REO Speedwagonrss feedhttp://www.speedwagon.com 4/13/2014 - Hi friends, here is me with my burly security detail on an innocent bike ride Hi friends, here is me with my burly security detail on an innocent bike ride here in scenic French Lick, Indiana. Rumor has it there is a haunted hotel down the road and we are bound to find it. According to local lore Al Capone used to hang here and actually had his own private railroad which ran direct to Chicago for him and his associates who came down to French Lick to engage in a variety of colorful activities. Perhaps some of the ghosts around here are former "associates" of Mr. Capone. On another front, we are convinced that there must be a monument, a sculpture, some kind of acknowledgement of this town's most famous export, but try as we might we can find no evidence whatsoever that NBA Hall of Famer, and historic LA Laker nemesis Larry Bird was born and raised here in French Lick. I am considering proposing a statue of Magic Johnson be erected in the town square :) This town is a really cool place to visit and explore it's many mysteries. I'm happy to have been able to share this experience with my sons Josh and Shane. PS. Oh yeah, we had a great show to a full house last night in the Lick. I met a guy who was seeing us for the 58th time...how awesome is that! Hey, it might be cool to hear from any of you all who have seen the band multiple times. Tell us how many shows, when was your first time seeing us, a cool story about a concert experience. Let's see what you got! rock on, kc
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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT
4/6/2014 - Hi friends, so when you watch us on The Queen Latifah Show on April 10th Hi friends, so when you watch us on The Queen Latifah Show on April 10th you will see that I invite some members of the studio audience to join us on stage to spice things up a bit during "Roll With The Changes". What a coincidence that these three women were sitting right in front of us in the first row and just happened to be wearing shirts from the new 2014 merch line. Okay, well maybe it wasn't actually that much of a coincidence after all, as some of you may recognize my gorgeous wife Lisa and Bryan's beautiful bride Cindi, along with Corina Larson from our merchandise company. The new shirts look great on them, and will look great on you or your favorite girl as well. Wow, I know that was quite the blatant plug, but I really do love all of the new shirts for this year. Besides these ladies items there is an awesome men's black T with my Fender Telecaster on the front and a bunch of our song titles carved into it. There is a Dickies work shirt that has the numeral 71 with a collage of all our album covers on the back and the wings logo embroidered above the chest pocket. Stop in and visit "Ricky the Merch Guy" at any tour date or check out the REO website store. I apologize for the hard sell, but I am just truly proud of all the new stuff for this year. Meanwhile, we just finished up a great weekend which started out in Ardmore, Oklahoma with our buddies Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown as special guests. Tyler and the boys are all in their early 20s and are simply the best and hardest working young rock 'n roll band I have ever heard. They once drove straight through over night from Sacramento to Phoenix to open up for us and Thursday they rolled non-stop from Nashville to Oklahoma and proceeded to kick major butt...on two hours of sleep. (Kinda reminds me of us in 1972:) Do yourself a favor and check out their music on I-tunes or the band's website. As we speak, our buses are heading west from Lafayette, Louisiana toward Houston where we catch a flight home in the morning. We have only been gone a few days, but I miss my family real bad. I can hardly wait to see everybody tomorrow. We are looking forward to seeing y'all down the road this spring, and later this summer on tour with our buddies Chicago. Rock on, kc you will see that I invite some members of the studio audience to join us on stage to spice things up a bit during "Roll With The Changes". What a coincidence that these three women were sitting right in front of us in the first row and just happened to be wearing shirts from the new 2014 merch line. Okay, well maybe it wasn't actually that much of a coincidence after all, as some of you may recognize my gorgeous wife Lisa and Bryan's beautiful bride Cindi, along with Corina Larson from our merchandise company. The new shirts look great on them, and will look great on you or your favorite girl as well. Wow, I know that was quite the blatant plug, but I really do love all of the new shirts for this year. Besides these ladies items there is an awesome men's black T with my Fender Telecaster on the front and a bunch of our song titles carved into it. There is a Dickies work shirt that has the numeral 71 with a collage of all our album covers on the back and the wings logo embroidered above the chest pocket. Stop in and visit "Ricky the Merch Guy" at any tour date or check out the REO website store. I apologize for the hard sell, but I am just truly proud of all the new stuff for this year. Meanwhile, we just finished up a great weekend which started out in Ardmore, Oklahoma with our buddies Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown as special guests. Tyler and the boys are all in their early 20s and are simply the best and hardest working young rock 'n roll band I have ever heard. They once drove straight through over night from Sacramento to Phoenix to open up for us and Thursday they rolled non-stop from Nashville to Oklahoma and proceeded to kick major butt...on two hours of sleep. (Kinda reminds me of us in 1972:) Do yourself a favor and check out their music on I-tunes or the band's website. As we speak, our buses are heading west from Lafayette, Louisiana toward Houston where we catch a flight home in the morning. We have only been gone a few days, but I miss my family real bad. I can hardly wait to see everybody tomorrow. We are looking forward to seeing y'all down the road this spring, and later this summer on tour with our buddies Chicago. Rock on, kc<br /> <a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/reo_shirts.html">Click here to buy REO Speedwagon merchandise.</a><br />
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Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 PDT
3/13/2014 - Hi friends Hi friends, well I was sure wide awake and ready for a rock show at Texas Reliant Stadium last night. The series goes on for 21 days with a roster that is a who's who of the biggest country acts including Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, and tonight Jason Aldean.  REO is the only rock band on the schedule, which is an awesome honor. The photo is me singing "Can't Fight This Feeling" with 58,000 background vocalists...I was blown away! Last night will go down in REO folklore for sure. Thanks Houston, y'all rocked it last night!
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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT
3/10/2014 - Hi friends, Hi friends, okay I got zero sleep last night and I'm pretty sure Justin Beiber is at least partly to blame. So we pull up to our hotel here in Houston around 1:00 this morning, there are some tour busses parked across the street. Selena Gomez played at the rodeo last night, the busses are hers.Anyway, I was ready for a quiet night after spending the better part of last week in Las Vegas. I settled in to watch the finale of True Detective, then read a few chapters of my new book, "Showtime", and wrap myself up in these awesome pillows and blankets for a good night sleep...I had a plan, or so I thought...Just like that, bang bang out go the lights, and the television, and the phone charger...no electricity. Grrr&@#!!So okay, some peace and quiet time, I can be cool with that, only problem is I am on a rock'n roll schedule out here, plus we crossed two time zones, I needed to chill out with some TV and read a little to get to that place where I could doze it out. After laying there eyes wide shut for what seemed like hours eventually I guess I finally did slip into some deep sleep and I was dreaming about our old house...Until it all hit the fan. The power comes back on and with it the television, the lights, it was total mayhem in this room and it freaked me out. Now I was wide flipping awake again. More grrrrrr...Now it may have been a simple coincidence, but come on...Justin and Selena are in the suite next door?I'm gonna take a nap, and we are gonna rock the rodeo tonight for 50,000 people, including S. Gomez plus one!
