Dwight at TonePros is featuring me on their new Full Page add in Vintage Guitar Magazine. This is the Jan 2014 issue!" - Dave Amato
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12/11/2013 - A Chat with Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon For over four decades and through various lineup overhauls, REO Speedwagon continues to roll with the changes.<br /> Like fellow '70s Midwest musical compatriots Styx, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk and Bob Seger, from ratty clubs to 20,000 seat venues they developed their following through years of exhaustive touring. A new DVD, Live at Moondance Jam (available in our Store on CD/DVD or Blu-ray), demonstrates that the band has lost none of its power or energy as consummate stage performers.<br /> Rock Cellar Magazine spoke with REO frontman Kevin Cronin for a look back on over 40 years of musical magic. <br /> Rock Cellar Magazine: REO has gone through many lineup changes over the years. What makes the band such a commanding musical force onstage?<br /> Kevin Cronin:I think we just love what we do and it shows. There have been a number of different members of the band over the years but I think that's something that all of us have...a devotion to playing live. REO Speedwagon was always a live band. Our records didn't really start catching on until the late '70s and the band had been playing live for almost ten years at that point. That's kind of the way we make a name for ourselves. We weren't one of these bands that burst onto the scene with a biog hit record, we just grinded.<br /> We played a couple of hundred shows a year and traveled around the Midwest in a beat up 1972 Chevrolet Impala station wagon and played every little town you could find. We just played live and played live and we loved it. We met a lot of great people and we had a lot of fun and that's where our music evolved from playing live shows. And we still have that same feeling today. We love to play live. That's our thing. We give people a little break from their every day life. People are going through tough times and people have got a lot of responsibilities with their job and their family.<br /> Rock Cellar Magazine: REO Speedwagon released a string of really good albums in the '70s but none took hold until much later.<br /> Kevin Cronin: I think the band was searching for an identity. On the first three REO albums there was a different singer on each of them so I think the name REO Speedwagon was kind of synonymous with Gary's guitar playing, Neal's piano playing and Alan's drumming. But as far as the real signature of a band, to most people it's the lead singer and the voice kept changing. So I think the band was trying to find the right singer.<br /> Terry Luttrell sang on the first record, I sang on the second record and Mike Murphy came in and sang on a couple of records. I think when I came back to the band there was a little bit more of a mutual respect between the band members and myself. When I was out of the band I played as a solo artist and I gained a lot of confidence and my writing started to get a little stronger. I think the band looked at the R.E.O./T.W.O. record and went, "Wow, there was something special about that album."<br /> To this day when we tour we play at least two or three songs off of that record. So that R.E.O./T.W.O. album as kind off special. Right around our first live album in 1977 (Live: You Get What You Play For) where I got to sing all of the songs that Murph or Terry and sung and it all brought it into focus.<br /> Now there was one voice and that was the voice of REO Speedwagon. I'm fortunate that it record that way for me because I love the band.<br /> The whole vibe of high energy and never giving up and believing in yourself, those real positive All-American sentiments, is what the name REO Speedwagon has always stood for. Our music has reflected that with songs like Ridin' the Storm Out, Roll with the Changes, Keep Pushin, they’re all songs that people need to hear especially in times like these.<br /> It's tough out there and you come to an REO show and we sing about those basic American values. Hopefully people can leave that show and wake up the next morning and feel a little renewed or a little revitalized and get back in there and do what you gotta do.<br /> <a href="http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2013/12/02/kevin-cronin-reo-speedwagon-interview/#sthash.SupJWXaD.8xBAMgHh.dpbs">Click here to read more.</a> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:00:00 PST 12/6/2013 - Rock to the Rescue group photo at US Cellular Coliseum.
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12/6/2013 - Attention REO Fans! Unfortunately, due to inclement weather and unsafe roads on the way to Tennessee, REO had been forced to postpone tomorrow's show Saturday December 7th, in Greeneville, TN. The good news is we are rescheduling the show for June 8, 2014 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greenville TN. Your purchased tickets will be honored on that date. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but safety is our number one priority! <a href=" http://www.npacgreeneville.com/Articles/reo_speedwagon_rescheduled_for_sunday_6814.aspx">click here to visit the venue website.</a> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 PST 11/25/2013 - ROCK TO THE RESCUE - UPDATE RICHARD MARX, SURVIVOR, HEAD EAST, BRUSHVILLE AND BRUCE HALL'S GOOD FRIEND, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, ADDED TO LINEUP OF ROCK TO THE RESCUE EXTENDS A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED<br /> * * * * *<br /> FUNDRAISING CONCERT - FEATURING STYX AND REO SPEEDWAGON - TO BE HELD AT U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM IN BLOOMINGTON, IL ON DEC. 4<br /> * * * * *<br /> TICKETS ON SALE NOW <br /> Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (November 26, 2013) - REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX are proud to announce the addition of LARRY THE CABLE GUY, RICHARD MARX, SURVIVOR, HEAD EAST and BRUSHVILLE to the performances at Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. On Dec. 4, this benefit concert, at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois, will raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening.<br /> Tickets for this performance are on sale at ticketmaster.com for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visit<a href="http://www.uscellularcoliseum.com/">here</a> for up-to-date information.<br /> Additionally, seats in the first two rows on the floor are currently available via a Ticketmaster auction <a href="http://www.uscellularcoliseum.com/">here</a>). Auction bids begin at $300 for a pair of tickets, with winners also receiving a meet and greet and photo-op with the event's artists.<br /> Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX's Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON's Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of "Volunteers For America" concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands' last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock to the Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information visit: www.rocktotherescue.net and www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue.<br /> Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made at <a href="http://www.rocktotherescue.net">www.rocktotherescue.net</a><br />
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11/25/2013 - ATTENTION REO FANS!! 'Tis the season for giving thanks so let's start with the participants and supporters of The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants, including our very own Kevin Cronin! Select the link below and vote for your favorite hydrant. A winner will be selected from those who vote, which will be announced Dec 4th. VOTE EVERYDAY THROUGH DECEMBER 3 FOR KEVIN'S HYDRANT!! <a href="https://www.wf-site.com/microsite/pages/53efd21cd0540c0574742880589433b3">click here to vote.</a>
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11/21/2013 - ROCK TO THE RESCUE EXTENDS A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED <p> <br /> </p> <center> <strong>FEATURING REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX AND FRIENDS- TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF DEVASTATING MIDWEST STORM<br /> * * * * *<br /> FUNDRAISING CONCERT AT U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM IN BLOOMINGTON, IL ANNOUNCED FOR DEC. 4<br /> * * * * *<br /> TICKETS ON SALE SAT., NOV. 23 AT 10 AM</strong> </center> <p> Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL - In response to the recent wave of storms that brought tornadoes and highly-damaging winds to the Midwest, STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON have announced that they are using their combined might to help raise funds for those affected by this tragedy. On Dec. 4, these proud members of the Midwest's rock elite will appear with special guests (to be announced shortly) at <a href= "http://www.uscellularcoliseum.com/" target="_blank">U.S. Cellular Coliseum</a> in Bloomington, Illinois in a fundraiser: <a href="http://rocktotherescue.net/" target="_blank">Rock To The Rescue</a> Extends A Hand To Those In Need. Funds will be earmarked for affected families in central Illinois communities that were left reeling in the wake of devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening. </p> <p> Tickets for this performance go on sale at <a href= "http://www.ticketmaster.com/" target= "_blank">www.ticketmaster.com</a> for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visit <a href= "http://www.uscellularcoliseum.com/" target= "_blank">www.uscellularcoliseum.com</a> for up-to-date information. Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made at <a href="http://rocktotherescue.net/" target= "_blank">www.rocktotherescue.net</a>. </p> <p> STYX guitarist and IL native James "JY" Young said, "As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, I'm reminded of his famous quote, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt. It's our turn to ask what we can do for this great State, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois." </p> <p> REO SPEEDWAGON singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin said, "I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word 'Illinois' is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering in Washington, IL and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own... the people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs." </p> <p> "With our company being based in this area for over 40 years and my family living in Pekin which was effected by the storm, we wanted to do something to help all those affected. Everyone at Jay Goldberg Events have had friends, family members and employees who were directly impacted by the storm," said Jay Goldberg of Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment. </p> <p> City of Bloomington Manager David Hales said, "The City of Bloomington has heavy hearts for those affected in the recent tornado outbreaks around Central Illinois. We know that our city and surrounding cities will pull together to help out and support this cause. We are glad to be hosting this benefit concert in our city." </p> <p> "We are honored and excited to be hosting this benefit concert. We are passionate about our business and know this is the best way that we could help out. Everyone involved in putting on this concert has dropped everything to make this happen, and we are looking forward to a very successful event to help those that need it," said John Butler, President of Central Illinois Arena Management that operates the US Cellular Coliseum. </p> <p> Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX's Tommy Shaw and REO SPEEDWAGON's Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of "Volunteers For America" concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands' last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock to the Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. For more information visit: <a href= "http://www.rocktotherescue.net" target= "_blank">www.rocktotherescue.net</a> and <a href= "http://www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue" target= "_blank">www.facebook.com/rocktotherescue</a>. </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST 11/19/2013 - Keith Urban performing Live in Tulsa REO Speedwagons cover song "Keep on Loving You"10-25-13 <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HaPvbvm_TwU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST 11/14/2013 - REO Speedwagon with The Robin Zander Band For years now, I've agonized over a gnawing question: which is the all-time greatest rock and roll band: REO Speedwagon or Cheap Trick? Tick tock, tick tock -- c'mon dude, pick one! And although it's a question with which I continue to wrestle, tonight I had the distinct pleasure of basking in the presence of both bands. Sorta. <br /> Decked out head-to-toe in full-on rock regalia -- leather pants, t-shirt, leather jacket, boots, and a stylish "stars and stripes" scarf -- Cheap Trick's vocal powerhouse, Robin Zander, took the King Center stage at 8pm with his newly-formed collective, The Robin Zander Band.<br /> With his face almost completely hidden by his low-riding, cream-colored top hat, the iconic frontman led his band of merry music vets through an hour-long set that featured a fistful of Cheap Trick ditties as well as a slew of staples from the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and AC/DC.<br /> A rock solid contingent, RZB also features one-time Robert Plant guitarist Mark Hitt, former John Entwistle drummer Steve Luongo, bassist Larry Hobbs, longtime Cheap Trick keyboardist Phil "Magic" Cristian, and Zander's son, guitarist Robin Taylor Zander.<br /> Despite experiencing intermittent audio glitches, equipment malfunctions, and tuning delays throughout the set, the band ultimately overcame and conquered. Musical highlights included compelling recreations of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers," The Who's "Bargain," and an engaging new arrangement of Cheap Trick's "Love Comes." Accompanied by a miniature-size "Energizer" monkey, Luongo delivered another one of the evening's "wow" moments with his show-stopping drum solo. Props also are owed to Zander Jr. Wearing a rather chic gray suit and tie with a matching skully, the twenty-year-old guitarist not only had the musical goods, but also brought a noticeably youthful, fresh factor to the festivities. For his part, Zander (senior) looked fabulously hippy-dippy-rocky-rolly and was vocally spot-on all night. In sum, RZB knocked out a stellar ensemble performance. <br /> The pulsating power of U2 blasted from the monstrous sound system as the house lights dimmed at precisely 9:30, alerting the revved-up regiment of nearly 3,000 that the evening's feature act was ready to rock!<br /> All dressed in classic "concert black," the members of REO Speedwagon ignited the crowd immediately with their signature opening tune, "Don't Let Him Go," as the sweet fragrance of stage smoke permeated the venue -- and from there, the full-tilt, ninety-minute onslaught ensued. <br /> In short order, renowned ringleader Kevin Cronin led his troupe through such early set staples as "Music Man," "Take it on the Run," and "Keep Pushin'." And the crowd goes wild!<br /> Yet, despite the cavalcade of classics, this certainly was no tired nostalgia trip. In fact, the Speedwagon of 2013 is less like your dad's '74 Gremlin sitting on cinder blocks, and more like a pimped-out '77 T-Bird - with crazy-looking spinners on the wheels, an iPod in the dash and PLENTY of gas in the tank! <br /> Not only was the band tighter musically than Bryan Hitt's snare drum, the members oozed energy and passion. PLUS, they all looked fit and fabulous - you know, like a rock and roll band. Visually, the show was equally dazzling. Four vertical, 20-foot lit columns made for a clean-looking, yet eye-catching backdrop - positioned behind the enormous, tri-level, metallic riser that was home base for founding keyboardist Neal Doughty (stage right), Hitt (center) and a grand piano (stage left), shared by Doughty and Cronin throughout the night.<br /> Engaging and charismatic, the leather-clad Cronin often assumed the role of a New Age preacher, inspiring the congregation with his refreshing Gospel of Rock and Roll. Equally compelling was perennial guitarist Dave Amato, whose undeniable mystique, swagger and array of vintage Les Paul's likely prompted many to ask, "Gary who? <br /> Although the set list leaned heavily on tried and true fan faves, including "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Time for Me to Fly" and "Keep on Loving You," the (for me) surprise addition of such bona fide (and nearly forgotten) gems as "Golden Country" and "Son of a Poor Man" only further amplified the sheer awesomeness of the band, its music and its legacy. I mean, c'mon, there's not a man, woman or child alive who ever tires of hearing Bruce Hall knockin' down "Back on the Road Again," right? And the image of Cronin sitting at that piano, busting out the iconic intro to "Roll with the Changes" remains as chilling as ever. However, as a longtime Speedwagon aficionado, I gleefully would have ponied-up an additional surcharge to hear a song or two from the post-Richrath era, as 1996's Building the Bridge and Find Your Own Way Home from 2007, measure up easily against such acknowledged and much-loved records as REO and Tuna Fish.<br /> And with Cronin's signature reminder to "always keep 'Ridin' the Storm Out' people," the REO Speedwagon juggernaut came to a dynamic conclusion. Hey, wait a second - could it be? Yes, for the first time in 30+ years, "157 Riverside Avenue" was absent from the set. But fortunately, I have a great therapist who's helping me to work through that. In sum, I laughed, I cried, I screamed, shouted and sang along. Heck, at one point during "Like You Do," I even took off my pants and danced! Gosh, I sure was relieved to have worn an extra layer of Depends. Kudos, kids -- see ya next year! <br /> <a href="http://ink19.com/issues/november2013/eventReviews/reoSpeedwagon.html">Click here to see photos from this article. </a> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2013 - The Artie Lange Show - Kevin Cronin Performs "Ridin' The Storm Out" <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zkW3EmwyeE8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2013 - REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin will be the featured guest REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Kevin toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to <a href="www.RocklineRadio.com">www.RocklineRadio.com</a> The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the evening after the broadcast.
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11/8/2013 - Kevin will be on the Artie Lange Show on 11/11. Acoustic performance and interview. Here is where it airs:<br /> DIRECTV Audience<br /> Channels 239, 500, 101<br /> Sirius 92, 208<br /> Web Stream 24/7 on <a href="www.artielangeshow.com" target="_blank">www.artielangeshow.com</a><br /> Podcasts: <a href="www.artielangeshow.com" target="_blank">www.artielangeshow.com</a>, iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn<br /> Artie Lange Show App available at the iTunes store, Google Play and Stitcher<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST 11/11/2013 - Hi everyone! Hi everyone!If any of you made it to our last two shows in Florida, then you got to see the "Robin Zander Band" open for us. We've known Robin for years and his voice is better than ever. Thought his new band sounded great! Here's a shot of 3 midwest knuckleheads that continue to act like teenagers. Bruce
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11/11/2013 - REO Speedwagon guitarist makes it to Game 4 in rollin' tour bus After the disastrous end to Game 3, REO Speedwagon lead guitarist Dave Amato couldn't Fight This Feeling anymore. So Dave, a Framingham homey, took It On the Run, hijacked the band's tour bus and drove all the way from Wisconsin to St. Louis for Game 4 of the World Series last night.<br /> <br /> "Game 3, that was tough," Amato told the Track. "But it's over, we’re moving on."<br /> <a href="http://bostonherald.com/inside_track/the_inside_track/2013/10/reo_speedwagon_guitarist_makes_it_to_game_4_in_rollin_tour_bus#sthash.UTsYFAdN.dpuf">See more at: </a> <br />
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10/15/2013 - Celebrity Drive: Dave Amato, REO Speedwagon Lead Guitarist Chevy man just rolls with...a Corvette Quick Stats: Dave Amato, lead guitarist, REO Speedwagon<br /> Daily Drive: 2008 Corvette Z06 (Dave's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10) <br/>Other cars: see below <br/>Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to Santa Barbara Car he learned to drive in: 1970 Dodge Coronet First car bought: 1960s Cutlass Supreme REO Speedwagon's lead guitarist Dave Amato has had six Corvettes since 1975 and loves his current ride, a 2008 Chevy Corvette Z06, which he saw on the street one day last year in Westlake Village, just north of Los Angeles. He had seen another Z06 a few weeks earlier and was upset that he didn't get the owner's number, so when he saw this Corvette, he thought this was the first one he saw. <br /> <a href="http://www.motortrend.com/features/consumer/1310_celebrity_drive_dave_amato_reo_speedwagon_lead_guitarist/">Click here to read full article. </a> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:00:00 PDT 10/1/2013 - REO Speedwagon Minn. performance to be released MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota performance by classic rockers REO Speedwagon is coming to Blu-ray, CD and DVD.<br /> Frontier Records will release "Live at Moondance Jam" on Nov. 19.<br /> The concert was recorded at the Walker, Minn., festival in high-definition. It features REO Speedwagon performing 13 songs, including the hits "Keep on Loving You," ''Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Take It On the Run."<br /> The concert will be available in both Blu-ray and a deluxe edition containing a compact disc and DVD.<br /> "Live at Moondance Jam" was broadcast on Palladia, Direct TV and VH1 Classic in early 2013. <br />
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9/30/2013 - Check out The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants campaign. EVERY car and guest to arrive at the hotel - first thing they see is Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon's hydrant.<br /> REO Speedwagon hydrant is located at Hyatt Regency Chicago.<br />
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9/23/2013 - FRONTIERS RECORDS TO RELEASE REO SPEEDWAGON'S FRONTIERS RECORDS TO RELEASE REO SPEEDWAGON'S LIVE AT MOONDANCE JAM THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA ON CD+DVD AND BLU-RAY ON NOV. 19 <br/> * * * * *<br/> Band's First High-Definition Concert Release Contains the Smash Hits <br/> "Keep On Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It On the Run" and More <br/> <br/> Los Angeles, CA - Sept. 23, 2013 - Frontiers Records and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the release of Live at Moondance Jam - the band's hit-filled performance from the country's premier classic rock festival, Moondance Jam. Recorded at the Walker, Minnesota festival in high-definition, Live at Moondance Jam, puts the band's brilliant showmanship on display as the veteran rockers blast through 13 of their best-loved songs. Available in both Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) formats, Live At Moondance Jam will be released on November 19th.<br/> <br/> Broadcast on Palladia, Direct TV and VH1 Classic in early 2013, Live at Moondance Jam features a baker's dozen classic REO Speedwagon tunes, including the hits, "Keep on Loving You," "Take It on the Run," and "Can’t Fight This Feeling," along with the first ever live version of "In Your Letter." The packages also feature "Don't Let Him Go," "Keep Pushin'," "Time for Me to Fly, "Back on the Road Again," "Roll with the Changes," "Ridin' the Storm Out," "157 Riverside Avenue," "Golden Country," and "Like You Do.” Additionally, both the CD+DVD and Blu-ray packages contain a bonus interview with REO's iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin. <br/> <br/> "I can't really explain it, but we feel like our band is actually still getting better," said REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin. "This Moondance show captures the essence of this exciting new chapter in the continuing story of REO. I can look you in the eye and say that this performance is us playing our best, totally live, and having an absolute blast."<br/> <br/> Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. The group's nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty-plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are currently electrifying concert audiences on headlining tour dates and festival shows through the spring of 2014. <br/> <br/> On the band's last tour, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, STYX and REO Speedwagon's Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Recently, REO's Kevin Cronin unveiled the band's "Great Chicago Fire Hydrant" as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project which will feature oversized replicas of Chicago's iconic fire hydrants. There will be 101 fire hydrants to represent each firehouse, and later in December, these will be auctioned, with proceeds benefitting 100 Club Chicago. Finally, a rerecording of "Roll with the Changes" is currently featured in the movie Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher.<br/> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/d1S9ApzXBvg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1S9ApzXBvg&feature=youtu.be">Click here to see a sample from Live at Moondance Jam.</a> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT 9/24/2013 - REO fans- be sure to check out the series premiere of"“The Goldbergs" tonight REO fans - be sure to check out the series premiere of "The Goldbergs" tonight (Tues. Sept. 24 9/8c) for a gag the writers put in about the band. We won't spoil it, but the dad, Murray Goldberg, "Can't Fight This Feeling."<br /> <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jhrwjTnj_uA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <a href="http:// http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/23/opinion/zelizer-1980s-nostalgia-politics/?hpt=us_mid">click here to read more. </a> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT 9/15/2013 - REO Speedwagon keeps rolling with the changes Each hit song Kevin Cronin wrote or co-wrote for 1980s arena rock band REO Speedwagon was the result of a tumultuous personal experience.<br /> "Keep on Loving You," "Can't Fight this Feeling" and "Roll with the Changes" were born out of his suffering.<br /> "Usually, it seems like there's a direct correlation between the quality of the song and the depth of emotional distress that I'm in when I write them," the lead singer said in a recent phone interview. "The better the song, the crazier I am at the moment I write it."<br /> He's grateful that the songs touched other people and that fans continue to want to hear them. He and the rest of REO Speedwagon will play all the favorites when they perform Monday at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.<br /> Cronin, 61, isn't an original member of the band, which was founded in 1967 by University of Illinois students, but he joined only a few years later. Originally a folk singer and guitarist, it was a stretch for him to front a loud rock band. He left the band after recording just one album 1972's "R.E.O./T.W.O" but returned in 1976 in time to help carry the band to mainstream success.<br /> Cronin said he knew he wanted to become a rock star from the moment he saw The Beatles on television. "There's something that went off inside of me that said, "That's exactly what I want to do," he said. "For me, there was no doubt in my mind. I didn't know the odds of that happening were so steep."<br /> In some ways, his love of The Beatles helped him develop his own musical style. Back in those days, the sheet music often used to come out before the recordings. Cronin remembers getting the sheet music for the song "Please Please Me" and trying to play it without hearing it. "When the recording came out, it was OK, but I preferred my version," he said with a laugh.<br /> Fans loved the sound REO Speedwagon created in its heyday in the 1980s. The band sold more than 40million records and produced 13 Top40 hits. While the band’s popularity faded in the 1990s, enough fans have kept the group going all these years and given it success as a classic rock band.<br /> Cronin was excited that the band's rerecorded version of "Roll With the Changes" was included in the recent movie "Jobs," about Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs.<br /> "I was so happy they used it, it's more powerful," Cronin said. "It's in a great spot in the film. They cranked it up loud."<br /> When REO Speedwagon originally recorded that song for the 1978 album "You Can Tune a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish," the musicians spent so much time trying to get the instrumental parts right, that he didn't have much time to record his singing.<br /> "It's nice to rerecord an iconic song," he said. "It gives me a chance to sing it better than I sang it before. I'm singing it with more emotion than I did back then."<br /> <a href="http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/12/2915043/reo-speedwagon-keeps-rolling-with.html#storylink=cpy">Read more here.</a> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT 9/15/2013 - REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin Sings To Alicia Roman <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Y4NXUfS24H8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT 9/11/2013 - REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin serenades producer's wife <iframe width="440" height="360" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://news.yahoo.com/video/reo-speedwagon-kevin-cronin-serenades-135031195.html?format=embed&player_autoplay=false"></iframe> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT 8/30/2013 - REO Speedwagon's Neal Doughty: Nicest Keyboardist In America On the phone with me is Keyboardist Neal Doughty, who I chose to call the Original Founder of the Band, a title that he says pays him nothing extra. It is here that I find out I am talking to a true professional - a kind and giving man who's been at the top of his game for 40 years.<br /> I pointed this out to Neal, how seldom it is that I talk to a nice 'famous rocker' and he told me he couldn’t agree more. He's met a lot of uncool stars along the way.<br /> Neal also talks about the band's beginnings, and the ability back in the '60's and '70's to take almost 11 years, under contract, to finally get a hit album. (High Fidelity in 1980). That just doesn't happen any more.<br /> Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and has charted thirteen Top 40 hits, including the number ones "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling". The band plays ALL of the hits at their shows because this is what the fans want, and want to sing along to. And, says Neal, "they're the boss, so we do what the boss wants."<br /> Neal stays current with today's bands, and is absolutely floored by 'Foster The People' and Pink.<br /> Listen to the whole interview here, you're going to love this guy, and make sure you sing along with every song on Thursday night.<br /> <a href="http://jackseattle.cbslocal.com/2013/08/28/reo-speedwagons-neil-doughty-nicest-band-in-america-interview/">Click here to hear the interview.</a> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:00:00 PDT 8/23/2013 - Sound Check: REO Speedwagon feeling stronger than ever REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin says he’s usually “not one for nostalgia.” But coming off an extended 30th anniversary celebration for the group’s nine-times-platinum 1980 album “Hi Infidelity,” Cronin has a somewhat gentler view of the past.<br><br>But, he adds, the future is still his paramount concern.<br><br>“I’m much more into looking forward and keeping the creative juices flowing,” says Cronin, 61, who has in fact been working on new material, REO’s first since releasing the “Find Your Own Way Home” album in 2007 (with a holiday album in 2009).<br><br>“I think maybe the fact I am in kind of a creative mode right now makes it a little easier to embrace the nostalgia. If all you’re doing is being nostalgic, I think that gets stale pretty quick. But when the creative juices start flowing and you’re also open to accepting the beauty of some of the things you accomplished in the past, those things can go hand in hand.<br><br>“I’m feeling really strong in both of those ways right now. And as a result we’ve got, believe it or not, people coming up to us after the show who are like, ‘You guys are better than ever right now.’ To be hearing that at this point is pretty gratifying.”<br><br>And, Cronin adds, it’s even more encouraging that some of that praise is coming from fans who weren’t even born when “Hi Fidelity” was released, much less older REO favorites such as “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Roll With the Changes” and “Time For Me to Fly.”<br><br>“These are young people at our shows I’m talking about high school and college kids,” Cronin notes. “We’ve got people of all ages coming to these concerts and we’re just kicking ass and we’re having fun and enjoying what we’re doing.<br><br>“It’s just another one of those great, tight periods for the band. Everyone is healthy. Everyone’s feeling the creative spurt that we’re on and everyone is embracing the beauty of what’s got us there. To have five guys all in the same mindspace, it’s a really special thing. I can’t take that for granted.”<br><br><strong>REO Speedwagon and the Tubes perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $45 and $35 pavilion, $16 lawn. Call 568-268-9700 or visit <a target="www.freedomhill.net" href="http://www.freedomhill.net">www.freedomhill.net</a>.</strong> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:00:00 PDT 8/21/2013 - CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT ENDORSES PUBLIC ART DISPLAY OF OVER-SIZED FIRE HYDRANTS <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151615367548499" width="480" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:00:00 PDT 8/16/2013 - Hi REO Speedwagon fans! We are offering a special 20%-off discount for the JOBS film soundtrack, which includes the new re-created version of "Roll With The Changes." Don't miss out download your copy by <a href="http://bit.ly/16V1P52">clicking here:</a> <br />(Enter Promo Code: REOJOBS)
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8/8/2013 - CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT ENDORSES PUBLIC ART DISPLAY OF OVER-SIZED FIRE HYDRANTS CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT ENDORSES PUBLIC ART DISPLAY OF OVER-SIZED FIRE HYDRANTS TO BENEFIT FALLEN POLICE & FIREFIGHTERS <br />City-Wide Program To Launch September 11th for Two-Month Display of 5-Foot Fire Hydrants in Downtown Businesses, Parks and Tourism Destinations Before Auction Benefitting the 100 Club of Chicago <br /> <br />WHAT: The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants, presented by Wintrust, is a public art exhibition that will celebrate the heroism of Chicago’s firefighters. Scores of artists will decorate 5-foot tall fiberglass fire hydrants sponsored by local businesses. Organizers plan to install 101 hydrants one for each Chicago firehouse at private businesses, parks, plazas and tourism destinations from September 11th until November 11th. Following the public exhibition the hydrants will be auctioned to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the families of fallen police and firefighters. <br /> <br />Artists representing all skill levels from students to some of the most acclaimed artists in the world are participating. From 12 years of age to 87, each artist is bringing a unique perspective to this city-wide art campaign celebrating "Chicago's Bravest." <br />PRESS CONFERENCE: Press Conference to Officially Announce Program Thursday, August 8th 4PM <br /> <br />Engine Company 42 55 E. Illinois <br /> <br />WHO: Chicago Fire Department Commissioner, Jose Santiago Board Members from the 100 Club of Chicago Wintrust Community Banks, presenting sponsor of The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants <br /> <br />TESTIMONIALS "Our sponsorship of The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants campaign is a reflection of our commitment to the communities that we serve and particularly to the heroes who have dedicated their lives to the public service and protection of those communities. If we can help to raise awareness about fire safety for families, we absolutely want to be a part of that." - Edward Wehmer, CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation <br /> <br />"The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants campaign is going to get people talking. When you see these 5-foot tall monuments to public safety, you are going to instantly think of fire fighters and their dedication to our communities. Sometimes it is easy to forget the sacrifices that these heroes make for us, but I hope these artistic expressions will serve as testament to everyone in our community how valued our firefighters are to all of us. We are truly honored to be a benefactor of this program." Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago<br /> <br />ABOUT THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE HYDRANTS The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants campaign was created in partnership between Agency 360, LLC and Innovation Ovation, Inc. to raise awareness and funds for fire-related charities and to showcase public arts. For more information, including artist biographies and display locations visit: www.GreatChicagoFireHydrants.com <br /> <br /> HYDRANT SPONSORS (to-date) <br /> AT&T Athletico Baker Tilly Bella Bridesmaid Benesch BergerSchatz Blue Man Group Bracken Box CH Distillery Chicago Fire (Soccer Team) Chicago Sun Times Chicago Trolley Co. Chicagoland Speedway Concierge Preferred Culligan Water Dan Weissman DePaul University East Bank Club Federal Reserve Fiat First Alert Fox Auto Golub International Real Estate & Development Hawthorne Race Course Hot Stuff Cinnamon Whiskey Hyatt Hotel IMAX - Navy Pier Lagunitas Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC) LAZ Parking Lurie Children's Hospital Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Maxine Salon MB Real Estate McHugh Construction Meijer Merlin Media Mesirow Financial Motorola Solutions Foundation Navy Pier NBC-5 Oak Street Council Q-BBQ Ram Racing REO Speedwagon Sammy Hagar Tavern in the Park The Resnick Automotive Group United Services Walter E. Smithe Wintrust Financial
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7/24/2013 - REO Speedwagon on Entertainment Tonight in 1982 Back on June 21st, 1982, Royal baby William was born, and guess who was on ET that day! REO Speedwagon (Kevin, Gary, & Alan) was featured on Entertainment Tonight! Check out the players in the basketball footage... <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151566147688499" width="462" height="410" frameborder="0"></iframe> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 PDT 7/20/2013 - REO in Sioux Falls SD on our way to the show in Larchwood, Iowa.
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7/19/2013 - REO Speedwagon hits Big Gig again <br /><br /> On any list of Summerfest perennials that is, the performers who return to the Big Gig with the regularity of flowers blooming in the spring REO Speedwagon would likely make the top five. Fortunately, the band is happy to return again and again.<br /> <br /> "Oh, my God, we love Summerfest," guitarist Dave Amato said during a recent phone interview. "I've got some friends out of Wisconsin who come over, and it's a ball every time. We look forward to it."<br /><br /> So, evidently, does Milwaukee, along with many other cities during the summer months, as if there's a correlation between warmer weather and classic-rock bands that make their livings on the road.<br /><br /> REO Speedwagon falls into that category. Although the band released its first album in 1971, it didn't score its first major hit until 1974 with "Ridin' the Storm Out," the title track of which remains a show-closing favorite. It wasn't until 1980 that "Hi Infidelity" gave the band arena-filling status.<br /><br /> Amato, who joined the band in the late '80s after stints with Cher and Ted Nugent, was aware of the history, but the opportunity to join REO Speedwagon struck him, at the time, as a short-term job.<br /><br /> "I figured it would last two or three years," he said. "I was happy to get the call to audition for them, and they were awesome. But I didn't figure it would last 24 years."<br /><br /> Indeed, by the time Amato started his long run with REO, the band had stopped racking up big hits and was experiencing the turmoil common to groups that have to deal with reduced commercial success.<br /><br /> That led to REO playing some unusual stages, including at the most recent Milwaukee appearance playing after an Admirals game and at Dodger Stadium in early June, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." The band takes the experiences in stride.<br /><br /> "We've done it elsewhere in the past," Amato said, noting similar game-preceding renditions in Chicago and St. Louis, and mentioning a friendship with former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. "Some of us are baseball fans, and we had a ball."<br /><br /> As for REO's own fans, they aren't just older folks.<br /><br /> "We have, like, young kids probably 19 or 20 years old who know the songs from their parents," Amato said. "We're getting a younger and younger audience because they're curious to see what we look like."<br /><br /> They also probably respond to something within favorites like "Roll With the Changes," "Time for Me to Fly" and one of the definitive power ballads, "Can't Fight This Feeling." There has been some desultory work on new songs overdue, perhaps, since REO's last proper rock album, "Find Your Own Way Home," came out in 2007 but it's the old ones that connect.<br /><br /> "The songs stand the test of time, just like the Beatles," Amato said. "Those songs are hopefully going to be around forever."<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/festivals/reo-speedwagon-hits-big-gig-again-b9938777z1-212699221.html">click here to see article.</a>
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7/2/2013 - Rig Rundown - REO Speedwagon's Dave Amato Premier Guitar's Jason Shadrick is on location in Moline, IL, where he catches up with REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato who details his rig during the recent Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express tour with Styx and Ted Nugent. <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_hfwQRhd_JY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 PDT 7/18/2013 - "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS" TOUR RAISES OVER $100,000 FOR VICTIMS OF THE BOSTON MARATHON The April/May "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express" tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was successful in more ways than one. STYX and REO Speedwagon's Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston marathon bombings.<br /> Donations were collected along the 21-date trek when fans purchased a silent raffle ticket to win a guitar signed by all three acts. <br /> "Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help. We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise with us to help our friends in Boston. We Are Boston!" -- STYX<br /> "We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now. We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the guitar which is to be donated on their behalf each night. In our small way, we do what we do." -- REO Speedwagon <br /> "The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort." -Ted Nugent<br /> Spearheaded by Tommy Shaw's daughter, Hannah Shaw, Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. As of last year, at every STYX tour date Rock to the Rescue partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.<br /> Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of "Volunteers For America" concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City.<br /> <a href="http://www.zoiksonline.com/2013/07/the-midwest-rock-n-roll-express-tour.html">click here to read article.</a> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 PDT 6/10/2013 - REO Speedwagon Host Benefit Concert for Childhelp; A Call to Action: 'Erase Child Abuse REO Speedwagon Host Benefit Concert for Childhelp; A Call to Action: 'Erase Child Abuse' Each Day Five More Innocent Children are Killed. Be Smart, Join the Fight and Don't Be Silent. <a href="http://edengordonmediaconsulting.pressdoc.com/47415-reo-speedwagon-host-benefit-concert-for-childhelp">click here for more details.</a> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:00:00 PDT 6/7/2013 - Backstage in Green Bay 2013 <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151481095023499" width="440" height="480" frameborder="0"></iframe> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:00:00 PDT 6/4/2013 - REO SPEEDWAGON TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT DODGER STADIUM ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH Legendary Rockers to Perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" to Open Dodgers vs. Padres Game<br /> <br /> Los Angeles, CA - June 4, 2013 - Bringing their celebrated rock n' roll sound to America's favorite pastime, REO Speedwagon will perform the national anthem before the June 5, 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres. The entire hit-making quintet --Kevin Cronin, Bruce Hall, Neal Doughty, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt-- will take the field at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles at approximately 6:55 p.m. PDT to sing the “"Star-Spangled Banner," before the teams play ball at 7:10 p.m. PDT.<br /> Following their Dodger Stadium appearance, REO Speedwagon begins a nationwide tour on June 7th in Flagstaff, AZ, which continues throughout the summer. Concert dates can be found at <a href="http://www.reospeedwagon.com/tour.php">http://www.reospeedwagon.com/tour.php</a> <br />
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5/27/2013 - Happy Memorial Day Weekend REO Speedwagon Fans! <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bIvA1zI-oic" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Mon, 27 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT 5/21/2013 - Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected by yesterday's devastating tornado in Oklahom Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected by yesterday's devastating tornado in Oklahoma. Having played there many times over years we've seen both the heart and fortitude of the people of OK & we know that they will bounce back stronger than ever. To help with that recovery, we've contributed to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and ask our fans to do the same. Please give whatever you can via the Web at <a href="http://regionalfoodbank.org">http://regionalfoodbank.org</a> or mailed to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, P.O. Box. 270968, Oklahoma City, OK 73137 <br /> While I'm so thankful that my family and friends in OKC are safe, my heart is breaking for those that have suffered such great loss. When we are asked "where is your favorite place to play"? The Zoo Amp is always on that list. Oklahoma has stood by REO Speedwagon for 40 years and now we will stand by Oklahoma as they continue to Ride this Storm Out, re-build and come back stronger. If you are able, please donate to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.<br /> Much love,<br /> Bruce<br /> Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT 5/19/2013 - REO Speedwagon outside Tour Bus <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151453669203499" width="176" height="132" frameborder="0"></iframe> Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT 5/16/2013 - Interview with Kevin Cronin on May 14, 2013 with Grand Rapids, MI FOX affiliate morning show <iframe src="http://embed.newsinc.com/Single/iframe.html?WID=1&VID=24821914&freewheel=69016&sitesection=wxmi_morningnews&width=501&height=338" height="338" width="501" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe> Thu, 16 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT 5/15/2013 - Bruce, Kevin & Dave warming up backstage. <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=4856989912224" width="440" height="480" frameborder="0"></iframe> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT 5/8/2013 - REO, Styx, Nugent rock the house <div>When three classic powerhouse rock acts get together for an evening of music and fun, there's bound to be plenty of both.</div> <div>Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx thoroughly rocked a full house at Grand Prairie's Verizon Center Tuesday night, and the fans, some of them as far away as Wichita Falls, aren't likely to forget it anytime soon.</div> <div>Ted Nugent opened the show with the brash, fun-loving attitude and all-out energy that has made him a worldwide rock star for more than four decades. With just three musicians backing up his blister-hot guitar licks and over-the-top hit songs, "Uncle Ted" filled the massive room with a presence that could be felt as well as heard all the way up to the rafter seats, and if any concert-goers minded his trademark salty language, or when he played fifteen minutes over his allotted time, they didn't say so.</div> <div>Of course, "Stranglehold," "Wango Tango" and "Cat Scratch Fever" were crowd favorites, but he could have played an insurance brief set to music and he would still have rocked.</div> <div>Removing Nugent's fairly elaborate stage set and replacing it with REO Speedwagon's far more elaborate multi-level stage set took less than fifteen minutes, and showed a remarkable level of focus and professionalism on the part of each band's road crews. Those guys are good at their jobs!</div> <div>Even while fans were still standing in line for drinks or a restroom break, thinking the changeover would last longer, lead singer Kevin Cronin and his Speedwagon pals kicked off with their monster hit "Don't Let Him Go."</div> <div>In a high-energy set that included "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Roll With The Changes," "Time For Me To Fly," "Take It On The Run" and "Keep On Loving You," REO kept the crowd on its feet. Bassist and founding member Bruce Hall took a turn on lead vocal duties with "Back On The Road Again," and Cronin referred to him as "REO's secret weapon." He was right. REO Speedwagon might have succeeded anyway without Hall's solidly driving bass and impeccable vocal harmonies, but it wouldn't have been with quite the same sound.</div> <div>Leaving the crowd cheering, REO took a last bow and threw a last few guitar picks and drum sticks into the audience while the stage crews went to work again.</div> <div>In what seemed like no time at all, Styx hit the stage, charged into "Blue Collar Man," and the energy level went through the roof once again.</div> <div>With the band and the crowd feeding off each other's enthusiasm, Styx Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Ricky Phillips, Todd Sucherman and Lawrence Gowan effortlessly soared through a dynamic set that included legendary hits such as "Fooling Yourself," "Renegade," "Lady," "Too Much Time On My Hands," "Come Sail Away" and "Miss America."</div> <div>It was just right, and the fans didn't mind saying so through their constant passionate response.</div> <div>Any of the groups could easily have sold out a venue such as the Verizon Center on their own, but getting all three on the same special night was something truly exceptional, truly unforgettable.</div> Wed, 08 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT 4/28/2013 - Styx, REO Speedwagon & Ted Nugent Bring "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express" Tour to Massachusetts <br />The train just keeps a 'rollin on 'The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express' tour, featuring the triple bill of Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent. The classic rock collective that earned a prominent spot on our 'Must-See Rock Concerts of 2013' list recently made a pit stop in Springfield, Mass. on April 23. Check out our photos from the show below.<br /> <br />Prior to the concert, the three bands announced that they would be donating a portion of the proceeds from the tour to victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings, a tragedy that hit very close to home to the show in Western Massachusetts. Before the gig, the tour was selling off raffle tickets for autographed guitars and photos to raise additional funds a kind and thoughtful effort that was definitely appreciated by the community. In contrast to their high-energy, polished performances and deep arsenal of hits, each band offered heart-felt condolences and messages of perseverance, hope and forging forward throughout their set, referring to both the tragedy in Boston as well as the victims in the plant explosion in Texas. <br /> <br />At one point, REO Speedwagon front man Kevin Cronin described the pure elation of returning home to the States after touring throughout the globe. He said that no matter where in the world their touring takes them, as soon as they hit US soil the first thing they do is bend down, kiss the ground and say a little thank-you to be home.<br /> <a href="http://ultimateclassicrock.com/styx-reo-speedwagon-ted-nugent-concert-photos/">Click here to see more photos.</a> <br />
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4/25/2013 - VVN Music: Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent Giving to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims The touring trio of Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent are collectively giving money raised at each of the shows on their current tour to the victims of Boston Marathon bombing.<br /> Being organized under the Styx' Rock to the Rescue organization, the artists will sign a guitar at every stop of the tour and auction it off with 75% of the proceeds going to Boston and 25% to local charities.<br /> The members of Styx said in a statement "Like all Americans, we have watched the events in Boston and wondered what we could do to help. We know the fans of all three bands will once again rise up with us to help our friends in Boston. We Are Boston!"<br /> REO members added "We feel such sadness for those innocent people in Boston who have suffered so much and are still suffering now. We think of those victims of senseless violence as we sign the gutar which is to be donated on their behalf each night. In our small way, we do what we do."<br /> Finally, Nugent commented "The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort."<br /> <a href=" http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2013/04/styx-reo-speedwagon-and-ted-nugent.html#ixzz2RUgPLZCO">Click here to read more.</a> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT 4/23/2013 - April 26th, 2013 IZOD Center Show Cancellation April 22, 2013 -- Due to unforeseen logistical conflicts at IZOD Center, the Styx/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent concert originally scheduled for Friday, April 26 at IZOD Center has been cancelled. Unfortunately, as a result of production miscalculations on the part of the promoter, Metropolitan Entertainment, complications arose between college graduations scheduled for earlier that day and the concert event.<br /> Regrettably, there is no rescheduled date. Ticket refunds will be available at point of purchase.<br /> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT 4/18/2013 - Interview: REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin Discusses Latest Tour, Guitars and "Hi Infidelity" <div>Powered by the vocals and songwriting prowess of guitarist Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon continues to bring their brand of Midwest rock and roll to the masses. The band tours with an arsenal of hit songs, many of which can still be found in regular rotation on classic rock radio.</div> <div>Cronin briefly departed the band during sessions for <em>Ridin' the Storm Out</em> but rejoined in 1976. Together with guitarist Gary Richrath (whose Gibson Les Paul sound became synonymous with the band's biggest hits), REO Speedwagon broke into the mainstream in 1980 with <em>Hi Infidelity</em>, an album that sold more than 9 million copies and gave the band its first No. 1 hit, "Keep On Loving You."</div> <div>Richrath left the group in 1989 and was replaced by Dave Amato, whose resume includes stints with Ted Nugent and Richie Sambora. </div> <div>I spoke with Cronin about this year's Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express Tour, which includes veteran rockers Styx and Nugent. We also discussed <em>Hi Infidelity</em> and Cronin's recent encounter with Richrath.</div> <div><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Where did the idea for the Midwest Rock and Roll Express tour originate?</strong></div> <div>We had always been toying with the idea of taking a little bit of our Midwest culture and bringing it around the country. So last year I called my buddy Tommy Shaw, and he told me he was in. Then, to find that third piece, Tommy mentioned Nugent (from his Damn Yankees relationship). The idea worked out so well that we decided to do it all again this year.</div> <div><strong>Nugent has made some controversial statements lately. Was that a concern?</strong></div> <div>You know, it's America and everyone has a right to their own opinion. But I don't see Ted as this polarizing political figure. When I think of Ted, I think of one of the greatest lead guitar players around. He's just got that incredible tone and attitude. Back in the day, he and [Gary] Richrath were the guitar heroes from the Midwest.</div> <div><strong>Let's talk about <em>Hi Infidelity</em>. What personal relationships inspired that album?</strong></div> <div><em>Hi Infidelity</em> was one of those records where the stars just all lined up. The fact is, we had either been in the studio or on the road for a long time, and the nonstop process was starting to take its toll on all of our relationships. It all came to a head in 1980, when we started working on songs for the album. As a songwriter, you write about what's happening in your life. At the time, my marriage was in bad shape and so was Gary's. Neal [Doughty, keyboardist] actually came home from the tour to find a letter on the kitchen table from his wife saying she had split. That's actually where the song "In Your Letter" came from.</div> <div><strong>Another pivotal moment was the song "Keep On Loving You."</strong></div> <div>That was the song no one wanted to record. Everyone thought it was this sort-of "wimpy" piano ballad, but I kept playing the melody over and over in the studio until everyone was sick of it [laughs]. Then one day, Gary decided to plug his Les Paul into a double stack of Marshalls. He turned it up as loud and nasty as possible and started playing along with me trying to drown me out. But once I heard the way the song sounded with the sweet piano melody and the gnarly guitars, the lightbulb went off, and I said, "This is it!"</div> <div>People like to think that it was some secret formula we discovered to get a hit single, but the truth is it was an accident [laughs].</div> <div><strong>What was it like for you growing up and playing?</strong></div> <div>Guitar saved my life. I really wanted to be the point guard on our basketball team, but unfortunately I wasn't given that gift. So I started taking guitar lessons but wasn't really sure why I was taking them. Then on a night in 1964, I saw the Beatles play on Ed Sullivan and everything changed for me. They were the first band that played their instruments, sang their songs and wrote their songs. They encapsulated everything I wanted to do and from then on, there was no other option.</div> <div><strong>Tell me how you came up with "Roll With The Changes."</strong></div> <div>When I rejoined the band, they were all living in LA and I was in Chicago. I wasn't too keen on living there but eventually decided to relocate to LA. At the time, I remember feeling the need to feel the Earth roll beneath me as I moved from Chicago to LA, so I decided to drive it. I hooked a little U-Haul trailer up to my Ford Pinto station wagon and headed west. Somewhere between Denver and Albuquerque, I had this idea that a lot of things were changing for me and I was "rolling." </div> <div>I was driving at the time and couldn't pull over, but I had this brown paper bag from when I had stopped earlier at a truck stop. So as I'm driving, I started writing the lyrics down on this brown paper bag. The truth is you never know when you're going to be inspired. Having said that, I definitely don't recommend songwriting and cross-country driving at the same time [laughs].</div> <div><strong>Tell me about the interesting encounter you had with Gary recently.</strong></div> <div>Gary and I hadn't seen each other in way too long and I wanted to touch base with him and see what was going on. We finally were able to connect and got together for lunch. It was great because Gary got some things off his chest, and we both got to share some things neither of us really knew about that went back twenty years.</div> <div>A few days after our meeting, I got a call from him, and he said, "Dude, I want my guitar back." We had a 1941 Martin D-28 with herringbone binding. It's a beautiful acoustic Gary bought back in 1980. Back then, we had always shared each other's equipment. Gary even had one of my Les Pauls and some recording equipment that eventually was stolen when his house was broken into. We had never "officially" traded each other, but since I had played most of the acoustic parts on the records, it just sort of evolved that the Martin wound up in my possession. </div> <div>This particular D-28 was the one I played on every record since <em>Hi Infidelity</em>. It's a very special instrument, to say the least. So when Gary told me he wanted it back, I was like, "Dude, you want it back? Can I buy it from you?" [laughs]. He said he had been writing and just wanted it back, so we set up a day for me to return it to him. </div> <div>In the meantime though, I took another guitar I had in an old tweed case from my collection. It was a Fender Nocaster (a 1951, before they had settled on the name Telecaster). I knew that it was valuable, but since I didn't play it much, I thought Gary might take it as a trade for the Martin. So I stuck it in my car and brought it along. As I'm about to give the Martin to Gary, I tell him about this "other" guitar I had with me.</div> <div>I open the case and Gary looks at the Nocaster and says, "Uhm, that's my guitar too!" [laughs]. So basically, as if it wasn't already hard enough to part with the Martin, I had to part with the Nocaster too! The two most valuable guitars in my collection turned out to be Gary's all the time [laughs]. It was awesome though, because they're meant to be with him, and it felt good to give them back.</div> <div><strong>What are your best memories of working with Gary?</strong></div> <div>Gary was my rock and roll older brother. Everything I know about being in a rock band I learned just by watching him. He was a huge influence on me. I miss the guy, there's no question about it. Fortunately, we found Dave Amato, who's been with us now for 23 years and is doing an awesome job of filling those big shoes. It's bitter-sweet for sure.</div> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT 4/16/2013 - Interview: Guitarist Dave Amato Talks Les Pauls, Touring and REO Speedwagon <div>If you're a child of the '80s and '90s, chances are you've heard the work of guitarist Dave Amato. </div> <div>Amato's six-string prowess is a major part of songs by REO Speedwagon, and his impressive resume includes stints with Ted Nugent, Richie Sambora, Cher and Latoya Jackson.</div> <div>Amato, a self-professed gear head, has amassed a collection of more than 100 guitars and a dozen Marshall stacks over the course of his career (most of them vintage). </div> <div>I recently spoke to Amato, who's now on tour with REO Speedwagon, Styx and Nugent, and got the scoop on his time with the band as well as his affinity for vintage gear and his forthcoming signature model Gibson Les Paul.</div> <div><strong>GUITAR WORLD: This is the second go-around for the Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express tour. How has it been reuniting with Ted Nugent for these tours?</strong></div> <div>It's fun. I was Ted's understudy in the '80s, and we're still close friends. And, of course, Styx and REO are like family, too, so it's a great bill.</div> <div><strong>You always play a lot beautiful guitars on stage.</strong></div> <div>I love guitars and like to show them off. When people come backstage after the show, we can talk about anything, and that's great. But if we start talking about guitars, I'll keep them there all night. I'm a gear head first and foremost. [laughs]</div> <div><strong>Let's talk about the Signature model that Gibson has in the works for you.</strong></div> <div>I'm in line for a signature Les Paul, and I'm so honored to be a part of it. I have brought two prototypes with me on tour that I'm currently using. They have a Floyd Rose and bumble bee capacitors and are just incredible guitars. It's kind of old school meets new school. </div> <div><strong>Tell me how you got into REO Speedwagon.</strong></div> <div>Jesse Harms used to play keyboards for Sammy Hagar, and he and I were trying to put a band together right after Nugent. At the same time, he was also busy writing songs with Kevin [Cronin] for REO's <em>The Earth</em> record in 1990. Gary [Richrath] had gone by then and REO didn't want to put out a "cattle call" for guitarists, so Jesse mentioned me to Kevin. I remember going down to Kevin's house and playing a couple of REO songs and a few of the demo songs they were working on. A few hours later, we were all hanging out playing basketball on Kevin's court when he offered me the spot in the band. It's a good story and was just meant to be. </div> <div><strong>Tell me a little about your guitar collection.</strong></div> <div>I have close to 100 guitars. I sell a few and trade a few, but always end up getting more; 1950s and '60s Gibsons and Fenders are the ones I really love to collect. Les Pauls, SG's, Juniors. I love Strats too. In Nugent, I leaned more toward Strats. In the beginning, I tried using a Fender for some of the REO songs, but it just didn't work. The real sound of this band is the Les Paul.</div> <div><strong>What about your amps?</strong></div> <div>Marshall told me once that I have one of their biggest collections in the US [laughs]. I bought my first one in 1970 and have never looked back. I was a big fan of the JCM800 series Marshalls. I have about 15 of them.</div> <div><strong>What do you like most about vintage instruments?</strong></div> <div>I love the vibe about the old guitars and grew up with them. There's just something about the pickups, the sound and the aging of the wood that makes them so cool.</div> <div><strong>Is there any one particular REO song that you enjoy performing every night?</strong></div> <div>I love them all. Some songs, though, like "Back On The Road Again," are a little more free-fall, whereas a song like "Keep on Loving You" is pretty much a note-for-note solo. But "Back On The Road Again," "Roll With The Changes," "Ridin' The Storm Out"; those are the kinds of songs where I get to go off a little more.</div> <div><strong>What was it like for you growing up playing?</strong></div> <div>I've always had a passion for guitar. When I was 8 years old, I started taking lessons. But it wasn't until the time when the Beatles came to America that things really changed for me. That's when I started growing my hair and calling friends about putting a band together. Back then, everybody wanted to be in a band and be the next Beatles. </div> <div><strong>Who were some of your influences?</strong></div> <div>I saw Richie Blackmore in Deep Purple playing his Strat through the Marshall. He did crazy shit. I remember watching him smash Strats and pieces of them would just go everywhere [laughs]. Then there was Eric Clapton and Cream, Hendrix and Rod Stewart and the Faces. I've also always been a Jeff Beck fan from the '60s right up until now. Jeff Beck is a god to me. There's no other guitar player on the planet that's as good as him. He makes you want to quit. [laughs]</div> <div><strong>Any advice you can offer to up-and-comers?</strong></div> <div>Do anything and everything you can to fit in. Expose yourself to everything. I've worked with Ted Nugent, Kim Carnes and even the band, Player. I've also worked on a few of LaToya Jackson's early records too (I played synthesized guitar on there). It's the experience of meeting people and getting involved in different styles of music that makes it all worthwhile. Also, don't try to be an "American Idol." I think there's something to be said about working from the ground up. Go into the clubs and work on your craft, and try to give 100 percent every night. If you really want to do it, it takes all of your life. I'm still working on stuff. The key is to never stop learning.</div> <div><strong>What's the best thing about what you do with every night with REO Speedwagon?</strong></div> <div>Just playing with these great guys is amazing. We all hang out on the bus and are all good friends. We really work hard on our music and putting on a good show. I love these guys and I thank my lucky stars every day. The other thing is, when we come off the stage and hear people say that we really rocked, that's such a great feeling. That's really what REO Speedwagon is all about.</div> <div> <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-guitarist-dave-amato-talks-les-pauls-touring-and-reo-speedwagon">Click here to view article</a> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT 4/16/2013 - Interview with Bruce Hall: Midwest Rock-N-Roll Express rolls into the Ralph After 30-plus years of touring with one of America's best-known rock bands, bass guitarist and songwriter Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon still speaks with feeling about the magic and power of making rock 'n' roll music.<br><br>"To tell you the truth, I still find it amazing," Hall said in a phone interview with the Herald.<br><br>REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted Nugent and his band will team up to bring their Midwest Rock-N-Roll Express tour to Grand Forks at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Tickets range are $27 to $101.<br><br>The 2012 Midwest Rock-N-Roll Express was recognized as one of the 10 hottest summer package tours of last year by Rolling Stone magazine. This years tour will kick off Thursday in Grand Forks, moving to the Minneapolis Target Center on Friday night and continuing through May in cities across the country.<br><br>Golden age<br><br>REO Speedwagon, Styx and Nugent all hit their stride in the 1970s during what was a golden age for rock bands, with groups such as Steeley Dan, Head East, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Foreigner, Kansas, KISS, Three Dog Night and many more making hits and dominating rock culture.<br><br>Hall, who grew up in Champaign, Ill., joined REO Speedwagon as its bass guitarist in 1977, making an appearance on the album, "You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish," and replacing the original bassist, Gregg Philbin. He was 23 at the time.<br><br>Many a rocker from that era has spoken of or written a book about those drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll days, when being a rock star was like being a kid in a candy store where anything was possible and/or available.<br><br>"We were all young then and we were touring around the country," Hall said. "We were indestructible. A lot of that comes from the mind set of a young man. There's not too much you feel you can't do. How do I say it? We explored the avenues that were available to us." Then, he laughed and continued: "But you quickly learn those don't help at all. It takes the joy away from life. It makes the music not good."<br><br>By the time he and his band mates were heading into their 30s, he said, they were "trying to straighten up and get our heads on straight."<br><br>Formed in the late 1960s at college in Champaign and fronted by vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon had platinum albums and hits like "Ridin' the Storm Out" followed by the 1980s "Hi Infidelity." The band's current line-up, in addition to Hall and Cronin, includes keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt.<br><br>Hall has written and sung lead on a few of the band's songs, including "Back on the Road Again," and talks about songwriting in terms of coming up with an idea, staying true to the idea and then molding it like clay before it's recorded.<br><br>"It becomes a part of people's lives," Hall said. "That amazes you, when people are singing the words back to you. It's a powerful, magical force."<br><br>REO Speedwagon has been working with Styx and Nugent for years.<br><br>"We love those guys," he said. "Those guys are like our brothers." Of Nugent he said: "Ted is a unique individual. He doesn't try to be anything he's not. He's a 'turn it up to 10 and play rock 'n roll' kind of guy."<br><br>Styx, a Chicago band that became famous for its albums from the late 1970s and early 1980s, made great use of hard rock guitar, strong ballads and elements of musical theater. Its hits included "Lady" and "Too Much Time on My Hands." Its members are James "JY" Young, Tommy Shaw, Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Chuck Panozzo.<br><br>Nugent, known as the Motor City Madman, initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before beginning his solo career, and in the 1970s recorded the hit "Cat Scratch Fever," among others. Today, he's also known for his support of conservative politics, his advocacy of hunting and gun ownership and his quote before the 2012 election at an NRA event: "If Barack Obama becomes president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."<br><br>Nugent will open the concert Thursday, followed by REO Speedwagon and then Styx, according to the tour website. Tickets are available through the Ralph Engelstad box office and all Ticketmaster locations, including charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. <a href="http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/261070/">Click here to view article</a> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT 4/12/2013 - Back on the Road Again: An Interview with REO's Neal Doughty <br />On April 18th, REO Speedwagon will hit the road with Styx and Ted Nugent for the 2nd annual Midwest Rock-N-Roll Express tour. This is a great evening of classic rock by three of the best live bands in the business. <br /> <br />REO Speedwagon, who is co-headlining the shows with Styx, are excited to be hitting the road. The band built their reputation as a great live act in the 1970's and they still receive standing ovations every time they take the stage. <br /> <br />In the interview that follows, founding member and keyboardist Neal Doughty takes us on a trip through time, beginning with the current tour and going all the way back to when he and drummer Alan Gratzer were the only two hippies in the engineer department in college. <br /> <br />Neal tells it like it is and details REO's colorful history in detail, from the formation of the band, through the dark times and into the glory days. <br /> <br />This is an interview full of great stories including everything from food fights to, to band fights to full frontal nudity.<br /> <a href="http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=958">Click here to read full article.</a> <br /> <br />Out of Nowhere: Champaign Music Scene Documentary DVD by Bob Zimmerman<br /> <br />A documentary film about the Champaign-Urbana music scene, from the sixties through the oughts. Features exclusive, on-camera interviews with REO Speedwagon<br /> <iframe width="460" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VqmOQcq0WcI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Out-Nowhere-Champaign-Music-Documentary/dp/B009416ACI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1365846545&sr=8-2&keywords=bob+zimmerman"> <br />Click here to purchase Out of Nowhere: Champaign Music Scene Documentary DVD by Bob Zimmerman</a> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT 4/9/2013 - REO Speedwagon will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE REO Speedwagon will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with REO Speedwagon toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to <a href="http://www.RocklineRadio.com">www.RocklineRadio.com</a> The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT 3/1/2013 - Check out this Daily Buzz Article <a href="https://www.countryaircheck.com/pdfs/buzz/buzz030113.pdf">Click here to read full article.</a>
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2/26/2013 - VIACOM MEDIA NETWORKS' PALLADIA TO DEBUT REO SPEEDWAGON'S "LIVE AT MOONDANCE JAM" ON MARCH 2 <br />High-Definition Concert Contains the Hits "Keep On Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It On the Run" and Many More <br /> <br /> <br />Los Angeles, CA - Feb. 26, 2013 - Palladia and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the television debut of the band's hit-filled performance from the country's premier classic rock festival, Moondance Jam. Palladia, Viacom's high-definition music channel, will debut REO Speedwagon's "Live at Moondance Jam" on Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 pm PST/9:00 pm EST. The channel will air the program six additional times, including March 2 at midnight, March 3 at 3:30 pm, March 5 at 10:30 pm, March 6 at 12:30 pm, March 10 at 4:30 am and March 13 at 1:30am (all times EST). Following the run on Palladia, VH1 Classic will premiere the concert on Friday, March 22 at 9 pm EST. <br /> <br /> <br />Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. The group's nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) keep thrilling concerts audiences with fan favorites such as "Keep On Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," and "Take It On the Run." In addition to featuring those three smash hits, "Live at Moondance Jam" recorded at the Walker, Minnesota festival in the summer of 2010 features "Don't Let Him Go," "Keep Pushin'," "Golden Country," "Like You Do," "Time For Me To Fly," "Back On The Road Again,” and "Roll With The Changes." <br /> <br /> <br />"Live at Moondance Jam," the first high-definition REO Speedwagon concert, is available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray here. In addition to 13 songs, including all the aforementioned tracks, the package features an exclusive interview with Kevin Cronin.<br /> <br /> <br />After seeing REO Speedwagon on TV, fans can go out and see them live this spring. Last year's "Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" tour was recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the "Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012." It was such a success that rock's finest from the heartland "REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent"are teaming up again for another round of shows. The tour starts on April 18 in Grand Forks, ND and will hit more than 20 cities before wrapping in Burgettstown, PA a month later. REO will then continue with headlining tour dates and festival shows throughout the summer.<br /> <br /> <br />About Palladia<br /> <br />Palladia, Viacom Media Networks' high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music-based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, contemporary, classic rock, alternative rock, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from Viacom Music Group's MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services. The channel has grown to 30 million households and is available on major U.S. carriers including Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner, Dish, DIRECTV, Charter, AT&T u-Verse, Cablevision and Insight.<br /> <br /> <br />About VH1 Classic<br /> <br />VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the '70s, '80s and '90s. The channel features the gods of rock from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Dire Straits in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include National Metal Day (11.11.11) and Metal Evolution, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal. Because when it comes down to it all music should go to 11.<br />
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2/11/2013 - REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX AND TED NUGENT SET TO LAUNCH NEW ROUND OF "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS" <p><strong><center>REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX AND TED NUGENT SET TO LAUNCH NEW ROUND OF "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS" TOUR DATES APRIL 18 IN GRAND FORKS, ND <br /> <img src="http://admin.superstarmedia.com/client_data/reospeedwagon/gallery/pics/rocknroll.jpg"> <br /> <br />Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 11, 2013) - Last year's debut of "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" tour, recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the "Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012," was such a huge success that Rock's finest from the Midwest - Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent -are teaming up again for another round of shows starting April 18 in Grand Forks, ND at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The trek concludes May 19 in Burgettstown, PA at First Niagara Pavilion. <br /> <br />Styx and REO Speedwagon will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive fan club pre-sales. Visit StyxWorld.com to join the Styx Lounge for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages, and visit facebook.com/reospeedwagon for information on REO Speedwagon's ticket pre-sales.<br /> <br />To say that everyone on the tour is excited to get back out there would be an understatement, in their own words:<br /> <br />"Due to the overwhelming success of last year's tour, we are going to once again wind up the juggernaut of mega-tainment. Styx, REO and the Motor City Madman: there aren't enough expletives in my vocabulary to explain how great this is...but I'll try. This is going to be *$@&#@*&@# awesome!" - James "JY" Young, Styx (guitars, vocals)<br /> <br />"Yo, wake up everybody! Winter is over, the snow is melting, the sun is coming out it's time for the second annual REO, Styx, Nugent springtime extravaganza. We had so much fun in 2012, we all decided to fire this 'Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express' thing up and do it again. Time to strap on our six strings, pack up the trucks and tour buses, get together with our best rock buddies and go out to have some big fun. See y'all soon." Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon (vocals, guitars, keyboards)<br /> <br />"Blazing vocal melodies and guitars, soaring arrangements steeped in Progressive Rock roots, heart touching ballads you know in your bones, and that's just my DAMN YANKEES brother TED NUGENT I'm talking about! Wait until STYX and REO take the stage! You might need to take the next day off after riding this glorious train!" --Tommy Shaw, Styx (vocals, guitars)<br /> <br />"When you live the ultimate American guitar player's dream, with the ultimate grinding band, performing the most intense fun songs in the world to the most enthusiastic audiences alive, every tour and every concert is an indescribable celebration. Styx and REO deserve me. Here we come again baby, like dogs in heat!" --Ted Nugent<br /> <br />"The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" tour racked in rave reviews during its debut run, including:<br /> <br />"Tuesday's lineup of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx brought album-oriented rock to a rabid, near sold-out audience that ate up every lick, groove and wail like it was manna from heaven." -- Candace Horgan, Denver Post<br /> <br />"The 'Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express' tour proved to be aptly named and by the time the last guitar pick had been thrown and the final encore had faded away, it's likely that more than a few in the audience were pulling out their smartphones to look for their chance to stow away as passengers to catch the next stop." -- Matt Wardlaw, Ultimateclassicrock.com<br /> <br />"One would be hard pressed to find a tour line-up that can boast more combined top 40 hits and platinum recordings than that of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and STYX...on this night, (the fans are) going to get their money's worth." --Craig Ross, Guitarinternational.com<br /> <hr /> <img src="http://admin.superstarmedia.com/client_data/reospeedwagon/gallery/pics/reo_byrandeest.nicholas.jpg"> <br /><a href="http://tickets.reospeedwagon.com/">Click here to Buy your presale Tickets!!!</a> <br /> <hr /> <center><p><strong>Check out "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.</strong></center> <center> <br /> <br /> Thu 4/18 - Grand Forks, ND - Ralph Engelstad Arena - Styx closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Fri 4/19 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Sat 4/20 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center - Styx closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Sun 4/21 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - Ted closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Tue 4/23 - Springfield, MA - MassMutual Center - Styx closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Wed 4/24 - Glens Falls, NY - Glens Falls Civic Center - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> Fri 4/26 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center - Styx closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Sat 4/27 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre - Styx closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Sun 4/28 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Wed 5/1 - Estero, FL - Germain Arena - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Fri 5/3 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - Styx closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Sun 5/5 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Styx closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Wed 5/8 - Tulsa, OK BOK Center - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Fri 5/10 - Kansas City, KS - Starlight Theatre - Styx closes<br /><br /> <br /> Sat 5/11 - Lincoln, NE - Pinewood Bowl Theater - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Tue 5/14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena - Ted closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Wed 5/15 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Fri 5/17 Green Bay, WI - Resch Center - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Sat 5/18 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - REO Speedwagon closes<br /> <br /> <br /> Sun 5/19 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion - Styx closes <br /> <br /> <br />
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2/4/2013 - Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon greets fans while departing Sound City Premiere in Hollywood <iframe width="360" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TFSLEdVIKOw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 PST 2/3/2013 - Kevin Cronin & Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon arrive at the Palladium in Hollywood <iframe width="360" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Inoz2f3fqGU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 00:00:00 PST 1/23/2013 - Check out this photo from Sammy Hagar the 2nd Annual Classic Rock Radio Reunion. Saturday night I got to do something pretty cool. I flew to St. Louis and surprised some of the city's legendary radio personalities and fans at the 2nd annual Classic Rock Radio Reunion. KSHE was one of the very first stations in the country to break my music and I've had a long history with many of the city's great rock stations so it was one of those rare and cool nights where I got to play my music and celebrate with 4 decades worth of DJ's. Long may we all rock! Here's a photo of me and the Wabos with Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon and his wife Lisa.