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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 PDT
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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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 PST
2/8/2014 - Kevin Cronin and his daughter Holly Cronin performing "Can't Fight This Feeling". <iframe width="460" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VZpTz0GhsdM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:00:00 PST 2/1/2014 - A new generation of Cronins. Holly Cronin makes her stage debut. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151940861203499&l=971628308042467547">Click here to see video of Holly & Kevin Cronin at Holly's High School "Good Times" performance on Saturday, 2/01/14.</a>
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Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:00:00 PST
1/20/2014 - Hi friends, well the new year got off to a rockin' start for us this past weekend with two awesome s Hi friends, well the new year got off to a rockin' start for us this past weekend with two awesome shows, in Mt Pleasant MI., and in my home town Chicago. We continued our Rock to the Rescue efforts and raised another $10,000 for the Illinois tornado victims. Midwest audiences are so great, they give us so much energy, it is amazing! Then Sunday morning we headed downtown to the United Center and experienced the spirit, the pandemonium, the rabid excitement that is Blackhawks hockey. I had heard about what goes on at Chicago hockey games, but I was unprepared for the sheer force of the energy inside that arena, especially for the Stanley Cup rematch against the formidable Boston Bruins. It was a great game, which ended in a shootout with the Hawks on top. Between periods I took the ice to shoot a few pucks for charity. In retrospect I wish I would have first taken some time with Hall of Fame center and boyhood idol, The Golden Jet...Bobby Hull. I got to spend some quality private time with No 9 and get to know the man a little. The moments I spent talking with him were very special to me since Blackhawks hockey has always been a bond I share with my Dad. I could have used the tips on shooting a proper slapshot that Bobby gave me before I came up hopelessly short on my attempts to score a goal for charity. Oh well, I gave it a shot. I considered it a success when I walked across the ice without face planting. Okay, gotta run and do husband stuff now...rock on, kc pictured: Bobby Hull and a happy fan
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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST
1/13/2014 - Hi friends, well first of all, a belated Happy New Year to all! Hi friends, well first of all, a belated Happy New Year to all! We have big plans already in the works for 2014, including a unique co-headline tour pairing, which we will be sharing with you all in the coming weeks and months. The year is off to a rocking start as Bruce and I got the original Strolling Dudes line-up back together, (actually it's just the two of us:), in Miami over this past weekend. The occasion was the 50th birthday of Champaign, IL. boy and new fast friend Jimmy John of sub sandwich fame. Mutual buddy Kid Rock helped put it all together as Bruce and I basically led a wild group of mostly Illinoisans in an giant REO sing-along party. This coming weekend we get the whole REO touring family back in gear for shows in Mt Pleasant, MI. on Friday and Chicago on Saturday. It will be awesome to get our rock'n roll shoes back on, play some gigs, and get back to work on some new music which we started messing around with toward the end of last year's tour. Let's make this year another great one for all of us...see you all on down the road! rock on, kc (pictured: Bruce, Kid Rock, Jimmy John, kc)
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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 PST
12/25/2013 - Hi friends, I'm a little last minute with my Christmas Message Hi friends, I'm a little last minute with my Christmas Message, but it gets crazy busy around here this time of year...for Lisa that is! My amazing wife does all the heavy holiday lifting, I am simply her humble assistant. Anyway, our family is healthy and in good cheer, and we are all very thankful. I hope you are surrounded by the people you love during the Holidays as I am. I'm a lucky guy...kc
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Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:00:00 PST
11/24/2013 - Hi friends, one week ago today another killer storm left a trail of death and destruction Hi friends, one week ago today another killer storm left a trail of death and destruction through our home state Illinois, and once again REO and Styx will gear up our Rock to the Rescue machine to help take care of our own. We are putting together a benefit concert in Bloomington, IL on December 4. Tickets went on sale yesterday. We are determined to put together an awesome concert, full of jamming, people siting in with each other, lots of great Illinois and Midwest bands and artists coming together to raise money, as well as spirit, for the people whose lives were turned upside down by the horrific tornados. We will be announcing the big names who will be joining us in the coming days. It is our goal to sell out all 8,000 seats, and I will not rest until we sell every last ticket! We are gathering corporate sponsorship to get our expenses taken care of so all or the concert proceeds will be distributed by us directly to those in need...no middle men. This is truly a worthy cause, so come on, don't miss this once in a lifetime event...fly in for this one. More info to come.... PS. For more info please check the Rock to the Rescue <a href="http://www.rocktotherescue.net/">website.</a>
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Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST
11/14/2013 - Hi friends, so the countdown to the official worldwide release of "Live at Moondance Jam" is on. Hi friends, so the countdown to the official worldwide release of "Live at Moondance Jam" is on. You may have seen or heard one of us band members on TV, radio, print, the web...we are everywhere baby! We are all very proud and excited about the Moondance CD/DVD. I made the rounds at Westwood One Radio Network yesterday and was on air with old buddies Tony Scott, Bob Coburn, and new buddy Donavan McNabb, former QB with the Philadephia Eagles. We hit it off great, with the exception of our Chicago baseball team allegiances...I mean come on, how can a guy from the South Side not be a White Sox fan? Anyway, being a sports fan it is always fun to hang with big time athletes, especially down to earth dudes like Donavan, as well as Artie Lange's co-host and former Eagles fullback John Ritchie. Okay, that's it for now. Oh, if you are looking for something to do a week from Saturday and Sunday, (11/23-24), we are in Vegas for a two night stand at the intimate Orleans Showroom. "Live at Moondance Jam" is in stores of all kinds on Tuesday 11-19!! rock on, kc
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Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST
11/12/2013 - Hi friends, who'd of thunk that Artie Lange would be an REO fan? Hi friends, who'd of thunk that Artie Lange would be an REO fan? He saw us at Byrne Arena in New Jersey on the Good Trouble Tour and has been with us ever since. He and his co-host John Ritchie are way into music and totally cool guys. I had a blast doing the show last night in New York City. I made the rounds at Sirius-XM yesterday as well. I will be the guest DJ for their Christmas channel, "Holly", as well as a stint on "Classic Rewind". I did a bunch of guest DJ things including VH-1 Classic "On Tap" with Nick Carter. I talked and sang my way all over Manhattan, a fourteen hour day yesterday, but it is totally worth the effort because we are so proud of our "Live at Moondance Jam" CD/DVD. I head to Los Angeles for another press day on Wednesday which concludes with a vist to our buddy Bob Coburn's "Rockline". Call in and say hello, check the website for details. Gotta run so I don't miss my flight...rock on, kc
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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST
11/10/2013 - Kevin Cronin at Grand Central Station.