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1/22/2013 - Photo From 2nd Annual Classic Rock Radio Reunion January 19, 2013 "Sammy and me rocking out at bar in St. Louis…come on! It was awesome to give back to the city, the radio stations, KSHE, and the fans who were with us from the start, and the tickets were five bucks! That is old school rock'n roll baby!"
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Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 PST
1/13/2013 - REO NYE started at Bruce's House <object width="360" height="540"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"></param><param name="movie" value="https://www.facebook.com/v/537345812957208"></param><embed src="https://www.facebook.com/v/537345812957208" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="1" width="360" height="540"></embed></object> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 PST 12/19/2012 - Christmas Message from Kevin Cronin <object width="450" height="600"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"></param><param name="movie" value="https://www.facebook.com/v/4072345816612"></param><embed src="https://www.facebook.com/v/4072345816612" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="1" width="450" height="600"></embed></object> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/18/2012 - REO Speedwagon Frontman Says Band Is Working on New Music; Planning New Tour with Styx, Ted Nugent <strong>REO Speedwagon</strong>'s <strong>Kevin Cronin</strong> has revealed some information about the band's plans for next year that's sure to excite fans. In a recent message posted on the group's official Facebook page, the singer reports that he spent this past Tuesday recording at Blue Moon Studio near Los Angeles with longtime REO guitarist <strong>Dave Amato</strong>. <div>"We want to have some new music available before the summer tour dates," writes Cronin. "We love playing the hits as much as you all love to hear them, but we need to have a new song or two to add to the set list so we can express what we are feeling NOW!"</div> <div>Last month, an article in <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vYmxvZ3MudGVubmVzc2Vhbi5jb20vdHVuZWluLzIwMTIvMTAvMjMvcmVvLXNwZWVkd2Fnb24tY29tZS10by1uYXNodmlsbGUtdG8tcmVjb3JkLw==" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>The Tennessean</em></a> reported that REO had been spending time in Nashville working on country-flavored songs for a new album, but it's not known whether the new tunes Cronin mentions will be a part of that project.</div> <div>Cronin also reveals that REO Speedwagon is in the process of organizing another road trip with their 2012 tour mates <strong>Styx</strong> and <strong>Ted Nugent</strong>. He says the trek likely will launch in the spring adding that details will be "coming in the near future."</div> <div>Lastly, Kevin shares that he and his family have been busy preparing for the holidays.</div> <div>"I just got the lights up on the family Christmas tree," he notes. "My son Paris was up on the ladder hanging lights on the house. The Holidays are family time, I wish you all the best."</div> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 11/19/2012 - REO Speedwagon Releases Expended Version of Christmas Album In 2009, REO Speedwagon released its first holiday album, Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon. The 13-song collection found the Indiana rockers reworking such yuletide classics as "Deck the Halls," "The Little Drumer Boy," John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and, of course, "Silent Night." Now, just in time for the holidays, the band has issued an expanded version of the album with three bonus tracks.<br><br>The revamped record features revised cover art, plus a new acoustic tune by frontman Kevin Cronin titled "I Believe in Santa Claus," as well as REO's renditions of "Sleigh Ride" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." The CD is available now at REO Speedwagon's official online store for $15.<br> <a href="http://www.classichitsandoldies.com/v2/2012/11/19/reo-speedwagon-releases-expended-version-of-christmas-album/">Click here to view article.</a> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2012 - ***It's beginning to rock a lot like Christmas!*** Get your copy of REO "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" with Bonus Tracks! this version includes a bunch of cool NEW songs Featuring the REO Speedwagon Acoustic Christmas Song "I Believe in Santa Claus" written by Kevin Cronin and Bruce Hall.
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11/10/2012 - REO Speedwagon Rockin' for a Cure <object width="500" height="600"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"></param><param name="movie" value="https://www.facebook.com/v/10151149103368499"></param><embed src="https://www.facebook.com/v/10151149103368499" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="1" width="500" height="600"></embed></object> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 00:00:00 PST 11/2/2012 - Just Picked Up Blu-Ray & DVD Samples!! Rainbo Records <object width="480" height="640"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"></param><param name="movie" value="https://www.facebook.com/v/10151138819028499"></param><embed src="https://www.facebook.com/v/10151138819028499" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="1" width="480" height="640"></embed></object> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 PDT 10/29/2012 - REO Speedwagon come to Nashville to record (The Tennessean Article) REO Speedwagon has turned to Nashville to de-'80s its sound, says the band's singer, Kevin Cronin. The '80s rockers spent a couple of days in town this week recording the first song for their upcoming album. Cronin penned the song -- entitled "Nothing We Can't Rise Above" -- with Jonathan Cain from Journey and Chris Lindsey, and he describes it as "country rock." "I got turned on by this title, and Jon Cain had written something in a political way, and when I heard it, I went to a different place with it," Cronin says. "I tend to like to write about relationships and two people and figure out what attracts people to each other and what makes relationships work or fall apart, so that’s the direction the song took." Cronin feels like the band's return to Music City is a bit of a homecoming. The first album he recorded as a member of the group was done at Nashville's Columbia Records studio in 1972. "I believe we were the first rock band to load in stacks of amplifiers and record in Nashville, because the looks on the engineers' faces, they didn't know what to think," he says. "Kids with loud music coming to Nashville didn't make a lot of sense back then, but I've always loved Nashville. As a songwriter, this is my home away from home."
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10/16/2012 - *PRESALE* "Live At Moondance Jam" is REO Speedwagon 's first autographed DVD As a result of some fans wanting to purchase the REO Moondance video as a DVD, we have decided to make this option available. Presale effective immediately. *PRESALE* "Live At Moondance Jam" is REO Speedwagon 's first autographed DVD of all their big hits including "In Your Letter", "Golden Country" and "Like you Do". (Shipping out in October 2012)
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10/15/2012 - San Miguel's 6th annual School Rocks! benefit concert It's a Who's Who of rock and media! Check out the Celebrity Co-Chairs of School Rocks!: JY Young, Styx; Bun E. Carlos, Cheap Trick; Jim Peterik, Ides of March/Survivor; Mike Arturi, The Lovin' Spoonful; Tim Rozner, Site & Stage Manager for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival; Pete McMurray, WLUP 97.9 The Loop; and Larry Wert, President and General Manager of NBC 5/WMAQ-TV Chicago<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51312329?title=1&byline=1&portrait=1" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/51312329">30 School Rocks benefit 2012 v04 crawford</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/nbc5chicago">NBC 5 Chicago</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 PDT 10/10/2012 - Don't miss a spectacular live auction at San Miguel's 6th annual School Rocks! benefit concert Don't miss a spectacular live auction at San Miguel's 6th annual School Rocks! benefit concert on Oct. 25 featuring REO Speedwagon.<br> <br> If you're the lucky bidder, you may win exciting items such as once in a lifetime experiences, getaways and<div class="text_exposed_show"> luxury travel, fine dining, sporting events, gifts, business and personal services,<br> <br> or one of several rockin' guitars: a Fender Telecaster autographed by Cheap Trick, a Fender Strat autographed by Styx, and an Ovation acoustic guitar autographed by REO Speedwagon.<br> <br> The guitars are currently on display in the Tiffany &amp; Co. windows on Michigan Ave., which also rocks.<br> <br> I hope to see you at School Rocks! These benefit concerts have raised over $2 million for scholarships and community support for San Miguel students.<br> <br> For tickets and information, please visit <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LlNhbk1pZ3VlbFJvY2tzLm9yZy8=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.SanMiguelRocks.org</a>
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10/10/2012 - Check out Kevin Cronin's call-in interview with Pete McMurray of radio station WLUP Kevin Cronin from REO Talks about San Miguel Benefit, being a dad and having Pete do background vocals <a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/14738219">Click here to hear interview.</a> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 00:00:00 PDT 10/5/2012 - Randy Massey - Highway To My Soul (2012) Had Bruce Springsteen been born a decade later and listed his influences as REO Speedwagon, U2 and Bryan Adams rather than Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, he would probably sound something like Randy Massey.<br>Possessing a rich baritone that instantly collects comparisons to the Boss, the Florida-based vocalist, songwriter and guitarist performs each and every one of his tunes as if it was an anthem. It's easy to envision Randy on stage in front of a rapt audience, flicking lighters and pumping their fists as they sing along with his infectious concoctions.<br>Randy actually has spent a good number of years playing live gigs, which accounts for the commanding presence he strikes. On his new effort Highway To My Soul, Massey successfully duplicates the passion and energy executed from in-person appearances to record.<br>Bold and brassy, the album is a straight-forward rock affair. Aside from sporting a husky set of lungs that seizes the listener's undivided attention, Randy is also an incredible axeman. His rhythm is right on, and his solos twirl and soar with color and feeling. But Randy never goes overboard on the jamming. He keeps the tunes tight and streamlined. A melodic confidence anchors the material, occasionally sailing into power pop waters.<br>Rocking hard and steady, songs such as "Angels Came To Me," "Where Do We Go From Here," "Stay With Me," "Forever More" and "Yesterday" (not the Beatles tune of the same name) are replete with excitement and stamina. Arrangements sparkling with crispness, integrated with dense textures and clean and polished guitar tones are the mechanics steering the vehicle.<br>Even though Highway To My Soul is ruled by an 1980s-guitar rock edge, the songs are so strong that they avoid the retro tag. The emotions are vital, and what a breath of fresh air that is in this day and age of cut-and-paste music created by machines.<br>A big shout out further goes to Chip Muellemann for lending his bass and percussion talents to the disc.<br>Those with a taste for meat and potatoes rock and roll, served with a generous helping of slick licks, will find much to appreciate on Randy's new album. I know Highway To My Soul has certainly stirred my soul! <a href="http://somethingelsereviews.com/2012/10/04/randy-massey-highway-to-my-soul-2012/">click here to read full article.</a> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 PDT 10/4/2012 - LMA announces REO Speedwagon, Martina McBride, America's Got Talent and Ron White OWELL -- The Lowell Memorial Auditorium has announced four new shows for their 2012-13 season. REO Speedwagon will play on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. Contemporary country singer-songwriter Martina McBride will be performing Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour will take place on Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m., while comedian Ron White will perform on Friday, March 8, at 8:00 p.m.<br /> REO Speedwagon reached a peak at Epic Records in 1980 and '81 with Hi Infidelity, an album which included the enduring radio hits "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On The Run" and which has sold close to 10 million copies in the U.S. Originally formed in Champaign, Illinois, REO Speedwagon is still led today by keyboardist Martina McBride Neal Doughty (founding member since 1967), Kevin Cronin (who has fronted the band since 1972 on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards), and bassist Bruce Hall (who joined in 1977) - along with lead guitarist Dave Amato (member since 1989) and drummer Bryan Hitt (since 1990). Together, REO continues to define the essence of two enduring genres, arena rock on the performance side, and classic rock on the audio and video side.<br /> Martina McBride rose to stardom in the late 90s, thanks to her big-voiced ballads and beautiful soprano range. She made her debut as a neo-traditionalist country singer, but her pop-styled sound has earned her multiple CMA and ACM awards. On Dec. 15, Martina will celebrate the Joy of Christmas when her special holiday Advertisement tour comes to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.<br /> America's Got Talent returned this summer on NBC with the hottest performers from across the country competing in the blockbuster reality show. The America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour features an exciting lineup of the most popular performers from this summer's breathtaking season, as well as top stars from recent seasons. The live tour will be hosted by the one-and-only Jerry Springer, from the pop-culture favorite, The Jerry Springer Show.<br /> Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. But with two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central Ron White history, a book that appeared on the New York Times best seller list, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units, Ron has established himself as a star in his own right.<br /> Tickets are available for REO Speedwagon starting at $39.50, and for Ron White starting at $46.75. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 28, for Martina McBride, starting at $61.50. On Saturday, Sept. 29, tickets for the America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour go on sale starting at $47.50. All tickets are available in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office, by calling 978-454-2299, or by visiting lowellauditorium.com. <br /> <a href="http://www.whatdouwannado.com/arts/ci_21634175">Click here to see full article.</a> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 00:00:00 PDT 9/25/2012 - RIM seeks to woo developers with REO Speedwagon cover Crumbling Canuck smartphone vendor RIM has taken to song in an effort to keep developers writing for the platform.<br /> In a music video, released for the BlackBerry Jam developers conference that kicked off on Tuesday in San José, California, several RIM staffers rock off a cover of REO Speedwagon's "Keep on loving you", with lyrics adapted to push the message that it's still cool to write for RIM's platform. Developers have been leaving RIM's fold in favor of Apple and Android for some time now, and it's clear RIM is fighting any way it can to keep them on board.<br /> "BlackBerry Is Going To Keep On Loving You" features Alec Saunders, VP of developer relations & ecosystem showing off some impressive vocals or a lot of Auto-Tune as well as some impressive looking axe work from Chris Smith, VP of apps platform and tools. If the doomsayers are right, these guys are going to have a great bar-band career if nothing better pops up they certainly have the moves.<br /> The lyrics, however, need a little work. "We're going to keep on loving you / Our updated SDK is really cool" lacks a little of the power of the original. "And I meant every word I said / When I said that our devs are the heart of our mobile endeavors," needs a little work too, but as music videos go El Reg has seen a lot worse Microsoft's shockingly bad Vista SP1 effort for example.<br /> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 PDT 9/4/2012 - "Live At Moondance Jam" <br /> Dear REO Fans,<br /> <br /> *PRESALE* "Live At Moondance Jam" is REO Speedwagon 's first autographed Blu-Ray video disc of all their big hits including "In Your Letter", "Golden Country" and "Like you Do".<br /> <br /> (Shipping out in early October 2012)<br /> <a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/reo_dvds.html">Order your copy now!</a> <br />
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9/1/2012 - Check out this fan's REO Speedwagon logo tattoo. (Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Adam Jungwirth)
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8/30/2012 - REO Speedwagon Makes Progress on New Album REO Speedwagon is making gradual progress towards a new album -- the group's first since 2007's "Find Your Way Home," although it also released "Not So Silent Night...Christmas With REO Speedwagon" in 2009. <br /> Frontman Kevin Cronin tells us that he's "got a couple of (new) songs. We just kinda started playing them at sound check to see how the guys react. We've got a couple things on the burner now that everyone's excited about. That's good to re-energize a band."<br /> But Cronin says that he's not sure exactly how REO will go about making a new album.<br /> "That's something I'm having a little difficulty with because it takes so much time and energy," he explains. "I have young kids. Bruce (Hall) has young kids. Bryan (Hitt) has young kids. To spend half the year on the road and then go into the studio to make an album, it's just too much, man. It takes too much time away from the rest of our lives."<br /> Instead, Cronin says, REO's approach may be to "just do it a few songs at a time. Go in and maybe cut two or three songs and then take a break."<br /> He adds that it's possible REO will release individual songs or EPs online rather than full albums, but he says another limiting factor to making new music is that fans remain much more interested in the older material.<br /> "It's just really hard to get much acceptance on new music because people are so attached to our old stuff," Cronin laments. "It's a strange thing because everybody wants to know what we're doing next and if we're working on new songs, but when we put out a record of new songs no one wants to hear them! They want to hear 'Ridin' the Storm Out' again."<br /> After a run on the summer's Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express Tour with Styx and Ted Nugent, REO is on what Cronin calls the "hoe stretch" of the touring season, with dates booked through September and one show in November.<br /> <a href="http://www.wmgk.com/music/classic-rock-news/story.aspx?ID=1761344">Click here to read article</a> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 PDT 8/30/2012 - Valley Center - August 26th, 2012 photo credit: Brad Magon
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8/27/2012 - KC, Bruce and Wal explore the high road in Washington State. <object width="960" height="540"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"></param><param name="movie" value="https://www.facebook.com/v/10151051443908499"></param><embed src="https://www.facebook.com/v/10151051443908499" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="1" width="960" height="540"></embed></object> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:00 PDT 8/22/2012 - Kevin Cronin and Lars Ulrich Give Their First Musical Memories What was your first musical memory? Dave Grohl was keen to know the musical memories of some of the world's biggest rock stars when he was shooting footage for the upcoming Sound City Movie. In the example below you can hear what REO Speedwagon guitarist/vocalist Kevin Cronin has to say about his first experience with music. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uZg7sOcNCX0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <a href="http://www.sonicstate.com/amped/2012/08/21/kevin-cronin-and-lars-ulrich-give-their-first-musical-memories/">Click here to view.</a> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:00 PDT 8/9/2012 - Reo Speedwagon "Easy Money" from the Nine Lives album (1979) 6am Klassic: REO Speedwagon Posted 8/7/2012 6:04:00 AM Reo Speedwagon "Easy Money" from the Nine Lives album (1979) INFO/WIKI Nine Lives is the eighth studio album by REO Speedwagon. The title Nine Lives was chosen because the album was the band's ninth, including their live album, and it also featured nine songs. It was the last REO album to prominently feature a more hard rock sound. The group would turn to more pop-oriented material with 1980's Hi Infidelity "Heavy on Your Love" (Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath) - 3:35 "Drop It (An Old Disguise)" (Cronin) - 3:14 "Only the Strong Survive" (Richrath) -3:52 "Easy Money" (Richrath) -4:01 "Rock & Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) -2:55 "Take Me" (Cronin) - 3:29 "I Need You Tonight" (Cronin) - 3:35 "Meet Me on the Mountain" (Richrath)- 4:04 "Back on the Road Again" (Bruce Hall)- 5:39 <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Jou61Dz732M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:00:00 PDT 8/8/2012 - Check out Mobile Production monthly with an article on the Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express Tour Check out Mobile Production monthly with an article on the Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express Tour <a href=" http://mobileproductionpro.com/publications/mpm_issues/mobile_production_monthly_v5_i5.pdf">click here to read article.</a>
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8/3/2012 - My Poster of REO Speedwagon... Loves me some REO Speedwagon! They played the Wisconsin Valley Fair Thursday night with all the hits you can swing a guitar at! Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO, has been on our show and has told some incredible Rock n' Roll stories..we love him! After a couple of tunes..I got to thinking about great concert t-shirts and posters and decided to create one of my own. So what you see here is the HUGE crowd in the background..and then the individual members of REO Speedwagon..((photos taken by Dave Kallaway)) <a href="http://wifc.com/blogs/post/dkallaway/2012/aug/03/my-poster-reo-speedwagon/">Clickhere to see article.</a>
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7/24/2012 - Washington County Fair opens Tuesday The <b>Washington County Fair </b>opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday with the promise of fireworks, the chance to see a white tiger and music that runs from REO Speedwagon to Puddle of Mudd.</div> <div>After Tuesday, the fair opens at 8 a.m. daily at Washington County Fair Park, 3000 Pleasant Valley Road (Hwy PV) in West Bend. BMX displays, a midway, livestock, a petting farm and other animal displays are part of the fun.</div> <div>Local and national bands performing include REO Speedwagon on Thursday, Milwaukee's Whiskey Belles opening for Montgomery Gentry on Friday and Theory of a Deadman and Puddle of Mudd on Saturday.</div> <div>Concerts are included in gate admission; general VIP and premium VIP tickets are available at the fair box office, (262) 677-5060.</div> <div>Gate admission on Tuesday is $3 for everyone 7 and older. On Wednesday and Sunday, gate admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for ages 7 through 12 and free for younger kids. Thursday through Saturday, admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 7 through 12; prices for kids remain the same.</div> <div>For a complete schedule, see <i><a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd2NmYWlycGFyay5jb20=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">wcfairpark.com</a></i>.</div>
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7/21/2012 - REO Speedwagon Live Aid 1985 <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Vh6fPjAV6Fg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:00:00 PDT 7/12/2012 - REO Speedwagon & Mr.Met June 2012
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7/12/2012 - Shots from the Last Show of the Tour. Thanks to Jason Powell
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7/10/2012 - Interview: Bruce Hall Of 'REO Speedwagon' Bruce Hall, the bassist for the mega-rock band REO Speedwagon, took some time to chat with us about the band's history, life on the road and about their upcoming show at Mystic Lake Casino.<span id="more-44008"></span></div> <div><strong>What type of musical and influences helped shape this band?</strong><br> <em>(REO) started at the University of Illinois. The Vietnam War was going on … the first version of REO that people would know would be that. Early REO was more of a protest band. It wasn't against America, it was just against the war. There's a song called, "Anti-Establishment Man" and "Golden Country," songs are kind of like a tip of the hat to early REO.</em></div> <div><strong>You've been with the band since 1977: How did you get the chance to join the band?</strong><br> <em>I was in the band with one of the other singers that was in (REO) before Kevin (Cronin). His name was Mike Murphy. I just knew the guys, basically. I believe they were looking for another bass player … I fit right in … it wasn't too hard. </em></div> <div><strong>REO Speedwagon has been playing for a long time: what keeps it all together? What's changed over the years?</strong><br> <em>The musical direction a little bit. When Gary (Richrath) joined the band, they changed, actually. They became much better and they started getting a bigger following. The word, "speed," really fit because everything was starting to go really fast. When Kevin came back, he was more song oriented. We started thinking about getting air play. If we wanted this to be our career, we had to get the songs on the radio. A lot of the old songs were too long, to tell you the truth. There weren't as many longer jamming songs any longer. They're fun to play, though.</em></div> <div><strong>I assume you guys tour quite a bit … What do you guys do to pass the time while traveling?</strong><br> <em>Well, there's a lot of things we'll do. Kevin and I still write. That never stops. We love music and love to create. I play golf. We've been around the country enough times, we have friends in different places. We get together with them. We've been about everywhere there is to go and there are different opportunities in different places. </em></div> <div><strong>Have you guys had any touring incidents/accidents that you'll always remember?</strong><br> <em>(Laughs) Back before there were cellphones … this is kind of funny … On the tour bus, we had to come up with a buddy system. We'd leave guys at the truck stop all the time (laughs). The bus would take off and you couldn't call anybody we didn't have cell phones. So, we'd look around and go, "Where's Neil? I haven't seen him! Oh, shoot, we left him back at the truck stop!" (Laughs) We'd also play pranks on each other and pull the bus around the corner to make them feel like we left them. That's what friends are for. </em></div> <div><strong>I see you've written some of the band's songs … what's your process with songwriting? In general, do you all collaborate together or do you hash out the structure beforehand?</strong><br> <em>Songwriting kind of starts as an individual. It's usually about something you've been through personally. If you break up (with someone), something has happened to your life that affects you deeply, that's the kind of thing that gives you the inspiration to write. When you take it to the band, that's when everything changes. Because you have to be willing to let it evolve. It's like a piece of clay and you need to make it into something you'll be proud of. You have to structure it in a way that it has quality to it you don't want to be embarrassed of it years later. </em></div> <div><strong>I've hear Kevin Cronin talk about REO's message being love. Can you expand on that? What do you want fans to get out of your music?</strong><br> <em>We've always tried to take our music and communicate with people. Some songwriters, they have a tendency to just moan and groan about something that's wrong. But at least the music should be uplifting. People have enough problems as it is. You need to give them something to lift them up. </em></div> <div><strong>What are your thoughts on the current status of the music industry, with iTunes, Spotify and other online digital platforms changing the way we experience music?</strong><br> <em>In this day and age, everything about music has changed so much: how people get their music, how they listen to their music. The avenues that were there for so long radio and records have pretty much dried up. The game has changed quite a bit. The Internet, Rockband, and all that started coming out. Our music was all over that (Rockband video game). The good thing about that is that it gave a whole younger generation a chance to listen to the song. We're lucky we have this cross-generation of listeners. </em></div> <div><strong>At Mystic Lake, you guys are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the very-popular album, Hi-Fidelity, so what should fans expect to see and experience at the show?</strong><br> <em>For that, we have a lot of songs we'll play off of Hi-Fidelity. We'll try to play the entire album, but we may not have time. There are certain songs we'll play from other albums that people really like, and expect to hear, like "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Roll With The Changes." That's why people bought the ticket!</em></div> <div><strong>Any other future plans for the band that REO fans should know?</strong><br> <em>We've had batches of songs that we've recorded and we don't know how to exactly put it out now. There's different ideas going around: do we just put it out on the Internet, do we just release one or two at a time, do we sell them at the show or do we give them away for free?</em></div> <div><strong>If you had to choose one song for REO Speedwagon to be remembered by, what song would you choose?</strong><br> <em>I think "Roll With The Changes" is a great song. I think the lyrics to that song … no matter what comes your way, you gotta deal with it, you gotta roll with it, you gotta just keep going. I like "Time For Me To Fly." It's fun to play and it seems to touch a lot of people. A lot of people have been through ups and downs in their lives, especially trying to fall in love and being kicked to the curb. It's a painful business, you know. I think Kevin did a good job with writing that one.</em></div> <div><em><strong>REO Speedwagon is playing at Mystic Lake Caino on Aug. 31, 2012 at 7 p.m. For more information on the show, <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Lm15c3RpY2xha2UuY29tL3NwZWVkd2Fnb24xMg==" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">click here. </a></strong></em></div> <div>Source: <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vbWlubmVzb3RhLmNic2xvY2FsLmNvbS8yMDEyLzA3LzA4L2N1cmlvY2l0eS1pbnRlcnZpZXctYnJ1Y2UtaGFsbC1vZi1yZW8tc3BlZWR3YWdvbi8=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/07/08/curiocity-interview-bruce-hall-of-reo-speedwagon/</a> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/22/2012 - INTERVIEW: Kevin Cronin the voice of REO Speedwagon <strong>CMM: What was the first record you bought? </strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Kevin Cronin: The first record I ever got was Rubber Soul by the Beatles for Christmas in 1965. The first record I ever bought was the single of The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man." Those two records were huge influences on a 12-year-old kid who had been playing guitar for a couple of years. I am very lucky that it just so happened that the music you're exposed to was right at that time in your life when you're in junior high going into high school. My daughter, who's a freshman in high school now, when she was in 7th grade, a big record for her at that time was by the Jonas Brothers, who were big, but they're not the Beatles. So it was pretty lucky to have had the music that influences you at that formative time of life when some of the greatest music of all time was being created. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>CMM: What artists did you grow up listening to in Chicago? </strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">KC: The Beatles were huge for me, but there were some local Chicago bands like Shadows of Knight. They covered "Gloria" by Van Morrison, which was a big song in Chicago. There were some really good Folk singers around Chicago, and I was kind of a peripheral part of the Folk music scene. When I was a kid, I used to play the open mic nights. There was a guy named Jim Post, who was part of the band Friend and Lover. They had a song called "Reach Out Of The Darkness" that went, [singing] "I think it's so groovy now that people are finally getting together." Flower Power music and the British Invasion were big. Every band that came out of Great Britain back in those days was huge; The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who. There were also the American bands; The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, later Crosby, Stills, and Nash. There was so much music that was coming out right then. I look at the people who were born right around me. Within in one month of my birthday was John Mellencamp, Sting. There was a lot of us who consider ourselves to be lucky to be born when we were. There was so much good music that was influencing us. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>CMM: How did you get into music? </strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">KC: It was just there since I was born. My earliest memory of life is sitting at the piano at my Grandma's house just pounding on the keys when I was about two with my relatives around applauding. I didn't know what I was doing; I was two years old, but whatever I was doing got attention for me so I was hooked at a very young age. There was always music on in the house; my parents were into Broadway musicals like "My Fair Lady" and "West Side Story." In Chicago, I had WLS radio which was THE radio station in America basically. All of the music from the west coast filtered through WLS. I had my little transistor radio, and I listened to music every moment of the day that I possibly could.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>CMM: What was the first instrument you learned?<br> </strong><br> I started taking guitar lessons when I was 11, and didn't really know why. I was too young for Elvis so I was just learning what kids learn on the guitar, and then when The Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan show it became clear to me that that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to play guitar, write songs, and sing; all three of those things. Prior to that, there were professional songwriters in the Brill building in New York, musicians who did recording sessions, and there were singers. But the Beatles did it all. That's how I fancy myself. I've been really fortunate that I'm doing the same thing now that I was doing when I was 12. That's what definitely keeps me young. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">5. What was the first live show you played? </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">The first live show I did was just a birthday party. After the Beatles came out, I was the only kid in the neighborhood that knew how to play the guitar, but everybody else got a guitar real quick, so there were little bands popping up and I was the center of any band that was playing. I used to play birthday parties, graduation parties, and little gigs around Chicago and some funky little bars when I was too young to be there. I was relentless. I just loved to play and sing. There was nothing that was going to stop me from becoming like The Beatles. That's what I really wanted; to be in band like The Beatles.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">6. When did you know you wanted to do this for a living? </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">That night that The Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show. That's when I was in 7th grade and I knew that was it. There was no other possibility. I was just going to make that happen and fortunately, that worked out for me. There were probably a lot of people that had that thought on that night. I'm one of the few fortunate ones that was able to have that dream come true and I appreciate that to this day. When I look out there from the stage and I see thousands of people, some of which have been buying our records and coming to our concerts for 40 years, I don't take that for granted one bit. I realize that I owe it all to them; that I'm able to continue doing what I love to do. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>CMM: What was the biggest obstacle in your career? </strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Probably a lack of talent [Laughs]. I had to somehow get around that aspect of it. I've had to work really hard. There's people who could just open their mouth and beautiful music comes out when they sing. I did have natural rhythm and a natural knack for songwriting, I think that's probably what carried me through, and I'm pretty fearless when it comes to being in front of people, but I've always had to work on my singing. I feel like I'm singing better nowadays than I ever have so that's kind of nice. I finally figured it our after all of these years, and that's what keeps me going. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>CMM: What artist has had the most impact on your writing? </strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">KC:The Beatles, Elton John, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, James Taylor, Jackson Browne. I've really come from the Singer/Songwriter School and that's where I pictured myself ending up in a situation like that. It was kind of a fluke when I got the call from the guys in REO Speedwagon back in '72 when they were kind of boogie-woogie and pretty much a straight Rock N' Roll band. I brought the singer/songwriter sensibility into the band and they brought the power of a rock band into my folk songs, so I think that's kind of what gave the band whatever uniqueness you might attribute to the REO Speedwagon sound; it's a combination of folk/country music that I write and the powerful rock vibe of the REO Speedwagon machine. It took us a while to figure out the balance, but once we did, that's what made it catch on. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>KC: Which one of your records has the most meaning to you? </strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">KC: Every one of them has a special different meaning to me. Every one of them is a slice of my life, and the songs represent what I was going through at that particular time, so they're all pretty special to me. I would say that the last record that we put out which was Find Your Own Way Home was very special to me, You Can't tune a piano but you can tuna a fish was a milestone, R.E.O. /T.W.O. was the first record I ever made, Hi Infidelity was the biggest seller, so there have been a number of records that have been big for me. They're like my children, I love them all equally but not quite the same. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>CMM: Do you have a favorite Chicago venue? </strong><br> I've played them all from the old Aragon Ballroom back in the day to the Auditorium Theatre. We played Soldier Field, we played the old Stock Yard, the International Amphitheatre, and we have Northerly Island coming up soon. We've played the Chicago Theatre. I've played every one of them man. Chicago is my home. That's where I was born and raised, no matter where I've moved to or traveled to, I'm a Chicago boy. When it comes time to come home and play Chicago, there's nothing like it because like I said, I remember each one of those funky little clubs I played since I was a kid that when I come back to Chicago, I feel like it's a triumphant return and I feel that there's a lot of people there that are proud of me, because of what the band has accomplished. And I'm always happy to be home amongst my tribe, so its always a special show for me every year we play Chicago, no matter what venue we play at. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><strong>CMM: How far does your relationship with Styx go back? </strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">KC: We've been partners now for about the last 15 years. This is our fourth major tour with them during that time. We've done a number of other shows over the years. When we tour with Styx, it's like one big band. We're all personal friends. Both crews get along; our whole organizations just melt together and I will tell you we love those guys, but there are also times when we want to be the band that people are walking out the door whistling our music to and so do they, so there's a little friendly competition that goes on, too. We know that when we play with Styx, they're an awesome band, they're amazing, so I think that each band brings the best out of each other, so if you're a fan of either one of us this is the time to see us at our best. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Don't miss REO Speedwagon with Styx and Ted Nugent in Chicago at the Charter One Pavilion June 24th. </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Interview and Photos by Alex Kluft</font>
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6/25/2012 - Fans Keep on Lovin' REO Speedwagon <font size="4">Neal Doughty started REO Speedwagon with college chum Alan Gratzer over forty years ago.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">But the keyboardist from Evansville, Indiana is still "Riding the Storm Out" with longtime singer Kevin Cronin, guitarist Dave Amato, drummer Bryan Hitt, and bassist Bruce Hall.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">REO Speedwagon pulls back into Ohio on June 30<sup>th</sup> for a double-bill with Styx at Blossom Music Center. Motor City Madman Ted Nugent opens.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Doughty assures fans they'll get nothing but hits at the classic rock extravaganza. Which means those out on the lawn can expect to dance to "Roll With the Changes," "Time for Me to Fly," and "Take It On the Run, then flick their Bics or flash their smart phones while singing along with Cronin on "Keep on Lovin' You."</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">With album sales north of ten million, REO helped define the genre now known as classic rock. Along with Foreigner, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and their buddies in Styx, REO created songs with chunky guitar riffs that everyone mimicked and from-the-heart lyrics everybody knew. They weren't the only band to indulge the piano ballad craze in the early Eighties but they were one of the best at it.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">You sing "I'm getting' closer than I ever thought I might," and anyone within earshot will pick up the memorable refrain.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">You're singing it right now, aren't you?</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">See? You <em>still</em> can't fight that feeling anymore.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Doughty called The Cleveland Sound a couple weeks back to dish on the forthcoming tour and a little bit of REO history. It became clear during the course of our half-hour conversation that rock's premier organist still loves his work. Not only does Doughty not mind sticking to the hits at shows; he's thankful to still be in a position to provide the kind of rock and roll catharsis people demand of his group.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">THE CLEVELAND SOUND: Hi, Neal! Great to be talking with you, and we're looking forward to the double-bill with Styx at Blossom in June.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">NEAL DOUGHTY: It's a beautiful place, yeah!</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: REO has toured withStyxbefore. You guys did a DVD together ten years ago Arch Allies: Live in St. Louis and just a couple summers back you stopped by together for a show. What's new with The Midwest Rock and Roll Express? What makes Styx such a great-team up for you?</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: We've toured with Styx on and off for over ten years, and they are just about our best buddies in the business. We sometimes say it's like having ten guys in the same band. Been all over the world with them, actually. So there's that camaraderie. And a friendly competition, where we will try to make each other better every night because we switch who plays first and the first band will come off stage and be like, "Okay you guys, try to follow <em>that</em>!" And the other band will be like, "Okay, we'll blow you away!" And it's all in fun, but it does make both bands do their best every night.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: Ted Nugent is the wild card this time out, literally speaking…</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: We've played with Ted a few times. Never done an extended tour with him. But there <em>is </em>a big connection: Our guitar player, Dave Amato, was in Ted Nugent's band for quite a while. He played on two of Ted's albums and did some lead vocals on them. He and Ted are close friends. So that's an icebreaker there. I've only talked with Ted maybe once in my life. But if you get him away from his crazy ranch he's a pretty nice guy. He's not as scary as you would think! We get along just fine. So yeah, we've got connections all over the place with both bands. We're actually looking forward to this. Because sometimes you don't look forward to leaving home for most of the summer. But <em>this</em> is going to be fun.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: What are the logistics like for something like this?</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: We just built a brand new stage, complete with lighting effects and video and all that. Styx probably has, too, and the idea is to get these two sets working together so that one band can get off stage and the other can get on rather quickly. Because you don't want your audience sitting there for two hours while you change the set around. We try to make it more like, fifteen minutes. So the production rehearsals are mainly for that. For a really fast set change. Then it's pretty much three weeks solid. Then we come home for a little bit, then back out for another three weeks. And there's a chance we'll do a little more next year; we don't know yet. But it always works out so well touring with Styx that we usually say, "We've got to keep this thing going!" They're our favorite touring partner, and when you bring Ted into the mix he's worked with members of both Styx and REO you can expect a lot of camaraderie and positive energy.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: You're the keeper of the flame in REO. Others have come and gone, and although Kevin's been there forever, it seems, you're the sole constant member.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: I'm the one guy in the band who can never get another job, yeah! I'm still here.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: What was it like getting started back in the late '60s? Did you ever think you'd be at it this long?</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: Our original drummer, Alan who left the band over twenty years ago he and I lived across the hall from each other in college. We were both engineering students, and we both got caught up in the Summer of Love. We became hippies somewhere near the end of 1967. He was in a campus band, and they were playing beer-drinking songs at fraternity houses. And we decided we wanted to start a band that could do all this stuff coming out of San Francisco. All this psychedelic rock stuff. And it was purely for fun. We had every intention of graduating and becoming engineers, and that this band was just going to be something fun to do in the meantime. But it just took over <em>everything </em>else. We just got so busy with this band and got such a campus following that we just didn't have time to do both. So our attendance at class kind of suffered a little bit! So finally we were thinking, "We could always go back and finish the last semester!" But things have worked out rather well for us so I won't bother to do that!</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">But to this day I'm still interested in engineering. I've got a couple nephews who major in that. And I still read those Brian Green books on physics, the ones for the masses. Not everyone can pick one up and understand it but if you're interested in physics, reading them is like taking your brain to the gym. So I try to keep my mental facilities in shape by reading a little math and physics now and then.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: Is there truth to the myth that you came up with the band name, basing it on an old-time fire engine?</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: Yeah! One thing I did learn in physics class, maybe the <em>only</em> thing. I was in this class about the history of transportation. Actually it was originally "REO" Speedwagon, but we made it into initials because they are someone's initials: Ransom Eli Olds, the guy who built the Oldsmobile. Then he wanted to go off on his own, and he started this Speedwagon company. A flatbed truck that was very high-speed and heavy-duty for its day. They were often outfitted as fire trucks because of those two things. And we just thought, "High-speed and heavy-duty…that's what <em>we're</em> trying to do with this rock band." And I saw it written on the board one day. I walked into class and it was written right there. Because it was considered a milestone in the history of trucking and transportation and automotive engineering, you know? And while I sometimes tell people that that was the only thing I learned in college, I actually did pick up a few other things along the way.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: Your playing style is fairly unique. REO has that big stadium sound with all the guitars, but you add a lot of gospel feeling with the organ and some honky-tonk coolness on piano. How'd you develop this interesting musical vocabulary?</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: Right. Well, I taught myself to play piano mostly from learning Beatles songs. Because we always had a piano in the house. My mother actually knew how to read music for it. So my influences on piano are definitely guys like Floyd Cramer. The original Nashville cats. Then I picked stuff up from more contemporary musicians, like Roy Bittan Bruce Springsteen's piano player. I've gotten a lot of things from him. And a lot of things I just do by accident, because I don't know any better, and they turn out sounding good, so we keep it. My organ playing I got a lot of that from Al Kooper, who went to play on Dylan's famous song, "Like a Rolling Stone," and he showed up with a guitar. Dylan said, "We don't need another guitar, so why don't you go play that organ sitting in the corner over there?" And Al didn't know much about playing organ, so for that particular song he just kind of faked his way through it and came up with some licks that are used every day now. So I didn't have any off-the-wall kinds of influences. Of course, there was Johnnie Johnson, who was Chuck Berry's piano player and who really didn't get as much credit as he deserved for his success. But he pretty much invented that three-chord rocker thing. And Jerry Lee Lewis built on that. A lot of rock piano players have the same influences. But to play solos, I try to go outside that a little bit and play something that hasn't been done. A lot of things can happen when you're making a record, and they happen by accident. So it helps when you don't know what you're doing! So I'm proud to say I don't always know what I'm doing when I walk into the studio!</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: And as far as songwriting, how does that work in REO? Do you or Kevin bring in finished bits, or do you all work together as a team, or…</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: It's happened both ways. Gary Richrath was the guitar player he left twenty years ago when Alan did. He and Kevin were the principal songwriters for long time. And they would bring in songs where the foundations were already there, and all the other guys did was come up with the embellishments and their own particular parts. For that first album, we really did write all the songs as a band, where we'd get together and be like, "Hey, I have this bass line," or we'd all end up working on lyrics together.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Kevin is still a songwriter in his blood. That's his first love. And for the last couple albums he brought in songs that were almost finished, where we just made sure we didn't ruin them in the process of putting them on tape! But it's gone every which way. I've brought in songs where everybody added to it, but they still ended up true to what I wanted when I brought them. And that's what we try to do. The songwriter is king in this band. When a guy brings in a song, we'll all try to improve it but nobody will rip it out of his hands and try turning it into something completely different. Although we've tried that, too [laughs]! It's a pretty dynamic process. Sometimes we'll go all the way around in a circle and take a song 180 degrees from the way a guy wrote it and in the end it comes back to where we started, and we'll think, "It was better off that way." It varies song by song. But our two major songwriters have been the main influence, and most of what they've done has remained pretty intact. It's our job to put the icing on the cake. Any band can have five good musicians. But if you don't have the songs, you aren't going anywhere. So we're thankful that we inherited a couple decent songwriters.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: You've had a lot of room to play on REO albums like You Can't Tune a Piano, High Infidelity, Good Trouble, and Wheels are Turning. I mean, ordinarily you don't get a lot of solo organ or piano going on unless you're in a prog band like Rick Wakeman in Yes. But even on the hits there's this immediate Neal Doughty sound.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: Well, yeah. I consider myself lucky in that respect. You don't see a lot of band where the keyboard player does too many solos and I've got one in like, every other song. A lot of that came from how Gary used to put so many guitar tracks down, like sixteen unison guitar tracks just to get this full wall of sound. And rhythm guitar and rhythm piano are kind of in the same part of the sonic spectrum. And he'd say, "Okay Neal, you do something brilliant, but don't step on my guitar parts." And I'd think, "Well half of the wavelengths are already taken up, so I'll have to do something <em>completely</em> different." And that would usually end up being a solo. That way, you can pop out without covering up what everybody else has done. That's really the way it evolved. And I enjoy playing solos much more than I enjoy playing rhythm piano. For a while there I didn't even know how to play properly! When we started doing the piano-type ballads, I kind of had to learn how to do that on the spot. But yeah, I love having the spotlights shine on me for a few bars. I'm proud of some of those solos and feel lucky that I got to do them. It just all came out of the way the band used to put records together.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: Finding Your Own Way Home was released almost five years ago. Before that, there was almost a ten year gap between albums. Will you be playing any new material on the road, or are you working on anything for the future?</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: Our live show is still 100% based on the original hits. We probably wouldn't have done <em>any</em> new albums if it hadn't been for Dave and Bryan. I always call them the "new guys," but they've been in the band <em>longer</em> than the original guys. And they were full of energy. They were REO fans. The rest of us were like, "Let's just do these songs until we die!" Or retire. But these guys really wanted to do some new stuff. And even though I thought they were really good records like The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken and Finding Your Own Way Home. They had solid songwriting and smooth production.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">But there is that unwritten law out there that the public doesn't really want a bunch of new material from an established band. We had the entire Seventies when we were playing classic rock, and the Eighties when we played rock and some love ballads. And Styx is the same way. To this day, any band that had two or three big ballads and a repertoire of classic rock to back them up with, they can probably keep playing <em>forever</em>. So we don't really do anything from those new albums. We've tried all of them, and we just learned: People come to hear those original hits. The turntable hits of the Seventies and radio hits of the Eighties. That's what they want. And they're paying us, so we're not going to take their money just to educate them about what we're doing <em>lately</em>. If we wanted to do something to keep our creative juices flowing, as they say, that's fine. You try a couple songs. But if the audience wants you to get back to the stuff they know, you do it. The customer is always right! We fully understand now that those songs are the ones they came to hear, and we're not going to cheat them out of their money by playing a bunch of stuff they don't know.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: REO Speedwagon is reaching new generations, thanks to your music being included in video games and movies. I took my kids to a Dr. Seuss movie a couple years ago, so there they were, running around the house singing "Can't Fight This Feeling." And this is twenty-eight years after Wheels Are Turnin'! Not bad for longevity.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: [Laughs] Yeah, Horton Hears a Who. We have a lot of our audience like that…the children of our original fans. And for all I know, the <em>grandchildren</em> of our original fans! It's not uncommon at one of our concerts to see a teenager or even someone younger than that knowing every word to a song that written like, forty years ago. It's the type of music that a second generation of people can still enjoy. You have parents playing it all the time. We went through a decade where you had this mix of punk and angry rock and other stuff stuff that I <em>personally</em> appreciate but which a lot of kids never latched onto. They say, "I think I'll just stick to what my parents have been listening to." So our audience is a very interesting mix of young and old. It's the same withStyx, and I'm assuming with Ted. We haven't played with him as much, but he does fit right in beautifully in the lineup. The people that come to see REO and Styx are going to like Ted Nugent. If they've never seen him before, they're going to be pleasantly surprised.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">TCS: Yeah, I've seen him a few times. So, and with Damn Yankees with Tommy Shaw (of Styx).</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">ND: He's like the number one showman in the business. And we swear, he's not as dangerous as you've heard! Don't worry: You <em>will </em>walk out of the concert alive! We can't let him<em> kill</em> the audience before we get a chance to play! Obviously, I'm saying all this in fun. But Dave Amato has nothing but good things to say about Ted. He even lived with him for a while; Ted was giving him a place to crash. And he raves about what a good guy Nugent is. If he were some devil-worshipper, he would <em>not</em> be on an REO /Styx tour!</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">I've got to say Blossom is just like, one of the most beautiful venues in the country. The whole back is like, just woodlands. We've played that place so many times, and it's really one of our favorite spots. Out in the middle of nowhere, where the rich neighbors don't try to get you arrested for playing too loud!</font> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/22/2012 - Rockin' for the ages REO Speedwagon singer discusses tour, cameo <div>If you head to the movie theater to see "Rock of Ages" this weekend, pay close attention to a street protest scene toward the end of the movie. As Patricia Whitmore (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) and her concerned, conservative army of soccer moms square off with Lonny (Russell Brand) and the glam rock fans of the Sunset Strip, you might see a familiar face to Brand's left.</div></span></font><font size="4"> <span class="paragraph-1"><div>That's REO Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin. And he was more than happy to make a cameo with Lita Ford and Skid Row's Sebastian Bach in one of the film's most memorable musical numbers.</div></span></font> <div><font size="4">"We were there from 6 in the morning until 6 in the evening, and we had a blast," Cronin says. "We hung out with Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tom Cruise, and we even played for them during the break. It's definitely something I won't forget."</font></div> <div><font size="4">When the cameo offer came, Cronin didn't hesitate to take it. After all, REO Speedwagon was one of the very first classic rock bands to license its music to the creators of "Rock of Ages" -- when it was still a small production being performed in clubs like the King King and the Vanguard in Los Angeles in 2006. It wasn't long before the 1980s hairband-cherishing musical made its way to Vegas, Toronto and eventually Broadway. An offer by Warner Bros. to develop a full-length feature film based on the play came just a few years later.</font></div> <div><font size="4">"I'm so happy for the people who produced it," Cronin says. "We've been a part of the whole 'Rock of Ages' thing since its inception. It started as a little play and now it's this big Tom Cruise movie. It's really cool that we've been a part of it along the way."</font></div> <div><font size="4">The success of "Rock of Ages," as well as REO Speedwagon's enduring concert ticket sales, gives Cronin a fleeting sense of vindication. You see, REO and many other popular rock bands who thrived in the late '70s and early 1980s -- Journey, STYX, Foreigner and Cheap Trick are among them -- have been attacked by music critics for years. Although Cronin says he doesn't let other people's opinions bother him, and he even can sympathize with some criticisms, the resurgence of the popularity of '80s rock comes with a validated feeling.</font></div> <div><font size="4">"The longevity of that music has given it more legitimacy," Cronin says. "They thought it was more of a passing fancy, but it has lasted and continued to last. I think a lot of the critics that panned it at the time are starting to come around to it now. They're saying, 'It still sucks, but it doesn't suck as bad as I thought.'"</font></div> <div><font size="4">That might be the reason REO Speedwagon's current tour with STYX and Ted Nugent is going so well. All three bands will perform at 7 p.m. June 21 at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City.</font></div> <div><font size="4">One might expect the typical REO concert crowd to be full of 40- and 50-something fans who were jamming to "Time For Me to Fly," "Take It On the Run," "Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" and "Keep on Loving You" on cassettes three decades ago. But, surprisingly, Cronin sees hundreds and even thousands of young faces at each show. Even more surprising -- they're not all simply coming out for a shot of nostalgia. They're actually connecting with these 30-year-old tunes.</font></div> <div><font size="4">"Rap's not really doing it for them. Maybe they don't relate to it. Maybe they want to hear something that's lighter, a little more melodic," Cronin says. "It's pretty remarkable."</font></div> <div><font size="4">Because the band is co-headlining the concert with two other acts, Cronin says REO Speedwagon probably will pass on the deep cuts and stick to its greatest hits at Starlight Theatre. Much of the group's setlist is comprised of songs that Cronin and Co. have been playing for at least 30 years. But he doesn't see any REO performance as a re-hashing. He views each concert as a chance to evolve.</font></div> <div><font size="4">"We're still perfecting the songs all the time. The more you play them, the more you know them," Cronin says. "If you paint a portrait, once the paint dries, it's there. You might think, 'Oh man, I wish I could put a tree there,' but you can't. Luckily, it's not that way with music."</font></div> <div><font size="4">Cronin says he's looking forward to the Kansas City concert more than any other on the tour. When the Illinois-based band was still making a name for itself in the early '70s, he explains, Midwestern cities like Kansas City, St. Louis and St. Joseph were the first to really throw their support behind the group. That backing never wavered, even as REO Speedwagon's popularity declined in the 1990s, and that has always meant a lot to him.</font></div> <div><font size="4">"A lot of bands look forward to playing shows in L.A. and New York. For us, it's all about Kansas City and St. Louis," he says. "Those two towns supported our music since the very beginning, and they also supported us when no one else did."</font> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/21/2012 - INTERVIEW: Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon <span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">REO Frontman </span><strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Kevin Cronin </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">talks to InsideSTL about how much of an influence St. Louis had on the band's career, being labeled as a power ballad band and more as they prepare to tour with fellow Midwest rockers Ted Nugent and Styx for the Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express tour.</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">InsideSTL: REO Speedwagon has been labeled as a "Power Ballad" band. How has that influenced how you go about creating new music, or has it?<br> </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Kevin Cronin: That's a good question. REO Speedwagon started out as a bar band, kind of a touring rock 'n' roll band and in the early '80s. We kind of [had] a happy accident that this power ballad thing happened. I had written "Keep on Loving You," as a piano love ballad, and our guitar player Gary [Richrath] turned his amp up really loud, and started playing along with me... [and I thought] that sounds cool. He was just trying to drown me out I think, but it kind of worked... We just do what we do. I try not to let... any outside influences come in. I just try to do what I do and it comes from my soul... and the music is a reflection of that.</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">InsideSTL: What influence has your hometown of Chicago, or being from the Midwest in general, had on the band?<br> </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">KC: Well, my Midwest upbringing is a big part of it... [In the] Midwest [you're] brought up to take care of business, work hard, stay in school and get a job, but also when the weekend comes, let's have some fun. That's really what REO Speedwagon is all about. Our music promotes those values and so this summer with the Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express tour, we've got three bands that all came out of Midwest. Playing in St. Louis, St. Louis is the first big city that embraced our music. KSHE is the first radio station that ever played our music on the air... The St. Louis gig is always probably the high point of the tour for us...</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">InsideSTL: REO Speedwagon once headlined Busch Stadium in St. Louis. What was that experience like?<br> </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">KC: I'll never forget that show at Busch Stadium. [We came out in an] old 1940s Rolls Royce limousine from the dugout to the stage. It was a long day, and I think Ted Nugent was on that show. By the time we came out, when that limo hit that field... we had 50,000 people going crazy. It was 1979, before we were really that popular all around the world. For us, it was just incredible because we probably went and played a bar in Denver the next week. And I do remember the mentality of the band was that... we were always close to making it, and just trying to break through, times were really tough for us. We could always sit back [and say] if we can do it in St. Louis, we can do it anywhere... and it was a huge part of what gave us the confidence to continue on when times got really tough for us...</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">InsideSTL: Have you ever regretted choosing REO Speedwagon for the band's name?<br> </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">KC: I guess. At least I have. Our keyboard player Neal [Doughty] thought of it. It served us well... but personally, I wish we would've probably I would've liked something a little more creative... but I can't argue with it... I thought of a great name for a band yesterday. Our drum tech fell off the stage yesterday and broke his shoulder... [and I thought of] Walking Wounded... but [REO Speedwagon] kind of works because when you really think about it, REO was originally a fast, heavy-duty, long-lasting vehicle. We didn't realize it at the time, but that's kind of what our band has become...</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">InsideSTL: What song is the most difficult to perform live and why?<br> </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">KC: Most difficult, well, there's a song called "In My Dreams," which is probably the hardest song to sing I've ever written. [It's] usually played solo acoustic. [We get] so many requests for it [that on] nights I'm feeling strong vocally, [I'll] sing... It's a big song for us, and the only reason we don't play it more because it's such challenging song...</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">InsideSTL: You've toured with Styx in the past. What makes the tour coming up this summer different?<br> </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">KC: We love those guys and they are great band and they bring it... (</span><em style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">*Note: technical difficulties and time constraints cut out a good portion of this answer</em><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">) … Then having Ted along, that added piece that's the thing that's going to take it over the top...</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <strong style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">InsideSTL: Is there anything else you'd like to add?<br> </strong><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">KC: The band is feeling strong, we've got a brand new stage set and a revamped set list... We're ready to rock and looking forward to having a really good time this summer. St. Louis is as good as it gets...</span><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><a style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Lmluc2lkZXN0bC5jb20vaW5zaWRlU1RMY29tL0NvbW11bml0eS9TVExNdXNpYy90YWJpZC83Ny9hcnRpY2xlVHlwZS9BcnRpY2xlVmlldy9hcnRpY2xlSWQvODg5NC9JTlRFUlZJRVctS2V2aW4tQ3JvbmluLW9mLVJFTy1TcGVlZHdhZ29uLmFzcHg=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here to read article.</a> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/20/2012 - REO Speedwagon Plays Citi Field Despite the 7 to 3 loss by the Mets to the Cincinnati Reds on June 15, fans at Citi Field still reserved some positive energy for REO Speedwagon. The group played their signature hits including "Take It On The Run" and "Can't Fight This Feeling". The first post-game concert in the stadium's history was held from behind second base before a crowd of more than 25,000. REO Speedwagon front man Kevin Cronin, sporting a Mets warm-up jersey, is seen here jamming with band members Bruce Hall and Dave Amato. "This isn't as historic as Shea Stadium," Cronin said. "But Citi Field is pretty damn cool." Photo Jason D. Antos