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Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:00 PST
10/31/2013 - Happy Halloween! Kevin spending time at home with the family.
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Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 PDT
9/17/2013 - Hi friens, my radio buddy, the inimitable, indescribable Eric (Mancow) Mueller has a new television Hi friens, my radio buddy, the inimitable, indescribable Eric (Mancow) Mueller has a new television project on the History Channel. The show airs tonight and is called, "God, Guns, and Automobiles". Of the three subjects mentioned in the show's title, I am okay with all of them when in the hands of an expert who understands the power as well as the dangers involved with their use. As for Mancow, he is brilliant, outspoken, hilarious, loyal, and an all around great guy. He has been a friend to me and steadfast supporter of all things REO Speedwagon since we met in 2007. I will be tuning in to check out his television show tonight. Let me know what you all think...rock on, kc
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Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT
9/7/2013 - Hi friends, tonight we played a private event at the Houston House of Blues Hi friends, we played a private event at the Houston House of Blues last night, and as I brushed up on my acoustic version of "Keep The Fire Burning" I couldn't help but feel a heavy presence looking over my shoulder. In an unrelated, but no less bizarre development, Mike Reno was again spotted side stage...or was he???Currently it is just about time for soundcheck here in Biloxi where we be working on a revamp of "Live Every Moment". I imagined a reggae flavored version while walking the beach in the Bahamas earlier this summer. Reno was definitely not there, but Michael Jordan has a lovely home on the island. That being established, Adam Sandler used the song in his "Grown-Ups 2" during the movie's end credits. We designed a personalized REO hockey jersey for Adam and sent it off to him. We are making up a limited run of these jersies and they should be available soon at an REO merch stand near you, or at reospeedwagon.com, (blatant sales pitch acknowledged:). Speaking of which, our Internet specialists have told me to drop as many recognizable names as possible in my blogs...Barry White. Rock on, kc
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Sat, 07 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT
9/1/2013 - Hi friends, we had a tremendous trip to the Great Northwest Hi friends, we had a tremendous trip to the Great Northwest with shows in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia this weekend. I have been saying every night how it just keeps getting better, and not just because that line always gets a great reaction, but because it is TRUE! We have played Salem, Oregon a number of times over the years but never rocked like we did on Friday night. I admit it got me going to see a sold out crowd, and Mike Reno hanging out side stage. Loverboy had just played a great set and we love going on after bands we love and respect. Then last night at PNE was the best show we have ever had in Vancouver...sold out and rowdy! Even though I was a little raspy, we just fed off the energy of another sold-out audience and had a blast. The weather was beyond perfection which always helps set the mood, and after a day of bicycling around beautiful Stanley Park and Coal Harbor I was ready to rock. I considered wearing this stylish helmet on stage, but the hourly rental was a bit steep see y'all Saturday in Biloxi! rock on, kc
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Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:00:00 PDT
8/15/2013 - Hi friends, so Lisa and I have a pretty active household these days Hi friends, so Lisa and I have a pretty active household these days what with at least three teenagers roaming the halls, various construction activities in progress on the property, and me living part time on a tour bus a lot around this time of year. My wife and I rarely get into Hollywood, but every once in a while we get an offer we can't refuse. We hit the premiere of the new Steve Jobs movie last night and had a blast. REO Speedwagon's brand new recording of "Roll With The Changes" blasts through a pivotal scene where our new best friend Ashton, who plays Jobs, is cruising down the highway in an old Mustang, or maybe it was a classic Mercedes, but it is a powerful spot in the film. The music is such a huge part of what makes the movie cool, and is cranked up loud in the theater. No offense to Ashton, or any of the other cast members, but I'm pretty sure our song steals the movie. REO will be rolling through Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan this weekend with our buddy Fee Waybill and the Tubes...three of our favorite States and one of our favorite bands. Looking forward to seeing y'all...lots of shows left this summer and fall, (blatant plug noted). We are having a great time on the road and we really do want to see you... pictured from left: a handsome movie star, a dumb looking rock singer, and my beautiful wife.
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Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 PDT
8/2/2013 - Hi friends, so my band mates headed off to their various home towns Hi friends, so my band mates headed off to their various home towns for a well earned three day break this past week, and while I missed seeing Lisa and the kids, I needed to spend a little time with my Mom and Dad in Chicago. They live in the same house where I was raised, so a visit with my folks is also a deja vu through my youth. Pictured here are the bushes where in seventh grade I stashed my Beatle Boots, which were hand-me downs from a buddy, were a size too small for me, but which I wore like a uniform every single day regardless of weather conditions, the days' activities, or any reasonable fashion sense. My parents were convinced at the time that wearing those shoes would surely warp me for life, (looks like Mom and Dad were pretty much right on that count), so I never received their permission to actually own a pair. But now I'm a big boy and I can buy whatever shoes I choose without having to hide them amongst any type of plant life! Rock on...kc
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Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 PDT
7/29/2013 - Hi friends, your old buddy kc here. Hi friends, your old buddy kc here. I've been chillin' with the family for a few weeks, much needed and enjoyed. But now it is time to rock, and what better way to get it back in gear than with 100,000 people in New Jersey. Hometown hero, rock music expert and host of VH-1's "That Metal Show", which we watch regularly on the bus, Eddie Trunk brought us on stage and we went on to play our best ever show in Jersey. Backstage after the concert his two kids were a little tired, but Eddie explained that he couldn't leave until we played "Ridin' The Storm Out"! Then last night in Columbus we reunited with our great friends Styx and rocked 16,000 plus Ohio music fans. Rock is dead? I THINK NOT!! We keep pushin' on...
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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 PDT
6/19/2013 - Hi friends, we're back! Hi friends, we're back! We had a great gig in Lewiston NY last night, beautiful weather, a huge audience, and an amazing setting along the gorge just downstream from Niagara Falls! So naturally I grabbed my sons Shane and Josh who are out on the road with us, jumped in a van and headed off to show them one of the natural wonders of the world. I have seen the Falls from the Canadian side and it is indescribable...the roar of the rushing water, the sheer power and the sight of the horseshoe falls. We went to the American side yesterday, and I must admit the Canadians have got us beat hands down. It is crazy to be so close to Niagara Falls and not be able to see its full magnificence. But my boys heard the sounds, felt the rush of the rapids, and saw a little side view of the Falls...next time we will bring our passports and see the full monty. Okay, the bus is coming to rest here in Farmington, time for soundcheck. Rock on, kc
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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:00:00 PDT
5/17/2013 - Hi friends, today is my goddaughter Courtney's birthday. Hi friends, today is my goddaughter Courtney's birthday. Of course everyone is special, but Courtney is extra special. As my sister Lisa was giving birth 23 years ago today, there were complications which led to Courtney being born with Cerebral Palsy. Courtney has always had an amazingly positive attitude. Throughout her life she has been a little beacon of joy. Her special needs have presented challenges for her and her family, but never stopped Courtney from living her life to the fullest. She now works caring for other special needs children at a school in Valparaiso, IN. Courtney recently completed a book, written with her father, entitled, "What It's Like To Be Me...a special kid with special needs". All of us parents want to instill in our children the notion that each of us is special in our own way. Courtney's story is inspiring, not only for special needs families, but for families of all shapes and sizes. Congratulations Courtney on your awesome new book and on being the wonderfully unique and beautiful person you are, and to your Mom who has been by your side and supported you all the way. You can order "What It's Like To Be Me" by Courtney and Robert Murphy, at Amazon.com. Courtney has chosen to donate half of the proceeds to the Chicago chapter of the Cerebral Palsy Association...how cool is that! PS. Uncle Kevin loves you Courty...Happy Birthday sweetheart!
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Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT
5/13/2013 - Hi friends, okay yesterday I found myself in the unenviable position Hi friends, okay yesterday I found myself in the unenviable position of having a drought in my suitcase and my laundry bag having runneth over. Now my stage wardrobe gets serviced regularly courtesy of fine local dry cleaners, but when the suitcase runs dry I am s#%t out of luck. Earlier in the tour I turned in my dirty clothes to the hotel concierge and my personal laundry was returned to my room all clean, folded, and ready to pack. Only problem is the average charge was $5.00 per pair of socks, which adds up. I could have bought all new clothes and probably come out ahead. So this time I figured I would outsmart the fancy hotel and use the guest do-it-yourself laundry. It was an awesome idea, except for the fact that I soon realized I had no clue how to operate a 21st century washing machine. When I was in college it was easy...insert clothes in washer, insert a quarter, insert a small box of Tide, sit around and wait until finished. Well now nobody, the housekeepers, the front desk clerks, the engineering staff, me...nobody knows how to operate one of these modern nuclear powered washing machines. (The only consistent part of the process is the tiny box of Tide.) Then by the time I got back to my room the key didn't work so I sat on the hallway floor folding my t-shirts until the security guy showed up to let me in. I spent my entire afternoon off wrestling with my laundry. Never again! ;)kc
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Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT
5/3/2013 - Hi friends, okay this is ridiculous, it has been raining forever, Hi friends, okay this is ridiculous, it has been raining forever, or it sure feels that way when you are stuck in a hotel room. I was looking forward to taking in the sights and history of St Augustine, Florida today...but noooo! I guess resting up for a day, catching up on family stuff, looking at photos of my wife and kids, watching the Bulls play in tHe NBA Playoffs, (and checking out my guilty pleasure, the Arias trial on HLN), is actually a good thing. I ordered my favorite seafood, Chilean Seabass from room service, which should be delivered any time now. Luckily our hotel is really nice, a historic building with a really comfy bed. The workout room will be perfect tomorrow. Okay, my meal is here and looks yummy. You know, I feel better having vented my feelings with you all...thanks, that's what friends are for right! PS. I am going to attempt our first ever family face-time dinner in a few minutes. I look pretty funky, but it is what it is. I cannot wait to see everybody around the kitchen table. Family dinners are one of the things I miss most out here. We will play our traditional family dinner game which we call, "Peaks and Pits", in which we all share the best and worst moments of our day. I hope we can work out the technical part of this adventure...wish me luck! Later friends...kc
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Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 PDT
4/21/2013 - Hi friends, every day we review the recording of last night's concert and learn from it. Hi friends, every day we review the recording of last night's concert and learn from it. The only way to make each show better than the last is to take the time to work on stuff. Dave and I tweaked the new instrumental between "Road" and "Roll", and we made a cool change to the new bridge arrangement in "That Ain't Love". I love the creative process. This photo is us in the warm up room after the giant yelling match and fist fight...;) Our audiences so far on this tour have been amazing in sheer number and in energy level, but last night in the Quad Cities was somewhere beyond incredible. We all felt like the band really locked in and obviously we connected with everybody in the iWireless Arena in a very powerful way. I can only describe it as a feeling that the people just did not want us to end the concert. We finished our second encore with "Ridin The Storm Out" and everyone just kept roaring. We thank all of you who were there for giving us all you had last night, just as we gave you all we had...kc
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Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT
4/20/2013 - Hi friends, we are very proud of the law enforcement pros and relieved at the capture in Boston last Hi friends, we are very proud of the law enforcement pros and relieved at the capture in Boston last night, but at the same time the lasting feeling for me is one of sadness for the innocent victims of the Marathon bombing. Four people lost their lives and many others are recovering from horrible injuries due to this senseless violence. All of the members of all of the bands have gotten together to sign a guitar to be auctioned off during the show at each stop on our tour. The first night in Great Forks, ND $8,000.00 was raised to help our fallen brothers and sisters in Boston. Thanks to our awesome fans for your generosity. Meanwhile, we rocked Minneapolis and St Paul last night. There was an overwhelming feeling of patriotism inside the Target Center which lifted the concert to another level. So we leave the Twin Cities and head south down the Mississippi to the Quad Cities where tonight we will rock out with the good people of Davenport, Moline, Bettendorf, and Rock Island...or is that Rock'n Roll Island! Come on down and join the party tonight...kc PS. The photo is of some guy getting off the bus at 6:00 AM and realizing that the only way to get into the hotel is to wade through ten feet of slush in his brand new moccasins...oh well
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Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT
4/19/2013 - Hi friends, so this is me in my bunk on the road from Grand Forks, Hi friends, so this is me in my bunk on the road from Grand Forks, through a blazing blizzard, (will you check that accidental alliteration, I mean outside the parenthesis...anyway, as I was saying)...after the opening night of Midwest Rock'n Roll Express 2. Nuge was Uber-Nuge tonight. Styx was Ultra-Styx. And we were pretty decent ourselves;) The tour is off and running baby, rocking even harder that last year. It just doesn't get much better than making music surrounded by this awesome group of people.<br /> On a serious note, we are auctioning off a guitar signed by the members of all three bands at every stop on the tour. We earned $10,000.00 tonight to be donated to help the injured in Boston. How awesome are our fans!<br /> Okay, this bus is being blown around like a toy...Yikes! Wish us luck. See you in Minneapolis...that is if we make it there!!<br /> kc<br />
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Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT
4/10/2013 - Hi friends, I am on my way to the Rockline studio as we speak. Hi friends, I am on my way to the Rockline studio as we speak. I hear there may be some Styxers and Nugents on hand as well. Tune in and join the party at 8:30 PM Pacific Time, 10:30 Central, 11:30 Eastern, and 4:30 AM in Liverpool. PS. You can't download a bathroom key holder, as evidenced by this unique use of a CD at my son Shane's doctor's office...