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6/18/2012 - REO Speedwagon's Columbus concert benefits more than fans REO <span>Speedwagon</span> seemed to have hit a homerun for charity and its Columbus concert-goers Thursday.</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> The 80's rock 'n' roll band performed Thursday at Huntington Park as a benefit for Buckeye Ranch, a charity that provides mental health treatment services for children and families. The event raised an estimated more than $160,000, said Nick Rees, president and CEO of Buckeye Ranch.</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> A stage was set up at the field's second base marker and the band started its set with three songs before performing its hit "Take it on the Run."</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> University of Illinois dorm roommates, Neal Doughty and Alan <span>Gratzer</span>, founded the band in 1967 in Champaign-Urbana. They named it REO <span>Speedwagon</span> after a flatbed truck. Doughty is the only original member remaining.</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> Lead vocalist and guitarist Kevin Cronin, who joined the band in 1972, has a cameo role in new movie "Rock of Ages," which hit theaters Friday. Cronin mentioned the movie before singing its featured song "I Can't Stop This Feeling."</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> "I will never be able to sing this song with a straight face again," Cronin said.The band played between rock and pop music. Cronin referred to its classic rock songs as the "heavy artillery" and "secret weapon." He then engaged the audience in clapping to "Back on the Run." After a brief break, the group returned on stage for an encore. Cronin sat at the piano and played "Keep on Loving You," off the band's 1981 album "Hi Fidelity," which is the highest selling rock LP of 1981, selling nearly 10 million copies.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> "Three simple piano chords changed our lives," Cronin said.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> The band played for about 80 minutes and ended the evening with <span>"Ridin'</span> the Storm Out."</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> Buckeye Ranch partnered with the Columbus Clippers and <span>QFM96</span> radio station, and sold more than 3,500 seats at the $20 and $25 levels. On top of that, 400 to 500 tickets were sold for the bash event, which included dinner, drinks and a silent auction.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> Doug and Brenda Dodd of Cambridge, Ohio, heard about the concert on the radio.</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> "We thought it would be a fun time," Doug Dodd said.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"> The appeal of the concert for Steve and Charlene Shaffer of <span>Kimbolton</span>, Ohio, was an older audience. "It's great fun for us <span>40-somethings</span> to go out and have a good time," Steve Shaffer said. "It doesn't happen enough."</font>
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Mon, 18 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT
6/17/2012 - Back on the road again with REO Speedwagon <font size="4">Arena rock legends REO Speedwagon entertained a legion of fans last night in Columbus' Huntington Park. As an added bonus the event was for a good cause, as they were able to raise over $160,000 for the Buckeye Ranch, which helps central Ohio families with a variety of health and well being issues. The Champaign, Illinois rockers took the stage shortly after 8:30 p.m. and opened with first song staple "Don't Let Him Go".</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">They followed that with the first of a few surprises of the evening by playing "Music Man" from the REO/T.W.O. album. Lead singer Kevin Cronin transitioned the band seamlessly into the classic "Take it on the Run". Cronin then whipped the crowd into a frenzy with a speech about the current condition of our nation and the need for all of us to come together as Americans and put what is most important ahead of ideology regardless of what side of the aisle we individually fall on. Appropriately, the much underrated "Golden Country" came after.</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Lighters hit the air next when keyboardist Neal Doughtry started playing the intro to "Can't Fight This Feeling". The much better live than studio "That Ain't Love" followed with some serious acoustic playing from Cronin. The third and final song to represent from T.W.O. was "Like You Do" and got the crowd rowdy and ready for the iconic hit "Time for Me to Fly".</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">Anchoring down the rhythm section of the band, bassist Bruce Hall and drummer Bryan Hitt led the band into the homestretch of the set with a heavy groove jam session before jumping into "Back on the Road Again" and letting guitarist Dave Amato start shredding. After that song Cronin took his place at his piano and led the rest of the band into set closer "Roll With the Changes". REO Speedwagon said their 'good nights' and 'thank you's' and left the stage; capping off a great night of classic rock hits and anthems.</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><br></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4">After a brief break the band returned to the stage for an encore and played arguably their most famous song off of Hi-Infidelity, "Keep On Loving You". REO Speedwagon never goes out on a ballad though. Not in the four, now five, times I've seen them. They absolutely went out with a bang with the guitar heavy "Ridin' the Storm Out".</font></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="4"><br></font></div> <font size="4"><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">As always, this band failed to disappoint from a performance standpoint. However, someday, just maybe they will appease this one fan and really let it out by playing me "Flying Turkey Trot" and "157 Riverside Avenue". Probably not, but it's worth a shot.</span> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/10/2012 - Kevin Cronin at "Rock of Ages" World Premiere Arrivals - Maximo TV Red Carpet Video <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HBTFdwUxtPE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/14/2012 - Memories of REO Speedwagon as Mets prepare for Friday Night Post-Game Concert Series The Scene: The long-gone Miami Baseball Stadium.<br /> The Event: A Rock "Super Bowl"<br /> The Players: A 15-year-old me, my pal Rick, his older brother and his brother's friend; REO Speedwagon (at right), a huge band coming off their monster album, "Hi Infidelity;" Billy Squier, Foghat and the Rossington Collins Band; however many thousands of other people who attended, too.<br /> When the Mets sent out a release recently that their upcoming Friday Night Post-Game Concert Series would kick off with REO Speedwagon this Friday, I thought back to my first-ever concert, which was headlined by Speedwagon long ago.<br /> We rocked. We rolled. We spent an entire Saturday in the hot Florida sun at the ballpark where the Baltimore Orioles used to have spring training. I think I drank nine sodas. We saw a variety of folks involved in activities legal and otherwise. In between acts, a couple made out so furiously in the row in front of us, I half-expected some chaperone to emerge and enforce the "arm's length" rule from school dances.<br /> I doubtless air-guitared to Foghat's "Slow Ride," though I was probably trying to be too detached and cool to sing along to Billy Squier's "The Stroke." I did not buy one of the white-sleeves, black-chest concert T-shirts that the cool kids wore to school that Monday.<br /> Ah, memories. Anyway, the Mets have had plenty of musical memories over the years - and I'm not talking about "Get Metsmerized." The Beatles famously played Shea Stadium and so did a host of other big acts, from Bruce Springsteen to Billy Joel. The Mets have three acts scheduled for their post-game series this year - REO Speedwagon this Friday after the Mets meet the Reds; Daughtry after the July 20 game against the Dodgers and the Christian Rock band MercyMe on Aug. 10 after Braves-Mets.<br /> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2012/06/memories-of-reo-speedwagon-as-mets-prepare-for-friday-night-post-game-concert-series">Click here to read article</a> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/7/2012 - Interview with Bruce Hall Episode 27: REO Speedwagon <br /> REO Speedwagon bassist, Bruce Hall, calls in to chat about the band's 30-date U.S. "Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" Tour along with STYX and Ted Nugent. The rock veteran opens up about the band's lengthy career and what keeps the band together. <br /> The podcast's intro music is "Covered Wagon" courtesy of Tayisha Busay off their debut full-length LP, "Focus/Virus" and REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" leads us into the interview.<br /> <a href="http://sinistergirlz.com/blog/2012/06/episode-27-reo-speedwagon/">Click here to hear interview</a> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/11/2012 - Music: Def Leppard and Poison Take Over Hollywood for 'Rock of Ages' Premiere The Eighties-themed musical Rock of Ages had its star-studded premiere in Hollywood last night, bringing out cast members like Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Brand as well as a wide array of Eighties rockers, from REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin to Lita Ford.<br /> Those veterans of the Sunset Strip music scene were right at home. "It's not 2012 tonight," MC Riki Rachtman told the star-studded crowd, taking everyone back to the days of big hair and big hooks. And for one night it was 1987 again as the makeshift "Bourbon Club," the fictional venue that serves as the center of the movie, delivered pyrotechnic-laden sets from a "fired-up" Bret Michaels with Poison and Def Leppard**. "To be here with Catherine, Tom and everyone and having a party, that's an awesome day," Bret Michaels told Rolling Stone. "And the fact that it's with Def Leppard, my friends, I'm in my natural environment."<br /> Def Leppard also felt comfortable, though guitarist Phil Collen noted that some musicians get nervous at this kind of high-profile gig. "They go, 'Oh my god, look who's over there,'" he said. As for Collen, he loves being the center of attention. "I'm really cool with it. In fact when we've had like Jimmy Page on the side of the stage, we've had everybody come down, I kind of ham it up and actually it works in my favor," he said. "[And] tonight, because we met Tom and he's so super cool, I think it's gonna be a blast."<br /> "We were there when Tom sung his bits for 'Pour Some Sugar On Me,'" Joe Elliott added. "It was in Fort Lauderdale about a year ago. We just played West Palm Beach and they invited us to come and see him shoot it, that was very cool." Count Elliott among the many impressed with Cruise's transformation into a rock star. "He was great," Elliott said. "He got really kind of in deep with the project."<br /> For many attendees, last night was also just a celebration of the era. "Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, we were all one big family," Lita Ford said. And it was also a chance to maybe get some vindication. After all, the Eighties hard rock scene has often been regarded as the bastard step-child of the time, maligned in the same way disco was lambasted in the Seventies.<br /> But a big Hollywood film and hit Broadway musical based on the songs of the time gives the tunes more credibility. "I think right now we have empirical proof that this music is infinitely more enduring than people gave it credit for back then," director Adam Shankman told Rolling Stone.<br /> That is music to the ears of some of those who have not been treated kindly by critics over the years. "When you see the longevity of it, it does kind of make people kind of go, 'You know what? REO Speedwagon didn't suck as much as I thought they did,'" Kevin Cronin said. "'They still suck, but not as much as I thought.'"<br /> Elliott believes that those who give the music a chance will find some gems. "We don't need a film to vindicate the fact that the Eighties had its moments," he said. "So many people knock it, Lou Reed fans and Loudon Wainwright fans, whatever, they have a go at the Sunset Strip and say, 'Oh, it's awful.' There is some good stuff. For people brave enough to be honest, you'll find there's a lot of great music in the Eighties."<br /> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/1/2012 - Hi friends, I have been a fan of Sandra Bernhard's quirky, ironic comedy/performance art Hi friends, I have been a fan of Sandra Bernhard's quirky, ironic comedy/performance art since the early 80s, so I must admit I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that she closes her show every night with "Can't Fight This Feeling". Then I got the invitation to come down and sing a duet on her opening night at the Redcat Theater in LA...how cool is that? I enjoyed her whole show and found her to be a warm and charming person off stage as well...what a treat. And, I feel it is safe to say we rocked the Redcat! Sandra will be performing there through June 10. kc
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5/26/2012 - REO Speedwagon calls on Hanover High <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">REO Speedwagon took to the Hanover High School stage Friday afternoon.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Yes, the actual REO Speedwagon.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">It turns out, when you make a YouTube video using a well-known song from a famous band, the odds of the band actually seeing it fall somewhere within the realm of possibility.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Last June, Hanover County Public Schools' TV99 team orchestrated a "lip dub" video to generate excitement for a new school year with a new superintendent.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">In the video, which is still on <a title="LIP DUB: ROLL WITH THE CHANGES" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LnlvdXR1YmUuY29tL3dhdGNoP3Y9T1RJWVZldVp4M0U=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">YouTube</a>, approximately 1,000 students and staff members lip-synch REO Speedwagon's 1978 hit "Roll With the Changes."</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A Steadicam travels through the halls of Hanover High and swings by groups representing every local public school, as participants lip-synch their part of the song. The single, five-minute-long take culminates in an overhead crowd shot.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">REO Speedwagon discovered the video just last week, days before they were scheduled to perform in Virginia Beach. Liking what they saw, they decided to invite themselves over to Hanover High to see where it all happened.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">All five band members made the visit: Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty, Bruce Hall, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The audience consisted of not only Hanover High students, but many of the lip dub participants from other schools.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"After watching that whole video, I was in tears," Cronin, the band's frontman, told the crowd in the HHS auditorium. "You guys just blew me away. Each one of us saw it independently, and when we gathered at the bus that night, none of us could believe how cool this thing was that we saw."</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Cronin added, "We had to stop and just say thank you to you guys. … It's an honor for us that you guys chose our song.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"We write songs and we perform songs with the thought of getting people dancing, getting people to come to our concerts, getting our songs on the radio, but when it comes right down to it, what music is about is, it's about inspiring people.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"And this was such an organic thing, and for us as a band, it was just great to see the way that that song and that music brought you guys all together."</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Journalism students moderated a question-and-answer session.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">First, they asked about the band's most memorable moment, but there wasn't just one answer.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"This all started when we were your age, and every one of us had gotten a bug in us to play music when we were in high school," Cronin said.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"It just kind of goes to show that if you have a dream when you're in high school, it can come true. And that's part of why we're so happy to be here, because we can relate to it. We're still doing the same thing that we were doing when we were in high school," he continued.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Next, they were asked about their mistakes and what students could learn from them.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Cronin explained that their 1981 album, "Hi Infidelity," was incredibly successful and popular. The next year, they let themselves get pressured into making a follow-up album before they were truly ready. The results disappointed.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"The record wasn't anywhere near as a good a quality as ('Hi Infidelity'), and so the lesson we learned was that you have to stay true to your beliefs and what you know in your heart, and don't be too influenced by things that are outside of you," Cronin said.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">When asked about changes in the recording process over the years, band members said that the creative process remains the same.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"All the technology in the world is great, but it still comes down to the passion and the creativity that really makes music something that brings people together," Cronin said.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Where did the name REO Speedwagon come from?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Founding band member Neal Doughty took that question. Ransom Eli Olds developed the REO Motor Company, which built the first high-speed heavy-duty truck.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"It was a milestone in the history of transportation," Doughty said.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">REO Speedwagon performed an acoustic version of "Roll With the Changes" and took a tour of the lip dub route.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"We're also aware that it's not the students here that are really excited for us to be here. It's your teachers," Cronin said, to much applause.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The TV99 video, produced by Stacie Marshall and shot by Trip Wells, has accumulated more than 25,000 hits on YouTube and is now featured on REO Speedwagon's website, <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LnNwZWVkd2Fnb24uY29t" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.speedwagon.com</a>.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">After the visit, Cronin posted on his website, "Hi friends, we just left Hanover High School and a lot of excited students, and even more excited teachers! We had a blast and everyone at the school was totally into it and grateful for our visit. It is nice to be reminded that music has such awesome power to bring together people of all ages and interests. Very touching. We are lucky guys."</div> Sat, 26 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/25/2012 - Interview with Dave Amato <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Here's a trivia question for your next dinner party or summer BBQ…</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">What do LaToya Jackson and Motley Crue have in common? Or try this one…</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">What do Ted Nugent and Cher have in common?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The answer to both? REO Speedwagon lead guitarist Dave Amato.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">While Amato has spent the last 23 years providing the soaring solos to some of classic rock's most recognizable hits on the stage and in the studio with REO Speedwagon, his musical history runs far deeper; with as many twists and turns as a summer amusement park thrill ride.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Currently out on the road with REO Speedwagon, along with STYX and Ted Nugent, Amato took some time to chat share how he ended up where he is today, as well as his legendary guitar collection. Forget playing 'Six degrees of Kevin Bacon," read on and you'll be shocked as you learn how well you'd be at "Three degrees of Dave Amato"…</div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig Hunter Ross:</strong> You grew up in the northeast, Massachusetts to be precise, and in 1980 moved out to the west coast. Were you just not seeing anything musically really coming to fruition in your future on the east coast and decided that you needed to head out to the west coast?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Well, being in the Boston area, I still really felt I needed to get to New York or California. In my head, and with others I was talking to at the time, there was just no one really getting signed in our area except the band Boston. That being said, I was playing with my band at local high schools with Aerosmith, I was good friends with all those guys.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I mean we were really playing high schools and maybe some 50-100 seat clubs with Aerosmith after their first record; with Steven (Tyler), Joe (Perry) and Brad (Whitford), who is still one of my really good friends. My band had gotten some spec deals with Atlantic in New York City, but you know I was really just sick of the cold!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I thought to myself that I'd rather get out to California, get some nice weather and really try to "make it."</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Long story short, we had the same manager as Black Oak Arkansas and that's what really got me out to Los Angeles. They had a spot in Black Oak Arkansas for me, even though it was actually kind of crumbling at the time. But, it got me out there. I was in Black Oak Arkansas for like one second [<em>Laughs</em>], but I was there, and I stayed. It was really a good thing for me.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> So coming out of that Black Oak Arkansas period, you really start to do a lot of session work including not just guitar, but backing vocals. Were you starting to see yourself taking on a career as more of a "session guy" and being happy with that, or were you always still looking for that band you could stay with and tour with?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> I was definitely looking for a band, a band that I could be at home with. But I cut my teeth on anything and everything I could get my hands on. I wanted experience anywhere that I was wanted and figured they would all be one more step to where I wanted to be.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Steve Farris from Mister Mister was playing guitar for Eddie Money's band and I was part of the opening act and he really just took me under his wing. I always like to give Steve a plug because he really started me on a lot of session work. The guy had so many sessions that he couldn't possibly accept and make all that was coming in. He asked me if I wanted some of the work and of course I told him I would really appreciate anything he'd be able to hand off to me.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">He's the one that really got my career going in LA. It was experience, I was making money and it was great, which allowed me to start to build my own thing from there. I owe it to Steve Farris, he was great to me and I still love him to this day…an amazing guitar player as well.</div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Do you think that with the way the industry is structured today that a lot of the younger artists will miss out on benefiting from an experience like that? Having a seasoned mentor to take them under their wing and as you described of being able to just cut their teeth on whatever they can get?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Yeah, because I don't think there is really anymore session work to be had. Steve Lukather has written articles about it, that there's just no more session work. He was the monster on that. It's all dried up now with everyone having Pro Tools and just starting their own band and doing everything at home.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">It's a great way to do it, but it also means that nobody hires anybody anymore. Some elite players will every now and again, but that's it. In the 1980's there were always people hiring to have you play on their stuff. But I think you're right, the young guys don't get to experience that stuff, and they really don't. It is valuable experience and these guys aren't getting it, the musical experience.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The musical experience…I've played with LaToya Jackson to Kim Carnes to Ted Nugent. Even Motley Crue, I got hired to just do backing vocals for them! All of these experiences, I look back and "wow." At the time I was just trying to get the credits and make a little money to move forward, but looking back, like I said 'wow!"</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> As you've mentioned, you holed up with Nugent, around the mid-1980s I believe. How did that come about?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Ricky Phillips, one of my best friends who is with STYX now. Ricky knew Ted's manager and Ted was looking for a guitar player and lead singer. When I had my own band in Boston (the city, not the band, laughs), I was the lead singer. There were only two of us that auditioned and Ted believed in me and I got the job. It was a major deal for me, it was amazing. Ted gave me that shot and I tip my hat to him every day. We're still great friends.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Then you also end up spending some time with Mastedon and the Elefante brothers (John &amp; Dino)…</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> I love those guys! I love them! I actually just played a bit on John's last record a couple of years ago. I had two days off from REO a couple of summers ago and John invited me to his home to play guitar for his project.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I love John and Dino. They are great people and my friends as well. John is one of the greatest singers ever. When I get to sing with him…oh, I can't even explain it to you.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Short story…I had a vocal coach in LA who also worked with John Elefante as well. I told him how much I loved John's voice and that I would really like to meet him. If I remember correctly, he gave me John's number and I called him and told him I wanted to play and sing with him. We ended up in a band together and then I played on the Mastedon stuff and we did a Petra record or two as well. We did a lot of cool stuff together.</div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Again, you always seemed to be in the right place and the right time with the right people…</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Yeah, I just kind of marched forward!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Then you spent time with Cher…and at the time of her big resurgence too…what are some of the major differences in playing with an artist like Cher, compared to REO or Ted? Or is there even really a big difference?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> There was more structure with Cher because there was so much going on. There were dancers, theatrics, the stage was moving…but it still rocked. We made a concert video at The Mirage in Las Vegas. I think it was on CBS even. It rocked! She let me just go.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I was the lead guitarist and she was not afraid to rock. I think wherever I am I'm going to give 150% toward the show, but with Cher, there was just so much going on around you, structure is the best way to describe it. I mean she's changing clothes, changing wigs; you got dancers all over, she's up in the scaffolds, there'd be a motorcycle fly by, just everything and you had to play around all that. On and off for four years I did that, what with the REO gig as well.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I quit a bunch of times, but she evidently liked me because I would get calls from her management telling me she was not happy with the new guitar player and they wanted my schedule. The minute I'd wrap up something with REO, she'd want me back. I was kind of double dipping there, which was great!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Everyone in LA auditioned for that job with Cher. It was like 160 guitar players and it took months. I got over five call backs.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Well in a process that long, how involved was she (Cher)?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> On the tail end she picked us. It was tough. I mean it was a tough one. It was with her band and musical director and then her at the end. There were three different bands, an "A" band, a "B" band and a "C" band. There were three bass players, six guitar players, man it was tough! We beat out a lot of the "A" listers in town. I was pretty proud of that.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">But here is the ironic thing…I beat out all these players, get through it and in the same week, I got the Cher gig on Wedneasday and the REO gig that Friday! Both of them the same week!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I get the REO gig so now I have to go back to Cher and say "I don't want the gig now." I was going to join REO Speedwagon as a full band member, that's what I had been wanting in life, to be a band member. Oh man was she pissed off at me! She was really pissed.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">So I actually ended up replacing myself by helping with the auditions for my replacement. She didn't end up liking him and called me back for the next four years. I got the gig, quit, but she still had me for the next four years! Unbelievable.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Did REO approach you or did you approach them?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato: </strong> It was a buddy of mine who was writing with Kevin Cronin, Jesse Harms. He was the keyboard player in Sammy Hagar's band. We were good friends and he told me he was writing with Kevin. Gary Richrath had left about four or six months before that and they were looking for a guitar player for the next REO record without putting out for a "cattle call." They wanted someone from a friend who was a straight forward player with experience. I had Nugent under my belt so I felt it would be a lock.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I went in to audition on a Friday afternoon at 1pm. We played "Can't Fight This Feeling" and a couple others of their songs, as well as some of the new material they were writing for the new album. We then played a little basketball and by 5pm I was in the band! Basically four hours and I was in. Twenty three years later, I'm still here.</div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> At the time did you think it would last that long?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> No. I thought it would be two years, maybe three, and then I would move on to something else. But this is home; and it's a great home.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> The current tour is being promoted as "The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express" with REO, Ted Nugent and STYX. You (REO) have such a long history with STYX. You talk about the family feel of the tour and all involved. Is that what makes the REO/STYX combo tours so successful just as much as say the obvious fan base crossover?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> I just think with both bands being from Chicago, we all know each other; the mentality of both bands, the effort to put on the best possible show we can for the people. We get along tremendously and we just want to put on great shows. There are others out there, I won't mention names, maybe they just do it for money and go through the motions. But I can tell you this and guarantee it…If you come out to see STYX and REO you are going to get a great show, 1000% from both bands, we don't mess around. That's what we are here for.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">It's a huge team. It just works. After 23 years, this team is the best. We all want the same thing. Our production teams are totally in synch, it's just incredible. I can't speak highly enough of the STYX organization and the guys in the band. I love them all. Plus they are fantastic players! Tommy Shaw, JY (James Young), they are amazing. It truly is one big happy family. There's no infighting about the production aspects or anything like that. We all do the best we can with the budget we have and do what it takes to put on the best show we can.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> It pays off in the long run with the fans when they see that effort.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> I hope they do, you know? We've toured with them for like twelve years and it just plain works.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Do you have a few more moments to talk about you guitars?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> I have all the time you want to talk about guitars! But wait, we haven't talked about one of my best friends…Richie Sambora!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Well by all means let's do it!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> In 1991 I went out on his solo tour…</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Did Cher have anything to do with that? [<em>Laughs</em>]</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Uh, no…Well maybe indirectly, he was going out with Cher at the time. I had met Richie in 1985 with Nugent when we did the Texas Jam. That's where I met Bon Jovi. I'd run into him at NAMM shows and stuff like that. He'd come and watch me play with Cher, so indirectly, I guess you're right!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">He came up to me and said he was doing a solo record and he was pretty much done, just finishing up mixing it and wanted me for his solo tour. I didn't believe him, but gave him my number anyway thinking he wouldn't call. But he did! We've been like best friends ever since. Richie Sambora is one of the most talented guys ever. He's a great friend, and just an unbelievable talent…a great guitar player, an amazing singer, songwriter, wow!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> OK, now your guitars. How many currently in the collection?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Oh gosh…I've lost count, but it's probably around one hundred. I always keep it around a hundred; it's hard to keep up with them.</div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></div><div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> So you don't try to just keep accumulating and accumulating…</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> No, no. A round a hundred is usually enough.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Which do you consider most special?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Man, the early Les Pauls, my 1954 Strat, a first year Strat; I really like first year things. I have a couple of 1954 Les Paul Juniors, two of them are just mint. Really special. But I'd say any first years. Oh, a 1952 all gold Les Paul, you can't really play it but man!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> Any that you have sought after that have eluded you?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> A 1959 Sunburst, I don't have any. I'm waiting for the price to go down [<em>Laughs</em>]. Pretty stupid of me, I could have gotten them at a great price way back when, but I kept balking on them. I kind of kick myself sometimes!</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> What are you traveling with this time around?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> I've got about eight historic Les Pauls, '58s and '59s, all custom shop; A couple of customs, triple pick-up 57s, a couple of Gibson acoustics, a twelve string J185 and a J200. So, mostly Gibsons, some Fenders in there, about a rack of Fenders. I think I'm out here with about twenty guitars. And I'm playing through Marshalls. I love the old Marshalls. I probably have sixty to seventy pieces of Marshall gear, if not more. I've cut things down for the stage though, about four heads in the rack and about four or so cabinets.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> This tour will pretty much take you through the summer. Anything special lined up for you at the conclusion?</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Yeah, I have kind of a secret project I'm working on right now with a good friend, really don't want to give too much away! We've been working on it for about a year or so now. It's been in my spare time, but a lot of fun.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I really hope you have been able to hear in my voice the great time we're having on this tour and how it feels like such a family. We all just get along so well. You see all the guys, all of us…we're smiling because we really are happy.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Craig:</strong> That's probably the secret to your success. The fans can see it, they can feel it and when they can feel it, they know it's genuine. The audience can see you are enjoying the show and they will in turn.</div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Dave Amato:</strong> Plus we have to get pumped up to get out there and compete with Ted! [<em>Laughs</em>] I tell the REO guys "Hey, I used to be on that team! We have to make sure we step it up!" It's almost like I got traded from the Yankees to Boston or something! [<em>Laughs</em>] This tour is so much fun, it's great. I think everyone is really going to love it.</div> <a href="http://guitarinternational.com/2012/05/25/interview-with-dave-amato-of-reo-speedwagon/">Click here to see photos.</a> Fri, 25 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/21/2012 - Interview- Bruce Hall- REO Speedwagon 5/15/2012 REO Speedwagon has been around a very long time. Needless to say they have had their share of members in the band over the years. The steadying force known as bassist Bruce Hall joined the band in 1977 replacing original bassist Gregg Philbin.<span id="more-2723"></span> Bruce has been in the band ever since and gets his chance to perform his signature song "Back On The Road Again" every night. REO Speedwagon is currently on a big tour along with Styx and Ted Nugent. We were able to catch up with Bruce and chat while he was in Springfield, MO.<br> </font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>Rock Show Critique: So how is the tour with Styx and Ted Nugent going so far?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>Bruce Hall:</strong> The tours been going great. We've played about ten shows and all the bands are getting along great. All the fans are having a really good time. It's been real easy and very rewarding so far.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: Will the band be releasing any new music in the near future?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> The band is always writing, we never stop writing. In fact we have a project going at the moment. We have fewer avenues it seems like these days and outlets for our music, radio used to be a little different. We don't make records like we used to. If we write a good song then we run to the studio then record it that way. We are just waiting till we get a batch of songs together that we are comfortable with, the best we can do. We never stop recording and we never stop writing. Thats the artist in us we like to create, we'll never give that up. I think these days its just as much fun to go on the road and play for the folks. They seem to want to hear the songs they've grown up with and heard before. We like playing those for them.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: Have you ever thought about making a solo record?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> Sure its crossed my mind. The songs I write are a little different than what REO does and from what people are used to. Someday I may release one and see what happens with it. I got a lot of songs. Most of my stuff I use for myself. That's a good question I never really contemplated going out as a solo artist or anything like that.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: Tell us about "The Girl With The Heart Of Gold". What inspired you to write it?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> "Girl With The Heart Of Gold" I wrote from the viewpoint of I was looking for her and I found her. It was a celebration song about how I found the girl I have been looking for. It was from a man's point of view of looking and finding the perfect lady for his life.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: Who came up with the idea to have both you and Kevin sing it?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> We've done that quite a bit. When I first met Kevin we used to sit around and play Beatle songs together. He would sing John Lennon parts and I would sing Paul McCartney songs. We like to that once in while. We've done it more than once actually. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. We don't do it on Kevin's songs so much but we try it on my songs. I don't know why we just try and make it more interesting. It makes it more fun for us to record it.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: It seems like having two singers share the same song art is dead these days. You need the right song to do it with. It seemed to work good for Journey and a few other bands back in the day.</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> Yeah I think Henley and Frey used to do it off and on in some songs of the Eagles. With Kevin and I our voices are different, they don't sound similar. When Kevin and I do it, its a noticeable difference when Kevin takes over the lead vocal. I like it. It's fun, It's interesting. We have so many songs, we've been around for a while. Well, on this tour we get to play seventy five- eighty minutes each night. We do a couple songs like "Golden Country" we do, we're doing the song "Like You Do". We don't have enough time to do as many as we'd like to. One of these days it would be fun to play three hours or something, play a lot of songs. Maybe play a couple of records in order back to back or something.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: One of your best selling albums is 1982s <em>Good Trouble</em>. It featured several good tunes yet you guys never play anything from it live anymore? Is there a particular reason?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH: </strong>Well earlier this year we worked a couple songs off it. We worked up "The Key" and "Keep The Fire Burnin" but we're not doing them right now. The <em>Good Trouble</em> record I liked that record, I always thought it was a good record. It was the record that followed the <em>Hi Infidelity</em> album. At the time of recording it and that time in our life, we had just come off the road, playing so many shows and we were super tired. We were trying to rest but we didn't have time to do that. I know KC he thinks that it wasn't some of his best songs. But I think it stands up just fine. I think "The Key" sounds great. I like "Keep The Fire Burnin". On that record "Let's Be-Bop" that's an all right song I should have worked on it a little harder. I don't know why I used the word Be-Bop for one, it should have been "Let's Rock Tonight, (Laughs) now that I look back on it. It was an ok record, it was a rush job. The record company at the time wanted us to put out another record as quickly as possible to capitalize on the <em>Hi Infidelity</em> success. I think we would have made a better record if we had we taken a little more time to make the songs better. My songs especially could have been better. "Girl With The Heart Of Gold" was all right. "I'll Follow You" that's a good song. We try to write the best songs we can at the time. A lot of it has to to with the way your feeling and if your feeling really good and energetic I think we write better when we have time to rest. <em>Good Trouble</em>, I don't dislike that album, but looking back on time we could have made a stronger record but it is what it is.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: How do you guys come up with a setlist with so many albums full of songs to choose from? Does Kevin handle that or is it a group effort?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> It's pretty much a group effort. First of all there are certain songs we have to play. That's the reason people are buying the tickets. They want to hear "Take It On The Run", "Keep On Loving You", "Can't Fight This Feeling", "Roll With The Changes", "Time For Me To Fly" and for years now we do "Back On The Road Again". So those are songs we pretty much have to do. So that's up to six or seven already. This summer we've been doing "Golden Country", that's a good song that fits no matter what year it is. That one seems to pertain to this year especially. "Like You Do" and we've been doing another song "Son Of A Poor Man" we do that mostly for ourselves, its a rock n roll shuffle that we used to do back in the day. On the whole we try to give the folks what they want to hear and they always want to hear different ones. Usually its time, time is what keeps us from playing the more obscure songs.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: When was the last time you played "Say You Love Me Or Say Goodnight"?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> Yeah I love that one. We were talking about working that one up for this tour. If we go out and start playing by ourselves we probably will be playing those songs live. Then we'll have more time. We like to play at least ninety minutes if not more and that gives us a lot more time to put in another six songs, that helps.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: The album, <em>The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken</em>, was a big change for the band. What did you guys do different in the recording process of the record? Why were there no other songs written by you?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> That right there was an odd time. The record I think was a good record we used a different producer for that one. A guy by the name of Tom Lord-Alge, he's the one who put that real slick sound that sounds different from our other records. Kevin was also CO-writing with Jesse Harms. At that point and time I was going through some things in my life. I was writing songs but there wasn't too much that was I was real happy with. Basically I didn't feel like I had enough to present. That's a really good record too, I liked that one. For one I never really cared for the title. Its funny how that came about. We were looking for album covers and we had this artist who was drawing pictures for album covers. One of them he showed us was that one and he simply called it The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog &amp; A Chicken. He's thinking that we would change it to something else. We've always been interested in funny or different kind of album titles. Like You Can Tune A Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish that kind of stuff. For some reason Kevin thought it was hilarious and I'm going "I'm not too sure about that". But he kind of won me over. It was kind of funny. So we put it out there. About that time too the record companies were going through major layoffs and revamping so it just kind of got lost in the shuffle a bit and that was too bad.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: Over the years you guys have toured so many times, you probably can't even remember every single one. But do you have a favorite tour?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> I have to admit there have been a lot of great tours and you're right its hard to remember them all. I can tell you every time we work with Styx, like we're doing now, back in the eighties when we were both having our biggest records, there was a lot of competition involved. We always kind of use to say "Darn Styx" they were everywhere, we were right in their way and they were in our way and we were all battling for top tens and number one spot. Now there's friendly competition. We flip flop every night on who is the closer. Ted opens up all the shows then its either Styx/REO or REO/Styx, it goes back and forth. It's fun to get up there before the other band and if we're in the middle slot we get up there and let the kids have it and say follow that and its fun we love them like brothers. We have the best time with those guys.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: In closing, you've played with a lot of different members in REO throughout the years do you still have contact with them?</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>BH:</strong> Sure Mike Murphy, I played in a band with him before he was in REO Speedwagon, we were in a band called The One-Eyed Jacks. And also I played in a band with Gary before he was in REO Speedwagon called Feather Train. I don't get to see Mike very often, I know he's still living in LA. Gary is still in LA, I don't see him very much I hear he's married and seems to be happy. Alan we see more often, Alan comes out and sees us once in a while whenever we are in Reno, Nevada. Gregg we just saw not too long ago he lives in northern Florida. Everybody's still around, everybody's doin' great. When we played in Champaign, just last year Terry Luttrell the original lead singer on the first album he was out and we gave him a big old hug. He's doing good too and singing in a band called Tons Of Fun.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3">It would be fun if we could somehow plan it to wrangle up everybody who was in Speedwagon like Terry, Mike and Gary and Gregg and get everybody together and somehow play a couple songs from each of the records with the original lineups, I think that would be something people might like someday.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><strong>RSC: That would be cool.</strong></font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3">BH: Wouldn't that be cool? I think it would be cool too. I don't know if its possible but I think it'd be fun. Their guitar player Steve Scorfina quit REO Speedwagon that's when Gary left my band Feather Train and he joined REO Speedwagon. He was just starting to get really good at that time. He learned how to write songs and was playing the guitar really great. That's when Speedwagon started taking off. REO Speedwagon was starting to become one of the favorites for gatherings. As a kid I was a couple years younger than those guys. Neal started the band when he was a student at the University of Illinois with Alan. I was still in high school they were at least five years older than me. I was in bands since I was a kid. I'd go watch them play at the Red Lion, or in back of the student union. They were getting real good. Then Irving Azoff went on to discover REO Speedwagon, Dan Fogelberg and he moved to California and managed The Eagles and now he's in charge of most of the world actually. Bunch of knuckleheads from Champaign, IL, we've done all right for ourselves.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="3"><em>Special Thanks to Amanda Cagan from ABC Public Relations for setting up the interview.</em> Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/24/2012 - Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon Talks Friendly Competition, Touring and Classic Rock <font style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" size="5">REO Speedwagon are rock legends.</font> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">Having gotten their start in 1966, the band has maintained a worldwide fame for over four decades, producing hits that appeal to every generation, with their timeless lyrics and themes. From hits such as "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Time for Me to Fly", REO Speedwagon have toured the world and brought in more new generations of fans with every passing year.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">Most recently, the guys from REO Speedwagon have teamed up with the legendary bands Styx and Ted Nugent for their "Midwest Express" tour. All three groups have a history. Most of them hail from the same area and some were even in bands together at one point, such as Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent. And it is this history which is making the tour that much more enjoyable. "Not only is it a Midwest band based tour," said Doughty, keyboardist of REO Speedwagon, "But it's three bands that actually know each other really well. And that adds to the energy."</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">And the bands use this energy to fuel their performances in every show. "There's a friendly competition every night," Doughty stated about the three bands. "One of the other bands will be coming off stage, and will politely say, 'Okay, try to follow that one'. And we'll go, 'We're gonna blow you guys away. They won't even remember you were here'. It's always good fun, but it makes us play our best every night."</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">Despite the competition, the bands really do get along well. "We're always glad to see these guys," Doughty told PCM's Kristyn. "There's not really…an unfriendly competition. It's always very respectful."</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">This is the first multi-band show REO Speedwagon has done in awhile. "Last summer we kind of took off and did not do a big, high production, multi-band thing. When we're not doing something like that, we will play a lot of mini outdoor festivals." These outdoor events go on throughout the year, according to Doughty, who actually thinks playing in the hotels and festivals are actually really nice places to play.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">Doughty, who originally was pursuing a career in engineering, never thought that his music career would have spanned as long as it did. The band originally formed at Doughty's college and was just a fun side project. "We were still going to class, we were doing that [playing music] only for fun. We lived in dormitories, all our meals were paid for. We didn't really need any cash to be walking around with."</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">As the band took off, Doughty admitted with a laugh. "We got so busy with the band, it was hard to make it to class…so, along the line, we had to make a decision to keep going to class or keep playing the bars."</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">Coming from a musical family, Doughty's family was supportive of his career change as he dropped out of college. "There was always a piano in my house," Doughty said, who taught himself how to play the piano after hearing the Beatles music. Despite not knowing how to fully read piano music, Doughty has an ear for the music. "I'm still learning to this day."</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">The band is also constantly evolving and growing, working on new material for the band on a daily basis. "Kevin, our singer, is a songwriter. In his blood, he cannot stop writing songs," Doughty said, though album sales are not what they once were. Doughty admitted the band is likely to release songs and new material slowly.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">With the development of iTunes, Doughty thinks people are just used to buying one song at a time. "We haven't stopped making new material, but you're likely to hear it one song at a time," Doughty admitted, hoping the gradual release of new music will help the songs catch on.</font></div> <div style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font size="5">Neil Doughty loves what he does, and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. The band will continue touring and making songs for as long as they can. "As long as we can climb up on to the stage," Doughty said. "We'll keep doing this."</font> Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/21/2012 - REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent Give Shout Outs To The Troops Classic super rockers Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent gave shout outs to the troops during a stop at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA., including an on stage shout out with the audience at the end of the show. Check out the videos below.<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VQjHkh-2US4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/22/2012 - REO Speedwagon and friends at Hanover High School in Virginia. May 18th, 2012 (Photo courtesy of : L REO Speedwagon and friends at Hanover High School in Virginia. May 18th, 2012 (Photo courtesy of : Linda Scarborough)
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5/22/2012 - Kevin's wife Lisa and daughter Holly and friends rockin' at Nugent/Styx/REO show at LA's Greek Theat Kevin's wife Lisa and daughter Holly and friends rockin' at Nugent/Styx/REO show at LA's Greek Theatre!!<br /> From left to right:<br /> Jeannie Shaw (Tommy's wife), Lisa Cronin, Ellen Leyva from Channel 7 TV LA, Darlene, Dawn Dee, Holly Cronin, Karen, and Holly's friends Shylene and Audrey.<br />
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5/18/2012 - Video prompts REO Speedwagon to visit Hanover High HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Rock band REO <br />Speedwagon will visit Hanover High School Friday to meet the students and staff who created a "lib dub" video featuring the band's song "Roll with the Changes."<br /> Last summer teachers Stacie Marshall and Trip Wells produced the video to teach their Mass Communications students about camera movements. The video was also used to build some excitement for the upcoming school year.<br /> This week members of REO Speedwagon saw the video and posted it on the band's website.<br /> "Oh my God... I just watched lip dub of Roll With The Changes from Hanover, Virginia and I literally have tears in my eyes at the finale. This is the coolest thing ever! Thanks to all of the 1000 people who make it happen. You guys are awesome,” posted REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin on the band's Facebook page.<br /> Cronin and the band are scheduled to arrive at Hanover High Friday afternoon.<br /> In addition to meeting the people behind the video, the band planned to answer questions from students and perform their hit song.<br /> REO Speedwagon is on tour with Styx and Ted Nugent. The band performs tonight in Bristow, Virginia and Saturday in Virginia Beach.<br /> <a href="http://wtvr.com/2012/05/18/video-prompts-reo-speedwagon-to-visit-hanover-high/">Click here to see video.</a> Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/21/2012 - Band visits Hanover school after lip dub HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -<br /> REO Speedwagon spent the afternoon at Hanover High School, after a YouTube video by the county schools made a big impression on them.<br /> It wasn't the band's typical crowd or their normal performance venue, but this was a very special visit nearly a year in the making. Around 1,000 Hanover County Public Schools students and staff recorded the lip dub last June to the REO Speedwagon song "Roll with the Changes." The 5-minute long video was recorded in one perfectly choreographed take and posted to YouTube where it got nearly 20,000 views. "We started getting phone calls from other countries," said the video's producer Stacie Marshall. "We started getting phone calls from educators across our country saying 'how did you do that? we want to teach our students to do that?'"<br /> It even caught the eye of the band. Members were so impressed, they visited Hanover High School Friday and met with the participants.<br /> "I love REO Speedwagon. I've loved them since I was in high school. 'I Can't Fight this Feeling' - anytime that song comes on, I'm just jamming to it on the radio," said Kim rood, a teacher and cheerleading coach at the school. "I can't help but sing along, so I'm excited."<br /> The band was excited too, giving thanks to the school for their work.<br /> "I was in tears," said lead singer Kevin Cronin. "You guys just blew me away."<br /> The band held a question and answer session for the music and journalism students. Marshall said it was just another great teaching opportunity to stem from what began as a simple educational exercise.<br /> <a href="http://www.nbc12.com/story/18557284/band-visits-hanover-school-after-lip-dub">Click here to read article.</a> Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/21/2012 - REO Speedwagon Visits Hanover County Public Schools <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150813320165222.395330.9895905221&type=1">Click here to see Photo's of the band visiting Hanover High School in Virginia.</a> Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/17/2012 - REO Speedwagon Makes an Unscheduled Stop To Visit Hanover County Public Schools Iconic rock band, REO Speedwagon, is making an unscheduled visit Hanover High School at 10307 Chamberlayne Road in Mechanicsville, Virginia, on Friday, May 18, 2012. The band discovered that their song "Roll With The Changes" was part of a school district "lip dub" video that was taped at Hanover High last year. More than 1,000 students and staff participated in the video produced to generate excitement to usher in a new school year and the division’s new superintendent. The video was posted on YouTube where thousands of viewers across the world have viewed the unique music video, which was shot as one continuous shot from beginning to end.<br /> This week the video was posted on the official REO Speedwagon website. Kevin Cronin, the frontman and vocalist that has been with the band since 1972, posted "Oh my God...I just watched lip dub of Roll With The Changes from Hanover, Virginia and I literally have tears in my eyes at the finale. This is the coolest thing ever! Thanks to all of the 1000 people who make it happen. You guys are awesome," Cronin said.<br /> Management for the band contacted the school division this week to see if the five-member group could visit the participants where the project took place. The band is scheduled to arrive at Hanover High School for an official tour of the lip dub route at 12:45 p.m. tomorrow. The will also participate in an informal question and answer session during their visit, which will be moderated by the district’s high school journalism students. "It is really exciting that this video, which started as an instructional lesson in camera movement for our Mass Communications students, will end with another educational opportunity for our students." said Stacie Marshall, the lip dub’s director/producer. "It's also just such a thrill to learn that international recording stars liked our little locally produced video." added Trip Wells, the video's Steadicam operator and a producer of the video. Marshall and Wells manage the cable television station for Hanover County Public Schools, TV99, which is staffed primarily by high school student interns, and the two came up with the idea to produce the district-wide lip dub that ultimately featured REO Speedwagon's chart-topping song. "When we saw how well the lessons with the students were going, we thought we could definitely do this. What better way to show our school district's team spirit than to all come together to make a video." said Marshall.<br /> REO Speedwagon began "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express" Tour earlier this month with Styx and Ted Nugent. Stops include Bristow, Virginia on Friday, May 18 and Virginia Beach on May 19. <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OTIYVeuZx3E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 17 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/16/2012 - Hanover County, Virginia -- LIP DUB: ROLL WITH THE CHANGES <H2><b> <p><strong><center>Hanover County, Virginia -- LIP DUB: ROLL WITH THE CHANGES<br /> <br />More than 1,000 students, teachers, administrators, staff members and business partners representing an amazing community and 25 schools show their team spirit...keep on rolling!!!<br /> <center><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OTIYVeuZx3E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <center><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OTIYVeuZx3E">Click here to view video on YouTube</a> <br />Produced by: Stacie Marshall <br />Steadicam: Trip Wells <br />On-site production assistance: Linda Dull, Jillian Dull, Michelle Gary, Allison Layne, Austin Lewis, Matthew Segal, Michael Ashby <br />Pre-production assistance: Jillian Dull, Melissa Semones <br />Special thanks to the 2010-2011 TV99 Interns! <hr /> <br />EXCLUSIVE VIP EXPERIENCE<br /> <br />Tweet this message for your chance to win:<br /> <br />* A trip to Atlantic City to experience these rock legends as a VIP! <br />* An autographed guitar <br />* A photo opp with the bands <br />"I want to see @kcreospeedwagon, @STYXtheband, @TedNugent VIP with @LiveNationShows! Enter:http://go2w.in/SRN Tix: http://zip2.it/SRN"<br /> <hr /> <center><br />We are happy to announce that REO Speedwagon will be joining Styx and Ted Nugent to bring you "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express" Tour starting in MAY. <br />Most importantly, read below for your opportunity to buy tickets early. <br />See you at the show! <hr /> <br />REO Speedwagon presales are still available for the following shows: <br />June 19 - Hartman Arena - Wichita, KS <br />June 23 - Godman Army Airfield - Fort Knox, KY (no Ted Nugent) <br /><a href="http://tickets.reospeedwagon.com/">Click here to Buy your presale Tickets!!!</a> <br /> <hr /> <br /><p><strong>CHECK OUT THE NEW SWAG!!! <img src="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/media/reo/smallest.jpg"><center><img src="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/media/reo/smaller.jpg"><center><a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/reo_shirts.html">Click here to view our Store.</center></a> <br /> <br /><hr /><b><H2> <center><p><strong>Check out "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.</strong></center> <center> <br />Thu 5/17 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre <br />Sun 5/18 Bristow,VA Jiffy Lube Live <br />Sat 5/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre <br />Sun 5/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre <br />Tue 6/19 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena <br />Thu 6/21 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre <br />Fri 6/22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre <br />* Sat 6/23 Ft. Knox, KY Godman Army Airfield (no Ted Nugent) <br />Sun 6/24 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion <br />Tue 6/26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center <br />Thu 6/28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre <br />Sat 6/30 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center <br />Sun 7/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr <br />Tue 7/3 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino <br />Thu 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena <br />Fri 7/6 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage <br />Sat 7/7 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion <br />Sun 7/8 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Pavilion </center> <br /><center>Additional Tour dates: <br /> <br />5/26 Laughlin, NV Edgewater Casino <br />6/9 Dubuque, IA American River Festival <br />6/14 Columbus, OH Huntington Park <br />6/29 Joliet, IL Joliet Memorial Stadium <br />7/26 West bend, WI Washington County Fair Park <br />7/28 London, ON Harris Park (Dundas Street and Talbot Street <br />7/29 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino Resort <br />7/31 Thunder Bay, ON Thunder Bay Community Auditorium <br />8/2 Wausau, WI Wisconsin Valley Fair (Grandstand) <br />8/3 Davenport, IA Mississippi Valley Fair <br />8/4 Washington, MO Washington Town & Country Fair <br />8/6 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fairgrounds <br />8/21 Kennewick, WA Benton Franklin Fair <br />8/23 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino - Mountain View Plaza <br />8/25 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Resort Casino <br />8/30 Oshkosh, WI Leach Amphitheater <br />9/2 Elkhorn, WI Walworth County Fair <br />9/13 York, PA York Fair <br /> Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/17/2012 - In Pictures: REO Speedwagon in The Woodlands, TX As of last week, rock veterans REO Speedwagon -- Kevin Cronin (vocals, guitar), Dave Amato (lead guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards) and Bryan Hitt (drums) -- are on the road with the "Midwest Rock N' Roll Express" tour across parts of North America.<br /> <br />Prior to the outing, Cronin gave a statement to the press, saying, "I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values.... In the Midwest we work hard, play hard and rock hard." Fans can catch the tour on Thursday (5/17) at Charlotte, NC's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The 26-city trek, which also features Styx and Ted Nugent, is slated to wrap in early July.<br /> <br />SoundSpike photographer Eric Sauseda was among the guests with permission to take pictures during REO Speedwagon's performance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX, and here are some of his best shots.<br /> <a href="http://www.soundspike.com/photos/1781/reo-speedwagon-in-the-woodlands-tx/">Click here to see photos.</a> Thu, 17 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/14/2012 - Hanover County, Virginia 2011 -- LIP DUB: ROLL WITH THE CHANGES More than 1,000 students, teachers, administrators, staff members and business partners representing an amazing community and 25 schools show their team spirit. . .keep on rolling!!!<br /> <br />Produced by: Stacie Marshall Steadicam: Trip Wells<br /> On-site production assistance: Linda Dull, Jillian Dull, Michelle Gary, Allison Layne, Austin Lewis, Matthew Segal, Michael Ashby<br /> Pre-production assistance: Jillian Dull, Melissa Semones<br /> Special thanks to the 2010-2011 TV99 Interns!<br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OTIYVeuZx3E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Mon, 14 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/15/2012 - Saturday Night: Styx & REO Speedwagon At The Woodlands <br />When dinosaurs roamed the earth, Saturday night in America was a pretty awesome place to party.<br /> <br />Considering how many times both Styx and REO Speedwagon must have been through Houston, this weekend's stop on their tandem "Midwest Rock N' Roll Express" tour couldn't help but feel haunted by the ghosts of Arrowfests past. Both bands are hard-rock groups that scored their biggest success with disgustingly maudlin radio-friendly power ballads, and both stubbornly refuse to acknowledge themselves as relics from another era.<br /> <br />Well into their second or even third generation of fans, why should they? The way the three kids in Styx shirts behind me, who couldn't have been older than ten or 11, were playing air drums during REO Speedwagon's set, both bands' appeal could be as strong as it ever was.In keeping with their origins as a scrappy college-town bar band in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, REO is mostly hung up on girls, one way or another: Can't live with them ("Time for Me to Fly," "Back on the Road Again") or without them ("Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Lovin' You"). Besides learning some wicked lessons from ZZ Top and Deep Purple, it's remarkable how many of their songs contain commands in the title: "Don't Let Him Go," "Take It On the Run," "Keep On Pushin'."<br /> <br />It would be incorrect to call them naifs, because any band that can write from such a bitter place as "Take It On the Run" knows just how cruel the world can be, but REO hasn't lost a certain sense of small-town wonder. "Golden Country," one of the oldest songs they played Saturday, brought the crowd to its feet when the LED screen showed the Stars and Stripes. Later, singer Kevin Cronin brought astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock onstage to thank him for bringing an 8-track of Hi Infidelity to the International Space Station in a moment that... sorry, it was just cool.<br /> <a href="http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2012/05/styx_reo_speedwagon_cynthia_wo.php">Click here to read more.</a> Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/11/2012 - New Tour, New Swag!!! <H2><b> <p><strong>Dear REO Speedwagon Fans, <center><br />We are happy to announce that REO Speedwagon will be joining Styx and Ted Nugent to bring you "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express" Tour starting in MAY. <br />Most importantly, read below for your opportunity to buy tickets early. <br />See you at the show! <br />REO Speedwagon presale starting Wednesday, May 9th. <br />Presale will start at 6pm EST local venue time on Wednesday. Tickets are $50 plus applicable fees. Get your tickets early! Tickets go on public sale on Saturday, May 12. <br />July 29 - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt. Pleasant, MI <br /><a href="http://tickets.reospeedwagon.com/">Click here to Buy your presale Tickets!!!</a> <br /> <hr /> <br /><p><strong>CHECK OUT THE NEW SWAG!!! <img src="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/media/reo/Reo2012TourMatrix.jpg"><center><a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/reo_shirts.html">Click here to view our Store.</center></a> <br /> <hr /> <br />REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX, AND TED NUGENT SET TO LAUNCH "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS" TOUR<br /> <br />Over 80 million albums sold worldwide. 12 Top 10 smash hit singles. Thousands of concerts performed. The time has come for the ultimate convergence of Rock's finest from the Midwest. REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will join forces for "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" 30-date U.S. tour. Rolling out May 1 in Hidalgo, TX, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 22.<br /> <br />"Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs," exclaims STYX guitarist/singer James "JY" Young. "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!"<br /> <br />I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values," continues REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist 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. I am ready to climb aboard the 'Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!' Rock On baby!"<br /> <br />As STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw proclaims, "It's gonna be a Twang Fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base. In other words, a real good time."<br /> <br />Ted Nugent couldn't agree more. "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."<br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EPX3UUqV-cg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </strong></center> <br /><hr /><b><H2> <center><p><strong>Check out "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.</strong></center> <center> <br />Thu 5/10 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Arena <br />Fri 5/11 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre <br />* Sat 5/12 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Ted Nugent) <br />Sun 5/13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre <br />Sun 5/15 Springfield, MO O'Reilly Family Events Center <br />Thu 5/17 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre <br />Sun 5/18 Bristow,VA Jiffy Lube Live <br />Sat 5/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre <br />Sun 5/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre <br />Tue 6/19 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena <br />Thu 6/21 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre <br />Fri 6/22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre <br />* Sat 6/23 Ft. Knox, KY Godman Army Airfield (no Ted Nugent) <br />Sun 6/24 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion <br />Tue 6/26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center <br />Thu 6/28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre <br />Sat 6/30 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center <br />Sun 7/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr <br />Tue 7/3 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino <br />Thu 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena <br />Fri 7/6 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage <br />Sat 7/7 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion <br />Sun 7/8 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Pavilion </center><br /> Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/13/2012 - REO, Styx, Nugent ready to rock it out Kevin Cronin's ready to put on a show for you.<br /> The REO Speedwagon singer has a good reason to be prepared. He doesn't want to be outdone by his tour mates. <br /> "We better be ready. We’ve got Ted Nugent and Styx with us," Cronin told The World-Herald.<br /> Cronin said there's a bit of friendly competition, but nothing too serious.<br /> "Each band wants to be the band everyone walks out the door talking about," he said. "When I know we're going on after Styx or Ted, it's just another little motivation to take it up a notch. We'll be operating at the highest level that we're capable of."<br /> The idea for the tour, called the Rock N' Roll Midwest Express, came from some tour dates between REO and Styx last year. Both bands had played with Nugent over the years, and all three are from the Midwest, so it seemed like a natural fit.<br /> "There's a mutual admiration society and ... it should be a great show," Styx guitarist James Young told The World-Herald.<br /> All the bands on the bill got their start decades ago, but they still continue to be popular.<br /> "The more we're out there, the more we see people under 25 with a Styx shirt on singing all the words, and they clearly weren't a member of the first generation of fans," Young said.<br /> Both Cronin and Young were excited to be back on the road and playing for fans.<br /> "We always love coming to the Omaha-Council Bluffs area," Young said. "We'll be rocking it out." <br /> <a href="http://www.omaha.com/article/20120509/GO/705109982">Click here to read article.</a> Sun, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/11/2012 - The Midwest Rock N Roll Express with Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent THE MIDWEST ROCK N ROLL EXPRESS with STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON and TED NUGENT The Greek Theater, May 6, 2012<br /> There was ample reason to shell out some hard-earned cash this May night. It might not look like a fun prospect if you don't know the bands: three groups that have made a handful of albums between them in the past 20+ years, touring on songs made no later than 1984. But the audience at the Greek Theater knew that these multi-platinum (that's millions of albums) artists and staples of rock'n'roll the world over still have what it takes to put butts in seats and then get them up and dancing.<br /> First up on the Midwest Rock'N'Roll Express was one Motor City Madman, aka The Nuge, Uncle Ted, one Ted Nugent. Playing on a stage lined with guitars, Nugent broke out some of his choicest songs like Cat Scratch Fever, Wang Dang Sweet Poontang and Wango Tango. His groove oriented songs were often short on sentiment, the lyrical subject matter mostly about sex, women and good times and a lovely lady was invited out to shimmy and shake to bring the point home. He called out to some originators of rock'n'roll like Little Richard, James Brown, Chuck Berry and many many more, saying if it wasn't for them, there wouldn't be any rock music in the world. After hearing this I now can spot those influences in his music. Closing out the set, Stranglehold sounds like no other song out there: a slow-burning number with "Wild" Mick Brown (formerly of Dokken) laying out a suspenseful tempo, Greg Smith slinking around on bass and Derek St. Holmes and Nugent squeezing out guitar peals and playing like a rising storm. The song grooves along on triumphant highs and sexy lows before finally breaking loose in the last minute, causing the audience to jump around and go nuts.<br /> Our ears still ringing from Ted Nugent's high decibel set, REO Speedwagon showered us with their sunny songs of love and positivity. The band began their set with Take It On the Run, a song about a rocky relationship, the impossibly fit and youthful Kevin Cronin singing with gusto, Dave Amato's angry guitar solo reflecting the nature of the lyrics even as the whole band had huge smiles on their faces. REO is a band that's been around long enough to understand showmanship, dressing nice and acknowledging the audience. Their set was so full of energy and they all looked like they love what they're doing. Keep Pushin' sounds like a new song for all the vitality the band put into it. Bassist Bruce Hall, with his white hair flowing took the microphone for Back on the Road Again, a bluesy rocker that reminded the audience that before they wrote ballads, REO was a bar band for years.<br /> Of course there were the ballads. Hands and lighters waved in the air for I Can't Fight This Feeling, couples hugged and kissed and fans sang along without irony to this classic love song. Keep On Loving You came later, Cronin on piano, a singalong about unconditional love, with another excellent solo from Amato. Cronin stayed at the piano to begin Roll With The Changes, singing about "deserts burnin' and "sweet sun showers" inciting the audience to sing along. After that lovefest, REO Speedwagon encored with their hardest rocking song of the night: Ridin' the Storm Out. The fans in my section finally took to their feet and sang along as Amato soloed and Neal Doughty played some tasty organ runs. If you get a chance to see REO Speedwagon the next time they come to your town, do yourself a favor and get your tickets early because these guys know how to put on a great show!<br /> Headlining the night was Styx, the band that knocked REO's Hi Infidelity out of the number one spot with their Paradise Theater album. Last year fans got to hear Pieces of Eight and Grand Illusion performed live in their entirety, this time around fans got to hear hits from the band's long career. And what songs they were! Tommy Shaw, another eternal youth, began the set with Blue Collar Man, celebrating the working class, the packed Greek Theater singing at the tops of their lungs. Singer and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan took over for Grand Illusion, his theatricality a great fit for the band. Gowan's throaty vocals and attention to the audience led us into continuing to singing lyrics about not being drawn in by celebrity and besting your neighbors saying that "deep inside we're all the same". His keyboards and James "JY" Young's guitars captured the magnificence of the song and sentiment wonderfully. Riding on that high, the 80′s keyboard sequences of Too Much Time On My Hands began, Tommy Shaw making faces and having fun, bringing the microphone around to the audience to trade lines about wasting time and daydreaming while (likely) being unemployed. While Lady is the better known song, Lorelei is even better, a hard rocking celebration of love sang by JY and joined by the rest of the band, with the chorus "Lorelei let's live together/ Brighter than the stars forever," a song that put smiles on our faces and was quiet heartwarming.<br /> Tommy Shaw sang the lovely and forlorn Man In The Wilderness, the first of four more songs from The Grand Illusion. Original bassist Chuck Panazzo joined the band for Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man), a call to the youth to "Get up, (get up!) get back on your feet/ You're the one they can’t beat and you know it". Gowan spun his keyboard around, played it with his hands behind his back, and we all sang along as usual, raising our voices in exaltation. Miss America came along to blast any progressive nostalgia out of our heads with JY taking over on the vocals as the band tore into the hardest rocking song of the night and likely of Styx' catalog. A pumping disco rhythm and angry guitars backed JY's growling vocals about the "Apple of the public's eye" and how she's put on display and has her life taken away. The whole band just tore this song apart and left us happily exhausted.<br /> For their encore Styx played Rockin' The Paradise, showering us with confetti, the colorful backstage screen showing a theater marquee with scenes of the band performing from the past, followed by Renegade, with silhouetted horses and western themes, the audience out of their seats for the upbeat song about running from the "long arm of the law". Lights flashed in our eyes, guitars squealed, keyboards rang and sang, confetti fell and minds were blown.<br /> (Review and Live Photos by Bret Miller)<br /> <a href="http://highwiredaze.com/midwestrockrev1">click here to read article.</a> <br /> Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/11/2012 - STYX, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre An incredible night of classic rock hits with STYX, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Pics by Matthew Zinke of Matthewknowspotos. <a href="http://hollywoodmusicmagazine.com/tours/styx-reo-speedwagon-ted-nugent-red-rocks-amphitheatre/">Click here to see pictures.</a> Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/7/2012 - REO SPEEDWAGON RECALLS EARLY-'80s RIVALRY WITH STYX Although REO Speedwagon and Styx are knocking them dead night after night on tour today with Ted Nugent, REO leader Kevin Cronin definitely remembers feeling an early-'80s rivalry from their fellow Illinois competition. For those keeping score, Styx's 1981 blockbuster Paradise Theater knocked REO's breakthrough hit Hi Infidelity out of the Number One spot.<br /> Cronin told Ultimate Classic Rock that being on the road with Styx all these years later is filled with a matured and healthy competition: "Y'know, it's kind of like if two sports teams get together and they're both kind of the top teams in their division and when they meet, it's a special game, that's how I feel when we play with Styx. We love those guys, but still, we want people to leave the arena humming an REO Speedwagon song. They want people to leave the arena humming a Styx song, but at the same time, it's a very supportive and friendly atmosphere. . . When REO Speedwagon and Styx are on tour together, if you're a fan of either band, it's a good time to see us, because we're going to be really motivated to go out there and play 110 percent per night."<br /> Kevin Cronin told us that for him and all of the guys in REO, High Fidelity definitely was the "before" and "after" marker in their lives: "It's kinda fun to think back now to where we were 30 years ago, now. Y'know, that High Fidelity record was such an important record for us and our career -- and also it was one of those records that was so ubiquitous back in the first half of 1981."<br /> Styx co-founding guitarist J.Y. Young told us that he and the band can't ignore how many lives Paradise Theater touched back in the day: "That album was our only Number One album -- it's not our biggest seller, though -- The Grand Illusion is and Pieces Of Eight has actually sold more than Paradise Theater, as well. There's some interview that someone sent me, a little clip that Julia Roberts did a few years ago and they asked her what her favorite album was and she said, 'Well, if I think about it, it's gotta be that Styx album with the laser etching' -- which is Paradise Theater. So, we touched a broad spectrum of humanity with all our records, but Paradise Theater certainly did that in a big way." <br /> <a href="http://www.b1027.com/music/rock-report/33946-reo-speedwagon-recalls-early-80s-rivalry-with-styx.html">Click here to read article</a> Mon, 07 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/5/2012 - News arrow UPCOMING: Styx and REO Speedwagon! UPCOMING: Styx and REO Speedwagon! The Midwest Rock and Roll Express Tour, featuring Styx and REO Speedwagon, will be rolling into the Woodlands Pavilion next Saturday. We'll be there to cover the show and you should be there to rock out with these guys. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and LiveNation. Click 'read more' to see the video for the tour!<br /> Coming up next week, we've got all sorts of fun stuff including Ellis Paul and more. Check back and see what's going down in H-town. Be safe out there, folks!<br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EPX3UUqV-cg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sat, 05 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/4/2012 - Bryan Hitt, the groovemaster behind the iconic rock team, REO Speedwagon, lays down his thoughts, kn <strong>OLD: What does it take to make a career out of drumming? </strong></div> <div>Bryan: First, it takes a love of playing the drums. If you don't absoluteley love it, there's no point to even trying. There has to be that innate desire to do it because you're going to have to put in a lot of time, and this goes with anything. If you're putting in 5 or 6 hours a day practicing, it's hard enough if you do love it, but if you don't, you're not going to do it.</div> <div>For example, I got my kids involved in music early on. My son wanted to play guitar and my daughter played keyboards, and they did fine, but they didn't have the desire to go study on their own… They didn't practice on their own. I could tell right away that they just didn't have the desire to do it to the extent that I did, for sure.</div> <div>You've got to have an extreme desire to do it. In the end, you gotta love the music, and hopefully you can find an area that you can excel in… be it jazz, funk, fusion, country or whatever.</div> <div>You've also got to have confidence. The only way I found to get the confidence to go out there on a big stage or in a recording studio is by knowing your stuff. If they say go into a reggae section at the bridge, well you better have some kind of knowledge of that.</div> <div><strong>OLD:</strong> <strong>A topic that has come up on <a title="Visit the OnlineDrummer.com Forum" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vb25saW5lZHJ1bW1lci5jb20vZm9ydW0=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">our drum forum</a> recently is the value of a private drum teacher or formal training. What are your thoughts on the topic?</strong></div> <div>Bryan: There's so many more avenues of learning available to young drummers today than when I grew up. There was no MTV, no YouTube or a million drummer sites where you could watch people play. You got it by going to live shows, but if you grew up where I grew up there wasn't much of that going on. With all the videos and study materials, books, cds, dvds, online lessons, there's so many more ways to get the knowledge now. It makes it a lot easier.</div> <div>However, I can't say enough about having a good one-on-one teacher to watch you play and see what you're doing. They can really tear you apart. I think that's very beneficial.</div> <div>For example, I studied with Ralph Humphrey, who played with <a title="Frank Zappa on Wikipedia" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZW4ud2lraXBlZGlhLm9yZy93aWtpL0ZyYW5rX1phcHBh" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Frank Zappa</a> and <a title="Don Ellis on Wikipedia" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZW4ud2lraXBlZGlhLm9yZy93aWtpL0Rvbl9FbGxpcw==" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Don Ellis</a>. He's the drum department chair for the <a title="Visit Ralph Humphrey's page at the LA Music Academy" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vbGFtdXNpY2FjYWRlbXkuZWR1L2ptL2luZGV4LnBocD9vcHRpb249Y29tX2NvbnRlbnQmdmlldz1hcnRpY2xlJmlkPTEwNCZJdGVtaWQ9MTc0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">LA Music Academy</a>. I had this old fusion project going on, and we did some tracks, which I thought sounded pretty good. I played a couple of tunes for Ralph, and he said, "You know, it's all really good ideas and good execution but your time is all over the place." Once he said it, I really started listening and honing in on it and realized he was right. In the first four bars we had five different tempos going on.</div> <div><strong>OLD: What did he recommend as far as to improve your timing? We had that question come up on <a title="Visit the OnlineDrummer.com Forum" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vb25saW5lZHJ1bW1lci5jb20vZm9ydW0=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">our forum</a> recently, too.</strong></div> <div>Bryan: Work with a metronome or drum machine. I have a little Boss drum machine that's set up with my kit all the time. I don't go out there hardly without turning it on and playing to some time, but it's not to say that I don't ever play without the metronome because you're not going to have the luxury of always having that. It can become like a crutch. You need to practice with the metronome, but you also need to practice without it. Maybe record yourself and play it back. That way you can really hone in on the tempo. You may be a little too into the moment when you're playing it. A metronome or a drum machine is just invaluable.<br></div><div><strong>OLD: How often do you get to practice?</strong></div> <div>Bryan: I practice when I'm home an hour, two, three a day… generally when I can. Obviously there are family responsibilities and life just gets in the way sometimes.</div> <div>When I'm on the road I bring a pracice pad and sticks in my suitcase a quiet one. That's a difficult thing on the road in hotel rooms trying to bang out stuff, but I do it, and I'm respectful about the hours I play. A lot of people aren't in hotel rooms during the daytime like we are. We're just the opposite of most people. We're out at night and in during the day time. It usually works. If somebody bangs on the wall next door, I stop.</div> <div>Even performances can be difficult with my schedule. The night before the Chicago Drum Show we played in Dallas, TX. I got off stage at 12:30AM and had to be at the airport for a 5AM flight. Luckily, I had John Aldridge, my tech, with me. We prepped the kit, which I had never seen before, and then 10 o'clock that morning was my clinic. I always look back to that solo and that playing, and I'm always less than impressed with myself. I was losing myself just talking because I was beat. I was totally fried! But, you got to own it.</div> <div>Developing a routine on the road can be hard.</div> <div><strong>OLD: What kind of setup do you have at home for practicing?</strong></div> <div>Bryan: I have a drum room that's built to be pretty soundproof. If you were standing in my driveway and I was banging away, you could hear it, but it's not very loud. I don't usually play after 8 or 9pm because I'm considerate of my family and neighbors. We built a room within a room kind of thing. That way it's very effective at reducing the sound. It's great to have that sanctuary to be abe to go into and just play.</div> <div>I try to mirror whatever kind of kit that I'm going to be using, whether it's double bass or single bass, one tom in front or two toms, etc. I want to be practicing with the setup I'm playing on the gig, as far as obvoiusly not the same exact drum, but as close as I can get to it.</div> <div>I'm very into hearing protection these days. I've lost a ton of hearing over the years. I've been playing for 48 years now. So, I wear in-ear monitors and ear muffs over those when I'm practicing. I really don't even like the sound of live drums anymore because it hurts… it's just too loud and too brash. I don't recommend it after the hearing loss I've had. I wear hearing aides all the time now. In-ear monitors are a Godsend for any musician. Mine cut 25 decibels across the sound spectrum. So when I'm practicing at home, I'll place a couple of mics overhead and a mic in the bass drum and run it through my Mackie mixer to be able to hear everything well.</div> <div><strong>OLD: What's the most recent thing you've been working on?</strong></div> <div>Bryan: I really like Ray Luzier's playing. I think he's a very strong player. He's with <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZW4ud2lraXBlZGlhLm9yZy93aWtpL0tvcm4=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Korn</a> now. He was with <a title="David Lee Roth on Wikipedia" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZW4ud2lraXBlZGlhLm9yZy93aWtpL0RhdmlkX0xlZV9Sb3Ro" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">David Lee Roth</a> for years, and he taught at the <a title="Visit the Musician's Insitutue Official Website" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Lm1pLmVkdS8=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Musicians Institute in Hollywood</a>. I absolutely love <a title="Ray Luzier's DVD on Amazon.com" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmFtYXpvbi5jb20vUmF5LUx1emllci9kcC9CMDAwOTI5OFpD" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ray's DVD</a>. There's some great stuff on there really good motion exercises, ostinato exercises, double bass stuff just stuff out of the box a little bit. Sticking, cross sticking patterns, like the cross sticking thing I do on the cymbals (<em>see video below</em>). I stole that right from Ray. I figure if a guy's putting out a DVD, it's ok to use his stuff.</div> <div>I highly recommend it. Although it's not one of the slickest DVDs I've ever seen as far as recording and performance, but there's a lot of meat on the bone there. It will challenge just about any level of player, but I wouldn't recommend it until you're at least an intermediate player.</div> <div>My good buddy <a title="Todd Sucherman on Wikipedia" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZW4ud2lraXBlZGlhLm9yZy93aWtpL1RvZGRfU3VjaGVybWFu" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Todd Sucherman</a>(STYX), who we'll be going on tour with this summer, his videos are great. I especially liked his first one. And, I get to have personal time working with him on the road. It's hard to go out there every night and play either before or after Todd, which happens both ways, because he's such an inspiring drummer. You know, we definitely have different styles, but it makes you want to be your best, listening to some cat play like that every night. I think that's helped me a lot too, and that's one reason why I've really been practicing a lot lately.</div><div><strong>OLD: Was there a major decision in your life or decision you made that really was the turning point in your career?</strong></div> <div>Bryan: Most definitley in my instance, yeah. I'd been in Alaska for 10 yeras, and was playing a lot of really good gigs and making some pretty good money up there playing. I did a wide range of stuff, like piano trio jazz stuff to full-on rock. But, I made the decision to sink or swim I was going to go for it. So, I made the big move to LA, and I proceeded to starve for my first couple of years here, playing some clubs. I had an ex-girlfriend who was down here, which was pretty much my only connection at the time, and we got a little band together and were playing clubs, cover tunes.</div> <div>I almost fancied myself a jazz drummer at that point boy was I wrong! I'd been playing a lot of jazz in Anchorage, Alaska, but when I got down here and saw the real cats that had been doing it 50-60 years and have lived the life, I was just like… wait a minute, I can't compete with that.</div> <div>It's funny, my progression has been the opposite of most people's . I think I was really into the jazz thing and fusion thing at a younger age, and the older I get probably the harder the music I like, as far as with an edge to it, especially drumming styles. I think I was kind of backwards in my progression, as far as that goes. But, I finally found a niche in the rock stuff here in LA.</div> <div><strong>OLD: How do you manage family life on the road?</strong></div> <div>I talk to my wife several times a day, always. I have a very good wife, which I'm blessed to have. Without a good parent at home it would be extremly hard because you wouldn't know what's going on. I just don't worry because my wife just always does the right thing and is a terrific mother.</div> <div>The first year we were married, I was on the road for at least 6 months, if not 9, with <a title="Wang Chun on Wikipedia" href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZW4ud2lraXBlZGlhLm9yZy93aWtpL1dhbmdfQ2h1bmdfJTI4YmFuZCUyOQ==" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Wang Chun</a>, so it was a little rocky at first, no doubt about it. We had to figure out, why are we doing this, what are we doing and how are we going to make it work? The good part is, we've been married for 26 years now, but it seems like, and it probably has been, only about 13 years for the time we've actually been together.</div> <div><strong>OLD: What advice do you give to the next drumming generation?</strong></div> <div>Whatever you decide to play, and hopefully every time you decide to play, you own it. Whatever style it is, own it. That's yours. It could be the last time you get to do it, God forbid, but it could. Do the best you can, and own it.</div> <div><a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZGl5LmdpYnJhbHRhcmhhcmR3YXJlLmNvbS9pbmRleC5waHAvdGFnL2JyaWFuLWhpdHQv" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">LEARN ABOUT BRYAN'S CUSTOM GIBRALTAR DRUM RACK</a></div> <div><a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmJyeWFuaGl0dC5jb20v" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">VISIT BRYANHITT.COM</a></div><div>
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5/2/2012 - Rolling Stone: The Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012 <br />REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent and Styx<br /> <br /> <br />Target Audience: People who hated punk just as much as they hated disco. Fans at this show spent the punk revolution blasting their eight tracks of "Cat Scratch Fever," "Come Sail Away" and "Keep On Loving You." The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones are no more, but these bands tour every single summer. <br /> <br />Missing Members: Styx is down to just guitarists Tommy Shaw and JY Young, though bassist Chuck Panozzo does sit in on occasion. They haven't played with original vocalist Dennis DeYoung since the late 1990s, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. REO Speedwagon are pretty much intact, though drummer Alan Gratzer no longer tours with the band. Ted Nugent recently reunited with Derek St. Homes, the voice of "Stranglehold" and many other early classics. <br /> <br />Likely Highlight: Styx has played "Renegade" and "Come Sail Away" about six thousand times, but the fans keep coming back for more. REO Speedwagon usually close with "Ridin' The Storm Out," but we're most looking forward to "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold." The Nuge has some crazy political views, but he remains an amazing guitar player. <br /> <br /><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/the-ten-hottest-summer-package-tours-of-2012-20120501/reo-speedwagon-ted-nugent-and-styx-0855507#ixzz1tmXVDW0">Read more here.</a>
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5/3/2012 - Tucson Lifestyle Magazine May 2012 <a href="http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=109438&p=30">Click here to read article in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine May 2012 issue.</a> Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 4/30/2012 - Check out Amy's ice cream special @ Austin, Texas airport!
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4/27/2012 - Keep on loving them, year after year The Midwest's finest rock 'n' roll bands are rolling into town Thursday for one night of "best-of" power ballads and rousing rockers.</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> "I think if you look at the combined track record, the music featured is the soundtrack for many, many people's lives," Styx lead vocalist/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan said in an interview.</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> The triple-threat tour (aka "The Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express") features megaplatinum Illinois rock vets Styx and REO Speedwagon and Motor City Madman Ted Nugent. Together they have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> "What works with this lineup is people get to hear three different sets from bands that have withstood the test of time," Gowan said.</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> "The Styx/REO combination is a magical thing," REO frontman Kevin Cronin said in an interview. "Tommy (Shaw) and I have known each other for a long time. He's a special human being. … I think the guy is talented beyond your wildest dreams he can play anything, sing anything. Tommy's just got this great musical strength."</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> The Nuge fits right into the picture, too. "Tommy goes way back with Ted Nugent, when they played in Damn Yankees (a band consisting of Shaw, Nugent, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, and Michael Cartellone)," Gowan said.</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> Gowan, who is a wellknown solo artist in his home country of Canada, produced his own No. 1 album back in 1985, when his LP "Strange Animal" became triple platinum certified in Canada. In 1996, his path crossed with Styx, when he opened for it when it played Montreal and Quebec. He has been with the band for 15 years now, following a phone call he received from Shaw, who asked him to replace former lead singer Dennis DeYoung.</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> "At the time the call came in for me to be in the band, I had enjoyed a successful career in Canada, England and Europe and I really felt like, 'OK, I played enough here and overseas and I really want to try something else.' "</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> Transitioning into Styx clicked, Gowan said. "I grew up during a progressiverock era that embraced Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Queen. These bands were bigger than life because they put certain theatrical elements into their shows and I was drawn to that just that rock theater in the showmanship that was present with Freddie Mercury and Elton John. And Styx, who has always had a theatrical dimension to them, resonated with me."</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> REO Speedwagon, which had the biggest-selling rock album in 1981 with "Hi Infidelity" a whopping 10 million copies sold continues to define the essence of arena rock with its fun-loving, nostalgic tunes "Ridin' the Storm Out," "Roll With the Changes," "Time for Me to Fly," "Keep on Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling."</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> Cronin said after three decades out on the road, touring continues to be a blast. "What's not to love? I'm basically doing the same thing that I was doing when I was 13 years old, and to me, the dream is still evolving. Plus, I get to stand onstage with four of my best friends in the world. We're out there like Robin Hood and his merry men."</span><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><br style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"> Nugent, the former lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes and an established solo performer, has become even more famous for his conservative political opinions and his defense of hunting and gun ownership rights <a href="http://epaper.abqjournal.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=SkQvMjAxMi8wNC8yNyNBcjA0OTAx&Mode=HTML&Locale=english-skin-custom">Click here to read article. </a>
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4/27/2012 - In March Kevin travelled to Montreal, Quebec to perform with the finalists of a French - Canadian TV <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/10150719550983499" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/10150719550983499" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 PDT 4/23/2012 - Presale Announcement Attention Fans! We have a Fan Club presale starting for REO Speedwagon on Tuesday, April 24th. August 21 - Benton Franklin Fair - Kennewick, WA (presale will continue through Friday, April 27 at 2pm.) Please note: This venue doesn't allow presale of the first 10 rows ---- so the seats that we have are in rows K, L and M. Seats in the first 10 rows are sold IN PERSON only on the on-sale date this Saturday --- no online sales of rows 1-10. Presale will start at 10am local venue time on Tuesday (10am EST for KY and 10am CST for MO) <a href="http://tickets.reospeedwagon.com/">Click here to buy your tickets!!!</a> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:00:00 PDT 4/14/2012 - Reo Speedwagon,Real Artist Working 2 <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q2u1rWM7s4s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:00:00 PDT 4/10/2012 - Presale Announcement <p><strong>Dear REO Speedwagon Fans, <center><br />We are happy to announce that REO Speedwagon will be joining Styx and Ted Nugent to bring you "The Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express" Tour starting in May. <br />Most importantly, we have your opportunity to buy tickets early!!!! See you at the show! <br />We have REO Speedwagon Fan Club presale starting Tuesday, April 10th. Presale will start at 10am local venue time on Tuesday (10am EST for KY and 10am CST for MO) <br />June 19 - Hartman Areana - Wichita, KS <br /><a href="http://tickets.reospeedwagon.com/">Click here to Buy your presale Tickets!!!</a> <br /> <br />We also have the following dates still available for presale: <br />May 15 - O'Reilly Family Event Center - Springfield, MO <br />June 23 - Godman Army Airfield - Fort Knox, KY <hr /> <br />REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX, AND TED NUGENT SET TO LAUNCH "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS" TOUR<br /> <br />Over 80 million albums sold worldwide. 12 Top 10 smash hit singles. Thousands of concerts performed. The time has come for the ultimate convergence of Rock's finest from the Midwest. REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will join forces for "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" 30-date U.S. tour. Rolling out May 1 in Hidalgo, TX, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 22.<br /> <br />"Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs," exclaims STYX guitarist/singer James "JY" Young. "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!"<br /> <br />I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values," continues REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist 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. I am ready to climb aboard the 'Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!' Rock On baby!"<br /> <br />As STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw proclaims, "It's gonna be a Twang Fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base. In other words, a real good time."<br /> <br />Ted Nugent couldn't agree more. "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."<br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EPX3UUqV-cg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </strong></center> <br /><hr /><b><H2> <center><p><strong>Check out "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.</strong></center> <center> <br />Tue 5/1 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena On-Sale 3/9 <br />Thu 5/3 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion On-Sale 3/3 <br />* Fri 5/4 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/10 (no Ted Nugent) <br />Sat 5/5 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino On-Sale 3/3 <br />Sun 5/6 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre On-Sale 3/17 <br />Tue 5/8 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre On-Sale 2/25 <br />Thu 5/10 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Arena On-Sale 3/2 <br />Fri 5/11 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/3 <br />* Sat 5/12 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion On-Sale 3/10 (no Ted Nugent) <br />Sun 5/13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/3 <br />Sun 5/15 Springfield, MO O'Reilly Family Events Center On-Sale 4/3 <br />Thu 5/17 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/10 <br />Sun 5/18 Bristow,VA Jiffy Lube Live On-Sale 3/16 <br />Sat 5/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/17 <br />Sun 5/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/2 <br />Tue 6/19 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena On-Sale 4/10 <br />Thu 6/21 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/2 <br />Fri 6/22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/9 <br />Sat 6/23 Ft. Knox, KY Godman Army Airfield On-Sale 4/14 <br />Sun 6/24 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion On-Sale 3/10 <br />Tue 6/26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center On-Sale 3/10 <br />Thu 6/28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre On-Sale 3/3 <br />Sat 6/30 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center On-Sale 3/3 <br />Sun 7/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr 3/3 <br />Tue 7/3 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino On-Sale 3/2 <br />Thu 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena On-Sale 3/30 <br />Fri 7/6 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage On-Sale 3/1 <br />Sat 7/7 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion On-Sale 3/2 <br />Sun 7/8 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Pavilion On-Sale 3/10 </center><br /> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 PDT 4/7/2012 - REO Speedwagon, STYX, & Ted Nugent - The Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express 2012 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EPX3UUqV-cg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:00:00 PDT 4/5/2012 - REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin Recalls His First Ted Nugent Concert REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin Recalls His First Ted Nugent Concert<br /> by: Matt Wardlaw Yesterday <br /> Stephen Shugerman/ Jamie Squire, Getty Images <br /> REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin has probably been called many things throughout his lengthy career as vocalist for the group, but perhaps "human pogo stick" is an additional title which should be added. Cronin's energetic and unflagging enthusiasm for the REO mission was evident in the verbally animated conversation that he had with Ultimate Classic Rock about the upcoming 'Midwest Rock N' Roll Express' tour featuring REO Speedwagon, Styx and the inimitable Ted Nugent. <br /> Styx and REO have shared the stage many times, but the addition of 'Terrible' Ted injects a new element that Cronin is looking forward to. Historically, Nugent left quite an impression when he shared the stage with REO Speedwagon in the '70s. <br /> "We opened for Ted in San Francisco and I remember, we played and I had never heard him play live, so I snuck around to the back of the arena and I was as far as you could possibly get from the stage and I opened the door to walk into the room to watch Ted and literally, the sound coming from the stage was so loud that I felt like someone hit me in the face with a frying pan, man. It just nailed me to the wall. I couldn’t even believe it - his guitar was just like raging." <br /> "Ted just brings that insane raw crazy screaming energy and I understand Derek St.Holmes is going to be back singing with him this summer, which is a treat, because Derek's great." <br /> Although the on-stage combination of Styx and REO Speedwagon is a friendly and familiar one, you can expect that both groups will still be working hard to bring their A-game, a head-to-head competition of sorts that has been going on for decades. <br /> When REO Speedwagon released an expanded edition of their landmark 'Hi Infidelity' release last year in celebration of its 30th anniversary, Styx's Tommy Shaw remembered all too well that the members of his band were definitely paying close attention at the time the album was released. <br /> "Kevin and I go way back, having met right about the time I joined Styx. There was probably no one more keenly aware of their chart positions than we were for all those weeks back in 1981." <br /> Cronin says that the competitive spirit, perhaps downgraded these days to a friendly rivalry, still remains intact. <br /> "You know, it's kind of like if two sports teams get together and they’re both kind of the top teams in their division and when they meet, it's a special game, that's how I feel when we play with Styx. We love those guys, but still, we want people to leave the arena humming an REO Speedwagon song. They want people to leave the arena humming a Styx song, but at the same time, it's a very supportive and friendly atmosphere." <br /> "We know how good those guys are - we know that they're going to come out and bring it every night and they know that about us too. Neither band is comfortable resting on past achievements both bands are bringing it every night on stage, so just knowing that, we raise the bar on each other every time we play together. When REO Speedwagon and Styx are on tour together, if you're a fan of either band, it's a good time to see us, because we're going to be really motivated to go out there and play 110% per night." <br /> The opening bell for the tour will sound on May 1 in Hidalgo, Texas and is tentatively set to wrap up on July 8 in Bangor, Maine. Regarding any possible jamming between the three groups, Cronin says that the tour will be a "free-for-all," making a very intentional Nugent reference and "if anyone wants to come up and join in, we’re into it." <br /> <a href="http://ultimateclassicrock.com/reo-speedwagon-kevin-cronin-recalls-first-ted-nugent-encounter/">Read article here</a>
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3/21/2012 - March Fun Fact ON THIS DATE (34 YEARS AGO) March 16, 1978 REO Speedwagon: You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish is released. # ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4.5/5 # Allmusic 4/5 # Rolling Stone (see original review below) You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish, REO Speedwagon's seventh studio album, was the first to be co-produced by lead singer Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Gary Richrath. The album was REO's first to make the Top 40, peaking at #29. The album sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. which led it to go 2x Platinum. This is the first album to feature Bruce Hall on bass. He replaced Gregg Philbin. The album became one of REO's best sellers of the '70s (a decade in which the band was better known for their live shows than any hit singles), and showed that they were finally breaking through to a wide audience. Two REO classics reside here--the rockers "Roll with the Changes" and "Time for Me to Fly," making You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish a pivotal album in REO's career. ORIGINAL ROLLING STONE REVIEW No matter how catchy and feisty it may be, REO Speedwagon's eighth album unfortunately duplicates the problem that has prevented the band from becoming a blockbusting Seventies act: its facelessness. Though Speedwagon's cheery heavy metal/power pop builds momentum from rhythmic snappiness, reinforced chords and exuberantly ripe harmonies in a manner that mops the floor with such carnivores as Kiss or Angel, all the songs here are somewhat shackled by undistinguished, though likeable, lead vocals and dull lyrics. Maybe this group could really command attention if it adopted some cenceptual pretensions or searched out a wonderfully slimy lead singer like Queen's Freddie Mercury. That aside, You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish is probably one of REO's strongest efforts. Because of the band's melodic flair and creative theft, Speedwagon at times demonstrates that facelessness can be its own reward: "Lucky for You" cleverly fuses Poco's bounciness, some Southern-style twin lead guitars and the Ramones' buzzsaw rock & roll, while "Do You Know Where Your Woman Is Tonight?" is tasty, ersatz Fleetwood Mac. The LP derives additional power from the group's textured, crisp self-production. This is best illustrated by the electric and acoustic guitar work on "Blazin' Your Own Trail Again," a song that mates metallic thunder with country-rock bouyancy. Without undue strain, rock & roll zealots could argue that REO Speedwagon makes everything sound too damned friendly, that the band's music lacks any genuine tension. But what helps free the group from such criticism is its vivacious professionalism and finely crafted songs, both of which are definitely in abundance here. ~ Mitchell Schneider, Rolling Stone, 6/29/78. TRACKS: "Roll with the Changes" (Kevin Cronin) - 5:37 "Time for Me to Fly" (Cronin) - 3:42 "Runnin' Blind" (Gary Richrath/Debbie Mackron) - 3:08 "Blazin' Your Own Trail Again" (Cronin) - 3:32 "Sing to Me" (Richrath) - 2:34 "Lucky for You" (Richrath/Cronin) - 5:02 "Do You Know Where Your Woman Is Tonight?" (Richrath) - 2:53 "The Unidentified Flying Tuna Trot" (Richrath) - 2:17 "Say You Love Me or Say Goodnight" (Richrath/Cronin) - 4:58 �" with Bruce Hall.