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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 PDT
3/25/2013 - Hi friends, here is Lisa, Mark, Cristina, and some guy with a cool guitar. Hi friends, here is Lisa, Mark, Cristina, and some guy with a cool guitar. Check us all out Monday morning at 10:00 AM, (9:00 AM Central Time), on "Home and Family" on the Hallmark Channel as we discuss the secrets of keeping long term relationships together and vital. Plus, I disclose the truth about what our band and crew guys really talk about on the road!<a href="http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/homeandfamily/videogallery/Video/REOSpeedwagonsKevinCronin">Click here to see video. </a>
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Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 PDT
3/23/2013 - Hi friends, Lisa and I appear on the Hallmark Channel morning talk show, "Home and Family", Hi friends, Lisa and I appear on the Hallmark Channel morning talk show, "Home and Family", this coming Monday morning. The show is so much fun, the co-hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare are awesome and the show is taped at an actual house on the Universal Studios back lot. I was in the middle of singing an acoustic version of "Can't Fight This Feeling" when one of the Universal Studio Tour trams drove right by. People are waving and taking pictures as I am performing the song live...it was hilarious! The other guests were a TV shrink, a dog trainer, and a yoga trainer, all of whom were absolutely the coolest. Lisa and I sang an acoustic " Keep On Loving You". The whole cast sang along to "Roll With the Changes" during the end credits, and Lisa and I hung out for pretty much every segment of the two hour program...and had a total blast. Who knew such an awesome show could be found on the Hallmark Channel, that is if you can find the Hallmark Channel on your tv. Well it is worth searching your local cable listings. Check us out on Monday morning...kc <br/> <a href="http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/homeandfamily/comingsoon">Click here to view local listings.</a> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:00:00 PDT 3/11/2013 - Hi friends, remember a couple weeks back we were all so stoked about our experience Hi friends, remember a couple weeks back we were all so stoked about our experience jamming with Brad Paisley and his band, Kelly Clarkson, Sarah Evans and a bunch of other awesome country artists. Someone from the audience sent in this video clip. The sound mix is pretty funky, but you can feel the vibe, the energy and the fun we were all having. Check it out...kc <a href="http://countrymusicnation.com/14501/video-sonys-country-artists-jam-with-reo-speedwagon/">Click here to view video</a> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 PDT 3/9/2013 - Hi friends, it occurs to me that the majority of my posts of late have been of an overly fabulous na Hi friends, it occurs to me that the majority of my posts of late have been of an overly fabulous nature...photos of me with one famous person after another, stories about all these amazing experiences we have out on the road, etc. I tell my wife about the challenges of touring and she thinks I am kidding. So I thought it might serve as a nice balance to also show you guys some of the markedly less glamorous aspects of our life on the road... Exhibit A. This past Sunday while enjoying a pre show meal of chicken noodle soup with a sourdough roll, I bit into the crust of said roll and busted a dental crown completely off at the root. So it is 4:00 on a Sunday and I am in my hotel room with a broken tooth and in dire need of a dental professional...good luck with that, right. Now, Bryan had fixed a tooth on one of his horses once, so he offered to grab a tube of super glue and do his best on me. That sounded like a great idea until I imagined my tongue permanently attached to the roof of my mouth, so I thanked our drummer but kept looking for an actual dentist. After marathon phone calls and unanswered messages Walter finally came up with a young dentist who lived in downtown Orlando within walking distance of the festival we were playing. He practiced human dentistry with real instruments and everything. Here he is in the dressing room, minutes before the concert putting Humpty back together again. He totally saved my butt big time. Ah yes, the glamor life we lead;) kc Pictured left to right, The good doctor Grant Pinney, Humpty Dumbty
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Sat, 09 Mar 2013 00:00:00 PST
3/7/2013 - Hi friends, okay, as of last Saturday we are all total Howie Mandel fans. Hi friends, okay, as of last Saturday we are all total Howie Mandel fans. Howie did his stand-up thing before we went on in Orlando, and we were side stage laughing our butts off. Then he hung for our show and came backstage and shared Dave's first birthday cake with us. I have so much respect for comedians. They are up there by themselves, no guitars, amps or drums. They have to capture the audience, connect with them, and then make them laugh. What could be harder than that? I have another level of respect for Howie. He totally reinvented himself, and he is doing better than ever. Howie never got a lot of respect back when he was starting out, but he worked his tail off, never gave up, and now he is one of the best with a long successful rewarding career to show for it...and he is an REO fan. I love that! kc
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Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 PST
3/2/2013 - Hi friends, can I just tell you what a blast we had in Nashville. Hi friends, can I just tell you what a blast we had in Nashville. First of all, no reason for alarm, REO is not "going country" any more than our buddy Brad Paisley is "going rock". The bond we share is a love of good songs and good music. I write songs on acoustic guitar or piano. I could go into the studio and record a song with Brad's band, throw on a pedal steel and a banjo and it would sound country. Or take the same song in with REO, crank up a Marshall stack and big drums and it would be rock. It has always been about the songs for us, and that is also what Nashville is all about. I don't know if I can possibly express the feeling of standing on stage in Nashville with Bruce, Neal, Dave and Bryan, plus Brad Paisley and his entire band, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Pistol Annies, Tate Stevens and the Henningsens, playing a bunch of our songs as they have never been played before...it was an unbelievable honor, humbling, exhilarating, affirming...It just plain ROCKED! Also the vibe backstage was so laid back. In Nashville everybody just hangs. There were so many big stars, but no big egos. Then we hopped on the bus for a ride through the Appalachian Mountains to the Myrtle Beach House of Blues. We don't get to play many bar gigs, but REO started out playing bars so we love getting back to our roots. The House was packed to the rafters and everybody was primed and ready to rock. We got to try out some new arrangements we have been working on in our continuing search to mount the ultimate REO Speedwagon concert. Looking forward to the spring tour with Styx and Ted. Hope to see you all then...kc PS. I'm going to try and post a photo of Blake Shelton and me. He looks too much like my son Paris. I felt like I had known him all my life, Blake I mean!
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Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:00:00 PST
2/28/2013 - Hi friends, tonight is our super secret show in Nashville. Hi friends, tonight is our super secret show in Nashville. I'll give you a hint: The guy in this photo will be our second lead guitar player tonight. This is us working out the setlist. Heard it from a friend named Brad...
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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 PST
2/19/2013 - Hi friends, so I am hearing there have been some technical glitches around here lately, but you all Hi friends, so I am hearing there have been some technical glitches around here lately, but you all should know that our team is on it and getting things straightened out as we speak. We don't have a year round system in place for pre-sale tickets, so please be patient as we get up to speed. I am told you should be able to get whatever tickets you want for the Midwest Rock'nRoll Express from this point forward. Hey, we are a rock band not social media experts;) Anyway, I have to post a beautiful photo taken of Stevie Nicks and me. I think the last time we saw each other was in Sly Stone's Pit studio at the Record Plant in Sausalito. We bumped into one another while we were each wandering around the complex looking for a peaceful place to get away from our respective recording projects. Stevie was a warm person back then, and I'm happy to say she is just as sweet today.