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3/15/2012 - Monster Jam <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/412371168778308" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/412371168778308" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 PDT 3/13/2012 - Rockline Radio - Interviews and music from classic rockers and cutting edge superstars! Kevin Cronin from REO SPEEDWAGON will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn this Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Kevin toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast. <a href="http://www.rocklineradio.com/">Click here to see more details!</a>
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3/11/2012 - Concert Photo's from Tampa, FL (photo credit: Stephaniellen Photography) Concert Photo's from Tampa, FL (photo credit: Stephaniellen Photography)<a href="http://stephaniellenphotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/reo-speedwagon-concert-busch-gardens-tampa-florida/">Click here to see website</a>
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Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 PST
2/25/2012 - We want to thank our buddies in Styx for helping us get presale tickets to all our fans. We want to thank our buddies in Styx for helping us get presale tickets to all our fans. It took a little longer than we expected to set up our presale ticketing system and the Styx boys came to our rescue. See you at the show! REO Speedwagon <a href="http://tickets.turnupgroup.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=14">Click here to Buy your Tickets!!!</a> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:00:00 PST 2/21/2012 - REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX, AND TED NUGENT SET TO LAUNCH "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS" TOUR <br />Over 80 million albums sold worldwide. 12 Top 10 smash hit singles. Thousands of concerts performed. The time has come for the ultimate convergence of Rock's finest from the Midwest. REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will join forces for "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" 30-date U.S. tour. Rolling out May 1 in Hidalgo, TX, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 22.<br /> <br />"Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs," exclaims STYX guitarist/singer James "JY" Young. "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!"<br /> <br />I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values," continues REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist 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. I am ready to climb aboard the 'Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!' Rock On baby!"<br /> <br />As STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw proclaims, "It's gonna be a Twang Fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base. In other words, a real good time."<br /> <br />Ted Nugent couldn't agree more. "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."<br /> <br />Check out "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.<br /> <br />Tue 5/1 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena On-Sale 3/9 <br />Thu 5/3 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion On-Sale 3/3 <br />* Fri 5/4 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/10 (no Ted Nugent) <br />Sat 5/5 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino On-Sale 3/3 <br />Sun 5/6 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre On-Sale TBA <br />Tue 5/8 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre On-Sale 2/25 <br />Thu 5/10 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Arena On-Sale 3/2 <br />Fri 5/11 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/3 <br />* Sat 5/12 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion On-Sale 3/10 (no Ted Nugent) <br />Sun 5/13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/3 <br />Thu 5/17 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/10 <br />Sat 5/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/10 <br />Sun 5/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/2 <br />Thu 6/21 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/2 <br />Fri 6/22 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On-Sale 3/9 <br />Sat 6/23 Ft. Knox, KY Godman Army Airfield On-Sale 4/14 <br />Sun 6/24 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion On-Sale 3/9 <br />Tue 6/26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center On-Sale 3/10 <br />Thu 6/28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre On-Sale 3/3 <br />Fri 6/29 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain On-Sale 3/2 <br />Sat 6/30 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center On-Sale 3/3 <br />Sun 7/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr 3/3 <br />Tue 7/3 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino On-Sale 3/2 <br />Thu 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena On-Sale 3/30 <br />Fri 7/6 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage On-Sale 3/1 <br />Sat 7/7 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion On-Sale 3/2 <br /> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 PST 2/11/2012 - The Obama Spotify Playlist: A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Indie and REO Speedwagon Three musical touchstones that have probably never been associated with President Obama are country, "raw choral pop" and REO Speedwagon. Yet those are three of the revelations of a Spotify playlist created by the president's campaign staff, released via a Twitter message Thursday morning.<br /> Some of the 28 songs on the list predictably follow the president’s tastes, like Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together," a few seconds of which he sang at a fund-raising event at the Apollo Theater last month. (His 10-second excerpt helped the download sales of Mr. Green's original version jump 490 percent in a week.) Also present are Aretha Franklin (her cover of "The Weight" by the Band), the latest single from Bruce Springsteen ("We Take Care of Our Own") and the Impressions' classic soul number "Keep on Pushing."<br /> As Mr. Obama heads toward a re-election campaign, those songs, along with others by Electric Light Orchestra ("Mr. Blue Sky") and Raphael Saadiq ("Keep Marchin' "), convey themes of persistence, patience and a light at the end of the tunnel.<br /> But there are some surprises, like the preponderance of country music. Seven of the songs one-fourth of the list are in the country or country-rock genres, including two each by Sugarland and Darius Rucker, plus Dierks Bentley, the Zac Brown Band and Montgomery Gentry.<br /> Could that be a calculated effort to reach "heartland" voters, or does the president just have some twang fans on staff?<br /> A spokeswoman, Katie Hogan, said that the playlist had been put together over the last couple of weeks from suggestions made by campaign staff members and volunteers, and that it represented only the beginning of what might grow to be a longer list. According to a note identifying the playlist, the list includes "a few of President Obama's favorites."<br /> U2 ("Even Better Than the Real Thing"), James Taylor ("Your Smiling Face") and, yes, REO Speedwagon ("Roll With the Changes") represent mainstream rock, and the indie-rock world comes through strong with Wilco, Arcade Fire and AgesandAges, a little-known band from the indie capital and Democratic stronghold of Portland, Ore., whose bright sound has been described by local critics as "raw choral pop."<br /> One slight surprise is the absence of Stevie Wonder, an Obama family favorite whose music was frequently used in the president's 2008 campaign.<br /> What songs do you recommend for the president's playlist, personally or politically?<br /> <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/the-obama-spotify-playlist-a-little-bit-country-a-little-bit-indie-plus-reo-speedwagon/?smid=tw-mediadecodernyt2&seid=auto">Click here to see full article</a>
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2/11/2012 - KC and his wife Lisa sing the National Anthem before an LA Kings/Washington Capitals game in Los Ang <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/356621484362976" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/356621484362976" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:00:00 PST 1/31/2012 - REO Speedwagon Keeps Pushing REO Speedwagon, one of the best Rock and Roll bands rolled into the Magic Casino last night Friday January 27th, 2012 with their arsenal of hits stretching from the 70's through today. They rolled out great classics like "Roll with the Changes","Like you do", "Riding the Storm Out", "Don't let him go", "Back on the Road again" and my favorite "Take it on the Run"!! There is no other band than that can pump up and inspire an audience like these guys from Champaign, Illinois. Once they took the stage you knew that you were in for an incredible night. Their live shows are always energetic and the main reason why they are still touring after 43 years and last night was no exception. The band kicked! Beginning with an acoustic intro of Roll with the changes and heading right into "Keep Pushing" Their uplifting music and lyrics like "Keep Pushing" followed by great classics like "Music Man" and "Golden Country" to highlights like"Time for me to Fly", an acoustic version of"Keep the Fire Burning", the ever popular "I Can't Fight this Feeling" and "Keep on Loving You" propelled them into a state never before reached. Their musicianship has never been more pronounced. REO broke new ground last night with their extended intros and tacets. It wasn't the more famous line up, but it didn't seem to matter. They flew from one song to another to the delight of everyone. Kevin Cronin's and Bruce Hall's voices were spot on, as was Neal's keyboards and Bryan Hitt's (The Hitman) drumming. Dave Amato's lead guitar could have been brought a bit during certain songs but that was it. They were amazing, and completed enthralled the sold out crowd. REO has always remained powerful, uplifting and just pure damn fun! Believe me, If you have never had the chance to see these guys do what they were born to do, don't hesitate. It will be one of the best concerts ever. <a href="http://m.examiner.com/local-music-in-miami/reo-speedwagon-keeps-pushing-review">Click here to see article</a> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:00:00 PST 1/20/2012 - LA Kings: Q&A with Kevin Cronin By Jeff Moeller Q&A with Kevin Cronin By Jeff Moeller <br /> LA Kings: Q&A with Kevin Cronin By Jeff Moeller <br /> Kevin Cronin, lead singer for REO Speedwagon, spent some time with LAKings.com after he sang the national anthem at a Kings game this past January. <br /> He answered the following questions about hockey/the Kings, sports, the music industry and his long and successful career. <br /> Q: You performed the National Anthem with your wife at the Kings game on January 9 at STAPLES Center. Can you talk about the experience? <br /> A: I am an avid sports fan. I got into music because I was too short to be good. Not only was I short but the word uncoordinated comes to mind. Still I was a closet point guard in my mind I was going to be a point guard, shortstop, you name it. But really I have so much respect for pro athletes, just the level of talent, level of dedication, level of hard work these guys do. Any time you're watching a guy or girl who makes it to the pros, whatever sport it is, whether it's hockey, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, you watch someone do that thing when they get to the top of their game, and it's just a thing of beauty. I can't get enough of it. So the secret is that the main reason we like to sing the anthem is it gets us into the game. It is one of the perks of our business. <br /> Q: In talking to you before the interview, it is clear you and the Kings go back a number of years, right? <br /> A: Back in the day, when the Kings used to play in the Forum, that was a special time for us because we used to perform at the Forum and I was a Senate Seat Holder so I was at the Lakers games and Kings games and the concerts whenever we were in town. Now that I'm a dad, I've got three little kids and we live a little farther away so I don't get in here as often, but I always love to see a hockey game and I love to see the Kings live and in person. I brought my 12 year old twin boys, and we came to a Kings game I think two years ago. We got here for the January game and had dinner up in the Lexus Club and it was beautiful. The Kings treated us great and they were looking over the balcony watching the guys just doing the skate around. I saw my sons and their jaws were just hanging down. You watch the game on TV and it's exciting, but boy, when you see it live and in person, there's nothing like seeing the guys doing their thing. I get a kick out of it. <br /> Q: Everyone's got their favorite sports moments, athletes, etc. For you, what comes to mind? <br /> A: I was born and raised in Chicago, so when I think of going to see live sports, we lived on the South side so we were White Sox fans at the old Comiskey Park, in left field, there was a hot dog stand. It was kind of built behind the left field wall, and that part of the wall was kind of like a chain link fence, so we would buy 75 cent tickets that were so far away you could barely see the game, but then we'd go down to the hot dog stand and Minnie Minoso was the left fielder for the Chicago White Sox and me and my buddies would go down there and say, 'Hey Minnie, how you doing man?' and he would turn around and wave to us. I just remember being eight or nine years old when they won the pennant in 1959 so when I see my boys, that's why I like to bring them to the hockey game, to see the Lakers play. Sports have just been a part of my life that has been such a good thing for people, for kids learning to play on a team, for spectators. Professional sports just bring people together. I'm just a fan, what can I tell you? <br /> Q: As we begin to transition to music, a lot of people who follow sports collect things. I would think a lot of people in your business collect things. Do you collect sports stuff and/or music stuff from over the years? <br /> A: Yeah my gym at home is a little sports museum. I've got my Lakers basketball with Magic and Kareem and Worthy on it, and right next to it my Celtics ball with Bird and McHale and those guys. A John McEnroe tennis racket, a couple of Kings sticks from when Bernie Nicholls and those guys were on the team. I'll tell you, one of my great sports moments, I was sitting in the press box after singing the national anthem at a Cleveland game and we were sitting right up in about the third deck above home plate, and it was open, it was below the net and I swear I was sitting right along the fence, and of course you're always hoping to catch a foul ball. I was sitting up there and Albert Belle is up to bat. He's having this long, long at bat and he's just fouling off balls. It was a big game and he hit a foul ball and it came straight backwards and you know how when you're sitting in the stands and a foul ball is coming close to where you are, even if it's not coming that close to you, but your adrenaline is still going and you're thinking maybe I’m going to get this? I swear I sat there, put my right hand up, the ball reached its apex and dropped right into my hand. It didn't even sting it was like Albert hit it to me. <br /> Q: Last July you released a 30 year disc set. Is it hard for you to imagine 30 years have come and gone when it comes to your successful career? <br /> A: Well it doesn't feel like 30 years at all, and I'll tell you, I always like to look forward, I’m not in to looking backwards and a lot of anniversaries have come and gone. And for some reason the Hi Infidelity 30th Anniversary Edition kind of struck a chord with the whole band and we thought that for some reason the vibe was ‘lets embrace this' because we thought about how our lives changed and I can divide my life into what happened before the Hi Infidelity record and what happened after the Hi Infidelity record because 1981 was such an amazing year for us so we just figured that we should really get into this one so that's why we really put out the double disc commemorative CD. We then performed songs on the record, probably seven or eight songs off that record every night. I'll tell you, though, we are just so fortunate that people just took that music that we made in the late 70s and through the 80s and it just never really went away. People use it in movies, and product commercials, and TV shows, and rock radio plays us. We're just so fortunate that we’re still touring. We're going to be out on the road soon with a big show and it's just, let's put it this way, and really lucky guy. <br /> Q: During the making of those songs back then, did you have a sense as a singer/songwriter that when you were together and recording it that you really were on to something special? Or did the success come out of nowhere in essence? <br /> A: With every record we wouldn't be in the studio unless we thought we had songs worth sharing and were special. So every time you go into the studio you go in with that feeling, but usually sometime during the recording, as things are coming together, you go 'Wow, that sounds pretty good, other people might catch on to this.’ But by the time we released the Hi Infidelity record we were feeling our own. But you still never know, you can make a really good record, but that doesn't mean that the stars are going to be aligned so you can have that special thing that happens, just momentous when things start going and word of mouth starts going. I mean we sold six million records in one year back then and then we had 10 records that no one had heard of before and then they started selling. It was a big year, all of our Rock N' Roll dreams came true, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. It was pretty amazing. <br /> Q: The music industry right now, what do you like about it? <br /> A: Well, the industry kind of got lost for a few years because everything changed with the digital revolution and iTunes and I think it's great because I'm all about getting people to hear my music. And luckily I don't have anything to do with the business side of it, I just write songs and make records and it's like I don't care how people hear it as long as they hear it. But I think the business part of it went through a big transition. Now I think people are getting it, people are understanding it and young bands have so many different opportunities now with the Internet and all to get their music across, and I believe good music will always find it's way into people's hearts and you just can't be intimidated by the new technology. Just embrace it and ride the wave as long as you can. Q: You have written and/or recorded hundreds of songs. For fun, how do you remember all the words to them? A: There are times during a show when our guitar player will be playing a solo, and I'll be back there grooving, and as I'm walking up to the microphone my mind will be blank and I have no idea what's going to be happen. I walk up to the mic and I open my mouth and somehow magically the words come out. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 PST 1/2/2012 - A musical artists' work never stops, even on their most recognizable songs. A musical artists' work never stops, even on their most recognizable songs. REO works on the live version of "Can't Fight This Feeling" at soundcheck before the show in Red Wing, MN on December 31st, 2011. <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/356927144322711" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/356927144322711" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Mon, 02 Jan 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/31/2011 - New Year's Eve Greeting From Red Wing, Minnesota. <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/355385521143540" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/355385521143540" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/21/2011 - Kevin Cronin Interview at the Mark and Brian Xmas Show Rehearsal <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ReVP5-RiMTI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/21/2011 - "Back on the Roof Again"! - Bruce Hall
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Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST
12/19/2011 - M&B Xmas Show: Kathleen Madigan and Kevin Cronin M&B Xmas Show: Kathleen Madigan and Kevin Cronin <a href="http://www.955klos.com/article.asp?id=2357794&SPID=33807">Download the show here</a>
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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST
12/17/2011 - REO "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" with Bonus Tracks! REO "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" with Bonus Tracks! KC wants the fans to know this version includes a bunch of cool NEW songs Featuring the REO Speedwagon Acoustic Christmas Song "I Believe in Santa Claus" written by Kevin Cronin and Bruce Hall. <a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/page3.html"> Purchase this Autographed CD</a>
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Sat, 17 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST
12/12/2011 - THE MARK & BRIAN CHRISTMAS SHOW on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th at 7p at NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE CUMULUS Classic Rocker KLOS (95.5)/LOS ANGELES morning team MARK & BRIAN will host THE MARK & BRIAN CHRISTMAS SHOW on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th at 7p at NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE. Portions of the proceeds benefit the EISNER PEDIATRIC & FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER. THE MARK & BRIAN CHRISTMAS SHOW will feature THE STEVE MILLER BAND, THE MARK & BRIAN ALL-STAR BAND with SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY (VAN HALEN), KEVIN CRONIN (REO SPEEDWAGON), STEVE LUKATHER (TOTO), JOE SATRIANI, KENNY ARNOFF, MARC BONILLA as well as comedian KATHLEEN MADIGAN. <a href="http://http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/98539/klos-announces-the-mark-brian-chrismas-show">Click here to see more details.</a>
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Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST
12/8/2011 - Kevin is confirmed to talk to Mark & Brian for their trivia game: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011 8:30 am Kevin is confirmed to talk to Mark & Brian for their trivia game: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011 8:30- 8:45 AM PACIFIC KLOS 95.5 Mark & Brian Morning Show <a href="http://www.955klos.com/">Click here for details!</a>
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Thu, 08 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST
12/1/2011 - REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin with HPR's Dave Lawrence <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Vg9Quy6xIc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/22/2011 - Don't Push Play: Adele's "Someone Like You" transcends sadness among species In 2011, Adele's "Someone Like You" seems to be the breakup song du jour. A friend of mine once had a girlfriend break up with him by calling him and playing REO Speedwagon's "Time for Me to Fly" into the phone. Another friend got through her mess by cleaning house to Yaz' "Situation (Move On)". Sure, there will always be the cynics like Frank Zappa who say "broken hearts are for assholes," but let's face it, can't we all use a good cry once in a while? "Sometimes it lasts...sometimes it hurts instead," Adele mourns about love. And sometimes it does both if you don’t get antibiotics for it. <a href="http://www.heyreverb.com/2011/11/18/adele-someone-like-you-snl/">Click here to see video</a> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/17/2011 - REO Speedwagon Concert Is Almost Here Classic rock band REO Speedwagon's concert in the MACC's Castle Theater on Sunday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m is rapidly approaching.<br /> REO Speedwagon's music is the classically loud, fast, and adrenaline-pumping old-school rock that has survived decades. The band has taken advantage of music technology over the years, especially in the 1980s, but they continue to deliver their signature sound to audiences globally every year.<br /> The original REO Speedwagon was formed in Champaign, Illinois in 1967 and has since changed band members several times. The group currently consists of five members, Neal Doughty (keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizers), Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, pian0), Bruce Hall (bass guitar, vocals), Dave Amato (lead guitar, banjo, dobro, backing vocals, 12 string guitar), and Bryan Hitt (drums, percussion).<br /> The band is best known for their chart-topping hit album "Hi Infidelity," released in the 80s. Since their debut decades ago, REO Speedwagon has sold 22 million albums in the US and 40 million worldwide.<br /> REO Speedwagon 2007 album cover.<br /> Maui REO Speedwagon fans can look forward to hearing classic hits at the upcoming concert including "Keep On Loving You," "Take It On The Run" and "Time for Me To Fly" Their most recent album, "Find Your Own Way Home," was released in 2007.<br /> Tickets can be purchased by calling the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW or online at mauiarts.org.<br /> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2011 - REO Speedwagon keeps on rollin' at Penn's Peak If there was any question about whom classic radio rockers REO Speedwagon is targeting as its audience these days, the start of its concert Thursday at Penn's Peak cleared it up. <br /> The band opened with six straight songs from its biggest-selling-by-far album “Hi Infidelity,” released in 1980. It played just two songs newer than that (none less than 24 years old), eight from the 1970s and one that was 40 years old.<br />Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The near-sellout crowd certainly enjoyed them perhaps because, largely middle-aged, they were precisely the crowd REO is targeting these days. <br /> But it was more than that. A lot of the songs in the 15-song, 90-minute set -- especially the hits -- are still very good. And the band played them with a freshness, authenticity and energy that belied their age. The fact that REO has embraced its classic rock status doesn’t mean its music has diminished at all. <br /> The show started with the chronologically first two cuts from "Hi Infidelity." The opening "Don't Let Him Go" perfectly captured the wall-of-sound '80s vibe, and the voice of singer Kevin Cronin wearing glasses and with a shock of bleached hair -- was well-preserved. <br /> And while "Keep On Lovin' You" was great Dave Amato’s guitar was spot-on you have to question a band playing its biggest hit (and only platinum-seller) as the night's second song. <br /> But Cronin explained the run of "Hi Infidelity" songs by saying, "Guess what? It's been, unbelievably, 30 years" since the release of the nine-times-platinum disc (actually, Nov. 21 marks 31 years). "So we're going to play a whole bunch of songs from 'Hi Infidelity.' Sing along; have some fun." <br /> What followed was a microcosm of REO's career: Its hits are great, but it had just five Top 15 songs in its long run at the top (one of which, "Keep the Fire Burning," they didn’t play Thursday). The rest of its songs, while still entertaining, were far below the quality of those hits. <br /> So when bassist Bruce Hall sang "Someone Tonight" or Cronin waved in grand gestures on "Tough Guys," they did well, but the audience was clearly waiting for songs such as "Take It On the Run" with which they sang along (and finished) as the band's three guitarists lined up at the front of the stage. <br /> "Keep Pushin'" was energetic ("We stand before you tonight with one intention to party!" Cronin told the crowd). "That Ain't Love" which Cronin sang alone on acoustic guitar -- was stripped-down and intense. And "Son of a Poor Man" was tight. <br /> But the crowd reacted far better to "Can't Fight This Feeling," with Amato again nailing the guitar solos and Cronin singing well. <br /> And not all of the deeper cuts held up that well. The 40-year-old song, "Golden Country," was clunky and outdated (but got a big cheer, anyway), and so was "Back on the Road Again," with its too-long solos and Hall again singing. <br /> Cronin connected with that more mature crowd, saying Penn's Peak is "perfect for us, we love it," giving a shout-out to Nazareth-based Martin Guitar ("Every time you play a Marin Guitar, you fall in love," he said before playing one on "That Ain't Love"), and he noted his recent 60th birthday, saying "It's how you feel we don't have to get old." His energy level and voice which flagged a very few times on the night showed that. <br /> And he also joked about the crowd's shouted song suggestions: "Requesting songs you know we don't know how to play. Besides, 'Come Sail Away' is a Styx song," he said before jokingly singing a few bars in a falsetto. <br /> And they cemented that connection with "Time for Me to Fly," Cronin playing a long intro on a 12-string guitar that drew cheers of recognition. The crowd sang along and waved its arms. And then they closed the set with an 11-minute "Roll With the Changes," Cronin briefly playing keyboards for the only time in the night. <br /> Then, as the encore, they played "Ridin' the Storm Out," a 34-year-old cut. But the title was perfect for REO Speedwagon as a band, and for the audience it's targeting these days. <br /> <a href="http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2011/11/reo-speedwagon-keeps-on-rollin-at-penns-peak.html">Click here to see article.</a>
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Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST
11/8/2011 - REO Play The Montana State Fair <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/296573510367774" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/296573510367774" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/3/2011 - THE MARK & BRIAN CHRISTMAS SHOW on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th at 7p at NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE. CUMULUS Classic Rocker KLOS (95.5)/LOS ANGELES morning team MARK & BRIAN will host THE MARK & BRIAN CHRISTMAS SHOW on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th at 7p at NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE. Portions of the proceeds benefit the EISNER PEDIATRIC & FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER THE MARK & BRIAN CHRISTMAS SHOW will feature THE STEVE MILLER BAND, THE MARK & BRIAN ALL-STAR BAND with SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY (VAN HALEN), KEVIN CRONIN (REO SPEEDWAGON), STEVE LUKATHER (TOTO), JOE SATRIANI, KENNY ARNOFF, MARC BONILLA as well as comedian KATHLEEN MADIGAN. <a href="http://http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/98539/klos-announces-the-mark-brian-chrismas-show">Click here to see more details.</a> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PDT 10/22/2011 - In Search of Ice Cream <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/288797311145394" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/288797311145394" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:00:00 PDT 10/16/2011 - Meet The Crew at 33,000 ft <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/286111161414009" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/286111161414009" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:00:00 PDT 10/12/2011 - The Excitement of the Road <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/284330371592088" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/284330371592088" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 PDT 10/9/2011 - REO at The Electric Forest Festival, Michigan <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/282723738419418" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/282723738419418" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 00:00:00 PDT 9/20/2011 - ALL FOR THE HALL FEATURING KEVIN CRONIN ZAC BROWN, KEVIN CRONIN, SHERYL CROW, VINCE GILL AND EMMYLOU HARRIS SHARE STORIES AND SONGS AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM'S ALL FOR THE HALL LOS ANGELES BENEFIT <br><br> Museum Hosted 3rd Annual Guitar-Pull at Los Angeles Club Nokia at L.A. Live <br><br> LOS ANGELES, California, September 15, 2011 Zac Brown looked across at the two Country Music Hall of Famers and two veteran rock stars who shared the Club Nokia stage with him as part of the September 13 All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraising concert. He then modestly suggested that he didn't belong in such esteemed company. <br><br> More than two hours later, however, Brown's powerful performances proved him wrong, as his songs fit nicely alongside those of Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, and Emmylou Harris. When Brown finished a solo acoustic version of his song "Free," in which he broke into Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" in the middle of the song, the other four stars smiled and applauded. <br><br> "Zac, you're the man," screamed a fan from the balcony. Harris, from three stools away, looked at Brown admiringly and simply stated a reverent, "Thank you."Cronin, who was next in line as the five singer-songwriters took turns performing songs with just acoustic guitar accompaniment, added, "I remember buying Zac's first record and thinking, Here's a young man playing songs that Vince, Sheryl, and I can relate to, because it's similar chord structure and similar storytelling." But then, man, you take the songs, and you just take it to a whole new level." <br><br> is quiet humility showing, stammered a bit and said, "Me, being kind of the new guy, it's just an honor being up here with all you people."<br /> <br><br> That exchange typifies what makes the annual All for the Hall concerts such one-of-a-kind experiences. The five songwriters come from different generations, different genres, and different backgrounds from across the United States. Yet this intimate concert done as a Nashville-style guitar pull, with all the performers lined up across the stage at once, playing a song at a time, then moving to the next also demonstrated a spirit of creative unity. Most of the time they joined in with each other, singing harmony, or adding their guitars. Gill, in particular, offered lead guitar licks to nearly every performance. <br><br> The All for the Hall concerts don't feature a set list, and the performers often decide what to do on the spur of the moment, depending on what others have just performed, or to fit the mood they're in when their turn comes around. "You'll hear some great songs, possibly some new songs, because we don't really know which songs they'll do, but then neither do the songwriters," explained Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in his opening remarks. <br><br> That foreshadowing proved true when Zac Brown told a story about growing up hiding behind his guitar, which became his constant companion. After Brown performed "Martin," about his favorite instrument, each of the others told stories about their guitars and chose appropriate songs. <br><br> Cronin told of getting beat up by young hooligans simply for walking down the street carrying a guitar case, until the Beatles came along. "Then the same guys who beat me up wanted to form a band with me," he said with a laugh. He played "Music Man," a song he wrote after being roughed up, about how he wouldn't let others dissuade him from his devotion to becoming a singer and songwriter. The song appeared on REO's second album, the band's first featuring Cronin as lead singer. <br><br> Harris told of the early Gibson guitars she owned, including the one in her hands at that moment, which was the same guitar she took to California when she first went out there in the early 1970s at the invitation of Gram Parsons. The guitar got kicked in during transport, but Harris later had it repaired, although it still shows signs of the damage nearly forty years later. She then performed "The Road," an autobiographical song she wrote about Parsons that opens Harris's most recent album, 2011's Hard Bargain. (Harris and Crow earlier had performed Parsons's "Juanita," a song the two recorded as a duet on the album Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons.) <br><br> Gill explained how, from an early age, he invested in guitars rather than buying homes or fancy cars. He revealed that he lost 50 guitars, 60 guitar cases, and 30 amplifiers in the May 2010 floods in Nashville, then he performed "This Old Guitar and Me," from his 2003 album Next Big Thing. <br><br> Crow continued the theme of broken or ruined guitars, relating how thieves broke into a rehearsal space in Missouri right before she and her band left for their first national tour in 1993 as opening act for the BoDeans. The vandals took all the electric guitars and keyboards, but left her acoustic Gibson on the floor, its headstock broken. She too had it repaired and still owns it. She then played her 1996 hit, "If It Makes You Happy," which she said she wrote on the repaired guitar. <br><br> The concert opened with Gill performing "Bartender's Blues," a George Jones hit, written by James Taylor, which Gill dedicated to Jones, who turned 80 years old the previous day. Setting a tone for the show, all four other writers joined in on harmony on the choruses. <br><br> Diversity has become a hallmark of the All for the Hall concerts, which have always mixed generations and genres, showing the connection between country music and other popular music styles, while also making the point that, when stripped to bare essentials, a good song is universally powerful no matter what label is put on it. <br><br> Cronin underlined that fact in his spoken comments. Initially invited to perform one song as a guest of the evening, he joined the guitar pull lineup instead. Cronin recognized, though, that his appearance might surprise some people. "When I got wind of the fact that I was being considered to be invited to this event, I was thinking to myself, "The Country Music Hall of Fame and iconic figures like Emmylou and Vince, and of course Sheryl who I'm a huge fan of," so I thought, "These guys must think I'm the singer from Diamond Rio. What the hell am I doing here?" <br><br> But Cronin, when starting out in the 1960s, came to Nashville to write songs before joining REO Speedwagon. The Illinois-based band recorded their second album, R.E.O. / T.W.O., in 1972 at Columbia Records studio on Music Row. He performed one of the band’s biggest hits, "Keep on Loving You," as well as lesser-known album cuts, such as "In My Dreams," one of the favorite songs of his wife, who was in the audience. <br><br> Museum director Young used the occasion to speak of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s current expansion plans, which will take the museum to 350,000 square feet from its current 138,000 square feet. He explained how the expansion would add exhibit and archival space, a new 800-seat theater, new education classrooms and facilities and much more, and he encouraged attendees to participate in the museum's ongoing "Working on a Building" fundraising campaign to finance the new construction. <br><br> Young also commented on the museum's plans to open a special exhibit, spotlighting California's contribution to country music, in March 2012. The exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, was first announced publicly at the 2010 All for the Hall Los Angeles concert. Young expounded on how the plans have taken shape since that announcement. <br><br> Gibson Guitars also made a special announcement at this year's concert. The instrument manufacturing company has created a replica of a famous guitar, the Gibson J-200, played by the late California country musician Ray Whitley. Gibson has created a new replica of the special guitar and will donate proceeds from its sale to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Working on a Building capital campaign. <br><br> Fittingly, the concert ended with the five artists performing the Carter Family's "Wildwood Flower,' a tune revered among guitarists because of Mother Maybelle Carter's famous part in the song played on a Gibson guitar, as it turns out. <br><br> All for the Hall Los Angeles was chaired by AEG Live Chairman Tim Leiweke and produced by Creative Artists Agency's Rod Essig, Vector Management's Ken Levitan and BMI's Jody Williams. The event was made possible by the generosity of AEG Live, Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE and travel sponsor Southwest Airlines. The 2011 host committee for All for the Hall Los Angeles included Orly Adelson (dick clark productions), Justyn Amstutz and Lori Armistead, Mark Bloom (UBS Financial Services), Thomas Carroll (SunTrust Bank), Essig, John Frankenheimer (Loeb & Loeb), Gary Haber (Haber Corporation), Levitan, Bob Romeo (Academy of Country Music) and Gary Veloric (Red Stripe Plane Group).
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9/20/2011 - hi friends, last week in LA I learned that REO was responsible for Sheryl Crow's first beer, hi friends, last week in LA I learned that REO was responsible for Sheryl Crow's first beer, when I joined her, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Zac Brown in an acoustic "guitar pull" to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame. We each did a few songs, told stories, and played along with each other. It was quite an honor to be among those great artists. I am a lucky guy. kc <br><br> <iframe width="474" height="358" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H_GjeG25XWo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:00 PDT 9/18/2011 - On The Road with REO - Family Day <object width="474" height="311" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/272633326095126" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/272633326095126" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="311"></embed></object> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 00:00:00 PDT 9/8/2011 - INTERVIEW: Ryan Gosling Talks DRIVE,That Infamous Street Fight, and Why We Can Thank REO Speedwagon "This wouldn't have happened if REO Speedwagon didn’t come on the radio when I was driving Nicolas home from our first terrible meeting. Suddenly REO Speedwagon's "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" comes on the radio. He starts crying and singing this song to me at the top of his lungs. And he said, 'This is it! This movie is about a guy who can't feel anything unless he's driving around listening to pop music.'" That moment turned DRIVE into a real labor of love for the actor and director. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 00:00:00 PDT 9/6/2011 - SINGER-SONGWRITER KEVIN CRONIN TO PERFORM @ THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME&MUSEUM'S ALL FOR THE HALL SINGER-SONGWRITER KEVIN CRONIN TO PERFORM AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM'S ALL FOR THE HALL LOS ANGELES FUNDRAISER <br><br> He Joins Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia on September 13 <br><br> LOS ANGELES, California, September 6, 2011 - Singer-songwriter Kevin Cronin has been added to the list of performers appearing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraiser on Tuesday, September 13, at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia. As a special guest, he will perform one song during the show. <br><br> A limited number of tickets remain for the benefit concert, which will follow a "guitar pull" format and feature performances by superstars Zac Brown and Sheryl Crow and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. Tickets are available for $250 and $125 (reserved seats in the VIP section of the balcony with access to the VIP lounge) and $100 and $65 (reserved seats in the balcony), and may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com, or 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. No fees are charged at the STAPLES Center box office or at the Club Nokia box office on show days (open after 5 p.m.). <br><br> A limited number of VIP tables and floor seats are also still available for purchase at $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 levels (a significant portion of which is tax deductible); additional table purchase details are below. <br><br> As lead singer and a principal songwriter for superstar rock act REO Speedwagon, Kevin Cronin wrote or co-wrote many of the band's biggest hits, including the #1 singles "Keep on Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling." A 30th anniversary edition of the band's seminal album, High Infidelity, was released in July. Cronin continues to tour with REO Speedwagon. <br><br> All for the Hall Los Angeles will offer a unique opportunity to see these acclaimed singer-songwriters interact with one another as they take turns swapping songs, stories and personal recollections. The "guitar pull" is a Nashville specialty; it originated in the homes of Nashville songwriters who gathered to try out new compositions for their peers. Nashville’s most storied guitar pulls were hosted by Johnny and June Carter Cash. The hallmarks of a great guitar pull are spontaneity and camaraderie. <br><br> The Museum launched All for the Hall, its first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising campaign, in 2005. The campaign addresses the Museum's need for long-term financial security and will provide a safety net for the institution and its work. This is the fifth year the Museum has taken its "annual giving" event on the road, hosting previous All for the Hall events in New York in 2007 and 2008 and in Los Angeles in 2009 and 2010. <br><br> All for the Hall Los Angeles patrons are offered their choice of seating for 10 for $10,000, or seating for five for $5,000. Individual tickets are available at $1,000 per seat. A cocktail reception and dinner will precede the guitar pull. To purchase tickets, patrons may contact Rachel Shapiro at rshapiro@countrymusichalloffame.org or telephone (615) 416-2069 or (800) 852-6437. <br><br> All for the Hall Los Angeles is chaired by AEG Live Chairman Tim Leiweke and produced by Creative Artists Agency's Rod Essig, Vector Management's Ken Levitan and BMI's Jody Williams. The event is made possible by the generosity of AEG Live, Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE and travel sponsor Southwest Airlines. The 2011 host committee for All for the Hall Los Angeles includes Orly Adelson (dick clark productions), Justyn Amstutz and Lori Armistead, Mark Bloom (UBS Financial Services), Thomas Carroll (SunTrust Bank), Essig, John Frankenheimer (Loeb & Loeb), Gary Haber (Haber Corporation), Levitan, Bob Romeo (Academy of Country Music) and Gary Veloric (Red Stripe Plane Group). <br><br> About the Performers <br><br> Georgia native Zac Brown is the leader of the Grammy-award winning Zac Brown Band. The band's debut major label release, The Foundation, was one of Billboard's Top 20 albums of 2009, and yielded five #1 hits, including "Chicken Fried" and "Free." The band's follow-up album, You Get What You Give, which was released in September 2010, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was recently certified platinum by the RIAA. The band's honors and accolades include "Best New Artist" wins at both the 2010 Grammy Awards and the 2010 CMA Awards, and a 2009 "Top New Vocal Group" nod from the Academy of Country Music. <br><br> Free-spirited, fearless and fierce, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, released seven studio albums, which sold more than 35 million records worldwide, is a cancer survivor and passionate humanitarian, and has performed for President Obama. This year Crow unveiled her soul stylings on her seventh studio set, 100 Miles from Memphis. Raised in Kennett, Missouri, 100 miles from Memphis, Crow grew up listening to the irresistible soul sounds on the radio coming out of Memphis in the late '60s and early '70s, all of which shaped the artist she is today. Crow is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the World Food Program. This year saw the opening of the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center in the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles. <br><br> Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill possesses an achingly beautiful tenor, award-winning songwriting skills and virtuoso guitar chops. Together, they've earned him millions of record sales, 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Gill is also regarded as one of country music's most generous humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career, including All for the Hall, the campaign to support the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Gill, president of the Museum's Board of Officers and Trustees, was also the Museum's 2009 Artist in Residence. His new CD, Guitar Slinger, will be released on October 25 on MCA Records. <br><br> About the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum's First Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print. <br><br> More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001. <br><br> About AEG Live AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk and Paul McCartney. The company is also currently producing shows in Las Vegas including Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos, and Barry Manilow at Paris. Our exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoaohs, which has attracted more than 7 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. <br><br> About Club Nokia Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue--located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district--accommodates over 2,300 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties. The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touchscreens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space. This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans. Club Nokia has been honored two consecutive years at the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, in 2009 as "Best New Major Concert Venue" and in 2010 as "Nightclub of the Year," along with a Zagat Award for Best Live Music Club in Los Angeles (2009). <br><br> Since its opening, Club Nokia has hosted a massive array of eclectic events: packed concerts of every musical genre (Band of Horses, Motorhead, Adam Lambert, Drake, Matisyahu, Queens of the Stone Age, Vince Gill, the Specials, La Roux, to name but a few); comedians (Lisa Lampanelli, Sarah Silverman, Jim Jefferies and more); special month-long residencies (The Pee-wee Herman Show, Cirque Berzerk); awards shows (Grammy nominations concert, Revolver Golden Gods Awards) and private events. <br><br> For more information about All for the Hall Los Angeles, please contact: <br><br> Todd Brodginski:toddb@msopr.com Angela Villanueva:avillanueva@msopr.com Mitch Schneider:mschneider@msopr.com (818) 380-0400 <br><br> EDITORS/PRODUCERS NOTE: More detailed information about All for the Hall Los Angeles, including updates, downloadable bios and pictures, event schedules and ticket information, is available at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/afthla/. <br><br> <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/All-for-the-Hall-tickets/artist/1631916">Click here to Buy Tickets!!!</a>
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9/1/2011 - REO on the road - 2 minutes with Speedy <object width="474" height="358" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/265318486826610" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/265318486826610" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:00:00 PDT 8/31/2011 - Arkansas Governor Mike Bebe and his Family join REO on stage in Little Rock. <object width="474" height="358"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/264291476929311" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/264291476929311" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 PDT 8/23/2011 - REO Speedwagon coming in November <br />REO Speedwagon rides the wave of baby boomer nostalgia to Hawaii for a couple of shows on Oahu and Maui in late November.<br /> <br />The multi-platinum 1980s band will play the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 25, and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theatre Sunday, Nov. 27.<br /> <br />Fronted by singer Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon’s popularity peaked with the 1980 best-selling album "Hi Infidelity,” selling over 10 million copies and filled with radio-friendly tracks like the band's signature power ballad "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run." Follow-up hits included "Roll With the Changes," "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Can't Stop Rocking."<br /> <br />The band teamed up with Pat Benatar last year for the "Love on the Run" tour.<br /> <br />American Express and macc members will get first crack at presale tickets Friday starting at 9 a.m., with sales to the general public for both shows beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29.<br /> <br />Tickets are $55 to $95 for the Blaisdell show, and will be available at the Blaisdell Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations at Walmart stores statewide and the Sports Gear Warehouse in Windward Mall, charge-by-phone 800-745-3000, and online at ticketmaster.com.<br /> <br />For Maui, prices are $65 to $85, and will be available at the macc box office, by phone at 808-242-7469, and online at mauiarts.org.<br /> <br> <iframe width="474" height="358" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7tvhmq6_IKs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 PDT 8/17/2011 - REO Visit Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe at The Governors Mansion <object width="474" height="358" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/274472842568142" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/274472842568142" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:00:00 PDT 8/12/2011 - George Keeps the Party Going eorge has some final thoughts about the show, words for his guests, and above all, his fans. Plus, Michael Bearden & the Ese Vatos perform "Rock and Roll All Nite" with an all-star band. <a href="http://www.lopeztonight.com/episode_recaps_and_highlights/george_keeps_the_party_going.php#content">click here to see video </a> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:00:00 PDT 8/11/2011 - Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon will be among last guests tonight on final episode of Lopez Tonight Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon will be among last guests tonight on the final episode of Lopez Tonight this evening. <a href="http://www.lopeztonight.com">Click here for more details!</a>
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Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:00:00 PDT
8/4/2011 - REO Ride In The Indy Parade Part II <object width="474" height="358" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/265437496805010" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/265437496805010" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/29/2011 - Boston.com's "This Day In History"... Happy Birthday, Neal!! Today is Friday, July 29, the 210th day of 2011. There are 155 days left in the year.<br><br> Today's birthdays: Comedian "Professor" Irwin Corey is 97. Actor Robert Horton is 87. Former Senator Nancy Kassebaum-Baker is 79. Actor Robert Fuller is 77. Former Senator Elizabeth H. Dole is 75. Actor David Warner is 70. Rock musician Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) is 65. Marilyn Tucker Quayle, wife of former Vice President Dan Quayle, is 62. Actor Mike Starr is 61. Documentary maker Ken Burns is 58. Style guru Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") is 58. Rock singer-musician Geddy Lee (Rush) is 58. Rock singer Patti Scialfa (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 58. Actress Alexandra Paul is 48. Country singer Martina McBride is 45. Rock musician Chris Gorman is 44. Actor Rodney Allen Rippy is 43. Actor Tim Omundson is 42. Actor Wil Wheaton is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) is 38. Country singer-songwriter James Otto is 38. Actor Stephen Dorff is 38. Actor Josh Radnor is 37. Hip-hop DJ/music producer Danger Mouse is 34. Actress Rachel Miner is 31. Actress Allison Mack is 29. Actor Matt Prokop is 21.<br><br> In 1588, the English attacked the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines, resulting in an English victory.<br><br> In 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.<br><br> In 1921, Adolf Hitler became leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.<br><br> In 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency was established. Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show."<br><br> In 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA.<br><br> In 1967, an accidental rocket launch aboard the supercarrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin resulted in a fire and explosions that killed 134 servicemen.<br><br> In 1975, President Ford became the first US president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland.<br><br> In 1981, Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.)<br><br> In 1985, the space shuttle Challenger began an eight-day mission that got off to a shaky start; the spacecraft achieved a safe orbit even though one of its main engines shut down prematurely after liftoff.<br><br> In 2001, in a nonbinding referendum, residents of Vieques voted overwhelmingly for the US Navy to immediately stop bombing on the Puerto Rican island. Lance Armstrong won his third straight Tour de France, becoming the first American to do so.<br><br> In 2006, the US command announced it was sending 3,700 troops to Baghdad to try to quell sectarian violence sweeping the Iraqi capital. Actor-director Mel Gibson issued a lengthy statement apologizing for his drunken-driving arrest and for what he called his "despicable" statements toward the deputies who had arrested him in Malibu, Calif.<br><br> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/28/2011 - REO Speedwagon's Neal Doughty Celebrates 30 Years Of "Hi Infidelity" <br />There's an interesting tale behind REO Speedwagon keyboardist Neal Doughty and the events that would eventually lead him to form a band that would become one of the most successful pop/rock acts in the '70s and '80s. Doughty was going to school at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. in the mid-60s, studying electrical engineering. He found that the curriculum was tougher than he expected, but what came next was even more unexpected. He met future REO drummer Alan Gratzer, who was encountering similar second thoughts about his chosen path.<br /> <br />The pair stayed in school, but they found a different kind of electricity as they started to make music together and assembling the first version REO Speedwagon, although the band would go through several lineup changes and a shift in music style prior to becoming the REO that we know and love today.<br /> <br />Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath would join later, forming the core unit that went on to create arena rock magic, striking multi-platinum with "Hi Infidelity" in 1981, an album that contains one of the more impressive A-side song lineups from the period, with hit after hit.<br /> <br />As "Hi Infidelity" marks its 30th anniversary with a new expanded reissue, we spent some time turning the dials back with Doughty to reflect on those times and the things that have happened since then.<br /> <br />As you celebrate 30 years of "Hi Infidelity," looking back, it was a tale of two different albums, going from "Nine Lives" to this one, huh?<br /> <br />Yes. And we still never know exactly what happened, it was just the right songs came together. That's the first album we made where I was convinced every single song was good. I was listening to the thing before it came out. Usually when we'd finish an album, I'd take a little breather and not even listen to it for a while. That one was just my favorite record from the time we finished it. That's how I knew something must be different.<br /> <br />There's another thing that shows up in this 30th Anniversary package we found the original demos for this thing where it was just guitars, bass, drums and kind of a temporary vocal. They didn't have keyboards on it yet, and there wasn’t even a vocal on one of them. These demos are just the way they were played in the studio very quickly, just something to show the record label that we had some songs. Those demos became the foundation of the finished record.<br /> <br />You can hear from that raw demo that the basic songs and even the basic tracks were already there. So that's an interesting comparison to make, listening to the raw product and the finished product. I guess these demos were lost in our manager's garage for 28 years in a mislabeled box.<br /> <br />Did you guys always record demos that were so fully formed back then, with the full band treatment as opposed to the more traditional acoustic demos you hear from a lot of bands?<br /> <br />Usually. A lot of times, when we'd make a record, we'd put the keyboards on toward the end when we knew that's what we wanted then. Which is still what we did with this one, but this seemed to be one that all of the other stuff [already] sounded pretty good. I'm adding the keyboards on and they're going "boy, this stuff sounds pretty good already, you'd better come up with something!"<br /> <br />We didn't really need to put a lot of things on the demos, just in order to show them to the record company they just sounded that good on their own, with the four or five guys playing at the same time. I think that just shows how the foundation of the songs were there. The album sounds big. too. When I was listening back to this album, it really struck me how you play that signature keyboard part that starts off "Keep On Loving You" and then those huge guitars come in. And then "In Your Letter" is another one that I can hear in the demo version how things got built up later.<br /> <br />Right. That song, I put the keyboards on when everything else was done, and I just went home and came up with that keyboard part myself, went into the studio and played it the first time through and everybody loved it.<br /> <br />So although it wasn't always that way, I liked having everything else to listen to by the time I even started thinking about a keyboard part. Because with so much guitar in there, you can't just play keyboard parts as though you’re Bruce Hornsby or something. There's not a whole lot of distorted guitars on his records because it kind of conflicts in the same range as a lot of piano stuff, so that’s why we would often wait until almost the end to see where a keyboard part would fit.<br /> <br />And in this case, we knew the songs were there and we just kept with them on the original tracks, and then we started adding everything else. You mention 'Keep On Loving You' that was a thing where Kevin brought that song in. He'd written it on piano, and he started playing it for us with just him and piano. We didn't really like it we thought that's too soft for us. But then Gary just picked up his guitar and started adding his part to it and we went "oh, this must be one of those things they call a power ballad." I'm not even sure we'd heard such a thing before.<br /> <br />But it was those two guys putting their own individual stamp on the same song and that kind of invented a type of song we still do "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling’ in concert. But before that, some of the songs were rockin' and some of them were a little more quiet, like "Time For Me To Fly." That's just a record where two different songwriting styles really came together perfectly. This year is the 30th anniversary for MTV and you guys were a big part of that story how did things change for REO once music videos entered into the equation?<br /> <br />Well, obviously we did much better on the radio, and that would influence what MTV was doing, but from the beginning, we had a nice relationship. We were one of the first 10 videos ever played on MTV. We were the first live concert that MTV made for their own purposes. At one point, "Can't Fight This Feeling" had a concept video we had made, then MTV made a little documentary and they put together their own video for "Can't Fight This Feeling." For about a month, both versions were being played on MTV.<br /> <br />I don't know if that's happened very often or ever. So we were right with them from the beginning, we just became friends with the organization. Eventually, it even got to a point where the videos were doing better than the records, like "That Ain't Love" a big expensive video that we shot out in the desert with David Fincher, who directed "The Social Network." 25 years ago, he was directing our video, a very cinematic, beautiful looking video. MTV liked it, so I think it got more play on MTV than it did on the radio.<br /> <br />Also, we always had a lot of fun making videos. We never tried to be too serious. Some of them are just downright goofy and people seem to like that, too. So the video thing definitely helped us, at least two or three of our songs, quite a bit.<br /> <br />Appropriately, the "Hi Infidelity" album is a big part of your concert setlist this year, with seven tracks in the set. REO did a full album run-through of the album a few years ago for XM. What sort of feelings did that bring out, playing those songs, some of which you hadn’t played since the album was recorded?<br /> <br />What was remarkable was how easily they all came back, they were actually easy songs to play. I always had the theory that when a song’s easy to play, it's also easy to listen to. I think that was part of it too, the songs were relatively simple. These were songs that maybe were a little more complicated than they sounded on the surface, but just very natural and easy to listen to. The thing that surprised me the most was how quickly they came back and how much I still liked them. <br />"Find Your Own Way Home" (2007) was a great album. Is there perhaps another new REO studio album coming in the future?<br /> <br />Well, you know, it's so hard to market a full length CD from a band that [has as much released material as REO]. We still have complete interest in writing new material and experimenting with new things, but it's probably more likely to be something like recording one song at a time, shipping it straight to iTunes, because we have friends there to0. People kind of like having the choice of buying one song at a time these days, so I think we probably won't keep fighting that trend. We'll probably jump in with the 21st century style of buying music. Because I know, Kevin especially, will never stop being able to write songs.<br /> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/28/2011 - EAA flashes its star power as annual aviation extravaganza opens Monday in Oshkosh The EAA AirVenture is all about airplanes. We know that. From tiny homebuilts to some of the most high-tech flying toys ever to take to the skies, the annual aviation extravaganza in Oshkosh never ceases to amaze. But there are plenty of goings-on at the seven-day festival on the Wittman Regional Airport grounds to draw our attention beyond the glorious flying machines. “Star Wars” director George Lucas and star Harrison Ford are among the notables on the EAA schedule, as is Robert Hays, he of Ted Striker fame in the goofball comedy “Airplane!” Here is our best bets lineup that will take you from Monday’s opening day through the close of business on July 31. Monday Daily air show: Look to the skies at 3:30 p.m. REO Speedwagon: How fitting would it be to hear “Time for Me to Fly” on opening day of the AirVenture? REO Speedwagon was one of the hottest bands in the world during the ’70s and into the early ’80, riding a run of hits that also included “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Roll With the Changes” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Kevin Cronin still leads the band. Two other members, Neal Doughtry and Bruce Hall, hail from the band’s glory days. REO will kick off the AirVenture with a concert at 5:30 p.m. <a href="http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20110721/APC0507/110720108/EAA-flashes-its-star-power-annual-aviation-extravaganza-opens-Monday-Oshkosh">Click here for details</a> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/28/2011 - KQRS-FM Morning Show guests - REO SPEEDWAGON'S KEVIN CRONIN <br /> KEVIN TALKS ABOUT HI INFIDELITY: ANNIVERSARY EDITION, Anniversary Package To Include Previously-Unreleased Demos of Nine Songs and Liner Notes From Front man Kevin Cronin, Available Everywhere.<br /> <br />Hi-Infidelity was a career-changing album for REO Speedwagon, achieving a staggering number of accolades, chart positions and sales, among them:<br /> <br />* Highest-selling rock LP of 1981 <br /> <br />* Has sold close to 10 million copies in the US<br /> <br />* February 21, 1981; the album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained at #1 for 15 weeks straight; taking over John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy," which previously held the spot for eight weeks<br /> <br />* Remained on Billboard 200 album chart for 101 weeks, unprecedented for an American rock band at the time<br /> <br />* Album certified RIAA Gold and Platinum on February 2, 1981; since been 10x Platinum certified<br /> <br />* Single "Keep on Loving You," certified RIAA gold on March 4th, replaced Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love a Rainy Night" at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 on March 21, 1981<br /> <br />* March 21st, 1981, the first week of Billboard's then new "Top Tracks" chart (now known as the Mainstream Rock Chart) boasted four songs from Hi Infidelity: "Keep on Loving * "Take It On the Run" was the 9th music video ever to be played on MTV You" and "Take It On the Run," which both hit the top 10; and "Don't Let Him Go"(#11) and "Tough Guys" (#25); "Out of Season," joined those four a week later<br /> <br />The HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will pair the original album with a second CD of previously unreleased 'Crystal Demos' of nine of the album's 10 songs. Additionally, the album packaging will include notes from original lead guitarist Gary Richrath and the liner notes were written by lead singer Kevin Cronin, taking the reader on a trip behind the curtain to the roots of many of the songs: "I remember writing the verses to piano, after sleepwalking into my home studio around 4:00 a.m....A long simmering response to the bullies of my youth came in the form of 'Tough Guys'...Bruce wrote and sang 'Someone Tonight,' which is one of the gems from the Crystal Demos... 'I wish You Were There' [was] a little gospel thing that I had written in the house where I grew up in suburban Chicago." <br /> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/27/2011 - What's up REO fans?! Legacy Recordings is commemorating the 30th Anniversary of REO Speedwagon's What's up REO fans?! Legacy Recordings is commemorating the 30th Anniversary of REO Speedwagon's newly restored multi platinum album "HI Infidelity," the biggest selling rock LP of 1981! Don’t forget to get your very own "Hi Infidelity" CD now and listen to all of their amazing songs! <a href="http://admin2.sonymusicd2c.com/reo-speedwagon/hi-infidelity-30th-anniversary-edition/details/25839018">Click here to Buy Now! </a> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/27/2011 - FYE: Arena Rock - Hi Infidelity 30th Anniversary Edition <a href="http://www.fye.com/Hi-Infidelity--30th-Anniversary-Edition--Front-Page_stcVVproductId133402091VVcatId455366VVviewprod.htm">Click here to buy!!!</a> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/20/2011 - PREORDER REO SPEEDWAGON'S HI INFIDELITY 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION NOW One of the undisputed arena rock kings of the '70s and '80s, REO Speedwagon has sold more than forty million records and has charted thirteen Top 40 hits. They toured endlessly in the arenas of the U.S., building up a sizeable audience due to their amazing live show. And then, in 1980, they delivered Hi Infidelity, a record that not just summarized their strengths, but captured everything that was good about arena rock. There's an urgency to the songs and the performances that gives it a real emotional core. This is great arena rock, filled with hooks as expansive as Three Rivers Stadium and as catchy as the flu. The record's two biggest hits - the power ballad "Keep On Loving You" and the surging "Take It On the Run" - define their era, but what gives the album real staying power is that the rest of the record works equally well - most apparently on the album's opener, "Don't Let Him Go," whose insistent beat sent it to the album rock charts, but also such great album tracks as "Follow My Heart," the sun-kissed '60s homage "In Your Letter," and "Tough Guys." Hi Infidelity - 30th Anniversary Edition will be released on July 19th and it features the classic album in its entirety on disc 1. Disc 2 consists of never-before-released studio demos of 9 of these historic tracks. What's really great about these songs is not just the sheen of professionalism that makes them addictive to listen to, but also the strain of pathos that runs through them. Now, while supplies last, you can pre-order this very limited double CD AUTOGRAPHED BY MEMBERS OF THE BAND for only $9.97!!!* We will ship it out for arrival at your happy home on July 19th or 20th! (Limit one per customer. *$2.49 s&h) <a href="http://www.bullmoose.com/rel/v2_home.php?storenr=258&deptnr=217&nocache">Click here to order!!!</a> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/20/2011 - REO Ride in The Indy Parade Part I <object width="474" height="358" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/260213807327379" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/260213807327379" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/4/2011 - REO GOES HOME PART II <object width="474" height="358"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/250779081604185" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/250779081604185" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/25/2011 - REO GOES HOME PART 1 <object width="474" height="358"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/247999925215434" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/247999925215434" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/20/2011 - Hi Infidelity: 30th Anniversary Edition! <img style="visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;" border=0 width=0 height=0 src="http://c.gigcount.com/wildfire/IMP/CXNID=2000002.0NXC/bT*xJmx*PTEzMDg2MDkxNDUxMDMmcHQ9MTMwODYxMzc*NzEwMiZwPTE3MTUxMSZkPSZnPTImbz*wYWYzOTcwMTcwNjQ*ZDQ5Yjg2/ZmY*OTg*MDVlYjk1ZSZvZj*w.gif" /><embed src="http://mediaplayer.creativeonlineteam.com/mediaplayer.swf" bgcolor="#000000" width="450" height="350" flashvars="skinURL=skins/default.swf&styleSheet=flashstyle.css&xmlFile=mediaplayer.xml&basePath=/content/reo/" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer" /> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/20/2011 - Rock of Ages Part 3 <object width="474" height="358"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/237700509578709" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/237700509578709" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/16/2011 - REO & Rock of Ages Part 2 <object width="474" height="358" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/236715806343846" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/236715806343846" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/14/2011 - REO & Rock of Ages Part 1 <object width="474" height="358"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/236114996403927" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/236114996403927" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/10/2011 - REO Speedwagon roars in for free Liberty Park show <br /> Kevin Cronin remembers the groaning. <br /> He was excited about a new song and debuted it on piano for his REO Speedwagon band mates in the studio. They weren't keen on "Keep On Loving You."<br /> <br /> "The rest of the guys looked at me like, 'What is wrong with you, dude? There's no way. You don't think we're going to record that song, do you?'" Cronin recalled.<br /> <br /> Until then, REO was best known for high-energy rockers such as "Ridin' the Storm Out" and "Roll with the Changes." Cronin was not deterred.<br /> <br /> "I was relentless," he said. "I wrote the song in the middle of the night; I kind of stumbled into the studio at 4 in the morning. That song came from a real deep place in me, so I was convinced of it because of how the song was born."<br /> <br /> He played it a few more times, waiting for someone to jump in on bass or guitar, like usual, when REO worked up new songs. Silence. Finally, then-REO guitarist Gary Richrath plugged his Les Paul into a stack of Marshall amps and sarcastically played along.<br /> <br /> "He was trying to drown me out and mess with me," Cronin said. "But when he started playing along with this big, nasty guitar tone, I said, 'Dude, that's exactly what this song needs!' So it backfired on him. It hit the right notes with me. It took this soft love song, which could have been on a Barry Manilow album, and turned it into a rock song."<br /> <br /> Not just any rock song but a smash that became REO's first No. 1 hit and propelled the band into superstars. Thirty years ago, REO's "Hi Infidelity" was in the midst of a 15-week run at No. 1. The album has sold nearly 10 million copies.<br /> <br /> REO will reissue the CD in July with a bonus package that includes demos of nearly every song, including "Keep on Loving You." The band also is devoting a big chunk of its 2011 tour, including Sunday's free show in Erie, to their biggest album.<br /> <br /> "The set list starts out with seven 'Hi Infidelity' songs in a row, right from the get-go," Cronin said. "There are a couple songs we never played in concert, so we're definitely embracing the 'Hi Infidelity' phenomenon this year." <br /> <br /> Getting nostalgic didn't come easy; Cronin says he prefers to look ahead than to look back. REO fans may be surprised to learn he recently hunkered down in Nashville to write songs with two country female artists -- Martina McBride and Deana Carter.<br /> <br /> "That was a pleasant afternoon to say the least," Cronin said. "I wrote some songs I obviously never would have written and came out with eight or 10, some songs I'm really proud of. It was just a songwriting exercise, so we'll see. These things do take time. But there are some big-name Nashville artists who have embraced some songs."<br /> <br /> Ironically, it was another country female artist -- Dolly Parton with "9 to 5" -- that REO knocked out of No. 1 with "Keep on Loving You" in 1981. Other hits followed, including "Take It On the Run" and "In Your Letter."<br /> <br /> REO had been around a decade before it broke through; "Hi Infidelity" was its 11th album. Why did that one become the one?<br /> <br /> "We'd been touring so much," Cronin said. "That type of workload takes a toll on everyone's family life and personal relationships. By the time 1980 rolled round, all of our personal lives were pretty much in a shambles. And the band was an oasis for us. That was where we came together. It was like misery loves company, in a way.<br /> <br /> "When the band was together, there was a vibe and a power, and all the songs that got written for that record formed a similar emotional palette. It became a kind of unconscious concept album, in a way. The title just encapsulated the whole feeling that was going on with the band. So, it was more than just nice tunes and some good performances."<br /> <br /> Erie gets a free performance on Sunday, thanks to sponsors who stepped forward. Look for Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott to give the band the key to the city and possibly sing along. That'd be fine with Cronin.<br /> <br /> "We had the governor of Arkansas in Little Rock last week. 'Roll with the Changes' is a free-for-all," he said. "Rick Springfield and Art Alexakis (Everclear) sat in with us in Los Angeles (on Sunday). So, if the mayor wants to join, we'll have a good time."<br /> <br /> Opening for REO will be Georgia Satellites, the Southern-rockers best known for radio hit "Keep Your Hands To Yourself."<br /> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/8/2011 - Dave's iPad Adventure <object width="474" height="358"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/233006356714791" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/233006356714791" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="474" height="358"></embed></object> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 5/25/2011 - REO Speedwagon's 30-Year Anniversary of Multi-Platinum #1 Breakthrough Hit Hi Infidelity <br />NEW YORK, May 24, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The year 1981 marks the debut of the groundbreaking MTV Networks and, simultaneously, as MTV was hitting the airwaves, REO Speedwagon held the #1 album spot with their multi-platinum Hi Infidelity, making an impression that has also come to last decades. Now, marking its 30th Anniversary, the highest-selling rock LP of 1981 is being commemorated with HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, with special, never-before-released demos and more. The double-CD set will be released at all physical and digital retail outlets on July 19th through Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.<br /> <br /> Hi Infidelity was a career-changing album for REO Speedwagon, achieving a staggering number of accolades, chart positions and sales, among them:<br /> <br /> Highest-selling rock LP of 1981 <br />Has sold close to 10 million copies in the US <br />February 21, 1981; the album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained at #1 for 15 weeks straight; taking over John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy," which previously held the spot for eight weeks <br />Remained on Billboard 200 album chart for 101 weeks, unprecedented for an American rock band at the time <br />Album certified RIAA Gold and Platinum on February 2, 1981; since been 10x Platinum certified <br />Single "Keep on Loving You," certified RIAA gold on March 4th, replaced Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love a Rainy Night" at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 on March 21, 1981 <br />March 21st, 1981, the first week of Billboard's then new "Top Tracks" chart (now known as the Mainstream Rock Chart) boasted four songs from Hi Infidelity: "Keep on Loving You" and "Take It On the Run," which both hit the top 10; and "Don't Let Him Go"(#11) and "Tough Guys" (#25); "Out of Season," joined those four a week later "Take It On the Run" was the 9th music video ever to be played on MTV<br /> <br /> HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will pair the original album with a second CD of previously unreleased 'Crystal Demos' of nine of the album's 10 songs. Additionally, the album packaging will include new liner notes by lead singer Kevin Cronin, as well as original lead guitarist Gary Richrath. Cronin's essay takes the reader on a trip behind the curtain to the roots of many of the songs: "I remember writing the verses to piano, after sleepwalking into my home studio around 4:00 a.m.... A long simmering response to the bullies of my youth came in the form of 'Tough Guys'... Bruce wrote and sang 'Someone Tonight,' which is one of the gems from the Crystal Demos... 'I wish You Were There' [was] a little gospel thing that I had written in the house where I grew up in suburban Chicago."<br /> <br /> Originally formed in Champaign, Illinois, REO Speedwagon is still led today by keyboardist Neal Doughty (founding member since 1967), Kevin Cronin (who has fronted the band since 1972 on lead vocals and guitar), and bassist Bruce Hall (who joined in 1977) along with lead guitarist Dave Amato (member since 1989) and drummer Bryan Hitt (since 1990). Together, REO continues to define the essence of two enduring genres, arena rock on the performance side, and classic rock on the audio and video side. Summer tour dates begin at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on June 4th and take the band through more than 40 shows where they'll showcase the best of Hi Infidelity with the live performances that audiences have grown to love over the last three decades and continue to sell out time and time again.<br /> <br /> As Cronin writes, "Hi Infidelity was a major life changer for all of us. On our eleventh album, we went from being the perennial Midwestern underdog, to at last hitting the global big time. Suddenly, the world was listening, and watching... But the truth is, it all still boiled down to the music, the songs, some inspired performances, and a great deal of good fortune. We were a tight knit, dedicated group of individuals, with a dream, a purpose, and no doubt that we would pull it all off."<br /> <br /> HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by REO SPEEDWAGON (Epic/Legacy 88697 69579 2, originally issued November 1980, as Epic 36844) <br /> <br /> Disc One: Selections: 1. Don't Let Him Go 2. Keep On Loving You 3. Follow My Heart 4. In Your Letter 5. Take It On The Run 6. Tough Guys 7. Out Of Season 8. Shakin' It Loose 9. Someone Tonight 10. I Wish You Were There.<br /> <br /> Disc Two: The Crystal Demos Selections: 1. Someone Tonight 2. Tough Guys 3. In Your Letter 4. Follow My Heart 5. Take It On The Run 6. Don't Let Him Go 7. Keep On Loving You 8. Shakin' It Loose (Instrumental) 9. I Wish You Were There. (All tracks previously unreleased.)<br /> <br /> "The heavens, our emotions, the music business, and REO fans all over the world, were all perfectly aligned. There was a common sense of purpose, of longing and loss, within the band members' collective psyche, that erupted with a burst of creativity, and resulted in the music of Hi Infidelity." from the liner notes written by Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon<br /> <br /> "Kevin and I go way back, having met right about the time I joined Styx. There was probably no one more keenly aware of their chart positions than we were for all those weeks back in 1981. Most exciting days indeed!" Tommy Shaw of Styx <br /> <br /><a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/24/3650030/reo-speedwagons-30-year-anniversary.html#ixzz1NPa4pXpS">Click here to read more </a>
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5/27/2011 - Jon Huntsman cannot deny his love for REO Speedwagon <br />Jon Huntsman may be on the defense about his ties to President Obama, but there's another issue he might not be able to easily escape ahead of his expected 2012 presidential run: His unabashed love of REO Speedwagon.<br /> <br /> As The Ticket previously reported, the former Utah governor dropped out of high school to play keyboards in a prog-rock band called Wizard, which specialized in covers by the '80s power rock group.<br /> <br />Asked about his perhaps questionable musical tastes by the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci, Huntsman at first tried to distract from the issue by declaring his love for the Foo Fighters. But ultimately, the 2012 hopeful just wouldn't renounce the band that inspired him to practice their songs upwards of five hours a day.<br /> "Any keyboard player who's worth their salt would be able to recognize another great keyboard player," Huntsman insisted. "REO has a great keyboard player." <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110525/ts_yblog_theticket/jon-huntsman-cannot-deny-his-love-for-reo-speedwagon">Click here to see article </a> Fri, 27 May 2011 00:00:00 PDT 5/16/2011 - Tampa Rays Game Summer Concert Series Pt2 <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/227515047263922" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/227515047263922" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 PDT 5/16/2011 - Tampa Rays Game Summer Concert Series Pt1 <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/227232060625554" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/227232060625554" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 PDT 5/12/2011 - Kevin Sorbo, Steven Tyler and Kevin Cronin arrives at the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" Kevin Sorbo, Steven Tyler and Kevin Cronin arrives at the "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" World Premiere at Disneyland on May 7, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Photo Credit : Steve Granitz/WireImage.com
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5/9/2011 - KEVIN CRONIN & STEVEN TYLER at "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" WORLD PREMIER <object style="height: 390px; width: 640px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GcwZDTLffiU?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GcwZDTLffiU?version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="640" height="390"></object> Mon, 09 May 2011 00:00:00 PDT 5/2/2011 - A Trade in the Making? Take me out to the ballgame... <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/224085500940210" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/224085500940210" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/25/2011 - KC & Bry's Excellent Arizona Adventure Part 2 <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/221818187833608" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/221818187833608" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/25/2011 - KC & Bry's Excellent Arizona Adventure Part 1 <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/221380497877377" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/221380497877377" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/21/2011 - Good Chicken Salad <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/220977814584312" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/220977814584312" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/20/2011 - KC and Bruce have fittings of different kinds while getting ready for the REO Speedwagon appearance <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/220721037943323" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/220721037943323" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/19/2011 - Check out this online-only performance of REO Speedwagon's classic "Roll with the Changes" with Geor <object width="442" height="375" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" id="ep"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/tbs_432x243_embed.swf?context=lopez_embed_offsite&videoId=249134" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/tbs_432x243_embed.swf?context=lopez_embed_offsite&videoId=249134" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" bgcolor="#000000" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="442" height="375"></embed></object> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/19/2011 - The '80s icons perform a medley of their classic songs, "I Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep on Lovin <object width="280" height="230" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" id="ep"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/tbs_432x243_embed.swf?context=lopez_embed_offsite&videoId=249133" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/tbs_432x243_embed.swf?context=lopez_embed_offsite&videoId=249133" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" bgcolor="#000000" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="442" height="375"></embed></object> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/15/2011 - "Lopez Tonight" Teaser <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/207845709240555" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/207845709240555" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/13/2011 - REO SPEEDWAGON To Guest On Lopez Tonight Next Monday Airs :4/19/2011 @ 12AM PST on TBS. REO SPEEDWAGON will guest on the Monday, April 18th edition of Lopez Tonight, comedian George Lopez's talk show which airs on TBS at 12AM PST.