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Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 PST
2/9/2013 - Hi friends, speaking of people whom we love, keeps us on the road, Hi friends, speaking of people whom we love, keeps us on the road, and also takes care of this band as if we were his own children, (he is my son Josh's godfather), a major shout out to our personal manager Tommy Consolo. Tommy started with us in 1976 as our tour manager. He won Pollstar Tour Manager of the Year in 1981, and in 1985 decided to come off the road and joined our management team. Nowadays he guides every aspect of our career. That's Tommy standing next to Sammy Hagar, who he also manages, then Lisa and me.
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Sat, 09 Feb 2013 00:00:00 PST
2/8/2013 - Hi friends, must give a shout out to our booking agent. Hi friends, must give a shout out to our booking agent. I presented our own Rod Essig of CAA the "Pollstar Bobby Brooks Award", which honors the agent of the year. Rod has been keeping us on the road for the past 18 years. He is our agent, but much more than that... He is our friend and creative supporter. Congratulations Rod, we love you buddy. After the Pollstar event I cruised west down Wilshire Blvd to the beautiful Wiltern Theater and caught the second half of the Little Big Town concert. They are one of my favorite bands, they sound amazing live, and they are absolutely as friendly as it gets. We hung backstage with our friend Wolky and band member Philip Sweet. No, that is not Walter behind us, it is country music radio programmer Jimmy Carter, no not the ex-president! The more I get out, the more I realize how many awesome people there are in our business. For all the flack the artistic community takes for being prima donnas, I must say the vast majority are friendly and cool. (btw, I met one of my songwriter heroes, Jackson Browne, for the first time last night, and even though I don't think he really knew me, he was totally cool.) Okay, back to earth tonight. Time to take my sons to basketball practice. I love watching them play. I hear some parents complain about having to drive their children around, but I love it. One of these days they won't need me to chauffeur them any more so I am making the best of the time I spend in the car with them. It is a great opportunity to spend alone time and discuss their lives. Okay, gotta run...rock on, kc.
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Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:00:00 PST
2/2/2013 - Hi friends, okay, we went to see the new Dave Grohl movie, "Sound City". Hi friends, okay, we went to see the new Dave Grohl movie, "Sound City". All I can say is it was beyond awesome. Do yourself a favor and check it out. We bumped into a bunch of our musician friends who all had Sound City Studios in common. We recorded there from 1977, "You Can Tune A Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish", through 1982, "Good Trouble". You will no doubt notice a familiar face, mine, all over the movie as well as music from the Tuna album. The movie is both fun and informative;) Okay, Lisa and I have a schedule of pick ups and drop offs of our various children tonight. It is non-stop, ever-changing, and actually fun. We are attempting to fit in a little sushi dinner in between our chauffeur duties so I better run...domo arigato, kc Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:00:00 PST 1/31/2013 - Hi friends, kc here. My son Shane suggested that we need an Instagram page, and he knows better than Hi friends, kc here. My son Shane suggested that we need an Instagram page, and he knows better than me! So if you are interested in following us our official user name is: @REO_Speedwagon. I have no idea how to use this app, but with some coaching from my teenage son perhaps you will find some photos of our crazy life posted for you all to share, and make fun of...kc Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 PST 1/16/2013 - Hi friends... For reasons beyond my capacity to comprehend, my sons Josh and Shane are fans of the O Hi friends... For reasons beyond my capacity to comprehend, my sons Josh and Shane are fans of the Oklahoma Thunder and Chicago Bulls respectively. Being a fervent Los Angeles Laker fan I feel like a total failure as a parent in this regard, especially on nights like last Friday when the marquee matchup in the NBA was Lakers versus Thunder. Walking through Staples Center with two 13year olds dressed in OKC t-shirts was tough enough, then the Thunder clapped us 116-101...ugh. Adding insult to injury I wound up in the Thunder meet and greet. (Pictured left to right Josh Cronin, friend Cameron Olandt, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, and Shane Cronin.) Thanks to our buddy Howard for the awesome tickets. Before the game my new buddy and Illinois native, 710 ESPN's Dave Shore, invited us up to the studio where I checked another item off my bucket list by joining Max Kellerman and Marcellus Willey on their afternoon radio show. I am a fan of theirs and got to share my theories regarding this Laker season on the air in LA...how awesome is that? (Pictured left to right: Max, Josh, Shane, Cameron, Dad, and Marcellus). So all in all a great boys' night out at LA Live...kc PS. The Lakers lit up the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and are now in the midst of an impressive one game winning streak! PPS. Okay, I know there was an awful lot of sports and not a lot of rock'n roll in this particular post, but I am home with my boys...I can't help myself! kc
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Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 PST
1/10/2013 - Hi friends, the long Happy New Year post I wrote the other day was accidentally lost Hi friends, the long Happy New Year post I wrote the other day was accidentally lost and is now floating around in Facebook cyberspace somewhere, oh well, I'll just have to try again... Happy New Year everyone! 2012 is in the books, and I have a good feeling that 2013 is going to be filled with fun, hard work, new opportunities, creativity, love, overcoming of obstacles, positive energy, all of which I welcome. It was great to play gigs in Biloxi and Orlando over New Years. After a little break from the road I really appreciate how lucky I am to still be doing what I love...playing and singing for the greatest fans in the world! The REO Family was out in full force...when the kids took off into Universal City Walk the wives were left to party backstage with us, (pictured left to right: Lisa Cronin, Kimmie Hall, Darya Doughty, and Cindi Hitt)...nice having these four beautiful women watching and cheering us on as we rocked in the New Year in Bruce's new hometown of Orlando. Back home in Southern California I return to my familiar role of chauffeur/driving instructor for my daughter Holly, videographer for Josh and Shane's basketball games, and assistant attic cleaner-outer for my wife Lisa. We have been going through tiny clothes, old toys, pre-school artwork etc. that Mommy has saved and stored. Problem is, we can't part with much of anything...it is all so rich with memories. Basically we are just taking stuff out of cardboard boxes and putting it into plastic bins...but that's cool. Then last night I joined some friends at the taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood. My pal Brad Paisley played his new song, "Southern Comfort Zone", which may be my favorite song of his yet. Brad's band and crew remind me of ours. They have been together for a lot of years, are all great guys, and get along like brothers. Over dinner at the legendary Musso Frank's Bar and Grill, Brad and I talked about how lucky we both are to be surrounded by such awesome people in our organizations. We share a similar love for our families and our fans, and work hard to balance the two. I also had the pleasure of being invited in to meet Ryan Gossling. He and I have a strange and cool artistic connection. In a nutshell, one of my songs was the inspiration for one of his movies. It's a long story which concludes with me getting a laugh out of Albert Brooks, one of my all time comedy heros. Come to think of it I have gotten a number of "lol"s out of my buddy Carrot Top, I have cracked up my neighbor Craig Shoemaker. Richard Lewis is on my list, actually Lisa got a laugh out of Richard but I'm counting him anyway. I wil tell the entire Ryan Gossling story another time, but I digress... After dinner I headed east down Sunset Blvd with my buddy Wolky in tow, our destination a vibey club in Silverlake where our buddies Rival Sons put on an awesome rock show into the wee hours. Their new cd "Head Down" comes out in March and it is full of old school yet modern edgey rock'n roll. Simply put...this band rocks. So I was out way past my bedtime last night, and still the trusty alarm clock went off right on time at 6:25 AM, how un-rock'n roll, but children need to eat breakfast no matter how late Daddy gets in the night before. Now I remember why I don't go out much on school nights. But it's all good...now back to the attic! kc PS...photos to follow