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4/9/2011 - Calling all REO Speedwagon Fans! Ebay auction : Autographed Guitar Calling all REO Speedwagon Fans! The auction bidding for this guitar is now online and ends Monday April 18th at 5:19 p.m. 100% of proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County & North Lake Tahoe. Spread the word! <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280657175250">Click here to view auction</a> Sat, 09 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/13/2011 - Confirmed! Russell Brand Will Duet With Alec Baldwin in Rock of Ages Film <br />After months of speculation, funnyman Russell Brand has officially signed on to play the role of Lonny in the upcoming film adaptation of '80s tuner Rock of Ages, according to Deadline.com.<br /> In addition to serving as the film's narrator, Brand’s character is an employee at the rock club The Bourbon Room and right-hand man to club owner Dennis Dupree, to be played by 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin. The two will duet on the REO Speedwagon hit “I Can't Fight This Feeling.” <br />The film's starry cast also includes the previously reported Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Julianne Hough as Kansas-transplant Sherrie, Mary J. Blige as strip club owner Justice, Paul Giamatti as manager of Stacee’s band and newcomer Diego Gonzalez Boneta in the lead role of Drew. No confirmation yet on the involvement of Brand’s pop star wife Katy Perry, who may join him on screen playing a sexy barmaid and exotic dancer.<br /> <br />Officially not joining the cast, also according to Deadline, is Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who recently landed the plum role of Lois Lane in Superman film Man of Steel. Adams was rumored to be looking into the role of an overzealous journalist who duets and then beds down with Tom Cruise's rock star character, a role previously considered by Anne Hathaway.<br /> <br />Rock of Ages is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, where small town girl Sherrie meets a big city rocker at the Bourbon Room, L.A.’s most famous rock club. Their love story is told through the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. The Broadway musical, which is now running at the Helen Hayes Theatre, received five Tony nominations (including Best Musical) after opening on April 7, 2009.<br /> <br />The film, directed by Hairspray helmer Adam Shankman, will have a script by librettist Chris D’Arienzo has reportedly gotten a rewrite from Michael Arndt, who penned Little Miss Sunshine. The movie is expected to begin filming in Florida on May 19, and will hit movie theaters on June 1, 2012.<br /> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/9/2011 - Backstage Banter Part 1 <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/206311489393977" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/206311489393977" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Sat, 09 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/30/2011 - On plane on the way to Houston, TX <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/215077728507654" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/215077728507654" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/30/2011 - Aron Ralston, author, speaker and subject of the movie 127 Hours, joins REO Speedwagon on stage in L <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/214201525261941" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/214201525261941" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/24/2011 - Las Vegas, NV <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/213306875351406" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/213306875351406" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/23/2011 - 2011 Disney Bowl-A-Thon bowler Home Page Of Bruce Hall <br />Hi Friends!<br /> <br />Each year (when I'm off tour) I participate in the Disney VoluntEARS Bowl-A-thon supporting Junior Achievement of Central Florida! Many of you know that my wife's career centers around "Creating and Making Dreams Come True" and I'm thrilled to be a part of her Epcot Team! REO Speedwagon is dedicated to helping others and we know our fans love to make a difference! Bowl-A-thon is the largest fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Central Florida, to help reach students in grades K-12 with economic programs and real world knowledge! Please help me reach my goal by donating to my efforts.<br /> <br />JA brings community volunteers into the classrooms (K-12) to teach business programs and create the link between classroom and the boardroom. These programs are delivered free of cost to the students and schools. Fundraisers like the Bowl-A-Thon are essential to making sure JA can reach Central Florida students with their programs. By supporting me in the Bowl-A-Thon, you are investing in our future.<br /> <br />Thank you in advance for your donation!<br /> <br />Keep on Bowlin'....<br /> <br />Bruce<br /> <a href="https://fundraising.intelis.com/jacf/AThons/Home.jsp?Person=cc0d0bb8118321cfe861000c283d8a4b&Event=cc0d0bb8129e5f4cdfe1006c786dd85f">Click here to Donate!</a> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/22/2011 - Thirty years ago this week, "Keep on Lovin' You" by hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart Thirty years ago this week, "Keep on Lovin' You" by hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart as the album Hi Infidelity continued its run atop the album chart.<a href="http://wzlx.radio.com/2011/03/22/rock-flashback-reo-speedwagon/">Click here to see more!</a> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/17/2011 - REO throws out the first pitch at Pittsburgh Pirates-Baltimore Orioles Spring Training game in Brade <object width="280" height="230" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/200884443270015" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/200884443270015" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="280" height="230"></embed></object> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/18/2011 - REO SPEEDWAGON TO OFFER SPECIAL LIMITED-EDITION INSTANT CDs OF THEIR LIVE SHOWS ALONG TOUR Immediately Following Select Shows, Fans Can Take the Live Performances Home With Them, In a Special Keepsake<br /> <br />Los Angeles, CA - March 18, 2011<br /> <br />Giving fans a chance to keep the memories strong, REO Speedwagon is offering fans a very limited-edition instant CD from each of their live shows of select stops along their current tour. The band has partnered with Abbey Road Live U.S. to release "instant" live disc sets within minutes after hitting the last note on stage. To date, four shows have already been recorded; and the next shows to offer this recording are March 18th, in Biloxi, MS; and March 19th in Cherokee, NC.<br /> Abbey Road Live U.S. is the leader in the field of delivering high quality content immediately after an event. Each show will be brilliantly captured and mixed on-the-fly, and will be packaged in a commemorative, high-quality two-disc DigiPak, emblazoned with the band's iconic logo in gold foil. Each collectible disc can be purchased for $25, available at each show or www.abbeyroadliveus.com. These will be strictly limited edition products, and after the edition runs out, no more will ever be sold. Initially, REO and Abbey Road Live conducted a couple of test shows, in Bloomington, IL and Milwaukee, WI. The results of the tests were so well received that the shows were put on sale to ecstatic fans.<br /> <br />Zach Bair of Abbey Road Live U.S., said "As a long time fan of REO Speedwagon, I'm thrilled to be working with this band! They are in fact one of the greatest rock bands of their time and still are. Their amazing live sound, which Abbey Road Live captures perfectly is as good now as it was 20 or even 30 years ago."<br /> <br />Pre-sales for these very special discs are happening now online, and sales will only continue until each limited edition is sold out. Discs may either be picked up at the end of the show, or shipped home. <br /> <br />ABOUT REO SPEEDWAGON<br /> Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, has scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." Their recent album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites "I Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date. For more information about REO Speedwagon and the current tour, please visit www.reospeedwagon.com or Facebook, at www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon<br /> <br />About Abbey Road Live U.S.<br /> Abbey Road Live U. S. is focused on developing new and exciting revenue streams for artists and labels, and is the leader in the field of delivering high quality instant content immediately after a concert to live music fans. Lead by Zach Bair, former CEO of industry pioneer Immediatek/DiscLive (OTCBB: IMKI), the ARL team is the most experienced in the space. The company has recorded concerts around the world, and provides live music fans with an exciting, high-quality replacement for "bootleg recordings." For additional information, please visit www.abbeyroadliveus.com. You can also find Abbey Road Live U.S. on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/abbeyroadliveus. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT 3/16/2011 - Two New REO Speedwagon Shows being recorded by Abbey Road Live! <H2>Two New REO Speedwagon Shows being recorded by Abbey Road Live! The band has announced that it is offering limited edition recordings at the following shows: IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, MS, on March 18th, and Harrah's on March 19th in Cherokee, NC! As with other recordings, these are limited-edition collectibles and will only be offered until supplies run out.<br /> <br />You can pre-order yours online at<a href="http://www.abbeyroadliveus.com/detail.cfm?artistid=46" target="_blank"> www.abbeyroadliveus.com</a><br />Best of all if you are going to either of the shows, you can literally walk out with the concert in your hand! Hurry... before they run out.<br /></b> </H2>
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Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PDT
3/5/2011 - Happy Birthday Dave!! <object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/197325333625926" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/197325333625926" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PST 3/3/2011 - Kevin and Lisa Cronin at "Rock of Ages" Opening Night in Los Angeles. <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="280" height="230" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gCGXXZkaryA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PST 3/2/2011 - Announcement: Electric Forest Lineup The lineup for the first-ever Electric Forest festival has been released and features an eclectic mix of acts. String Cheese Incident will perform three shows over the course of the four-day event, which takes place at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, MI on June 30 - July 3. Event promoters clearly went for the "we're not like every other summer festival" feel for Electric Forest's lineup as Dutch DJs Tiësto and Laidback Luke as well as Midwest rockers REO Speedwagon aren't exactly doing the rounds this season.Other acts on the electronica-heavy bill include Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience and Kaskade. Representing the bluegrass element will be Railraod Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and the Emmitt-Nershi Band. For a taste of funk Lettuce and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will be on hand, while JJ Grey & Mofro, Steez and Rubblebucket add a rock flair to the event. <br /> Electric Forest tickets go on sale this Saturday at Noon ET.<br /> <a href="http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/announcement-electric-forest-lineup/">Click here for details</a>
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Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 PST
2/2/2011 - Abbey Road Live Limited Edition CD <br /><b><H2> After the recent success of the Abbey Road Live Limited Edition recordings in Bloomington and Milwaukee, the band has decided to introduce more limited edition recordings at select upcoming shows, including Soaring Eagle Casino Resort on Feb 11, and Belterra Resort & Casino on Feb 12!<br /> <br /> Best of all - if you are **attending** either show, you can reserve your copy online and literally walk out with the full concert in your hands! That's right... you can take home the concert you just heard, encore and all!<br /> <br /> These new super exclusive limited edition CD sets will be packaged in handsome double disc DigiPaks, with an elegant gold foil stamp of the REO Speedwagon logo on the front.<br /> <br /> Don't fret if you cannot go to the show - you can still reserve your copy online and the folks at Abbey Road Live will ship it home to you. These are sure to become collectors items. And don't forget - these are 100% fully mixed and mastered, so the quality is amazing! <br />Here's a clip from Milwaukee: <a href="http://www.abbeyroadliveus.com/clips/takeitonrun.mp3">Click here to view</a><br /> <br /> There will only be 1000 of each show ever made, so you will want to reserve your copy early before they all run out!<br /> <br />To reserve your copy now, simply go <a href="http://www.abbeyroadliveus.com"> www.abbeyroadliveus.com</a><br /></b></H2>
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Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 PST
2/1/2011 - 10 Albums that changed Kevin Cronin's life - Goldmine Magazine Kevin Cronin is one of his generation's most successful songwriters and frontmen. He has penned two No. 1 hits in "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" and continues to rock REO Speedwagon across the USA, blasting out the hits "Time For Me To Fly," "Roll With The Changes," "Take It On The Run," "Ridin' The Storm Out" and many more.<br /> <br />Kevin took time to give Goldmine his list of 10 Albums That Changed His Life.<br /> <br />Elton John: Madman Across The Water Singing, songwriting, arrangements, this album has it all. "Holiday Inn," which opens Side Two, is the song that got me the gig in REO.<br /> <br />The Beatles: Rubber Soul This was the first album I ever owned. I am partial to the U.S. version, which opens with "I've Just Seen A Face," a song I still love to play. The second cut, "Norwegian Wood" has perhaps the best opening line in rock history, "I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me."<br /> <br />The Who: Who's Next My favorite hard-rock album of all time, and the artwork broke every rule.<br /> <br />Crosby, Stills and Nash: Crosby, Stills and Nash I had been a fan of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies when an agent at Creative Artists told me about this upcoming collaboration. The first time I listened, I played the opening cut, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" 12 times in a row. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This was the perfect record. <br />Stephen Stills: Stephen Stills Two words: "Black Queen." You must hear this incredible record.<br /> <br />James Taylor: JT I am a huge fan of all of James Taylor's music. His version of "Handy Man" kills me every time I hear it, to this day.<br /> <br />The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man This was the first album by The Byrds. When I heard it, I immediately sold my Gibson ES 335 guitar and bought a Rickenbacker 12-string like the one played by Jim McGuinn. I still use that guitar and love its jangly sound.<br /> <br /> Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin-The Inner Mounting Flame When I first listened to this album, I could not believe what I was hearing. The guitar had been reinvented, and jazz and rock had been fused.<br /> <br />Simon and Garfunkel: Bookends I loved all of S & G's early songs, but this album was such a cohesive piece of work. I was playing coffee houses in Chicago in a folk duo called The Late Late Show. We thought it was our originals that kept people coming to see us, but in retrospect, it was probably our Simon and Garfunkel covers, including most of the songs on this album.<br /> <br />Sting: Dream Of The Blue Turtles I had been a fan of all four Police albums, so I was skeptical about a Sting solo project. When I heard this record, I ditched my solo career.<br /> <br />Read more: 10 Albums that changed Kevin Cronin's life <br /> <a href="http://www.goldminemag.com/article/10-albums-that-changed-my-life/10-albums-that-changed-kevin-cronins-life#ixzz1ClARuydA">Goldmine Magazine </a>
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Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:00:00 PST
12/28/2010 - Limited Edition Double-CD Set from December 16th Bloomington & December 18th Milwaukee As you may know, we recently recorded our show in Milwaukee on December 18th, and have offered a limited edition double-CD set of the performance.<br /> <br />We are excited to let you know that we also recorded the show in Bloomington on the 16th, and have now put that recording up for sale as well!<br /> <br />These are truly collectors items - fully mixed and mastered by Abbey Road Live. They are packaged in handsome DigiPak cases, and each Digipak has a slightly different variation of artwork.<br /> <br />There are only 1000 of each show available, so you will want to make sure you get yours before they are all gone! They are individiually numbered, too, so that you can commemorate your special REO Speedwagon memento.<br /> <br />Order yours now at<a href="http://www.abbeyroadliveus.com"> www.abbeyroadliveus.com</a><br />
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Tue, 28 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST
1/22/2011 - Internet Only Pre-Sale!!! Starting Tuesday January 25th, 2011 at 10am and ending Thursday January 27 <br /><b>INTERNET ONLY PRE-SALE!!! <br /> <br /> Starting Tuesday January 25th, 2011 at 10am and ending Thursday January 27th at midnight. <br />SHOW DATE: Sunday, April 17th 2011 <br />VENUE: Bakersfield Fox Theater <br />LOCATION: Bakersfield, CA <br />TICKET PRICE: $63 (This includes the $2 facility fee) <br />BOOKING/FACILITY FEE: $2 <br />DOORS: 7pm <br />SHOW TIME: 8pm <br />TICKET TYPE: All Reserved Seating <br />AGE RESTRICTION: All ages <br /> <br />EVENT INFORMATION <br /> <br />Bakersfield Fox Theater <br /> Address: 2001 H Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: 661-324-1369 Doors open at 7pm. Will call tickets are available for pick up at the Fox Theater Monday - Friday 10-6pm and 2 hours before showtime. Light refreshments, soda and alcohol are available for purchase. No outside food or beverage allowed. No cameras/video allowed.<br /> <br /><a href="http://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3aVTIX%3aVBFT11:VBFT0417%3a&linkID=twvali">Click Here to Order Tickets on Tuesday January 25th at 10am Use Promo Code: FEELING</a> <br /> <br /></b>
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Sat, 22 Jan 2011 00:00:00 PST
12/18/2010 - We have some exciting news for REO Speedwagon fans! We have some exciting news for REO Speedwagon fans! The band is partnering with Abbey Road Live, and will be offering a very limited edition run of live recordings from the Riverside Theatre performance tonight in Milwaukee, WI.<br /> These are high quality double disc DigiPaks, fully mixed and mastered for that classic live and exciting REO sound, that will be shipped home to you within two weeks of the show! Most importantly, these are individually numbered units, and only 2000 will ever be made! For those going to the show, this is a true memento of your evening that you will cherish forever. For those who are not going, you get an exclusive product that only a few people will ever have.<br /> This is the first time REO Speedwagon has ever worked with Abbey Road Live and these are sure to be instant collectors items.<br /> Get in early and make sure you have a low number! Reserve yours now online by going to <a href="http://www.abbeyroadliveus.com/detail.cfm?artistid=46">abbeyroadlive.com</a>
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Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST
12/18/2010 - New Christmas Albums Not So Silent Night<br /> (Sony Legacy) <br /> <br /> In a more rockin' vein is REO's thoroughly enjoyable Christmas effort. First released last year, it has been reissued with three bonus tracks (a fun "Sleigh Ride," acoustic based original ballad "I Believe in Santa Claus," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"; downloaded versions add "We Three Kings"). Sometimes reminiscent of Trans-Siberian Orchestra (though far more interesting and minus the over-the-top aspects), a rock gospel flavored "Children Go Where I Send Thee," doo wop-oriented "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "White Snows of Winter," a countryish "Blue Christmas" (with bassist Bruce Hall on lead vocals) and "Deck the Halls,” where frontman Kevin Cronin's kids get into the mix, are among the songs assembled here.<br /> <a href="http://newwavegeo.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-christmas-albums.html">Click here to see link</a> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST 12/15/2010 - MONDAY DECEMBER 20TH IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER ITEMS IN ORDER TO RECIEVE YOUR GIFTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS! MONDAY DECEMBER 20TH IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER ITEMS IN ORDER TO RECIEVE YOUR GIFTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!
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Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST
12/12/2010 - 2 Weels 'til Christmas Sleigh Ride <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/184705898211504" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/184705898211504" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST 12/8/2010 - Happy Holidays! Special REO Speedwagon Fan Appreciation Gift Pack <br />Tis' the season to save!<br /> <br />Hurry and buy our Special REO Speedwagon Fan Appreciation Gift Pack!<br /> <br />Package includes:<br /> <br />1 "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" 2010 Authentic Autogrpahed CD with Bonus Tracks and FREE MP3 download of "We Three Kings".<br /> <br />1 "No So Silent Night" Tee (Please see store for pictures of these items.)<br /> <br />This package Makes a great gift for the whole family!<br /> <br />Order now to receive your item's before the Holidays.<br /> <br />REO Holiday Savings & *Fan Appreciation Price: 25.00 + Shipping. *<br /> <br />Retail Value: $45.00 <br />
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Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST
12/5/2010 - 3 Weeks 'til Christmas "Joy to the World" <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/182882065060554" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/182882065060554" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="320" height="280"></embed></object> Sun, 05 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST 12/3/2010 - ForeverChristmasradio.com <a href="http://www.ForeverChristmasradio.com">ForeverChristmasradio.com</a> will give you info on how to listen and request the new REO Christmas CD. Peter G has let us know that the new REO Christmas CD is on full rotation but wants to hear from the true REO fans and wants to know their favorite songs from this new CD. Check out this website, FOREVER CHRISTMAS, and let your voice be heard!
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Fri, 03 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST
11/28/2010 - 4 Weeks 'til Christmas "Blue Christmas" <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/181077168574377" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/181077168574377" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/23/2010 - REO Speedwagon to Rock Bloomington! 95-5, GLO Classic Rock legends REO Speedwagon are set to invade Bloomington's US Cellular Coliseum on Thursday December 16th for a pre-Christmas show! The band that has sold millions, getting their start right here in Central Illinois, with legendary songs, "Roll With the Changes", "Golden Country", "Time For Me To Fly", and the series of huge hits off of the nine time platinum "Hi-Infidelity" album in 1980 are coming! Listen to GLO to win FREE tickets to this show! Tickets are on sale now at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, and all Ticketmaster Outlets! See you there! <a href="http://www.955glo.com/2010/REOSpeedwagontoRockBloomington/tabid/14483/Default.aspx">Click here to see full details!</a> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/22/2010 - 5 Weeks 'til Christmas "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/179317962083631" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/179317962083631" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/19/2010 - REO Speedwagon on DIRECTV: Music & Live Events on The 101 Network Saturday November 20th 9PM EST <object width="280" height="230" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/178737002141727" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/178737002141727" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="280" height="230"></embed></object> <br />REO Speedwagon on DIRECTV: Music & Live Events on The 101 Network Saturday November 20th 9PM EST! <a href="http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/articleCategory.jsp?assetId=P5590066">Click here to see full listing. </a>
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Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST
11/14/2010 - 6 Weeks 'til Christmas "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/177417772273650" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/177417772273650" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2010 - REO SPEEDWAGON RE-RELEASES NOT SO SILENT NIGHT...CHRISTMAS WITH REO SPEEDWAGON FEAT. 3 BONUS TRACKS <br /><p><strong>REO SPEEDWAGON RE-RELEASES NOT SO SILENT NIGHT...CHRISTMAS WITH REO SPEEDWAGON FEATURING THREE NEVER-RELEASED BONUS TRACKS, FROM SONY MUSIC/ LEGACY</strong><br /> <br />Los Angeles, CA...November 11, 2010 - Rock superstars REO Speedwagon have re-released their Christmas album Not So Silent Night...Christmas With REO Speedwagon through Sony Music/ Legacy, produced by Joe Vannelli, along with associate producer and lead singer Kevin Cronin, in stores now. The album features 13 original tracks and three bonus tracks for the new release - Christmas classics with a unique REO Speedwagon musical twist.<br /> <br />"Christmas is a very special time of year for all of us in REO Speedwagon as we have always enjoyed spending the time with our families," said Cronin. "Making a Christmas album was an exciting endeavor for us and the three new tracks add to the holiday spirit we've already brought to the fans with classics that everyone loves."<br /> <br />After being inspired to create an album unlike anything they have before, original members, Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Bruce Hall (bass, vocals), and Neal Doughty (keyboards), and twenty-year REO veterans, Dave Amato (lead guitar, vocals) and Bryan Hitt (drums), were excited to put together the band's first Christmas album. They gave these classics the full REO production treatment, providing a unique spin for the yuletide season. REO Speedwagon's first Christmas album, Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon, features a total of 16 Christmas classics, Speedwagon style, three of which are previously unreleased bonus tracks: "Sleigh Ride," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "I Believe In Santa Claus," a new acoustic Christmas song co-written by Kevin Cronin and Bruce Hall. Fans who purchase the album through the band's website, or merch booths at their live shows, receive exclusive autographed copies and an additional exclusive downloadable track, "We Three Kings." Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon is a unique new entry into the classic rock Christmas category. The album is available on both CD and DVD, the latter as part of Legacy's The Yule Log Edition series, which pairs classic Christmas albums with Yule Log and other holiday imagery.<br /> <br />Full Not So Silent Night Track Listing: <br />1. The First Noel <br />2. Winter Wonderland <br />3. Silent Night <br />4. Deck the Halls <br />5. Little Drummer Boy <br />6. The White Snows of Winter <br />7. Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria) <br />8. Children Go Where I Send Thee <br />9. I'll Be Home for Christmas <br />10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen <br />11. Happy Xmas (War is Over) <br />12. Blue Christmas <br />13. Joy to the World <br />Bonus Tracks <br />14. Sleigh Ride <br />15. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing <br />16. I Believe in Santa Claus <br />Exclusive Download Track <br />17. We Three Kings <br /> <br />Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, has scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." Their previous album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites "I Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.<br /> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/9/2010 - REO Speedwagon on DIRECTV: Music and Live Events on The 101 Network These veteran rockers fresh off re-releasing their "Not So Silent Night" holiday album play their greatest hits at Moondance Jam rock festival. Premieres Saturday, 11/20, at 9pm ET/PT and encores Monday, 11/22, at 9pm ET/PT. <a href="http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/articleCategory.jsp?assetId=P5590066">Click here for more details!</a>
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Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST
11/9/2010 - 7 Weeks 'til Christmas "I'll Be home for Christmas" Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/175480729134021" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/175480729134021" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/2/2010 - REO Speedwagon at In The Studio - Classic Rock Interview with Kevin Cronin & Neal Doughty North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio celebrates the 30th Anniversary of REO Speedwagon's blockbuster 1980 classic, Hi Infidelity. Show producer and host, Redbeard, speaks to Kevin Cronin and Neal Doughty of REO about how their determination rewarded them with the band's BIGGEST album ever. Dealing with their new-found success was both exciting and frightening, and with the birth of MTV less than a year later their popularity mushroomed from FM radio stars to mass-appeal TV sensation. InTheStudio airs on 55 stations weekly. To find out where to listen or to listen ONLINE, <a href="http://www.inthestudio.net/this-week-in-the-studio/reo-speedwagon">visit:www.inthestudio.net</a> <br /> REO Speedwagon was among the very first bands I ever interviewed, way back in 1972. Solely on the strength of that year's REO II , they could pack several thousand fans into any college gymnasium between the Mississippi River and the Rockies . The bandmembers' affability, and lead singer Kevin Cronin's puppy dog enthusiasm, combined with their Midwestern work ethic to make REO Speedwagon easy to root for throughout the rest of that decade . When Kris Kristofferson wrote "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose..." , he easily could have been describing REO's situation going in to make 1980's Hi Infidelity. After almost a decade of support over the course of eight albums, the patience and loyalty of their record company was understandably running out. Kevin Cronin and keyboard player Neal Doughty share the honest "warts-and-all" story of how they called an audible at the line of scrimmage and threw a Hail Mary pass to score the #1-selling album in America 30 years ago . <br />-Redbeard<br /> <a href="http://www.inthestudio.net/this-week-in-the-studio/reo-speedwagon">Click here to see full interview</a>
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Tue, 02 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PDT
11/2/2010 - 8 Weeks 'til Christmas "Children Go Where I Send Thee" Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/173565545992206" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/173565545992206" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/28/2010 - 9 Weeks 'til Christmas "White snows of Winter" Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/171746052840822" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/171746052840822" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/20/2010 - Vote for REO Speedwagon to be the first guests on Conan O'Brien Show Team CoCo! Vote for REO Speedwagon to be the first guests on Conan O'Brien Show Team CoCo! <a href="http://www.teamcoco.com/firstguestpoll">Click HERE to VOTE NOW!</a> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/20/2010 - 10 Weeks 'til Christmas "Angels We Have Heard On High" Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/169823986366362" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/169823986366362" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/12/2010 - 11 Weeks 'til Christmas "Not So Silent Night" Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/167862159895878" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/167862159895878" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/12/2010 - John Lennon 70th Birthday Tribute Tue, 12 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/6/2010 - 12 weeks 'til Christmas! "Silent Night" Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/164053770276717" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/166311260050968" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 9/29/2010 - Photo Coverage: REO Speedwagon Rocks Out with ROCK OF AGES! <br />Last night, September 27, REO Speedwagon frontman, Kevin Cronin, rocked Broadway with the band's classic hit Can't Fight This Feeling (backed by ROA's band Arsenal) and was joined by all of REO Speedwagon for a Q & A immediately following the evening performance of ROCK OF AGES. The post-show performance/Q & A was free and open to that evening's ticket holders only. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage of the Cronin's cameo below!<br /> <br />The music that ignited a generation is heating up Broadway in ROCK OF AGES. The classic rock love story of the decade erupts into Broadway's best party, all to the sounds of such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs as Every Rose Has Its Thorn, I Wanna Know What Love Is, Here I Go Again, Don't Stop Believin' and more. This hilarious five-time Tony nominated musical is nothin' but a good time.<br /> <br />Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, has scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." In 2009, they released Find Your Own Way Home, featuring the radio favorites "I Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." Most recently, they released a Christmas album Not So Silent Night with an REO production spin on the classics including "The First Noel," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy," and "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date. For more information on REO Speedwagon, visit www.reospeedwagon.com.<br /> <br />To catch ROCK OF AGES on Broadway, visit www.rockofagesmusical.com<br /> <br /> Read more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo_Coverage_REO_Speedwagon_Rocks_Out_with_ROCK_OF_AGES_20100928#ixzz10rMf2YuQ<br /> <br />
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Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:00:00 PDT
9/24/2010 - Get those lighters ready: REO Speedwagon is coming to Rock of Ages Discounted tickets for REO Fans On September 27, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre REO frontman Kevin Cronin will rock the Rock stage with a post-show performance of REO's hit-and Rock of Ages number-"Can't Fight This Feeling" backed by the Rock of Ages band, Arsenal. He will then be joined on stage by all of REO Speedwagon for a Q & A session with that evening's audience. The post-show performance/ Q & A is free and open to that evening's ticket holders only.<br /> <br /> This will be Cronin's second appearance on the Rock of Ages stage. He and Tommy Shaw of STYX joined the Rock cast in April 2009 to perform their single "Can't Stop Rockin.'"<br /> <br /> Rock of Ages is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, where a small town girl meets a big city rocker in L.A.'s most famous rock club. Their love story is told through the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more.<br /> <br />REO Speedwagon, including frontman Kevin Cronin, will perform their hit "Can't Fight This Feeling" following the Sept. 27 performance of the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. REO Speedwagon is bass player Bruce Hall, keyboard player Neal Doughty, lead guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt. The band has sold more than 40 million albums to date, featuring hits like "Can't Fight This Feeling", "Keep On Loving You", "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run" and "Time For Me To Fly."<br /> <br /> The post-show performance/question-and-answer session is free and open to that evening's ticket holders only.The musical comedy Rock of Ages borrows rock hits of the 1980s to tell the story of showbiz lovers in L.A. The score includes "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again," "Don't Stop Believin'" and more.<br /> <br />Rock of Ages is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.<br /> <br /> The cast currently features Joey Taranto, Emily Padgett, Josephine Rose Roberts, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Michele Mais, Paul Schoeffler, Derek St. Pierre, Jenifer Foote, Ericka Hunter, Jay Klaitz, Michael Minarik, Julie Nelson, Justin Matthew Sargent, Matthew Stocke, Sarrah Strimel, Becca Tobin, Andre Ward, Katie Webber and Jeremy Woodard.<br /> <br /> Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com ( Use code: “BAND 10” for special discount) and at (877) 250-2929 or in person at The Brooks Atkinson box office (256 West 47th Street). Click <a href="https://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1291934?camefrom=CFC_NED_ROA_SITE">here </a>to purchase tickets.<br /> <br /> For Performances: Mondays @ 8:00pm; Tuesdays @ 7:00pm; Wednesdays @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm; Thursdays @ 8:00pm; Saturday @ 2:00pm, Sundays @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm<br /> <br /> Offer: $67.50 plus $1.50 facility fee: All Orchestra/Front Mezz<br /> <br /> Offer: $47.50 plus $1.50 facility fee: All Mid Mezz<br /> <br /> Offer: $45.00 plus $1.50 facility fee: All Boxes<br /> <br /> For Performances: Fridays @ 8:00pm; Saturdays at 8:00pm<br /> <br /> Offer: $77.50 plus $1.50 facility fee: All Orchestra/Front Mezz<br /> <br /> Offer: $57.50 plus $1.50 facility fee: All Mid Mezz<br /> <br /> Offer: $45.00 plus $1.50 facility fee: All Boxes<br /> <br /> *Valid for performances now - October 30, 2010<br /> <br /> Visit <a href="http://www.RockofAgesMusical.com">www.RockofAgesMusical.com</a><br />
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Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:00:00 PDT
9/28/2010 - TONIGHT VH1 CLASSIC ROCK NIGHTS! KEVIN CRONIN LIVE IN STUDIO 8PM EST Where to Listen<br /> <br />Arkansas<br /> Ft. Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale Rock 100.7 KLSZ ROCK1007.com<br /> <br />Florida Tallahassee Gulf 104 WGLF Gulf104.com<br /> <br />Georgia Thomasville Gulf 104 WGLF Gulf104.com <br /> <br />Illinois Rockford 96.7 The Eagle WKGL 967TheEagle.net<br /> <br />Rock Island/Moline 97X 96.9 WXLP 97x.com<br /> <br />Iowa Waterloo/Cedar Rapids/Iowa City 97.7 KCRR KCRR.com<br /> <br />Davenport (Quad Cities) 97X 96.9 WXLP 97x.com<br /> <br />Kansas Wichita/Hutchinson Kacy 102.5 KACY KACY.fm<br /> <br />Louisiana Lake Charles Rock 101 KKGB KKGB.com<br /> <br />Michigan Flint/Saginaw/Bay City 103.9 The Fox WRSR ClassicFox.com<br /> <br />Mississippi Columbus 99.9 The Fox WSMS 999TheFoxRocks.com<br /> <br />North Carolina Wilmington 94.5 The Hawk WKXS 945TheHawkRadio.com<br /> <br />North Dakota Minot/Bismark 96.5 The Fox KBYZ 965TheFox.com<br /> <br />Ohio Lima 106.3 The Fox WBUK 1063TheFox.com<br /> <br />Toledo 94.5 WXKR WXKR.com<br /> <br />Youngstown Y-103 WYFM Y-103.com<br /> <br />Oklahoma Lawton The Bear 104.7 KYYI Bear104.com<br /> <br />South Carolina Myrtle Beath/Florence 102.1 The Fox WMXT 1027TheFox.com<br /> <br />South Dakota Sioux Falls/Mitchell KYBB B102.7 B1027.com<br /> <br />Tennessee Nashville 97.1 RQQ WRQQ 971RQQ.com<br /> <br />Texas Abilene/Sweetwater 102 The Bear KHXS 102TheBear.com<br /> <br />Amarillo 95.7 The Kar KARX 957TheKar.com<br /> <br />Corpus Christi Classic Rock 104.5 KPUS ClassicRock1045.com<br /> <br />Wichita Falls, TX The Bear 104.7 KYYI Bear104.com<br /> <br />West Virginia Clarksburg/Weston 94.3 WRLF 94 Rock WRLF.com<br />
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Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 PDT
9/28/2010 - Not So Silent Night Preview <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/164053770276717" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/164053770276717" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 PDT 8/30/2010 - Kevin Surprises eHarmony couple <object width="400" height="300" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/156473361034758" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/156473361034758" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="300"></embed></object> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 PDT 8/30/2010 - Kevin Cronin & Little Big Town Check out Kevin and Little Big Town: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet.
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Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 PDT
8/27/2010 - Vote for "Time For Me To Fly" NASA final shuttle mission 2011 Vote for REO!!! You fans can vote on what song wakes up the astronauts on the final shuttle mission in 2011. "Time for me to Fly" made the list!!! click here <a href="https://songcontest.nasa.gov/">NASA Space Rock </a> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 PDT 7/29/2010 - REO plans 'Hi Infidelty's' 30th anniversary <br />Though REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin says that he's "not one for nostalgia," he's enthusiastic about the band's two-year plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its biggest-selling album, 1980's "Hi Infidelity" -- which includes a deluxe reissue and possibly a tour playing the full album.<br/ > <br />"This is 2010, so we're kind of celebrating 30 years since we recorded the album," Cronin tells Billboard.com. "Next year is 2011 -- 30 years since 1981, the year that rocked our world...The 'Hi Infidelity' record was such a turning point for us, just on a personal and professional level. And an awful lot of people took this music into their lives, into their hearts. It's just too special of a time to ignore, so I just decided for this anniversary I'm going to embrace it and go for it...We're milking it for everything it's worth!"<br /> <br />"Hi Infidelity" was REO's only No. 1 album and the top-selling rock release of 1981. It's been certified nine-times platinum and spawned four Top 40 hits, including the chart-topping "Keep on Loving You" and the Top 5 "Take It on the Run." And, Cronin adds, it came at a time when REO was "literally on the brink of being dropped by our label. This was kind of our last chance."<br /> <br />Now the group and its fans will have multiple opportunities to relive "Hi Infidelity." The group is performing the album's entire first side, with some subtle re-arrangements, on its current summer tour with Pat Benatar; meanwhile, Cronin says, REO is talking about performing the complete album in 2011 -- which it's only done once before, for an XM satellite radio broadcast.<br /> <br />Also on tap for next year is a deluxe edition of "Hi Infidelity," which will likely include the original demos that REO's manager recently found in his garage.<br /> <br />"He found a box that said 'REO' on it," Cronin recalls. "It was mostly old photographs, but he dropped it off at my house and when I went through it there it was, a tape from Crystal Recording Studios, July 1980. No one knew where they were. We searched the vaults in New York, L.A. -- a full cavity search, you might say -- and no one found them. So we were like, 'All right, I guess that's our holy grail. We'll keep searching for them'. "<br /> <br />Cronin says it took significant work to get the tape into usable shape, but the results were as good as he remembered. "It's pretty fun to listen to -- no keyboards, no backing vocals, just guitar and lead vocals. On the finished 'Hi Infidelity,' about half of it is performances that were on that demo tape. There was just some magic in those performances, so hopefully we'll include that in the deluxe set."<br /> <br />Other plans for the reissue are still being set, as are REO's tour plans for 2011. Meanwhile, Cronin says the current edition of REO is in a "creative spurt" that he hopes will yield the group's first set of new material since 2007's "Find Your Own Way Home" (not counting the 2009's holiday album, "Not So Silent Night.")<br /> <br />Cronin is playing a new song in concert -- which he says will be called either "Can't Stop Loving You" or "Unfinished Poem" -- and he's pleased that "this is another one of those tight periods for the band. You can't take it for granted when you get five guys all in the same mindspace -- like we were for 'Hi Infidelity.' It's a real special thing."<br />
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Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:00:00 PDT
7/26/2010 - REO SPEEDWAGON AFTER-PARTY AT ROK VEGAS NIGHTCLUB!!