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Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 PST
12/17/2012 - Good morning friends, wow, my comments last night caused quite a stir, which is exactly what I love Good morning friends, wow, my comments last night caused quite a stir, which is exactly what I love about our country. In America we are all free to speak our minds. My opinion is nothing more than the opinion of one person, just as is each of yours. I accept each and every response to my comments. The fact that people agreed, disagreed, or just wish I would stick to music, is all good. It's America baby! That being said, I again want to express our sympathy to the families in Connecticut who must endure the the deepest sadness imaginable. kc Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/17/2012 - Okay, I am going upstairs now to check my boys' homework Okay, I am going upstairs now to check my boys' homework, congratulate them both again on an awesome job they did in their basketball game this evening, say their prayers and tuck them in to bed. Goodnight all...kc Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/17/2012 - PS. I never said that guns should be banned, nor did I say that guns were the only reason for the Co PS. I never said that guns should be banned, nor did I say that guns were the only reason for the Connecticut incident. My neighbor is licensed to own a gun and is a responsible gun owner. He is my friend and I have no problem with him owning a gun. I just think gun laws need to be made more strict in an attempt to make it more difficult for mentally unstable individuals to obtain a firearm. Give me a break already. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/17/2012 - Hi friends, okay, it was a "semi-automatic" weapon which caused the massive carnage, Hi friends, okay, it was a "semi-automatic" weapon which caused the massive carnage, the senseless loss of the lives of innocent children, and the immeasurable heartbreak of parents whose families have been irreparably damaged this weekend in Connecticut...my fricking bad. Either way, anyone who needs a semi-automatic weapon to shoot a deer is not much of a hunter. Ted Nugent uses a bow and arrow, which at least gives the animal a chance...which is more than the animal in Connecticut gave those poor 6 and 7 year olds. If my stance on guns causes anyone to choose to stop liking REO music then so be it. That is a small price to pay for speaking the truth as I see it. Plus anyone who paid attention to what I actually said in my previous blog would have noticed that I spent most of my words encouraging parents to do everything they can to identify and deal with mental and emotional disorders in their children. I never stated that the weapon used in the Connecticut massacre was a "machine gun". I simply stated that automatic weapons were meant for use by soldiers and law enforcement professionals, and that nobody needed a machine gun to hunt for deer. With love again, kc Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/17/2012 - Hi friends, Lisa and I were on our way to Phoenix to attend the Arizona Broadway Theater Hi friends, Lisa and I were on our way to Phoenix to attend the Arizona Broadway Theater debut of tour manager/budding thespian Walter Versen playing the role of F.D.R. in "Annie"...he rocked it, seriously! It was a great show, the dinner was yummy, and the theater is beautiful. It was a wonderful experience all around. Then we heard about the tragedy in Connecticut... We were shocked and shaken to our cores. How could this happen? Why did this happen? What can we do as a people to prevent this from happening again? How must those parents feel? I can only imagine their terror, their sadness, their emptiness, their anger...actually it is unimaginable. How can we find something positive to take away from this horrific situation? We must love our children with all of our might. We must watch them closely for any signs of isolating, depression, anxiety, or any other mental and emotional disorders. Parents need to talk to their children about these things and get them help if they need it. There needs to be no stigma attached to any child or young person who seeks and receives counseling or therapy. It is our solemn responsibility as parents to take care of our children through good times as well as through the difficult times. We must not be afraid to do whatever is necessary to ensure our children's physical and mental health. On the other side of this issue, we need to demand that our government put into place reasonable, yet strict gun control laws. I believe more strongly that ever that automatic weapons are meant for soldiers and law enforcement professionals only. Nobody needs a machine gun to go deer hunting. The entire REO Speedwagon Family extends our sincere sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, as well as to the many surviving children who were traumatized by this tragic event. You are all in our bedtime prayers tonight, and for many nights to come. With love, kc Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/12/2012 - Hi friends, congratulations to our friends Geddy, Alex, and Neil, Ann and Nancy. Hi friends, congratulations to our friends Geddy, Alex, and Neil, Ann and Nancy. Rush fans united to demand recognition and the Rock Hall finally listened. I know you have been vocal, REO Speedwagon fans were mentioned in the LA Times Calendar Section today. We really appreciate your faithful support, and even though the Hall of Fame didn't listen to you this year, they heard your voices...so be p roud and don't give up. Thanks, you all rock. Also, we are very proud of the Live at Moondance Jam blue ray disc. I am told I should mention that you can order the perfect holiday gift, an autographed copy at reospeedwagon.com...there I did it;) The concert will be playing on the Palladia Channel next year, which I think is awesome. There is so much good music and great live performances on that channel. FYI: the tour with REO, Styx and Nugent will be in late April into May, we will be announcing the schedule soon. After that we will continue through the summer playing "evening with" shows and we are also thinking about teaming up with some other bands for short tour runs. 2013 looks to be an exciting and inspiring year for all of us. I am back at Blue Moon Studio studio this afternoon working on the "Nashville Project" (we recorded and videotaped the recording sessions of the song "Nothing We Cant Rise Above" at Aimeeleand Studio in Nashville in October), among other things. Then home to do some writing, no not songwriting, Lisa and I will be writing messages on our Christmas cards, and later a family evening putting our ornaments on the Tree with the kids. They are growing up so quickly...Holly turns 16 in a few days, and Josh and Shane are 13! Gotta make the best of every minute I get to spend with them. That's all for now...and by the way, I read your posts and I actually write these blogs my own self, rock on, kc Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/12/2012 - Hi friends, spent the day at Blue Moon Studio with Mr. Amato, domo arigato Dave. Hi friends, spent the day at Blue Moon Studio with Mr. Amato, domo arigato Dave. We want to have some new music available before the summer tour dates. 