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Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 PDT
7/13/2010 - REO Speedwagon's Setlist: The Very best of REO Speedwagon Live" Get your copy of Reo Speedwagon's brand new Setlist today! "Setlist: The Very Best of REO Speedwagon Live" includes some of REO Speedwagon's greatest live tracks including the hits, fan faves plus gems from the Vault! <a href="http://http://www.amazon.com/Setlist-Very-Best-Speedwagon-Live/dp/B003N2MT4W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1279037402&sr=1-1&tag=vglnk-c9-20" target="_blank">Click here to purchase on amazon.com </a>
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Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 PDT
7/7/2010 - Photo's from Chastian Park in Atlanta, GA. REO Speedwagon made a stop at Chastain Park in Atlanta, Georgia on their Love On The Run Tour. Pat Benatar has teamed up with REO Speedwagon for this summer tour. The tour will run from June 24 until August 27. BroadwayWorld brings coverage of the concert below. <br /><a href="http://http://atlanta.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo_Coverage_REP_Speedwagon_at_Chastain_Park_in_Atlanta_GA_20000101">Click here to view Photo's.</a>
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Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 PDT
7/7/2010 - Photo's on Pollstar from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. <a href="http://http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/photos/archive__/2010/07/04/photo1007020249142529210.aspx?SortType=&ID=730528&SearchBy=&StartWith=False">Click here to view Photo's</a>
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6/26/2010 - Win VIP Seats and a First-Class Dinner Served Backstage by the Members of REO Speedwagon at Select " <br />Los Angeles, Calif., June 25, 2010-In celebration of eHarmony's 10th anniversary and REO Speedwagon's summer concert tour, the online relationship site and award-winning band have teamed up for the "Keep on Loving You" Video Contest that will run in select cities across the country during REO/Benetar's "Love on the Run" Tour.<br /> <br />eHarmony success couples in multiple markets will have the exclusive chance to showcase their chemistry and compete for a chance to win an ultimate sweethearts' VIP package to attend a "Love on the Run" tour date in their town with an experience that includes a luxurious first-class dinner served by REO Speedwagon.<br /> <br />Beginning today, lucky couples who have connected through eHarmony can submit their best rendition of an REO Speedwagon song on YouTube, where entries will be voted on by the general public.<br /> <br />The grand prize winner will be personally selected by REO Speedwagon from three videos with the most votes in each market. The winning couple will receive a pair of tickets to the show and a romantic dinner for two served by the members of REO Speedwagon, complete with VIP transportation.<br /> <br />"So many REO songs come from exploring the mysteries of love, understanding and surviving the challenges of long term relationships and finding new ways to say 'I Love You.' "I feel like our band has a lot in common with eHarmony, so partnering with them seems like a natural fit," said lead singer Kevin Cronin. "I hear from people all the time who tell me they have fallen in love and walked down the aisle, while an REO song was playing. The romantic dinner backstage is going to be so cool. Plus, our wives are going to love the idea of us waiting on someone else!"<br /> <br />Videos can be entered into the competition at<a href="http://www.youtube.com.eharmony"> www.youtube.com/eharmony.com</a>. Winners will be selected by REO Speedwagon one week prior to the show in the participating markets. For full contest rules and regulations, please visit <a href="http://bit.ly/cj2XOf"> http://bit.ly/cj2XOf</a><br /> <br />"Keep On Loving You" Video Contest Dates:<br /> <br />Sat. 7/10 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Video Deadline: Fri. 7/2<br /> <br />Sun. 7/11 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater Video Deadline: Sat. 7/3<br /> <br />Sun. 7/18 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion Video Deadline: Sat. 7/10<br /> <br />Fri. 7/23 Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center - UNLV Video Deadline: Thu. 7/15<br /> <br />Sat. 7/24 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre Video Deadline: Fri. 7/16<br /> <br />Sat. 7/31 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre Video Deadline: Fri. 7/23<br /> <br />Thu. 8/19 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center Video Deadline: Wed. 8/11<br /> <br />Fri. 8/20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre Video Deadline: Thu. 8/12<br /> <br />Sat. 8/21 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City Video Deadline: Fri. 8/13<br /> <br />Sun. 8/22 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center Video Deadline: Sat. 8/14<br /> <br />ABOUT THE "LOVE ON THE RUN" TOUR<br /> <br />Bringing the songs of two historic rock bands to stages all across America, REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar will visit over 35 cities across the country for their co-headlining summer tour, "LOVE ON THE RUN," kicking off on June 24th. Their music will take fans back to their early '80s explosion onto the Billboard charts, where both artists enjoyed #1 and Top 10 positions for the better part of the decade and will carry on through their career with music that continues to define their excellence in song craftsmanship and performance. Edwin McCain and Keaton Simons will each be joining these two legendary acts on various stops along the tour. All tickets are on-sale now.<br /> <br />"LOVE ON THE RUN" is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger among American school children by partnering with "Blessings in a Backpack," a non-profit organization that provides weekend meals to school children in need. During their recent "Can't Stop Rockin Tour," REO Speedwagon and Styx raised over $300k for school kids, helped to open 20 schools and helped feed nearly 4k children a weekend for a full year as a result of their partnership with Blessings in a Backpack. Benatar and REO Speedwagon hope to add to these accomplishments and help more school children along this tour. For more information, please go to <a href="http://www.blessingsinabackpack.com"> www.blessingsinabackpack.com</a><br /> <br />ABOUT REO SPEEDWAGON<br /> <br />Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, has scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." In 2009, they released Find Your Own Way Home, featuring the radio favorites "I Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." Most recently, they released a Christmas album Not So Silent Night with an REO production spin on the classics including "The First Noel," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy," and "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date. For more information on REO Speedwagon, please visit www.reospeedwagon.com.<br /> <br />ABOUT eHarmony, Inc.<br /> <br />Pasadena, Calif.-based eHarmony, Inc. (www.eharmony-inc.com) was founded in 2000 and is a pioneer in using relationship science to match singles seeking long-term relationships. Its service, available in the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom, presents users with compatible matches based on key dimensions of personality that are scientifically proven to predict highly successful long-term relationships. eHarmony, Inc. also operates a network of dating and relationship, wedding planning and parenting websites that give people resources and support to make better decisions at important times in their lives.<br />
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6/22/2010 - Storm drenches electrical gear, rains out REO gig In an interview Thursday with the NewsTribune, REO Speedwagon front man Kevin Cronin promised a "big storm" that would "blow everybody away" when discussing the band's then-upcoming "Concerts for a Cause" show at Cedar Point Sportsman Club. He couldn't have been more right. REO Speedwagon fans were left wet and disappointed Friday night when storms caused the cancellation of the show. Shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, concert organizer Merry Noonan contacted the NewsTribune to say the show had been canceled. "We tried everything we possibly could to have the show go on," Noonan said. A brief, windy storm early in the afternoon blew over a few tents, but didn't ruin the show. Two opening acts managed to play but a second storm provided a "torrential downpour" that soaked the stage, equipment and everything electrical, according to Noonan. "The band wanted to play but there was no way we could turn anything on," she said. The concert raised funds for Leepertown Grade School to assist with a technology upgrade. "We're hoping that at the end of the day we have money to give...to the cause," Noonan said. She shared her thanks to those in attendance for being understanding. The REO Speedwagon show will not be rescheduled. "It's something we can't control," Noonan said. The next Concerts for a Cause show will be Lady Antebellum on Aug. 14 at Cedar Point Sportsman Club to benefit John F. Kennedy School in Spring Valley.
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6/19/2010 - Peru, IL Rainout June 18, 2010 <object width="400" height="300" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/137061962975898" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/137061962975898" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="300"></embed></object> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:00:00 PDT 6/17/2010 - Walmart Video Part 2 <object width="352" height="288" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/136566753025419" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/136566753025419" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="352" height="288"></embed></object> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:00:00 PDT 6/15/2010 - REO Gets First Class Ride to Walmart Show <object width="400" height="300" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/130175170340943" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/130175170340943" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="300"></embed></object> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 PDT 6/11/2010 - Slideshow: Reo Speedwagon & Barenaked Ladies
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6/9/2010 - New Drum Rack for Bryan Hitt of REO Speedwagon This rack was designed and built by REO Speedwagon drummer Bryan Hitt and his tech. After seeing all of the new chrome clamps on the Geosphere rack at NAMM 2010 Brian and his team came up with a new design for his tour.
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6/4/2010 - Special Announcement Special Announcement! You could meet the Band this Summer!<br> <br>The Find Your Own Way Home Video Game Summer Sweepstakes is now open!<br> <br>Buy The Game between now and June 20 and you'll be automatically entered for a chance to meet REO Speedwagon at the "Love On The Run" tour.<br> <br>The prize includes 2 concert tickets to the show of your choice, and 2 passes to meet the band.<br> Visit <a href="www.CuriousSense.com/MeetREO"> www.CuriousSense.com/MeetREO </a> to learn more, and Buy the Game for your chance to win! <br><img src="http://www.reospeedwagon.com/images/FYOWH_game_300x150.jpg"> Fri, 04 Jun 2010 00:00:00 PDT 6/4/2010 - Live Nation has started No Service Fee in June! Live Nation has started No Service Fee in June!
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5/28/2010 - Rick Springfield Cruise The time you have all been waiting for has finally come! We are pleased to announce all of our special guests for this year's Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise! Our special Musical Guest this year will be Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon! Kevin will be headlining a concert on board as well as participating in the singer-songwriter session with Rick! We are pleased to also welcome back Rick's very good friend, Doug Davidson, (Paul Williams) from the Young & The Restless as well as our host, Mark Goodman (MTV, Sirius/XM Radio)! And lastly, we are thrilled to be joined by Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) from the Days of Our Lives who will be joining us onboard this year as well! With this incredible line-up, the third annual Rick Springfield & Friends cruise is going to be the best one yet! There is still time to make your reservation, so sign up now! Looking forward to seeing you onboard!<br> <br>3rd Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise - November 15th - 20th, 2010 This Year's Special Guests are Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, Young & the Restless), Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, Days of our Lives) and our host, Mark Goodman (MTV, Sirius/XM Radio)<br> <br>The itinerary for this year's cruise is Monday 11/15 - Miami, FL - Depart 4PM Tuesday 11/16 - Nassau, Bahamas Wednesday 11/17 - Half Moon Cay Thursday 11/18 - Grand Turk Friday 11/19 - Day at Sea Saturday 11/20 - Arrive Miami - 8AM Activities include <br> <br>Full Concerts with Rick Springfield & Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon <br>Intimate unplugged concert with Rick Springfield & Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon <br>Special Interview by Mark Goodman with Rick Springfield on his book, Late, Late at Night <br>Personal Q&A sessions with Rick Springfield, Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, Young & the Restless), Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, Days of our Lives) & Mark Goodman (MTV,Sirius/XM Radio) <br>Hosted by Mark Goodman (MTV, Sirius/XM Radio) <br>Photograph and Autograph opportunities with all special guests <br>Special events with all our special guests <br>Five nights' accommodations aboard Carnival's Destiny Cruise Ship <br>Special Gift Bag with Cruise Event Souvenirs <br>Cocktail Parties <br>Chances to enter onboard exclusive Rick Springfield Event Opportunities <br>Full schedule of activities including dancing, deck activities & more <br>Gourmet dining experiences <br>VIP Concierge at your service
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5/26/2010 - Check out this Cheetos commercial featuring "Can't Fight This Feeling" <object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KPGnL3QGqjg&rel=0&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/KPGnL3QGqjg&rel=0&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="640" height="385"></embed></object> Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT 5/26/2010 - What to do over Memorial Day Weekend? Liberty Fest in Farmers Branch, perfect for the entire family The legendary rock band REO Speedwagon has signed on to the inaugural edition of Liberty Fest to be held in Farmers Branch over Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29. REO Speedwagon, with special guests Gin Blossoms, will cap the two-day event with a free Saturday night concert at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Tickets are available at participating retail locations in the city.<a href="http://http://jackontheweb.radio.com/2010/05/14/liberty-fest-memorial-day-weekend/">Click here to see article. </a>
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5/14/2010 - Robert Pattinson Wearing REO Speedwagon Shirt <B>As seen on Oprah, Robert Pattinson is wearing an REO Speedwagon shirt. Check out the video below. </B> <br><br> Robert Pattinson Surprises Fans Video <br> What would you do if Twilight Saga star Robert Pattinson came knocking? See how Twi-hards react when this heartthrob shows up at their doors! http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Robert-Pattinson-Surprises-His-Biggest-Fans-Video
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5/11/2010 - REO in Clear Lake, Iowa REO visiting Buddy Holly Plane Crash Site <br/> <object width="400" height="300" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/126159577399470" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/126159577399470" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="300"></embed></object> Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT 4/20/2010 - Samantha Brown's Great Weekends The Samantha Brown Atlantic City/Jersey Shore episode will premiere on May 13th at 10pm. This special episode will be featuring REO Speedwagon and STYX at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 PDT 4/9/2010 - Visit to the Buddy Holly plane crash site in Clear Lake, Iowa Check out these photo's from the Buddy Holly plane crash site in Clear Lake, Iowa.
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3/25/2010 - REO SPEEDWAGON FORCED TO RESCHEDULE TWO SHOWS THIS WEEKEND DUE TO ILLNESS Los Angeles, CA...March 25, 2010 - Due to doctor's orders, REO Speedwagon is forced to, regretfully, reschedule two shows this weekend as a result of a severe flu REO guitarist Dave Amato is experiencing. The March 26th show at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL and the March 27th show at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL will be rescheduled; announcement of the new dates to come shortly.<br> <br>"Dave is one of the true rock warriors and, if he could, he would absolutely be on stage this weekend," said lead singer Kevin Cronin. "As much as we hate to postpone these concerts, we have to respect doctor's orders. The truth is that we know both of these shows would be packed with some of our most loyal fans; and we would not be able to do our best for you guys under these conditions."<br> <br>All tickets for the shows this weekend will be honored for the rescheduled dates. If ticket holders can no longer attend these newly rescheduled dates, they can contact the box offices at 815-726-6600 in Joliet, or 847-263-6300 in Waukegan, or Ticketmaster Customer Service at 800-653-8000.<br> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT 3/12/2010 - REO SPEEDWAGON AND PAT BENATAR ANNOUNCE MORE DATES FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED "LOVE ON THE RUN" TOUR <br>15 More Dates Added To Cross-Country Trek; Next On-Sale 3/11<br> <br>Los Angeles, CA...March 10, 2010 - REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar announce 15 more dates for their highly anticipated co-headlining summer tour, "LOVE ON THE RUN," it was announced today. Two legendary rock voices, Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon, team up for their "LOVE ON THE RUN" cross-country summer tour, kicking off at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on June 24th.<br> <br>"We are so excited to continue to add dates to this tour to bring the combination of REO and Pat to as many fans as possible," said Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO Speedwagon. "Since talking with Neil Giraldo and Pat about the idea of touring together, we have just been incredibly amped to get on the road and the more fans we can entertain, the better."<br> <br>Kevin Cronin has said: "REO and Pat Benatar toured together in 1995 and we all had a blast. I ran into Neil Giraldo in the neighborhood last year, and we talked about getting the bands together again...so here we are. Both REO and Pat Benatar share a history of hits, a family oriented approach, and a continuing desire to rock hard and have fun doing it. We embrace and take pride in our past achievements, while we are all about growing as artists and keeping our standards high. We intend to prove it every night on stage with the 'Love On The Run' tour."<br> <br>"LOVE ON THE RUN" will bring the songs of these two historic rock bands to stages all across America. Their music will take fans back to their early '80s explosion onto the Billboard charts, where both artists enjoyed #1 and Top 10 positions for the better part of the decade; and will carry on through their career with music that continues to define their excellence in song craftsmanship and performance. Edwin McCain and Keaton Simons will each be joining these two legendary acts on various stops along the tour. Additional tour dates and on-sale dates will be announced shortly.<br> <br>American Express Early On Sale opportunities will be available for most "LOVE ON THE RUN" tour dates.<br> <br>REO Speedwagon has teamed up with I Love All Access on the "LOVE ON THE RUN" tour to offer the ultimate fan experience, which features a variety of VIP ticket packages, some of which include the chance to meet REO Speedwagon at their shows. For more details go to www.iloveallaccess.com.<br> <br>"LOVE ON THE RUN" is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger among American school children by partnering with "Blessings in a Backpack," a non-profit organization that provides weekend meals to school children in need. During their recent "Can't Stop Rockin Tour, "REO Speedwagon and Styx raised over $300k for school kids, helped to open 20 schools and helped feed nearly 4k children a weekend for a full year as a result of their partnership with Blessings in a Backpack. Benatar and REO Speedwagon hope to add to these accomplishments and help more school children along this tour. For more information, please go to www.blessingsinabackpack.com.<br> <br>Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, has scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." In 2009, they released Find Your Own Way Home, featuring the radio favorites "I Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." Most recently, they released a Christmas album Not So Silent Night with an REO production spin on the classics including "The First Noel," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy," and "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.<br> <br>More than three decades ago, Pat Benatar began breaking rules and blazed a new trial for female rock stars. Pat was bold, self-assured, and independent. She was alluring but not exploitive. She was vulnerable but not weak. She was strong-minded without being hardhearted. Songs such as "Love Is a Battlefield," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "We Live For Love," and "Heartbreaker" became anthems for a new attitude. At the dawn of MTV, Benatar was the image of the female rocker for an entire generation of young woman, and the young men who loved them. That generation has grown up with her and others have walked down the path she helped pave. Still going strong, Benatar has been married for 28 years to guitarist, songwriter producer, collaborator and soul mate Neil Giraldo. Pat and Neil have been touring almost non-stop for over three decades. Benatar is acknowledged as the leading female rock vocalist of the '80s. During this time she was nominated nine times for Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance (female), winning an unprecedented four Grammy Awards in consecutive years from 1980 to 1983. Benatar has also won three American Music Awards. Of the sixteen original and compilation albums released during her 30+ year career, seven were certified platinum and three were certified gold. One of the most popular performers in rock, she is also one of the most recognized and admired female artists.<br> <br>For more information on REO Speedwagon, please visit the band's official web page at www.reospeedwagon.com for more information on Pat Benatar, please visit her website at www.benatar.com.<br> </br>LOVE ON THE RUN Tour Dates:</br> </br>Jun 24, 2010 - Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena On Sale 3/19 </br>Jun 25, 2010 - Rutland, VT Vermont State Fairgrounds On Sale TBD </br>Jun 26, 2010 - Atlantic City, NJ Caesar's Atlantic City On Sale 3/6 </br>Jun 29, 2010 - Vienna, VA The Filen Center On Sale TBD </br>Jul 1, 2010 - Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater On Sale 3/7 </br>Jul 2, 2010 - St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 3, 2010 - Orlando, FL Universal Studios Florida On Sale TBD </br>Jul 8, 2010 - Lampe, MO Black Oak Mountain Amphitheatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 9, 2010 - Memphis, TN Memphis Botanic Gardens On Sale TBD </br> Jul 10, 2010 - St.Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale 3/13 </br>Jul 11, 2010 - Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 13, 2010 - Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena On Sale 3/12 </br>Jul 16, 2010 - Walker, MN Moondance Jam Fairgrounds On Sale TBD </br>Jul 17, 2010 - Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino On Sale TBD </br>Jul 18, 2010 - Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion On Sale TBD </br>Jul 21, 2010 - Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater On Sale TBD </br>Jul 23, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center On Sale TBD </br>Jul 24, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 27, 2010 - Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery On Sale TBD </br>Jul 31, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Aug 1, 2010 - Murphys, CA Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheatre On Sale 4/23 </br>Aug 19, 2010 - Cincinnatio, OH PNC Pavillion at Riverband US Cellular Pavilion On Sale TBD </br>Aug 20, 2010 - Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Aug 21, 2010 - Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater On Sale TBD </br>Aug 22, 2010 - Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center On Sale 3/12 </br>Aug 27, 2010 - Gilford, NH US Cellular Pavilion On Sale 3/5 </br>Aug 28, 2010 - Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts On Sale 3/12 </br>Aug 29, 2010 - Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion On Sale 3/13 </br>Aug 31, 2010 - Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Sep 2, 2010 - Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre On Sale 3/12 </br>Sep 3, 2010 - Solomons, MD Calvert Marine Museum On Sale TBD </br>Sep 4, 2010 - Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion On Sale 3/11 </br>Sep 5, 2010 - Virgina Beach, Va 5th Street Satge On Sale TBD<br> <br> </br> Additional Tour Dates 2010</br> </br>March 13, 2010 Mercer Theatre Savannah, GA </br>March 26, 2010 Genesse Theatre Waukegan, IL </br>March 27, 2010 Rialto Square Theatre Joliet, IL </br>April 10, 2010 Crystal Grand Music Theatre Lake Delton, WI </br>April 16, 2010 - IP Casino Resort and Spa Biloxi, MS </br>April 17, 2010 - Wild Adventures Theme Park Valdosta, GA </br>April 22, 2010 - Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO </br>April 23, 2010 - Peppermill Concert Hall Wendover, NV </br>May 28, 2010 - Riverwind Casino Norman, OK </br>May 29, 2010 - Farmers Branch Memorial Day Celebration/Gussie Field Watterworth Park Farmers Branch, TX </br>May 30, 2010 - Winstar Casino Thackerville , OK </br>June 19, 2010 - Freedom Fest - La Crosse Municipal Airport La Crosse, WI </br>July 30, 2010 - Agua Caliente Casino Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, CA </br>October 01, 2010 - Gretna Heritage Festival Gretna, LA </br> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PST 3/1/2010 - REO SPEEDWAGON AND PAT BENATAR ANNOUNCE "LOVE ON THE RUN" SUMMER TOUR Two legendary rock voices, REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, team up for their "LOVE ON THE RUN" co-headline summer tour. The first 20 dates of the cross-country tour have been announced today, along with the first on-sale date of Wednesday, February 24th for the Gilford, NH stop at US Cellular Pavilion. The tour will kick off at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on June 24th.<br> <br> "REO and Pat Benatar toured together in 1995 and we all had a blast. I ran into Neil Giraldo in the neighborhood last year, and we talked about getting the bands together again…so here we are," said Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO Speedwagon. "Both REO and Pat Benatar share a history of hits, a family oriented approach, and a continuing desire to rock hard and have fun doing it. We embrace and take pride in our past achievements, while we are all about growing as artists and keeping our standards high. We intend to prove it every night on stage with the 'Love On The Run' tour."<br> <br>"I'm looking forward to touring with REO again," said Pat Benatar. "It's been 15 years since the "Can't Stop Rockin'" tour. These are a great bunch of people and it should be a blast for us as well as the audience." <br> <br> "LOVE ON THE RUN" will bring the songs of these two historic rock bands to stages all across America. Their music will take fans back to their early '80s explosion onto the Billboard charts, where both artists enjoyed #1 and Top 10 positions for the better part of the decade; and will carry on through their career with music that continued to define their excellence in song craftsmanship and performance. Edwin McCain and Keaton Simons will each be joining these two legendary acts on various stops along the tour. Additional tour dates and on-sale dates will be announced shortly.<br> <br> American Express Early On Sale opportunities will be available for most "LOVE ON THE RUN" tour dates.<br> <br> REO Speedwagon has teamed up with I Love All Access on the "LOVE ON THE RUN" tour to offer the ultimate fan experience, which features a variety of VIP ticket packages, some of which include the chance to meet REO Speedwagon at their shows. For more details go to www.iloveallaccess.com.<br> <br> "LOVE ON THE RUN" is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger among American school children by partnering with "Blessings in a Backpack," a non-profit organization that provides weekend meals to school children in need. During their recent "Can't Stop Rockin Tour, "REO Speedwagon and Styx raised over $300k for school kids, helped to open 20 schools and helped feed nearly 4k children a weekend for a full year as a result of their partnership with Blessings in a Backpack. Benatar and REO Speedwagon hope to add to these accomplishments and help more school children along this tour. For more information, please go to www.blessingsinabackpack.com .<br> <br> LOVE ON THE RUN Tour Dates:<br> </br>LOVE ON THE RUN Tour Dates:</br> </br>Jun 24, 2010 - Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena On Sale 3/19 </br>Jun 25, 2010 - Rutland, VT Vermont State Fairgrounds On Sale TBD </br>Jun 26, 2010 - Atlantic City, NJ Caesar’s Atlantic City On Sale 3/6 </br>Jun 29, 2010 - Vienna, VA The Filen Center On Sale TBD </br>Jul 1, 2010 - Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater On Sale 3/7 </br>Jul 2, 2010 - St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 3, 2010 - Orlando, FL Universal Studios Florida On Sale TBD </br>Jul 8, 2010 - Lampe, MO Black Oak Mountain Amphitheatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 9, 2010 - Memphis, TN Memphis Botanic Gardens On Sale TBD </br>Jul 11, 2010 - Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 15, 2010 - Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Council Bluffs On Sale 4/15 </br>Jul 16, 2010 - Walker, MN Moondance Jam Fairgrounds On Sale TBD </br>Jul 17, 2010 - Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino On Sale TBD </br>Jul 18, 2010 - Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion On Sale TBD </br>Jul 21, 2010 - Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater On Sale TBD </br>Jul 23, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center On Sale TBD </br>Jul 24, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 27, 2010 - Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery On Sale TBD </br>Jul 31, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Aug 27, 2010 - Gilford, NH US Cellular Pavilion On Sale 3/5<br> <br> Additional dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly. The following are the on-sale dates for the I Love All Access special packages: Uncasville on March 16th, Atlantic City and Gilford on March 3rd, Atlanta on March 4th, Council Bluffs on April 8th.<br> <br> Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." In 2009, they released Find Your Own Way Home, featuring the radio favorites "I Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." Most recently, they released a Christmas album Not So Silent Night with an REO production spin on the classics including "The First Noel," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy," and "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.<br> <br> More than three decades ago, Pat Benatar began breaking rules and blazed a new trial for female rock stars. Pat was bold, self-assured, and independent. She was alluring but not exploitive. She was vulnerable but not weak. She was strong-minded without being hardhearted. Songs such as "Love Is a Battlefield," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "We Live For Love," and "Heartbreaker" became anthems for a new attitude. At the dawn of MTV, Benatar was the image of the female rocker for an entire generation of young woman, and the young men who loved them. That generation has grown up with her and others have walked down the path she helped pave. Still going strong, Benatar has been married for 28 years to guitarist, songwriter producer, collaborator and soul mate Neil Giraldo . Pat and Neil have been touring almost non-stop for over three decades. Benatar is acknowledged as the leading female rock vocalist of the '80s. During this time she was nominated nine times for Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance (female), winning an unprecedented four Grammy Awards in consecutive years from 1980 to 1983. Benatar has also won three American Music Awards. Of the sixteen original and compilation albums released during her 30+ year career, seven were certified platinum and three were certified gold. One of the most popular performers in rock, she is also one of the most recognized and admired female artists.<br> Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PST 2/26/2010 - REO Speedwagon Plot Tour With Pat Benatar Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon, together again? If it seems like an odd marriage, learn your history: the two paired up in 1995 for a cross-country co-headlining tour that was, by all accounts, a hit. In their quest to prove that lightning may indeed strike twice, the two acts have partnered up again for "Love on the Run" an extended summer tour that will take them to arenas, amphitheaters and, yes, casinos across the country. There's even one date at a California winery.<br> <br>"Pat Benatar remains one of a select few great female rock voices and Neil Giraldo one of the most underrated rock guitar slingers," REO's Kevin Cronin tells Spinner. "Listen to any of their records and you hear Pat's amazing vocal with Neil's powerful yet artistic guitar work as a perfect compliment."<br> <br>We're pretty sure Benatar's camp feels the same way about REO Speedwagon. In a release about the upcoming tour, Benatar says that "it should be a blast for us as well as the audience." If they're having fun, everybody's having fun.<br> <br> </br>Tour Dates 2010</br> </br>February 26, 2010 Freedom Hall Louisville, KY (with STYX & 38 Special) </br>February 28, 2010 Lucas County arena Toledo,OH (with Styx & 38 Special) </br>March 03, 2010 National Auditorium Paseo de la Reforma No 50 Bosque de Chapultepec Mexico City (With STYX) </br>March 04, 2010 Arena Monterrey Conchello Esq. Madero Monterry, Mexico (With STYX) </br>March 11, 2010 Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City, FL </br>March 12, 2010 House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC </br>March 13, 2010 Mercer Theatre Savannah, GA </br>March 26, 2010 Genesse Theatre Waukegan, IL </br>March 27, 2010 Rialto Square Theatre Joliet, IL </br>April 10, 2010 Crystal Grand Music Theatre Lake Delton, WI </br>April 16, 2010 - IP Casino Resort and Spa Biloxi, MS </br>April 17, 2010 - Wild Adventures Theme Park Valdosta, GA </br>April 22, 2010 - Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO </br>April 23, 2010 - Peppermill Concert Hall Wendover, NV </br>May 28, 2010 - Riverwind Casino Norman, OK </br>May 29, 2010 - Farmers Branch Memorial Day Celebration/Gussie Field Watterworth Park Farmers Branch, TX </br>May 30, 2010 - Winstar Casino Thackerville , OK </br>June 19, 2010 - Freedom Fest - La Crosse Municipal Airport La Crosse, WI </br>July 30, 2010 - Agua Caliente Casino Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, CA </br>October 01, 2010 - Gretna Heritage Festival Gretna, LA </br> </br>LOVE ON THE RUN Tour Dates:</br> </br>Jun 24, 2010 - Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena On Sale 3/19 </br>Jun 25, 2010 - Rutland, VT Vermont State Fairgrounds On Sale TBD </br>Jun 26, 2010 - Atlantic City, NJ Caesar’s Atlantic City On Sale 3/6 </br>Jun 29, 2010 - Vienna, VA The Filen Center On Sale TBD </br>Jul 1, 2010 - Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater On Sale 3/7 </br>Jul 2, 2010 - St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 3, 2010 - Orlando, FL Universal Studios Florida On Sale TBD </br>Jul 8, 2010 - Lampe, MO Black Oak Mountain Amphitheatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 9, 2010 - Memphis, TN Memphis Botanic Gardens On Sale TBD </br>Jul 11, 2010 - Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 15, 2010 - Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Council Bluffs On Sale 4/15 </br>Jul 16, 2010 - Walker, MN Moondance Jam Fairgrounds On Sale TBD </br>Jul 17, 2010 - Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino On Sale TBD </br>Jul 18, 2010 - Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion On Sale TBD </br>Jul 21, 2010 - Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater On Sale TBD </br>Jul 23, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center On Sale TBD </br>Jul 24, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Jul 27, 2010 - Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery On Sale TBD </br>Jul 31, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre On Sale TBD </br>Aug 27, 2010 - Gilford, NH US Cellular Pavilion On Sale 3/5 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 PST 2/11/2010 - Keith Urban Shares His 'Guilty Pleasure' on Piano <img style="visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;" border=0 width=0 height=0 src="http://counters.gigya.com/wildfire/IMP/CXNID=2000002.0NXC/bT*xJmx*PTEyNjU5MTU2OTI3NjUmcHQ9MTI2NTkxNjY3NDk2OCZwPTMxNzIzMiZkPWtlaXRodXJiYW5wbGF5ZXImZz**Jm89YmEw/M2ZiMDZlNzMwNDgyZjg5NTJiMGMwOWEyOTY*NDgmcz1wZW9wbGUuY29tJm9mPTA=.gif" /><object id="flowplayer" bgcolor="#000000" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="320" height="205"><param name="movie" value="http://www.keithurban.net/flowplayer.commercial-3.1.1.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value='config={"clip":{"url":"http://bubbleup.vo.llnwd.net/o2/keithurban/video/FULLKeepOnLovinU.flv","autoPlay":false},"plugins":{"gigya":{"url":"http://www.keithurban.net/flowplayer.gigya.swf","sharedWidth":"320","sharedHeight":"205","baseURL":"http://www.keithurban.net","cid":"keithurbanplayer"}},"key":"$0797ccc0673c9ea38f0"}&gig_lt=1265915692765&gig_pt=1265916674968&gig_g=4&gig_s=people.com' /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="320" height="205" src="http://www.keithurban.net/flowplayer.commercial-3.1.1.swf" bgcolor="#000000" flashvars='config={"clip":{"url":"http://bubbleup.vo.llnwd.net/o2/keithurban/video/FULLKeepOnLovinU.flv","autoPlay":false},"plugins":{"gigya":{"url":"http://www.keithurban.net/flowplayer.gigya.swf","sharedWidth":"320","sharedHeight":"205","baseURL":"http://www.keithurban.net","cid":"keithurbanplayer"}},"key":"$0797ccc0673c9ea38f0"}&gig_lt=1265915692765&gig_pt=1265916674968&gig_g=4&gig_s=people.com'/></object> <br>Country star though he is, Keith Urban can't resist the sweet sounds of '70s and '80s soft rock.<br> <br>Urban indulged in piano versions of a few of his favorite tunes at a recent cover shoot in Los Angeles for the new PEOPLE Country issue, treating onlookers to an impromptu concert that included REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You." <br> <br>"Guilty pleasure!" laughed Urban, who good-naturedly complained as he tickled the ivories, "I wish I could really play."<br> <br>Urban, who shared the true stories behind his music for the PEOPLE Country cover story, continued his playing with a medley of Elton John's hits. "I loved Elton John's voice growing up," he said. "He had almost a country sound to it."<br> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 PST 2/11/2010 - "Glee" - The Music If you are going to introduce the kids to older artists such as Journey, REO Speedwagon, The Supremes, Neil Diamond, Paul Anka and the Rolling Stones, why not go all the way and bring along the livelier recording techniques of artists from those era? Granted, some of those "classic" musicians were teen idols themselves in their time, but surely none used such amount of studio tinkering as the songs on the "Glee" soundtrack.<br> <br>A cover of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" sung by Cory Monteith who plays the hunky Finn Hudson on the series" is a pleasant power ballad that thrives on its archetypal 1980s melody. Monteith's voice is pleasant but not strong enough to carry the song, ironically lacking the theatrically sentimental power of the original vocals.<br> <a href="http://http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/artsandentertainment/glee-fully-gleeky-fandom-spreads-to-indonesia/357862">Click here to read article</a> <br>If you are a fan of Glee then this playlist is for you!<br> <br>It's the originals from each of the songs featured on Glee Volume 1 and 2 which will have to do until Glee is available on Spotify!<br> <br> Journey - Don't Stop Believin' REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling Kanye West, Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger Rihanna - Take A Bow - Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Club Jazmine Sullivan - Bust Your Windows Céline Dion - Taking Chances Heart - Alone The New Musical Cast - Maybe This Time Queen - Somebody To Love Jill Scott - Hate On Me Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown - No Air duet with Chris Brown - Main Version The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On Avril Lavigne - Keep Holding On Young MC - Bust A Move Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline Billy Idol, Generation X - Dancing With Myself The New Musical Cast - Defying Gravity Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary Diana Ross, Lionel Richie - Endless Love The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You The Police - Don’t Stand So Close To Me Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Union Gap - Young Girl Jennifer Paige - Crush Ray Conniff & The Singers - (You're) Having My Baby Bill Withers - Lean On Me - Single Version Dionne Warwick - Don’t Make Me Over Studio 99 - Imagine Cyndi Lauper - True Colors Van Halen - Jump Lily Allen - Smile Charlie Chaplin - Smile (Love Theme) Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls (Motion Picture Soundtrack) - And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Highlights Version Barbra Streisand - Don't Rain On My Parade The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 PST 1/29/2010 - "The Dream Foundation" The event was a benefit for "the Dream Foundation", which helps make dreams come true for terminal cancer patients who are over 18 years old. Steve Ferone, (Tom Petty), played drums, and Lisa sang backup. It was really a fun show.
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1/5/2010 - FIND YOUR OWN WAY HOME, A COMPUTER GAME FEATURING REO SPEEDWAGON! <br><img src="http://www.therom.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/game_logo_300x300.jpg"><br> <br>In Find Your Own Way Home the gamer plays the role of a Hollywood reporter who has been on assignment with the legendary rock band, REO Speedwagon. Tonight the band's new album debuts and there's a star-studded album release party at a fabulous oceanfront estate. You'll be doing a report live from the red carpet.<br> <br>But as the busy day is unfolding, and you prepare for tonight's broadcast, and the gala event to follow, an unexpected mystery-adventure will begin. REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin doesn't show up for pre-party interviews. When, hours later, still no one knows Kevin's whereabouts, you have the chance to be the hero tracking down clues to locate the missing star.<br> <br>All game buyers will be granted a coupon code for 25% off Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon.<br> <br>Throughout the game, several REO tracks from their latest album as well as some of their classics are used.<br> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lc6XMz6Y3-w&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lc6XMz6Y3-w&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> <br><a href="https://www.plimus.com/jsp/buynow.jsp?contractId=2615526">Click here to BUY the game. </a><br> Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST 12/23/2009 - Holiday Celebration On Ice HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON ICE Thursday, December 24 (6p.m. ET/PT, 5C) Bing Crosby may have dreamt of a white Christmas, but this year Brian Boitano and friends will be heralding in a holiday of rock and roll! Legendary rock bands REO Speedwagon (pictured with cast) and Rick Springfield perform as a star-studded cast of Olympic, World and National figure skating champions celebrate the wonders of the holiday season. The two-hour Cable Television Premiere of "Holiday Celebration on Ice" is Thursday, December 24 (6p.m. ET/PT, 5C), exclusively on Hallmark Channel.
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12/19/2009 - A Chat With REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin Over the past few years, a number of music acts have jumped into video games as those who have been bombarded with ads for the Beatles Rockband game can attest. Until now, every one of these games have been "action" oriented video games where users must keep up with the pace of action to win.<br> <br>Now, 1980s powerhouse band REO Speedwagon is offering something different. Yes, that REO Speedwagon: rock mullets, taking it on the run baby, because, you know, that's the way you want it baby, and you just want to keep on lovin' you. Or so they say.<br> <br>Along with Curious Sense, which creates digital music experiences for various acts, the band just released a "casual" video game called "Find Your Own Way Home," that features new and old REO songs in a story-based, slower paced "mind-game" you can play on a computer.<br> <br>And unlike the $200 - $300 Guitar Hero and Rockband fare, REO's game can be played and downloaded online for $8 at the new Republic of Music (and other popular gaming sites).<br> <br>I recently sat down with REO lead singer Kevin Cronin to talk about his former mullet, the video game, and vinyl pants.<br> <br>Q: The music industry has obviously changed a lot. It's gotten tough for bands. Give me your perspective of those changes and how has the band changed to meet those alterations in the landscape.<br> <br>A: When we started out, in choosing life as a musician you were also choosing a life of desperate poverty. When musicians actually started getting paid, a lot of posers decided it was a sound financial strategy to start bands.<br> <br>Q: It's making a mild comeback but do you miss vinyl?<br> <br>A: I really do miss my old vinyl pants.<br> <br>Q: What did you think when you were first approached with the idea of a video game?<br> <br>A: I was impressed by the dashing good looks of my avatar.<br> <br>Q: What does the video game provide you in terms of a creative avenue to reach fans?<br> <br>A: Fans get an opportunity to re-mix "Roll With The Changes", so it will be interesting to see how they hear the song.<br> <br>Q: Were you amazed to learn how many people are playing games like these?<br> <br>A: I am amazed that anyone has the time to play these games. I barely have time to brush my teeth.<br> <br>Q: When you first met Adam Blumenthal of Curious Sense, and rumor has it his first words to you were, "F!@# you." Did you want to club him over the head with your guitar or hug him?<br> <br>A: Adam had the misfortune of meeting us on a Thursday...or as it came to be known on our tour, "F!@# You Thursday". The following Thursday I met figure skating champion, Peggy Fleming, who greeted me in similar fashion. Being told to f!@# off by 'America's Sweetheart' was definitely a tour highlight.<br> <br>Q: I'm a longtime fan and I really miss the old school rock mullet you used to sport. What the hell?<br> <br>A: Strictly speaking, my doo was more of a "mull-fro"...equal parts mullet and Afro, but thanks.<br> <br>Q: When you had that hair, did you and Billy Squier ever exchange notes on hair care? <br> <br>A: No, but Richard Marx learned a thing or two from me. Later I would trade in the "mull-fro" for more of an Art Alexakis (of the band Everclear) look...and Art tortures me with this fact regularly.<br> <br>Q: Despite being bare-lipped, would you say you support the Mustached American way of life?<br> <br>A: Actually, I strongly disapprove of mustaches...two words: "food particles". I am Irish. Facial hair is not one of my people's strong points.<br> <br>Q: You do know it improves guitar play and melodies by 38 and 49 percent respectively, yes?<br> <br>A: That would explain David Crosby's perfect pitch.<br> <br>Q: You've been at this 40 years or so and you've done more interviews than I'm sure you care to remember. Certainly I'm the best looking person to ever interview you, but am I also the dumbest? And if not, who was?<br> <br>A: I'll take your word for it. I'm sure I have spoken to dumber interviewers, but none come to mind at the moment.<br> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-abraham-froman/a-chat-with-reo-speedwago_b_396386.html">Click here to see article.</a> Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/18/2009 - Kevin Cronin on EXTRA! REO Speedwagon will run on this weekend’s show for EXTRA! Check out Kevin Cronin in an exclusive on camera interview about all of Kevin's current projects. EXTRA! will also feature Kevin's performance into their Christmas day episode. Fans should check their local listings for air times and channels as it's a syndicated show. Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/7/2009 - REO, Martina McBride, & Brad Paisley <br>Check out Photo's from the Nashville Show at Sommet Center, which Kevin mentions in his newsletter.<br> <br>"The week began in Nashville, where two of my favorite country music artists showed up to jam with us on "Roll With The Changes". When we arrived at the Sommet Center, we heard this beautiful voice reverberating through the backstage area. Turns out that Martina McBride, perhaps the purist natural singer in country music, was rehearsing with her band in the sound stage, which connects to the dressing room area. I was told that her and her husband, Johnny, are REO fans, and wanted to meet us. Turns out they are from Wichita, Kansas, right in the heart of REO Country, and have been fans since they were dating. Then, word got around the Brad Paisley was coming to the show, and the buzz backstage was palpable. Dave and I had met Brad at a benefit concert we played together a few years back, so it was cool of him to come down. I really didn't expect it, but both Brad and Martina came up for "Roll", and the audience went wild. Standing on stage in Nashville, with Brad to my left and Martina to my right, the band rocking full tilt, singing that song...it was another unbelievable moment that music has allowed me to experience."
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12/4/2009 - TUNE-IN ALERT, RE-AIRING of NBC's "Holiday Celebration On Ice Special" on Hallmark Channel <br><H2><b>***TUNE-IN ALERT***<br> RE-AIRING OF HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON ICE SPECIAL</b></H2><br> <br><b>What</b>:<br> Holiday Celebration on Ice <br><b>When</b>:<br> Thursday, December 24th, 2009 <br><b>Time</b>:<br> 6pm (EST), 5pm (CST), 3pm (PST) <br><b>Where</b>:<br>Hallmark Channel <a href="http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/ConsumerWeb/Shows/419-26935_590.html">(check your local listings for channel information)</a><br> <br><b>Cast</b>:<br> Brian Boitano <br>Elvis Stojko <br>Jeffrey Buttle <br>Jozef Sabovcik <br>Michael Weiss <br>Steven Cousins <br>Caryn Kadavy <br>Shae-Lynn Bourne <br>Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon<br> <br><b>Musical Guest Stars</b>:<br> REO Speedwagon & Rick Springfield<br> Another rebroadcast will also air on Sunday December 27th at 1as (EST), 12am (CST), 10pm (PST).
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12/4/2009 - REO Speedwagon on Rockline Dec. 9th REO Speedwagon will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Wednesday night December 9 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with REO at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to <a href="http://www.rocklineradio.com" target="_blank">www.RocklineRadio.com</a> This show will be streamed for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the afternoon after the broadcast.<br/> <img src="/images/news/banner_rockline.gif"> Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/4/2009 - REO Speedwagon on ABC's Holiday of Stars Sunday Dec. 6th <br>REO Speedwagon will be featured promoting their holiday album on ABC's Holiday of Stars. The holiday special airs on ABC across the country at 5pm(EST),4pm(CST),2pm (PST) on Sunday, December 6th. REO's lead singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Dave Amato spent some time in the studio, performed some classic hits and even a classic holiday hit from the new Not So Silent Night album. Fans will also get a special,intimate look at home with Cronin and his family for the holidays, as well.<br> Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/1/2009 - REO Speedwagon Releases First-of-its-Kind Rock Music Video Game <br>"Find Your Own Way Home" designed by Curious Sense for gamers and music fans<br> December 2, 2009 (Chapel Hill, NC)" Legendary rock band REO Speedwagon has released a first-of-its-kind video game product aimed at the worldwide audience of "casual gamers." Estimated to be nearly 200 million consumers, casual gamers are primarily adults over 30, more than half of them women" a demographic that overlaps well with the REO Speedwagon audience.<br> <br>"Find Your Own Way Home- The Game," was conceived of and produced by digital product studio Curious Sense. It is the first game featuring an actual rock band in the thriving global video game category of "downloadable casual games." Curious Sense selected GameTantra/Dhruva as the game's developer following a competition among ten of the best developers in the world.<br> <br>In Find Your Own Way Home, the player is the protagonist in a story that unfolds across dozens of game levels for several hours of entertainment. The game is designed to appeal to both the typical gamer, and the dedicated REO Speedwagon fan. For music fans, the game introduces new ways to interact with music; and for the typical gamer, it brings several innovative game features to the category" in particular bridges between the game experience and the real world.<br> <br>As players reach certain milestones in the game they earn prizes. For example, the product features an exclusive release of REO Speedwagon’s new re-recording of their classic, Roll With the Changes, a single from their brand new album, "Not So Silent Night" Christmas with REO Speedwagon," and a well-hidden "Golden Ticket," which, when found by the player makes them eligible to win concert tickets and a backstage meet-and-greet with the band.<br> <br>"Just when we thought we had done it all, along comes an awesome video game, where millions of people around the world can interact with us, and our music. How cool is that?" says Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO Speedwagon. "We are always looking for exciting ways to stay current in a music world which is constantly changing. Video gaming is a whole new vehicle to get our music out to our fans, as well as connect us with new fans world wide...and our avatars are quite handsome."<br> <br>"Find Your Own Way Home" is unlike fast-paced action video games such as Guitar Hero or Rock Band. This game uses the popular "hidden object mystery game" model to deliver the music of REO Speedwagon to a huge global gaming audience. The game is being distributed globally, in five languages, first as an online product via dozens of "game portals," then likely, to be put on a disk and packaged for retail distribution.<br> <br>"With global reach, long, fun interaction time, and a purchase from gamers, products like "Find Your Own Way Home" are high-value marketing experiences and revenue-generating products," said Adam Blumenthal, CEO of Curious Sense. "This product concept comes from our company's focus on helping music artists use new media. By building an experience that applies the best practices in game design to a body of great rock music, we have created some very interesting new ways for bands and fans to interact."<br> <br>Curious Sense developed the concept for the product with REO Speedwagon manager, Tom Consolo, at Frontline. "Tom encouraged us to draw from the themes of the band's latest album when designing the game," said Blumenthal. "Those themes, with a fictitious plot and more than a dozen REO songs utilized in interesting ways, appeals to gamers who may not know REO, and REO fans who may not yet be gamers."<br> <br>In the game the player is an entertainment reporter who has been on assignment with REO Speedwagon as they’ve been finishing their new album. The game takes place on the day the new album is to be released at a fantastic release party. But something goes wrong, when Cronin goes missing, and it’s up to the player to locate the missing star.<br> <br>Curious Sense has designed some innovative incentive programs with the game:<br> <br>1. Everyone who buys the game will get a discount coupon to purchase REO's new album, "Not So Silent Night" Christmas with REO Speedwagon."<br> <br>2. Hidden deep within the game are "Golden Tickets." Players who find a Golden Ticket will be eligible to win two real tickets to a real REO Speedwagon concert, and a backstage meet-and-greet with the band.<br> <br>The game launches along-side other REO Speedwagon’s recently released new Christmas album, Not So Silent Night Christmas with REO Speedwagon, on Sony Legacy Recordings, produced by Joe Vannelli, with associate producer and lead singer Kevin Cronin. The album features 13 Christmas classics with a unique REO Speedwagon musical twist.<br> <br>REO Speedwagon is set to perform for over 5 million viewers on NBC's "Holiday Celebration on Ice" special, which will air nationally on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 29th, from 4:00 to 6:00PM EST. The show features figure skating legend Brian Boitano and friends, skating to music from REO Speedwagon.<br> <br>"Find Your Own Way Home" The Game" can be downloaded on a PC or Mac at most of the major online game portals. It will be distributed around the world in English, Japanese, German, French, and Spanish. The game will also be available from Curious Sense’s Republic of Music Web site (TheROM.com) and at REOSpeedwagon.com. The game concept, creative direction, and production were managed by Curious Sense and developed by GameTantra/Dhruva.<br> <br>About Curious Sense<br> <br>Curious Sense is a new media strategy consultancy and digital product studio comprised of veteran interactive designers from the fields of global advertising, video game development, and major entertainment media. Curious Sense helps brands leverage new media to create marketing opportunities and new revenue sources with a balance of innovation and thoughtful brand stewardship. Curious Sense founder, Adam Blumenthal, has been a digital strategist and producer for fifteen years, at elite communications agencies such as R/GA, McKinney, and Burson-Marsteller. www.CuriousSense.com | www.TheROM.com<br> <br>About REO Speedwagon<br> <br>REO Speedwagon is comprised of Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date. For more information about REO Speedwagon, their newest album, and the current tour, please visit www.REOSpeedwagon.com.<br> <br>GameTantra / Dhruva<br> <br>Based in Bangalore, India, GameTantra Digital Entertainment focuses on Casual and Online Games. The company is a spin-off from Dhruva Interactive, India's oldest games company, and inherits a pedigree of 12 years of game development experience on PC, Console, Mobile, and Web. Their award-winning work is featured in games for Microsoft Game Studios, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, and Atari, among others. In Thomas L. Friedman’s bestselling book, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Dhruva is featured as an example of a company in a developing nation that has successfully leveraged globalization to compete and collaborate with major conglomerates from around the world. www.Dhruva.com<br>
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12/3/2009 - REO Speedwagon, The Game <br>More proof the Internet owns the music business: Wednesday, REO Speedwagon released a first-of-its-kind videogame called "Find Your Own Way Home" to promote its music.<br> <br>Casual gamers must track down Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin, who goes missing just before a virtual album release party. The game features more than a dozen of the band's songs.<br> <br>Users can buy the game for $8 (or play for an hour for free) at The Republic of Music. It will also be available at the game sites for Internet portals such as Yahoo! ( YAHOO - news - people ) and Microsoft's ( MSFT - news - people ) MSN. Everyone who buys the game will get a 25% discount on the band's new Christmas album, Not So Silent Night. For those who find the "golden ticket" embedded in the game, there's a chance to meet the group in person.<br> <br>Even though REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums since its first record was released in 1971, the group's foray into the casual gaming market is both an attempt to reach new fans and an effort to stay relevant among its existing fan base. "As time goes on, you have to work harder to stay current," says Cronin.<br> <br>Indeed. The Internet era of music has forced established artists in particular to seek new revenue streams to compensate for the decline in physical album sales. The result is that music is being marketed as an experience, not simply as a product--a phenomenon highlighted by David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard in their 2005 book The Future of Music.<br> <br>Will the game get fans listening to Speedwagon? They have no idea. At this point the entire project is an experiment in Internet marketing--and not the only one. Singer Lady Gaga has used Twitter and an outre fashion sense to build a brand around herself. Methods of Mayhem, the solo project of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, is allowing anyone to upload tracks at www.thepublicrecord.com to contribute to the band's next album. And southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd have nearly 185,000 fans on Facebook. It is not known how many of them have requested the band play "Freebird."<br> Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/4/2009 - NPR on REO Speedwagon Game Listen to the NPR feature on the REO Speedwagon game.<br/> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab" width="250px" height="27px" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3247397568-audio-player.swf"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="audioUrl= http://www.reospeedwagon.com/_media/REO_Speedwagon_on_NPR.mp3"/> <param name="quality" value="best" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#EEEEEE" /> <param name="scale" value="noScale" /> <param name="wmode" value="opaque" /> <param name="salign" value="TL" /> <embed id=Player scale="noScale" salign="TL" src="http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3247397568-audio-player.swf?audioUrl= http://www.reospeedwagon.com/_media/REO_Speedwagon_on_NPR.mp3" wmode="opaque" quality="best" bgcolor="#EEEEEE" width="250px" height="27px" name="Player" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" /></object> Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/2/2009 - REO Speedwagon Rocks On as a Game <br>AS the recorded music industry struggles, rock bands have been trying to stay in the limelight by marketing themselves in myriad ways. A familiar group from the classic-rock era of the 1970s and 1980s is hoping to get fans to pay for play.The band, REO Speedwagon, is teaming up with a digital agency, Curious Sense, to introduce an online video game aimed at the adults known as casual gamers. The game, scheduled to come out on Wednesday, is titled REO Speedwagon: Find Your Own Way Home, after the band's 2007 album.<br> <br>The game joins the ranks of online video games sponsored by or created for marketers. Among them are DQ Tycoon, for Dairy Queen, and The Office, inspired by the sitcom "The Office" on NBC.<br> <br>The REO Speedwagon game was conceived and produced by Curious Sense and developed by Dhruva Interactive in Bangalore, India. It is intended to promote the band in general and its new album, "Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon," in particular.<br> <br>For instance, game buyers receive coupon codes for 25 percent off the holiday album. And there is a sweepstakes for players who find the "golden ticket" hidden in the game; 20 prize packages will include real tickets to see REO Speedwagon at a concert in 2010 and to meet backstage with the band.<br> <br>The downloadable interactive game features avatar versions of the five band members and a make-believe reporter for an entertainment TV show. The plot is centered on the disappearance of Kevin Cronin, the lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon.<br> <br>The game will be made available on Web sites popular with casual gamers, like BigFishGames.com, MSN Games (games.msn.com) and Yahoo Games (games.yahoo.com). It will cost computer users about $8 to play for each session, which can last as long as 10 hours; they can play the first hour free.<br> <br>"We build digital experiences beyond a typical Web site, which offer long, interactive times between the content and the consumer," said Adam Blumenthal, president and chief executive at Curious Sense in Durham, N.C.<br> <br>The hours spent playing games online are a far cry from the brief moments a consumer spends watching a television commercial or glancing at a banner ad. That interested Mr. Blumenthal, who worked at agencies like McKinney and R/GA before starting Curious Sense as what he calls a "product development studio."<br> <br>Also of interest is the potential revenue from the game. It costs about $80,000 to develop and market a typical online casual game, Mr. Blumenthal said, and "a good game" can be bought by 100,000 to 150,000 people.<br> <br>"The games pay for themselves," he added, "and then some." (Revenue in this instance will be divided among the producers, the Web sites that host the game and REO Speedwagon.)<br> <br>The game is intended to provide the band and potentially, any band that wants to star in a similar game with an alternative source of revenue, in addition to that from participation in other video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, licensing songs for commercials, selling songs on iTunes and peddling merchandise at concerts.<br> <br>Such revenue is increasingly important to musicians to compensate for the falling sales of CDs and other forms of traditional recorded music.<br> <br>"It's a great concept and we're very happy to be involved," said Tom Consolo, a manager at Front Line Management in Los Angeles who has represented REO Speedwagon for more than 20 years.<br> <br>"You have your ups and downs" as a band, so "you're always looking to reach a broader audience," Mr. Consolo said. "And with the advent of the Internet, you can reach around the globe."<br> <br>In fact, the game being promoted on the group's Web site (reospeedwagon.com) and a Curious Sense Web site (therom.com) will be available in French, German, Japanese and Spanish as well as English.<br> <br>When Mr. Blumenthal contacted him about having REO Speedwagon take part in the game, Mr. Consolo recalled, "I didn't even know what casual games were."<br> <br>"I remember the first time I saw a pinball machine with Kiss," he added. "This is a 21st-century version."<br> <br>"For me and the band, it's always interesting to try new ideas out," Mr. Consolo said, because it helps cultivate an image for the band as contemporary rather than an oldies act.<br> <br>"You don't just lay back and play your greatest hits all the time," he added.<br> <br>Mr. Consolo said he appreciated the irony that the Internet, which has been blamed for falling sales of recorded music, could generate interest in bands through online games.<br> <br>(It is appropriate then that the game features a version of the REO Speedwagon song "Roll With the Changes," along with versions of other hits like "Keep on Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling.")<br> <br>There is another benefit to the Internet, Mr. Consolo said, in that "kids are getting turned on to a lot of classic-rock radio artists" they may not hear on the radio either because they do not listen to stations playing those acts or because they do not listen to radio at all.<br> <br>Mr. Blumenthal recently met the band members at a concert and demonstrated what the game looked like after six months of development and production work.<br> <br>"I was struck right off the bat by the dazzling good looks of my avatar," Mr. Cronin said, laughing.<br> <br>"There is a need for us to explore all kinds of different avenues to get our music out there," Mr. Cronin said in a telephone interview. "If you just think about how it used to be, you'll be left in the dust."<br>
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12/2/2009 - Artist of the Month: December Check out <a href="http://www.coyote1025.com"> www.coyote1025.com </a> and see on the Home page who the Lucky "Artist of the Month" is for December. Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/2/2009 - Tis' The Season... <br>Hi There,<br> <br>REO Speedwagon will be featured promoting their holiday album on ABC's Holiday of Stars. The holiday special airs on ABC across the country at 5pm(EST),4pm(CST),2pm (PST) on Sunday, December 6th. REO's lead singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Dave Amato spent some time in the studio, performed some classic hits and even a classic holiday hit from the new Not So Silent Night album. Fans will also get a special,intimate look at home with Cronin and his family for the holidays, as well.<br> <hr /> <br><img src="http://www.therom.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/game_logo_300x300.jpg"><br> <br>In Find Your Own Way Home the gamer plays the role of a Hollywood reporter who has been on assignment with the legendary rock band, REO Speedwagon. Tonight the band's new album debuts and there's a star-studded album release party at a fabulous oceanfront estate. You'll be doing a report live from the red carpet.<br> <br>But as the busy day is unfolding, and you prepare for tonight's broadcast, and the gala event to follow, an unexpected mystery-adventure will begin. REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin doesn't show up for pre-party interviews. When, hours later, still no one knows Kevin's whereabouts, you have the chance to be the hero tracking down clues to locate the missing star.<br> <br>All game buyers will be granted a coupon code for 25% off Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon. Additionally, game buyers who make it to the final level of the game will have the chance to find a "Golden Ticket," a well-hidden special object which will award 20 players with concert tickets to an REO Speedwagon performance and a backstage meet-and-greet with the band.<br> <br>Throughout the game, several REO tracks from their latest album as well as some of their classics are used.<br> <br><a href="https://www.plimus.com/jsp/buynow.jsp?contractId=2615526">Click here to BUY the game. </a><br> <hr /> <br><H2><b>***TUNE-IN ALERT***<br> RE-AIRING OF HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON ICE SPECIAL</b></H2><br><img src="http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b339/nessxo/image001.jpg"> <br><b>What</b>:<br> Scotch Brand Holiday Celebration on Ice <br><b>When</b>:<br> Monday, December 7th, 2009 <br><b>Time</b>:<br> 6pm (EST), 5pm (CST), 3pm (PST) <br><b>Where</b>:<br>Hallmark Channel <a href="http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/ConsumerWeb/Shows/419-26935_590.html">(check your local listings for channel information)</a><br> <br><b>Cast</b>:<br> Brian Boitano <br>Elvis Stojko <br>Jeffrey Buttle <br>Jozef Sabovcik <br>Michael Weiss <br>Steven Cousins <br>Caryn Kadavy <br>Shae-Lynn Bourne <br>Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon<br> <br><b>Musical Guest Stars</b>:<br> REO Speedwagon & Rick Springfield<br> <hr /> <br><H2><b><b style="color:green;">Fan Appreciation Christmas Package</b></H2><br> <br>Tis' the season to save! <br> <br>Hurry Only 15 days left to buy <H2><b><b style="color:red;">Special REO Speedwagon Fan Appreciation Gift Pack!</b></H2> <br>Package includes:<br> <br>1 Autogrpahed "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" CD <br> <br>1 "No So Silent Night" Tee<br> <br>(Please see store for pictures of these items.)<br> <br>This package Makes a great gift for the whole family!<br> <br>Order now to receive your item's before the Holidays. <br> <br>REO Holiday Savings & *Fan Appreciation Price: 25.00 + Shipping. * <br> <br>Retail Value: $45.00 <br> <br><a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/page3.html">Click here to visit the Store. </a><br> Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/30/2009 - FIND YOUR OWN WAY HOME, A COMPUTER GAME FEATURING REO SPEEDWAGON! <H2><a href="https://www.plimus.com/jsp/buynow.jsp?contractId=2610308"><b>Pre-Order Now Available!</b></a></H2> <br>If you Pre-Order FIND YOUR OWN WAY HOME before December 2, you'll be automatically entered to win tickets to an REO Speedwagon concert and a backstage meet-and-greet with the band.<br> <br>Game Facts:<br> <br>More than 70 Game Levels with "Hidden Object" scenes, puzzles, and other mini-games.<br> <br>More than a dozen REO songs used throughout the game.<br> <br>Reach certain milestones in the game and you'll unlock brand new recordings of CHILDREN GO WHERE I SEND THEE and a re-recording of the REO classic, ROLL WITH THE CHANGES<br> <object width="425" height="349"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lc6XMz6Y3-w&rel=0&border=1&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lc6XMz6Y3-w&rel=0&border=1&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="425" height="349"></embed></object> Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/24/2009 - Forever Christmas Visit <a href="http://www.foreverchristmasradio.com/"> <b>Forever Christmas</b></a> to get details on how to listen and request the new REO Christmas CD. "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" CD is on full rotation. Peter G wants to hear from the true REO fans and wants to know their favorite songs from this new CD. Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/24/2009 - Check out REO Speedwagon's interview REO Speedwagon's interview from the Scotch Brand "Holiday Celebration On Ice" special.<br/> NBC November 29th 4pm EST <br/><br/> <b>REO Speedwagon on "Not So Silent Night"</b><br/> <object width="425" height="240"> <param name="movie" value="videos/reo_vids_w.swf" /> <param name="FlashVars" value="vid=REO_BUMP-1.flv&vidimage=videos/reo_bump1.jpg" /> <embed src="videos/reo_vids_w.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="240" FlashVars="vid=REO_BUMP-1.flv&vidimage=videos/reo_bump1.jpg" ></embed> </object> <br /><br /> <b>REO Speedwagon on Touring</b><br/> <object width="425" height="240"> <param name="movie" value="videos/reo_vids_w.swf" /> <param name="FlashVars" value="vid=REO_BUMP-2.flv&vidimage=videos/reo_bump2.jpg" /> <embed src="videos/reo_vids_w.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="240" FlashVars="vid=REO_BUMP-2.flv&vidimage=videos/reo_bump2.jpg" ></embed> </object> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/20/2009 - Photo from the Live Holiday Celebration on Ice 11/19/2009 <br>Check out this photo from the Live Holiday Celebration on Ice on Nov 19th 2009 in Little Rock, AR to be aired Nov 29th on NBC 4pm-6pm EST<br> <br>Celebrate with the sounds of silver bells, blades gliding across the ice and the wail of electric guitars. Legendary rock bands REO Speedwagon and Rick Springfield will perform live as a star-studded cast of Olympic, World and National figure skating champions herald the wonders of the holiday season.<br> <br>NBC SPECIAL INFORMATION: This event is the actual production of the NBC Special, Holiday Celebration on Ice that will air on Sunday, November 29 from 4pm to 6pm. EST<br>
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11/20/2009 - "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" NY Times Online Review Big-gesture and easygoing, sweetened by Kevin Cronin's ever-enthusiastic voice, "Not So Silent Night" is pretty much the ideal pop Christmas album for early-1980s sentimentalists: double-guitar leads, a little bit of blues, a little bit of country, a lush ballad ("The White Snows of Winter"), a rock shuffle, ("Winter Wonderland"), and some moral high-ground (John Lennon's "Happy Xmas"). It's a record trading on styles so old and codified, it's incredible that it was made in 2009, but man, is it efficient. (Sony Special Products, $6.98) Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/3/2009 - Review of <i>Not So Silent Night</i> Written by General Jabbo<br/> <a href="http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-reo-speedwagon-not-so/" target="_blank">www.blogcritics.org</a><br/><br/> It's been a busy few years for veteran rockers REO Speedwagon. From releasing their first album in more than a decade, one that had the band rediscovering its rock roots - 2007's Find Your Own Way Home - to nonstop touring with the likes of Styx, Journey, and Night Ranger, the band has worked at a harder pace than many bands half their age.<br/><br/> Now, nearly 40 years after their debut, REO is releasing its first Christmas album. Not So Silent Night mixes traditional Christmas carols, obscure gems, and a cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" with the classic REO sound - big, melodic choruses and guitars.<br/><br/> The album begins sweetly with a short, melodic version of "The First Noel," before segueing into a bluesy "Winter Wonderland." ‘Silent Night" and "Children Go Where I Send Thee" show the band in a surprisingly gospel vein and prove to be highlights of the disc with the former done as a ballad with choir and the latter as an up-tempo number.<br/><br/> For a band most famous for its ballads, the fact the slower material works better here is not surprising. "The White Snows of Winter" in particular stands out and should prove to be a favorite of fans of the band's softer side.<br/><br/> The Lennon cover is by the numbers and while not an improvement over the classic original is still a strong track. In keeping with the holiday spirit, all proceeds from this track go to the John Lennon Foundation. The band's cover of "Blue Christmas" finds them veering off into country territory in surprisingly convincing fashion<br/><br/> While the band rocks up their versions of "Deck The Halls" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman," these versions come off as forced and aren't to the same standard as the rest of the CD. Still the positives outweigh the negatives here.<br/><br/> REO Speedwagon may not be the first band people think of when it comes to recording a Christmas album, but they make it work. Fans of the band and of Christmas music should enjoy this release for years to come.<br/><br/> <a href="http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-reo-speedwagon-not-so/" target="_blank">Read article at www.blogcritics.org</a> Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST 10/16/2009 - Taking Orders for "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" <br/><b>Now taking orders for <a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/page3.html">Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon</a> with Original autographs by the band! Will be shipped by November 1, 2009.</b><br/> <br/>After being inspired to create an album unlike anything they have before, original members, Kevin Cronin, Bruce Hall, and Neal Doughty, and twenty-year REO veterans, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt, were excited to put together the band's first Christmas album. They gave these classics the full REO production treatment, providing a unique spin for the yuletide season. By choosing 13 songs that range from the most traditional carols to some more obscure songs, this album reflects the REO Speedwagon holiday spirit. <a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/page3.html">Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon</a> is poised to be a very special Christmas album that will bring generations within families together to rock the holiday nights away.<br/> <br/><b><a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/page3.html">Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon</a></b><br/> <br/> <b>Tracks to Include:</b> <br/> The First Noel <br/> Winter Wonderland <br/> Silent Night <br/> Deck the Halls <br/> Little Drummer Boy <br/> The White Snows of Winter <br/> Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria) <br/> Children Go Where I Send Thee <br/> I'll Be Home For Christmas <br/> God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen <br/> Happy Xmas (War is Over) <br/> Blue Christmas <br/> Joy To The World <br/> <br/> <hr /> <br/> In support of their upcoming release, REO Speedwagon is set to perform for over 5 million viewers on NBC's <b/>"Holiday Celebration on Ice"</b> special, which will air nationally on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 29, from 4:00 to 6:00PM EST. The show features figure skating legend Brian Boitano and friends, skating to music from REO Speedwagon, as well as special guest Rick Springfield. <br/> <br/> <hr /> <br/>The band is currently on the second leg of their "Can't Stop Rockin'" tour across the country through November with Styx and Night Ranger, offering recession friendly prices through their "Rock n Roll Stimulus Package."<br/> <br/> <h3>Tour Dates 2009</h3> October 23: Embassy Theater - Ft. Wayne, IN<br/> October 24: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center - Dearborn, MI<br/> October 25: Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste Marie, MI<br/> <br/> <b>Can't Stop Rockin' II Tour</b><br/> October 29: North Charleston Coliseum - North Charleston, SC<br/> October 30: Ford Amphitheatre - North Tampa, FL<br/> October 31: Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL<br/> November 1: Columbus Civic Center - Columbus, GA <br/> November 3: Richmond Coliseum - Richmond, VA <br/> November 5: Big Sandy Superstore Arena - Huntington, WV<br/> November 6: Sovereign Center - Reading, PA<br/> November 7: Covelli Center - Youngstown, Ohio<br/> November 8: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio<br/> November 10: Bank of Kentucky Center - Highland Heights, Kentucky<br/> November 12: Lawrence Joel Vet. Memorial Coliseum - Winston Salem, North Carolina<br/> November 13: Viking Hall - Bristol, TN<br/> November 14: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center - Pikeville, Kentucky<br/> November 15: Sommet Center - Nashville, TN<br/> November 17: Allen Event Center - Allen, TX<br/> November 19: Verizon Arena North - Little Rock, AR<br/> November 20: Arkansas State Convocation Center - Jonesboro, Arkansas<br/> November 21: Coushatta Casino Resort - Kinder, LA<br/> November 22: American Bank Center - Corpus Christi, TX<br/> <br/> <br/> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT 9/25/2009 - Not So Silent Night Christmas Album REO SPEEDWAGON PUTS THEIR OWN UNIQUE SOUND TO CHRISTMAS CLASSICS WITH NOT SO SILENT NIGHT CHRISTMAS ALBUM DUE OUT OCTOBER 27th<br/> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Not-Silent-Night-REO-Speedwagon/dp/B002QCKOO2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1254103436&sr=8-1" target="_blank"><img src="/images/banner_xmas.gif" width="395" height="210" border="0"></a> <br/>Los Angeles, CA...September 23, 2009" Rock superstars REO Speedwagon will be releasing a new Christmas album, Not So Silent Night...Christmas With REO Speedwagon, on October 27th on Sony Legacy Recordings, produced by Joe Vannelli, along with associate producer and lead singer Kevin Cronin. The album will feature 13 Christmas classics with a unique REO Speedwagon musical twist.<br/> <br/>"We are really excited to bring something brand new for our fans to enjoy with their families, just in time for the holidays," said Cronin. "We are as proud and passionate about this project as we have been about any album we have ever made. We hope that this music is as much fun for our fans to listen to as it has been for us to create. The holiday spirit is alive in the REO family, and we wish the same for yours."<br/> <br/>After being inspired to create an album unlike anything they have before, original members, Kevin Cronin, Bruce Hall, and Neal Doughty, and twenty-year REO veterans, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt, were excited to put together the band's first Christmas album. They gave these classics the full REO production treatment, providing a unique spin for the yuletide season. By choosing 13 songs that range from the most traditional carols to some more obscure songs, this album reflects the REO Speedwagon holiday spirit. Not So Silent Night is poised to be a very special Christmas album that will bring generations within families together to rock the holiday nights away. In the spirit of the holidays, REO Speedwagon will be donating all artist royalties from "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" to the John Lennon Foundation.<br/> <b>Tracks to Include:</b> <br/> The First Noel <br/> Winter Wonderland <br/> Silent Night <br/> Deck the Halls <br/> Little Drummer Boy <br/> The White Snows of Winter <br/> Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria) <br/> Children Go Where I Send Thee <br/> I'll Be Home For Christmas <br/> God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen <br/> Happy Xmas (War is Over) <br/> Blue Christmas <br/> Joy To The World <br/> <br/>In support of their upcoming release, REO Speedwagon is set to perform for over 5 million viewers on NBC's "Holiday Celebration on Ice" special, which will air nationally on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 29, from 4:00 to 6:00PM EST. The show features figure skating legend Brian Boitano and friends, skating to music from REO Speedwagon, as well as special guest Rick Springfield. <br/> <br/>The band is currently on the third leg of their "Can't Stop Rockin'" tour across the country through November with Styx and Night Ranger, offering recession friendly prices through their "Rock n Roll Stimulus Package."<br/> <br/>Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Keep On Loving You," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." Their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites "I Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.<br/> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT 10/21/2009 - Bruce and Butter <br/>Part of REO Speedwagon bassist Bruce Hall's arsenal for decades, this '65 Fender Jazz Bass is the instrument heard on the band's classic early albums, including You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish. <br/> <br/>Visit Vintage Guitar website for more details and hear the story behind REO Speedwagon bassist Bruce Hall's '65 Fender Jazz.<a href="http://www.vguitar.com/current/" target="_blank"> http://www.vguitar.com/current/</a><br/>
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Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT
10/7/2009 - Bryan Hitt featured on Ludwig Epic series drum line Check out the Ludwig ad that is on the inside cover of November Modern Drummer Magazine. This magazine is the biggest drummer magazine in the world. Ludwig has chosen Bryan to be the poster boy for their new Epic series drum line! Hitt 'em Hard!
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Wed, 07 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT
9/4/2009 - Check out Bryan Hitt featured on Vic Firth & Set to appear at Hollywood Drum Show! <br/>BRYAN APPEARS AS FEATURED ARTIST ON VIC FIRTH WEBSITE AND SET TO APPEAR AT THE HOLLYWOOD DRUM SHOW! The folks at Vic Firth recently interviewed Bryan for their website. This is a fantastic video interview. Bryan will perform at the Hollywood Drum Show Sunday the 18th @ 1pm . The drum show is being held October 17th and 18th at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. Along with Bryan, this event also features other drumming greats such as Todd Sucherman, Cindi Blackman, Bernie Dresel, Joe LaBarbera and Nick Rich. A better time would be hard to "beat" ... so if you can make it, get out there and see the HITTMAN! <br/> <br/>Visit Vintage Drum Show website for more details of Hollywood Drum Show! <a href="http://vintagedrumshow.com/" target="_blank">http://vintagedrumshow.com/</a><br/> <br/>Visit Vic Firth website for an exclusive video interview with Bryan <a href="http://www.vicfirth.com/artists/bryan_hitt.html" target="_blank">http://www.vicfirth.com/artists/bryan_hitt.html</a><br/> <br/>Check out Bryan Hitt's Official homepage for more info... <a href="http://www.bryanhitt.com/" target="_blank">here</a><br/>
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Fri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT
8/10/2009 - The Band & Crew Check out the Band & CREW Rockin'out on stage for the finale of the "Can't Stop Rockin" Tour.<br/> <br/> <script type="text/javascript"> swfobject.embedSWF("/videos/REO-Congo.swf", "congoVid", "400", "260", "8", "expressInstall.swf", "false", {quality:"best"}); </script> <div id="congoVid"> <div align="center" style="color:#FFFFFF; font-size:12px; background-color:#660000"><b>This video requires Flash 8 and javascript enabled to be viewed properly. Click <a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/EN_US-H-GET-FLASH" target="_blank">HERE</a> to download the Adobe Flash 8 Plug-in.</b></div> </div> <br/> <br/> (Photo courtesy of Pollstar)
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7/18/2009 - REO frontman Cronin likes to Styx it to his act In the realm of good ideas that take forever to realize, Kevin Cronin might deserve some kind of medal. <br/><br/> The REO Speedwagon front man easily jokes about the three-plus decades it took him and longtime friend Tommy Shaw of the band Styx to get together and write some music. <br/><br/> While aboard a tour bus in upstate New York, Cronin recounted meeting Shaw after a club gig in Chicago in 1975 and how the two hoped to write together someday. <br/><br/> "We actually met on a flight to Florida and it was right as he was going to join Styx and I was getting hooked up with REO," Cronin said by phone. "But we always enjoyed each other and we had that idea to work together at some point. It just took us longer than we thought to actually do it." <br/><br/> PREVIEW <br> What: REO Speedwagon concert <br> When: 7 p.m. July 9 <br> Where: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston <br> Cost: $65 and $45 pavilion, $20 lawn <br> Info: <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">www.ticketmaster.com</a> <br> <br/>The music that was 34 years in the making comes at the end of each show on the bands' dual-headlining summer tour, in the form of "Keep On Rocking," which sees both bands on stage together for an extended jam session that's been sending the Baby Boomer crowds away happy each night.<br/> <br/>On top of realizing a long-time ambition, Cronin said the two-band finale on the new song helps put a new twist on their shows since REO and Styx have toured together twice before.<br/> <br/>"Tommy and I were sitting around last winter, talking about touring and we wanted to do something that would make this one special since we've toured together a couple times before," he said. "It was a bit of a challenge, getting all the arrangements to work and matching up everyone's sensibilities. That's hard enough when you're one band working on a song, but even more so when it's two different bands even if you have a lot of overlap in styles like we do.<br/> <br/>"But we worked on it, we got in the right head space and it's let us have a blast during this entire tour. It's hard to say why it is we match up so well and you try to not think about it too much, but it's kind of one of those Billy Joel and Elton things where when you pair it up - one plus one makes three."<br/> <br/>Part of the attraction is that both bands have had lots of time to polish their hits-heavy shows through the years. While both bands have released new studio albums in recent years - with another REO record due at the end of 2009 - Cronin said everyone is aware that it's the longtime anthems like "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On The Run" that keep audiences coming out.<br/> <br/>"I know the game is that people are coming out to these shows to hear the hits they've known for years and that's fine, but we need to stay creative so we can do new things like the new song with the combined jam at the end," he said.<br/> <br/>"If we were a total nostalgia act we would never have been able to do that. By staying creative you get to help the old songs stay fresh, even if you're messing with them in the smallest way that the audience isn't really going to pick up on."<br/> <br/>Cronin also said the latest song comes as a bit of an affirmation to people going through hard times during a recession, especially in Detroit where the band has always been warmly received.<br/> <br/>"'Can't Stop Rocking' is about how you have to keep on going no matter what," he said. "It's a hard thing to write about because I know that if I lost my job I can't imagine what that would feel like, but we wanted to do something with that idea in mind and make something that would help people have some fun even as they go through some of the toughest times they've ever seen.<br/> <br/>"You see lots of news about people hit really hard by the economic situation we're going through as a country, how lots of hard-working people turned around one day and had the American dream pulled out from under them. We know that's especially true in Detroit, which has through the years been a place that felt really special. When we walk out on the stage at Pine Knob the joy just seems to be at a higher level.<br/>
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Sat, 18 Jul 2009 00:00:00 PDT
7/18/2009 - REO Speedwagon, Styx, 38 Special stir up old memories <br/>It would be nearly impossible to rifle through a cassette collection in the 1970s or '80s and not find the works of .38 Special, Styx and REO Speedwagon - three bands that helped define arena rock.<br/> <br/>The Can't Stop Rockin' Tour brought all three to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday night - a powerhouse lineup for fans of the genre.<br/> <br/>The opening act .38 Special came out guns a blazin' with the signature tune "Rockin' into the Night" from the album Flashback preparing the audience for just that. Those who had already settled into their seats responded, singing along with "Fantasy Girl," "Second Chance" and, of course, "Hang on Loosely".<br/> <br/>As befits a Fourth of July celebration, Styx hit the stage with "Miss America". They followed with "Too Much Time On My Hands" as well as a Beatles tribute performance of "I Am The Walrus," with the audience filling in the "goo goo g'joobs".<br/> <br/>From Lawrence Gowan's moves on the rotating keyboard platform (playing backwards and even standing on top of the thing) to moments where the three guitarists James Young, Tommy Shaw and Ricky Phillips would play in a synchronized line, Styx definitely gets the formula for good arena rock.<br/> <br/>Shaw had the crowd's attention as he reminisced about his lucky break getting called to join Styx, following the story with the hit "Crystal Ball".<br/> <br/>Styx kept the crowd happy, playing all the hits "Renegade", "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" and "Come Sail Away".<br/> <br/>REO Speedwagon took the stage last, jamming out familiar hits like "Don't Let Him Go" and "Take It On the Run". The crowd roared in support as the band lit into "Time For Me to Fly".<br/> <br/>If we all still smoked, the lighters would have been waving for "Can't Fight This Feeling," circa 1984, and "Keep on Loving You". Kevin Cronin's pitch-perfect vocals and dead-on guitar solos had us searching the memories of our hearts, taking us back to first loves and bad breakups.<br/> <br/>And though the waists we wrapped our arms around Saturday night weren't likely the same as two decades ago, the emotion translates to today. Because it's how the song made us feel back then all weird and cool and desperately in love.<br/> <br/>Styx returned to the stage for the bands' new single "Can't Stop Rockin" a joint effort in support of the tour. The single was written by REO Speedwagon's Cronin and Shaw from Styx.<br/> <br/>While REO Speedwagon and Styx might not be gaining hordes of new fans, as evidenced by the dominant 35 to 60-year-old segment of the crowd, the familiarity keeps these guys relevant at least to those of us who remain rooted in the belief that the mix tapes we grew up with still blow the doors off our kids' iTunes downloads.<br/> <br/>When it comes to drawing crowds to concerts, it doesn't hurt that these guys bring the same energy to the stage they did three decades ago. Even after the closing number, Cronin still looked like his Converse sneakers were spring-loaded. I'd be pretty psyched, too, if my band could bring people to their feet after 30 years.<br/> Sat, 18 Jul 2009 00:00:00 PDT 7/1/2009 - Bryan Hitt featured on Ludwig Drum Website & Classic Drummer Magazine <br/>BRYAN APPEARS AS FEATURED ARTIST ON LUDWIG DRUM WEBSITE AND CLASSIC DRUMMER MAGAZINE HAS "HITT" THE STANDS! The folks at Ludwig drums recently interviewed Bryan for their website. This is a fantastic interview and Bryan talks about things ... as Bryan/Speedwagon fans ... you are going to want to know about. Trust me on that. Click 'em hard here to read about the new guy in REO Speedwagon ... make that twenty years new. <br/> <br/>Visit Classic Drummer Magazine for more details <a href="http://www.classicdrummer.com/" target="_blank">www.classicdrummer.com</a><br/> <br/>Visit Ludwig Drums website for an exclusive interview with Bryan <a href="http://www.ludwig-drums.com/" target="_blank">www.ludwig-drums.com</a><br/> <br/>Check out Bryan Hitt's Official homepage for more info... <a href="http://www.bryanhitt.com/" target="_blank">here</a><br/>
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Wed, 01 Jul 2009 00:00:00 PDT
6/12/2009 - Enter Casio's Almost Famous Challenge Casio Exilim and REO Speedwagon are challenging you to take the best live picture of the "Can't Stop Rocking" Tour.<br/><br/> One Grand Prize Winner will receive a new High Speed Casio Exilim EX-F1 and a signed guitar from REO Speedwagon and Styx.<br/> <br/>Click <a href="http://www.casiochallenge.com/" target="_blank">here</a> to enter and for all the info. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT 6/12/2009 - ShoWare Center <br/>The new ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington gets its first rock show with REO Speedwagon/STYX May 27, 2009.
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Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT
6/9/2009 - Pollstar/Fresno Photo's <br/>Check out photo Backstage Week Of 6/8/2009 & Live Shots Week Of 6/8/2009.
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Tue, 09 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT
6/2/2009 - Special Guest David Archuleta Video Check out special guest David Archuleta at the REO Speedwagon/Styx Can't Stop Rockin' stop show in Salt Lake City!<br/><br/> <script type="text/javascript"> swfobject.embedSWF("/videos/REO-DavidArchuleta.swf", "archuletaVid", "425", "275", "8", "expressInstall.swf", "false", {quality:"best"}); </script> <div id="archuletaVid"> <div align="center" style="color:#FFFFFF; font-size:12px; background-color:#660000"><b>This video requires Flash 8 and javascript enabled to be viewed properly. Click <a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/EN_US-H-GET-FLASH" target="_blank">HERE</a> to download the Adobe Flash 8 Plug-in.</b></div> </div> <br /><br /> Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT 6/2/2009 - "NO SERVICE FEE WEDNESDAYS" Live Nation </br>ONE DAY ONLY, JUNE 3RD "5 MILLION TICKETS "</br> </br>ONLY AT LIVENATION.COM</br> </br>LOS ANGELES, CA June 1, 2009 "Today, Live Nation announced that it’s dropping service fees on more than five million lawn tickets and hundreds of concerts, helping add value and save money for fans throughout North America. The 24 hour event makes June 3rd the biggest one day sale in concert business history. Now that's something for fans to sing about!</br> </br>"No Service Fee Wednesdays," kick off June 3 at 12:01 a.m., offering fans some of the lowest prices of the summer with no ticket service fees on any LiveNation.com-ticketed amphitheater show, and only at www.LiveNation.com.</br> </br>Throughout the rest of the summer, Live Nation becomes Free-Nation, as it offers a variety of "No Service Fee Wednesdays" specials at www.LiveNation.com, making Wednesday the biggest day of the week for savings on concert tickets for hundreds of shows and millions of fans. </br> </br>"Summer concerts are a great escape in these tough times," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "Starting this Wednesday, Live Nation and the world's top artists are making it less expensive for fans to see their favorite bands by waiving service fees on over five million tickets at www.LiveNation.com. We wanted to do something that had never been done before and "No Service Fee Wednesdays" provide incredible value to millions of music fans to attend the hottest concerts this summer."</br> </br>Tickets for "No Service Fee Wednesdays" go on sale at 12:01 a.m. local time on June 3, 2009 at www.LiveNation.com. This promotion is not valid in combination with other special pricing offers and is subject to availability. Tickets without service fees are available at all Live Nation-ticketed amphitheaters for concerts including:</br> </br> * 311 * Aerosmith * blink-182 * Brad Paisley with Dierks Bentley * Coldplay * Crosby Stills & Nash * Crue Fest 2 * Dave Matthews Band * Def Leppard with Poison and Cheap Trick * Depeche Mode * George Strait with Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough * Incubus * Jason Mraz * Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd * New Kids on the Block * Nickelback * Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction * No Doubt * O.A.R. * Phish * Rascal Flatts with Darius Rucker * REO Speedwagon & Styx * Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Marilyn Manson & Slayer * Rod Stewart * The Allman Brothers Band * The Dead * The Fray * The Killers * Toby Keith with Trace Atkins * Warped Tour</br> </br>ABOUT LIVE NATION:</br> </br>Live Nation's mission is to maximize the live concert experience. Our core business is producing, marketing and selling live concerts for artists via our global concert pipe. Live Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, annually producing over 22,000 concerts for 1,600 artists in 33 countries. During 2008, the company sold over 50 million concert tickets and drove over 70 million unique visitors to LiveNation.com. Live Nation is transforming the concert business by expanding its concert platform into ticketing and building the industry's first artist-to-fan vertically integrated concert platform. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol LYV. For additional information about the company, please visit www.livenation.com/investors.</br>
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Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT
5/29/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin' Movie Night Check out the guys enjoying themselves at Movie Night on a day off in Billings, Montana.
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Fri, 29 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT
5/26/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin' YouTube channel is LIVE!!! </br> Check out Can't Stop Rockin' YouTube channel...<a href="http://www.youtube.com/CantStopRockinTour">here</a> <br/> Tue, 26 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 5/26/2009 - Check out Carrot Top with Kevin Cronin & Dave Amato Check out Carrot Top, Kevin Cronin, Dave Amato in Las Vegas last weekend!
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Tue, 26 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT
5/15/2009 - USA Today's 2009 Summer Concerts
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5/13/2009 - Photo's from 1st Show of Can't Stop Rockin' Tour 2009 </br> Check out Photo's from last night's show!!!
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Wed, 13 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT
5/8/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin' Single To celebrate their upcoming trek together, STYX and REO Speedwagon teamed up to record a new single, "Can't Stop Rockin'," co-written by REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and STYX's Tommy Shaw. Bonus Tracks "Blue Collar Man" and "Roll with the Changes".<br/> <Br/> Currently # 5 on the Classic Rock Charts.<br/> <br/> "Can't Stop Rockin'" will be Available April 12, 2009. Special LP covers will be individually autographed by both Styx and REO Speedwagon.<br/> <br/> Now Available For Pre-Order!!! <br/> Click <a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/page3.html" target="_blank">here</a> to pre-order. Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 5/1/2009 - "ROCK OF AGES" Welcome Styx and REO Speedwagon to Bdwy! <br/>One month after their classic songs debuted as part of the score of the new hit musical comedy, ROCK OF AGES, two unparalleled rock stars - Tommy Shaw from STYX and Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon - made their Broadway debuts as they performed their new single, "Can't Stop Rockin'", immediately following the evening performance on Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th Street).<br/> <br/> The performance of the new song, co-written by Cronin and Shaw, celebrates the rockers recently announced CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour, which kicks off on May 12th, presented by VH1 Classic and Rock Band. LOST Star Matthew Fox was also in the house as the bands nearly blew the roof off with their performances! Of course, BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there to "bang our heads" along with the wild crowds so we could bring you all the action!<br/> <br/> Following an extremely successful off Broadway run and a bidding war over the film rights in which New Line Cinema won; the new musical comedy ROCK OF AGES opened on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W. 47th Street). Previews began on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. ROCK OF AGES, starring Constantine Maroulis ("American Idol"), is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, STYX ("Too Much Time on My Hands" & "Renegade"), REO Speedwagon ("Can't Fight This Feeling" & "Keep On Lovin' You"), Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. The show is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.<br/> <br/> VH1 Classic and Rock Band ® are proud to bring the CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour to America, featuring REO Speedwagon, STYX and 38 Special, three of the hardest working bands in rock n' roll. CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' kicks off on May 12th in Amarillo, Texas and will feature hit-packed sets spanning the course of these three rock legacies. The tour is geared to give the ultimate classic rock experience at a fan friendly ticket price (as low at $13.50). Confirmed tour dates are listed below, with additional concerts to be announced shortly.<br/> <br/> In addition to Constantine Maroulis, ROCK OF AGES features Amy Spanger (The Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate) as "Sherrie" and James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1's "So NoTORIous") as "Stacee Jaxx", Adam Dannheisser (The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night), Mitchell Jarvis (Fiddler on the Roof), Michele Mais (Roza), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd), Paul Schoeffler (Sweet Charity, Nine), Wesley Taylor (See Rock City), Ericka Hunter (Flower Drum Song, 42nd Street), Jeremy Jordan (Little Dog Laughed tour), Michael Minarik (Les Miserables), Angel Reed (Saturday Night Fever tour), Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines (Pal Joey, The Color Purple), Katherine Tokarz (White Christmas, A Chorus Line ), Andre Ward (Xanadu, The Producers), Savannah Wise (Les Miserables), Tad Wilson (The Full Monty) and Jeremy Woodard (Glory Days). And rockin' in the on-stage band, ARSENAL, are Music Director/ keyboardist Henry Aronson (Theatre: Rocky Horror, RENT ), lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger), drummer Jon Weber (The Orion Experience, Theatre: Hedwig), bassist Winston Roye (Ace of Base, Theatre: Bright Lights, Big City) and guitar player David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do), who also wrote the original arrangements. The Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia)<br/> <br/> Just as economy conscience as the CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour, ROCK OF AGES offers several ticket initiatives that that will treat audience members to one of the most unique (and inexpensive!) experiences on Broadway, every night. Starting 30 minutes before every show and during intermission, audience members seated in the orchestra will be able to buy color-coded drink chips from waiters in the orchestra or at the bar. The chips can then be redeemed during the show, from your seat, for the drink of your choice. In addition to having the least expensive top ticket price on Broadway (at $89.00 during the week & $99.00 during the weekend), ROCK OF AGES will also have a two VIP GREEN ROOM boxes ($295.00 for 4 tickets), which includes four tickets to the show located in one of only two mezzanine boxes and your own waiter, and LOTTERY tickets ($26.50 each, max 2 per person) which will be available two hours before every show at the box office, cash only.<br/> <br/> The performance schedule for ROCK OF AGES is Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm.<br/> <br/> For more information on ROCK OF AGES visit: www.RockofAgesMusical.com<br/> <br/> Want to see photos?<br/> Click <a href="http://www.markweiss.com/rock_of_ages_site/">here</a> to see pictures. <br/> <object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/q3oDbW3TjTU&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/q3oDbW3TjTU&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object> Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 4/28/2009 - Kevin & Tommy on CBS's "The Early Show" <br/>YOU are invited to an exclusive intimate concert event to be broadcast LIVE on CBS's "The Early Show"! FREE this Monday, April 27.<br/> <br/> Kevin Cronin and Tommy Shaw will be appearing LIVE on "The Early Show" on CBS! Tune in to hear a special acoustic rendition of "Can't Stop Rockin'" (as well as some of their biggest hits) and hear what they have to say about the new tour, the partnership with Rock Band and the new Broadway play "Rock of Ages" that features their music!<br/> <br/> In the New York metro area? If weather permits, you can join them for the show!!! Arrive at the CBS Plaza at 59th and 5th Avenue (next to the Apple store) by 7 am to be see and hear it all live, in person!<br/> <br/> And that's not all. On Tuesday, April 28, Kevin and Tommy will be appearing LIVE on "The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet". 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4/17/2009 - Rock Band Adds Legendary Rockers Styx and REO Speedwagon <img src="http://www.rockband.com/files/zine/rockband_artists/rb_callout_large_black.gif"> <br> <p> - Harmonix and MTV Games announced today it will add a 7-pack of songs featuring some of the biggest hits from Styx and REO Speedwagon to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content. Next week's lineup also includes a 3-pack from progressive rock outfit Hautewerk. </p> <p>Styx and REO Speedwagon are two of the most commercially successful American rock bands from the late 70s and early 80s. The "REO Speedwagon / Styx Tour '09 Pack" will include three of Styx's biggest singles that were recently re-recorded, including "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" and "Renegade" originally featured on the band's eighth studio album Pieces of Eight (1978), plus "Too Much Time on My Hands" originally featured on the band's 1981 concept album Paradise Theatre, the band's highest charting album of all time. Also included in the 7-pack are REO Speedwagon's timeless classics "Ridin' the Storm Out," originally featured on the band's third album of the same name (1973), "Roll With the Changes," originally featured on the band's seventh studio album, You can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish (1978) and "Take It on the Run," originally featured on the band's 9-times platinum 1980 album Hi Infidelity.</p> <p>The "REO Speedwagon / Styx Tour '09 Pack" also includes the brand-new collaborative song between Styx and REO Speedwagon, "Can't Stop Rockin'," which the band recorded together in anticipation of their upcoming CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' tour for radio and Rock Band DLC. As previously announced, Rock Band and VH1 Classic are sponsoring the bands' upcoming CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' tour and will give fans a chance to play the Styx and REO Speedwagon DLC Rock Band tracks on a mini-stage at every concert, win Rock Band giveaways and more! CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' kicks off on May12th in Amarillo, Texas.</p> <p>In addition, progressive rockers Hautewerk will be making their Rock Band Music Store debut next week with three tracks from their 2006 debut album Stop Start Again including "Stop Start Again," "Alone in My Head" and "I Know Where You Came From."<br /> </p> <p> <strong><br /> Release Date:</strong> <br /> Tuesday, April 21, 2009 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360)<br /> Thursday, April 23, 2009 (PlayStation Store) </p> <p>** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **</p> <p><strong>Tracks: </strong><br /> Styx "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)"<br /> Styx "Renegade"<br /> Styx "Too Much Time on My Hands"<br /> REO Speedwagon "Ridin' the Storm Out"<br /> REO Speedwagon "Roll With the Changes"<br /> REO Speedwagon "Take It on the Run"<br /> Styx/REO Speedwagon "Can't Stop Rockin'"</p> <p>(All tracks are master recordings)</p> <p><strong>Price: $1.99</strong><br /> $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track<br /> $10.99 (880 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) "REO Speedwagon / Styx Tour '09 Pack"<br /> $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) "Hautewerk Pack 01"</p> <p><strong>Locations:</strong><br /> Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360<br /> PlayStation Network </p> <p><strong>Music Videos:</strong><br /> Click on the track below to view the song's corresponding music video. Videos can be embedded on your site.</p> <p>REO Speedwagon "<a href="http://www.mtv.com/videos/reo-speedwagon/99381/take-it-on-the-run.jhtml" target="_blank">Take It on the Run</a>"</p> <br> Website Links: For more information, please visit: <br> <a href="http://www.rockband.com/music" target="_blank">Rock Band Website</a><br> <a href="http://www.styxworld.com/" target="_blank">Styx Official Website</a><br> <a href="http://www.speedwagon.com/" target="_blank">REO Speedwagon Official Website</a><br> <a href="http://www.hautewerk.com/" target="_blank">Hautewerk Official Website</a><br> <br> In addition, progressive rockers Hautewerk will be making their Rock Band Music Store debut next week with three tracks from their 2006 debut album Stop Start Again including "Stop Start Again," "Alone in My Head" and "I Know Where You Came From." <br><br> Rock Band 2 is available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION3 and PlayStation2 computer entertainment systems and Wii home videogame console from Nintendo. <br><br> There are now more than 640 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase complete list of tracks at <a href="http://www.rockband.com/music" target="_blank">www.rockband.com/music</a>. <br><br> Rock Band continues to satisfy music fans' and gamers' voracious appetite for rock with more than 40 million paid downloads since its launch on November 20, 2007. The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library. <br><br> Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB. <br><br> For more information on Rock Band 2 and Harmonix Music Systems please visit <a href="http://www.rockband.com" target="_blank">www.rockband.com</a> and <a href="http://www.harmonixmusic.com" target="_blank">www.harmonixmusic.com</a>. For an exclusive interview please visit<a href="http://www.rockband.com/zine/midnight_reo_styx" target="_blank">http://www.rockband.com/zine/midnight_reo_styx</a> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:00:00 PDT 4/15/2009 - REO Speedwagon and STYX to perform new single after Rock of Ages REO Speedwagon and STYX will perform their new single on Broadway immediately following the Rock of Ages show on April 27th!<br/> <a href="http://www.rockofagesmusical.com/landing/reo_styx.php" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.speedwagon.com/images/roa_reo_banner.jpg" alt="REO Speedwagon and STYX will perform their new single on Broadway immediately following the Rock of Ages show on April 27th!" border="0" /></a> Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 PDT 3/19/2009 - Cool tour spot on VH1 Classic! <embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:vh1.com:355808" width="448" height="367" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always"></embed><div><a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; font-size:10px; color:#000000; text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/shows/ " onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration='underline'" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration='none'" target="_blank">VH1 TV Shows</a> | <a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color:#000000; font-size:10px; text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/video/music.jhtml" onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration='underline'" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration='none'" target="_blank">Music Videos </a> | <a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color:#000000; font-size:10px; text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/photos/ " onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration='underline'" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration='none'" target="_blank">Celebrity Photos</a> | <a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color:#000000; font-size:10px; text-decoration: none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/news/" onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration='underline'" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration='none'" target="_blank">News & Gossip</a></div> Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 PDT 3/6/2009 - REO/Styx Tour News <embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:vh1.com:348965" width="448" height="367" wmode="transparent" flashVars="configParams=%26id%3D1606458%26vid%3D348965%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Avh1.com%3A179697%26startUri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Avh1.com%3A348965" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always"></embed><div><a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; font-size:10px; color:#000000; text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/shows/ " onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration=underline" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration=none" target="_blank">VH1 TV Shows</a> | <a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color:#000000; font-size:10px; text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/video/music.jhtml" onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration=underline" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration=none" target="_blank">Music Videos </a> | <a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color:#000000; font-size:10px; text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/photos/ " onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration=underline" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration=none" target="_blank">Celebrity Photos</a> | <a style="padding:0px 4px 0px 10px; font-family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color:#000000; font-size:10px; text-decoration: none;" href="http://www.vh1.com/news/" onmouseover="this.style.textDecoration=underline" onmouseout="this.style.textDecoration=none" target="_blank">News & Gossip</a></div> Fri, 06 Mar 2009 00:00:00 PST 2/27/2009 - "CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 TOUR" <br/>REO SPEEDWAGON * STYX <br/> <br/>"CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 TOUR" <br/>PRESENTED BY VH1 CLASSIC AND ROCK BAND <br/> * * * * <br/> <br/>"Rock n Roll Stimulus Package" - Ticket Prices as Low as $13.50 in most Markets for Three Classic American Bands <br/> * * * * <br/> VH1 Classic and Rock Band are proud to bring the CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' 2009 Tour to America, featuring REO Speedwagon, STYX and 38 Special, three of the hardest working bands in rock n roll. CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' kicks off on May13th in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will feature hit-packed sets spanning the course of these three unparalleled rock legacies. The tour is geared to give the ultimate classic rock experience at a fan friendly ticket price. Confirmed tour dates are listed below, with additional concerts to be announced shortly.<br/> <br/> To celebrate their upcoming trek together, STYX and REO Speedwagon teamed up to record a new single, "Can't Stop Rockin'," co-written by REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and STYX's Tommy Shaw. "Can't Stop Rockin'" makes its radio debut in March and will be available for download. <br/> <br/> "Both bands have always tried to keep our ticket prices low so that none of our fans get left out. It's our own personal Rock 'n' Roll Stimulus package," says Tommy Shaw. "It's been nine years since the Arch Allies tour and it just seemed like the right time to team up with our friends in REO and hit the road again." <br/> <br/> Kevin Cronin adds, "The world is going through a weird phase, and everybody needs music now more than ever. We all need to join our friends, pool our resources, combine our energies, because there is power in people coming together. That spirit has brought REO and Styx together to write, record and tour together, and celebrate it all with the greatest fans in America."<br/> <br/> Tickets for the May 23rd Kelseyville concert go on sale Sunday, March 1 at 10 A.M. by calling 800-660-LAKE or via <a href="http://www.tickets.com"><br/></a>www.tickets.com. <br/>Tickets for the June 28th Mansfield concert go on sale Friday, February 27th at 10 A.M. exclusively at <a href="http://www.livenation.com"><br/></a>www.livenation.com, by calling 877-598-8689 or at the Comcast Center Box Office. <br/>Tickets for the July 10th Chicago concert go on sale Saturday, February 28th at Noon exclusively at <a href="http://www.livenation.com"><br/></a>LiveNation.com and charge by phone 877-598-8703.<br/> <br/> - Tickets for the May 15th Phoenix, AZ concert go on sale March 9. <br/> - Tickets for the May 13th Albuquerque, NM, May 16th Las Vegas, NV, and May 17th Fresno, CA concerts go on sale March 20. <br/> - Tickets for the May 20th Los Angeles, CA and May 21st Ontario, CA concert go on sale March 16. <br/> - Tickets for the May 31st Morrison, CO concert go on sale March 13. <br/> - Tickets for the June 4th Kansas City, MO concert go on sale March 7. <br/> - Tickets for the June 21st Alpharetta, GA concert go on sale March 21.<br/> - Tickets for the June 27th Gilford, NH concert go on sale March 14.<br/> - Tickets for the July 2nd Verona, NY concert go on sale March 28.<br/> <br/> *Additional on-sale dates and information TBA. <br/> American Express Early On Sale opportunities will be available for most CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' tour dates. <br/> CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' has teamed up with I Love All Access to offer the ultimate fan experience for the tour featuring a variety of VIP ticket packages. For more details go to<a href="http://iloveallaccess.com"><br/> www.iloveallaccess.com.<br/></a> <br/> Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter, keyboard player and founding member Neal Doughty, bass player Bruce Hall, lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can’t Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Loving You," and "Time For Me To Fly," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Don't Let Him Go" and "Keep Pushin." Their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites "Needed To Fall" and "Smilin' In The End." REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.<br/> <br/> STYX - Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time. Every STYX release throughout the late '70s earned at least platinum certification (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 "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself." Paradise Theater became Styx's biggest hit album of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they 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. Donnie Van Zant and Don Barnes co-founded 38 Special in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida and have been touring relentlessly for the past 30 years. In its early days, the band built its reputation with its brand of Southern boogie and blues-rock before transforming into a more arena-rock-friendly style, selling millions of albums and garnering fans worldwide. Since 1975, the band has released more than 15 albums, most of which reached gold or platinum status. Among 38 Special's best-known songs are "Hold on Loosely," "Caught Up in You", "Second Chance", and "Rockin' into the Night". After more than three decades together, 38 Special is still playing more than 100 shows per year. And at every one of them, thousands of audience members are completely blindsided by the explosive power and muscle of the band's performance. "When we come out, people are like, Whoa! It's like a freight train rolling over them" says Barnes.<br/> <br/> CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger among American school children by partnering with "Blessings in a Backpack," a non-profit organization that provides weekend meals to school children in need. Fans attending the "CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' tour will be able to help buy food for this valuable effort.<br/> <br/> Additional details surrounding the involvement of VH1 Classic and Rock Band in the CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' TOUR will be announced soon.<br/> <br/> For more information, visit the band's Web sites: <a href="http://www.speedwagon.com"><br/> www.speedwagon.com, <a href="http://www.styxworld.com"><br/> www.styxworld.com, and <a href="http://www.38special.com"><br/> www.38special.com.<br/></a> <br/> CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' Tour Dates:<br/> <br/> May 13: Albuquerque, NM (Sandia Casino Amphitheatre) <br/>May 15: Phoenix, AZ (Dodge Theatre) <br/>May 16: Las Vegas, NV (Thomas and Mack Center) <br/>May 17: Fresno, CA (Save Mart Center) <br/>May 21: Ontario, CA (Citizens Business Bank Arena) <br/>May 22: Los Angeles, CA (NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE) <br/>May 23: Kelseyville, CA (Konocti Harbor Amphitheatre) <br/>May 24: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre) <br/>May 27: Seattle, WA (ShoWare Arena) <br/>May 30: Sandy, UT (Rio Tinto Stadium) <br/>May 31: Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre) <br/>June 4: Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre) <br/>June 5: Thackerville, OK (Winstar Casino) <br/>June 6: Oklahoma City, OK (Zoo Amphitheatre) <br/>June 7: Woodlands, TX (Woodlands Pavilion) <br/>June 16: Boca Raton, FL (Sunset Cove Amphitheatre) <br/>June 18: Orange Beach, FL (The Amphitheatre @ The Wharf) <br/>June 20: Roanoke Rapids, NC (Carolina Crossroads Amphitheatre) <br/>June 21: Atlanta, GA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) <br/>June 23: Columbia, MD (Merriweather Post Pavillion) <br/>June 26: Atlantic City, NJ (The Borgata) <br/>June 27: Gilford, NH (Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion) <br/>June 28: Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center) <br/>July 1: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun) <br/>July 2: Verona, NY (Turning Stone Resort Casino) <br/>July 3: Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain) <br/>July 4: Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) <br/>July 9: Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre) <br/>July 10: Chicago, IL (Charter One Pavilion At Northerly Island) <br/>July 11: St Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) <br/> <br/>Additional dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly. <br/> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:00:00 PST 3/5/2009 - New Video added Check out the new video in the <a href="videos.php">video section</a> Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:00:00 PST 2/26/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin' Tour Announced! Come experience Rock's hardest working bands in the ultimate classic rock experience! REO Speedwagon & STYX together in CAN'T STOP ROCKIN', the summer's hottest tour! <br><br> CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' kicks off on May13th in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will feature hit-packed sets spanning the course of these three unparalleled rock legacies. <br><br> The CAN'T STOP ROCKIN' tour has also teamed up with I Love All Access to offer the ultimate fan experience for the tour featuring a variety of VIP ticket packages. For more details head on over to <a href="http://www.iloveallaccess.com/ref/t.php?a=51&b=30&c=2&d=7055ee00fc60e742b649ce4a03bbb488" alt="REO Speedwagon Tickets - Can't Stop Rockin' Tour VIP Concert Packages from I Love All Access" target="_blank">www.iloveallaccess.com</a>.
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1/5/2009 - Mardi Gras REO Speedwagon will be performing at the Endymion 2009 Parade Saturday February 21st with Grand Marshall Kid Rock!!! <a href="http://www.kreweofendymion.org/">Click here for more Details!!!</a> Mon, 05 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST 12/11/2008 - Studio Footage Video Go to the <a href="/videos.php">Video Section</a> to watch a video clip of Kevin Cronin and Joe Vannelli at Blue Moon Studio recording the album "FIND YOUR OWN WAY HOME" Thu, 11 Dec 2008 00:00:00 PST 12/10/2008 - REO Speedwagon To Perform On The Bonnie Hunt Show Bonnie Hunt has a talk show? The line between sitcom and talk show is really blurring these days. But I digress. REO Speedwagon will be on Bonnie`s new show in Friday. After a busy year that saw REO Speedwagon raise $270,000 for the Des Moines area for the "Ridin' The Storm Out Floods of 2008 Relief Concert", a concert in Trinidad with Rick Springfield and the release of the Soundstage DVD, the band will start wrapping up the year with the Bonnie Hunt Show appearance. They'll perform "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Roll With The Changes". Other guests on the show include Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddy Rodriguez. REO Speedwagon released their first album in 1971 but it was the "Hi Infidelity" album that brought home the superannuation after selling more than 10 million copies in the USA. Bonnie's show started in September and screens on Warner Brothers Television. After starting her working life as a nurse, Bonnie changed careers and became a comedian. Her first show, 1995's The Bonnie Hunt Show, was a co-production with David Letterman. She was a screenwriter for the 2000 movie "Return To Me" starring David Duchovny and starred in the movies "Beethoven" and "Beethoven’s 2nd", "Jerry Maquire", "Jumanji" and "Cheaper By The Dozen". She was also the voice of Sally Carrera in "Cars". She will reprise that role in the sequel "Cars 2", not due until 2011.
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Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:00:00 PST
12/9/2008 - Bonnie Hunt Show Tune in on Friday, December 12 as REO Speedwagon rocks the all-new <a href="http://www.bonniehunt.com/">"Bonnie Hunt Show"</a>, performing their classic hits "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Roll With The Changes." Complete show times and networks to follow. <br/> <br/>Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter, keyboard player and founding member Neal Doughty, bass player Bruce Hall, lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits "Can’t Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Loving You," and "Time For Me To Fly," timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Don't Let Him Go" and "Keep Pushin." Their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, was released last year. REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date. <br/> <br/>The Bonnie Hunt Show premiered on September 8, 2008 and is produced by Bob & Alice Production and paraMedia inc. in association with Telepictures Productions and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddy Rodriquez join REO Speedwagon as guests on Friday's show. Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:00:00 PST