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 cam express what we are feeling NOW! Looks like REO, Styx, Nugent will be back in action in Spring 2013...details coming in the near future. I just got the lights up on the family Christmas tree today. My son Paris was up on the ladder hanging lights on the house. The Holidays are family time, I wish you all the best...kc Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 PST 11/19/2012 - Hi friends, just want to thank all the well wishers...the flu is gone, the flu is gone from me now! Hi friends, just want to thank all the well wishers...the flu is gone, the flu is gone from me now! From what I gather in reading through your posts, the flu was either, A. Not related to the fact that I recently got a flu shot, B. A direct result of my getting a flu shot, or C. REO rocked New England last weekend regardless of my having the flu, and in fact perhaps I actually sing and perform bet ter when I have the flu so perhaps I should do what I can to become infected with the virus before every tour... You decide! But that is not really why I sat down to write this. I appreciate all of you who sent good wishes for my health, or encouraging energy to me in my songwriting, but my intention in writing today is that during this Thanksgiving holiday I want you all to know that I will be thinking of, and thanking each of you. You all continue to support me and because of you I can keep sharing what I learn, what I feel and what I dream of through my music. It is an amazing give and take relationship that we have with one another. I appreciate it more and more as time goes on, and I promise I will not let you down. Happy Thanksgiving friends...kc PS. I have so much to be thankful for. My wife Lisa has stuck with me and held down the fort at home, she is beautiful inside and out and has given so much of herself to our children, who are all growing into amazing young humans. Thank you so much Lisa. My REO family is filled with amazing, supportive, hard working, loyal friends and I am thankful for each of you and your families who sacrifice so much to keep the Speedwagon rolling. I have an awesome group of great close friends and extended family members all of whom I cherish. My best Thanksgiving wishes to all...kc Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 PST 11/16/2012 - Hi friends, so I got a flu shot, then promptly got the flu, then played in Lowell, Mass Hi friends, so I got a flu shot, then promptly got the flu, then played in Lowell, Mass last night where some knuck in the crowd pulled the fire alarm while I was discussing Ted Nugent's gift as a love balladeer...Coincidense? I think not;) Anyway, earlier today I texted my wife to tell her I was playing in Rhode Island tonight, and in her reply she asked if that was in the Caribean...just kidding honey;) Anyway we had an awesome time here at the Twin River in Lincoln, RI. A sold out room, a rowdy bunch of New Englanders, and my vocal cords were in relatively decent working order. And The Who is in Boston tonight so I was happy to see there are enough rock fans around here to support both our concerts. Cool. And I am writing, which may not seem particularly newsworthy, but is a welcome turn of events for me as there has been a bit of a dry spell here lately, in my songwriting that is. My wife and I are doing great, and I will be with Lisa and the kids by this time tomorrow. I am a lucky guy. Rock on amigos...kc Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 PST 11/6/2012 - Hi friends, okay, I think I have this new Facebook code system figured out...phew. Hi friends, okay, I think I have this new Facebook code system figured out...phew. Anyway, I am just stopping in to encourage everyone to vote. I am on my way out to the polling place now. Very exciting. I also want to encourage everyone to be tolerant of those whose opinions differ From yours. Our country is built upon freedom to believe whatever we choose. If you vote for Obama, don't be hating on those who vote for Romney, and vicey/versey. It's all good...just get out and vote! kc Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 PST 10/24/2012 - Hi friends, just finished my vocals on "Nothing We Can't Rise Above". Hi friends, just finished my vocals on "Nothing We Can't Rise Above". We belong making music here in Nashville. I love this town. It is all about songs here. Aimeeland Studio is awesome, (Taylor Swift and Keith Urban made their last records here). Chris Lindsey and Dave the Engineer are so talented. We have had beautiful weather for our whole stay. The band, crew and management were all totally su pportive of my crazy little idea to come down and record here. Everyone had faith in me, including my wife and kids. I was secretly sweating bullets, but I had faith in all of them too. You can never stop putting yourself out on a limb, never stop taking chances, never stop believing in what's in your gut...and we have the video to prove it. The creative process continues, stay tuned... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 PDT 10/21/2012 - Hi friends, we rolled into Nashville today to record a new song, and capture the whole experience on Hi friends, we rolled into Nashville today to record a new song, and capture the whole experience on video. We are going for "Hard Day's Night", meets "Modern Family", meets "Keeping Up With The Kardasians"...we are thinking: "Keeping Up With The Speedwagon"! The song is from my Nashville songwriting session with Jonathan Cain and Chris Lindsey, and is called "Nothing We Can't Rise Above". We have been working on new music at soundchecks, and had a creative and productive day here in the studio today. We are recording "old school", with the whole band playing together in the studio like we used to in "the day". Strange thing, it sounds more fresh and modern than ever...go figure? Hey, it's all about the song and the performances. Stay tuned...I will be posting the play-by-play when I get back to my room every night. PS. I made my first album with REO in Nashville back in 1972, (REO/TWO). It feels so right to be back here, reinventing the band again forty years later. We are looking forward to sharing it all with y'all. Stay tuned... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:00:00 PDT 9/18/2012 - Hi friends, just a quick note thanking our loyal supporters who have pre-ordered our Moondance Jam e Hi friends, just a quick note thanking our loyal supporters who have pre-ordered our Moondance Jam extended concert video. I just want you all to know that it has taken some extra time for me to approve the photo booklet and artwork. The DVD/Blue Ray recording of the concert is by far our best in the past 20 years and we are extremely proud of it. We get pretty picky about the artwork, but today we made the final tweaks and should be going into production within a day or two. Thanks again for your patience...I feel it will be with the wait. Rock on, kc Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 PDT 9/6/2012 - Hi friends, Hi friends, so no sooner do walk in my front door after six weeks on the road than my sons Josh and Shane sign me up to their fantasy football league. I am honored to be the only member over the age of 12, even though my boys and their buddies know way more about all matters NFL than me, and have already attempted to scam me into a number of lopsided trades. Any suggestions? PS. A shout out to my old friend, former tech from the Hi Infidelity days, and lead singer of the crew band, Hotel Bill and the Incidentals, Brad "Porque" Baker. Porque lived a full, if shortened life. I'm pretty sure he was smiling in the end. We all love you Porque...rock on kc Thu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 PDT 8/20/2012 - Hi friends, just a thought as I fly from Chicago to Seattle. Hi friends, just a thought as I fly from Chicago to Seattle. If you have something to say to a friend or loved one, share your truth now. Don't put it off. We never know when someone's time will come. I have lost two people I love in the past week, but I am fortunate that there was nothing left unsaid between us when they passed. Naturally I am sad, but I have faith that we will meet again and I find peace in knowing that those relationships were honest and up to date. Rock on, kc Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:00:00 PDT 7/30/2012 - Hi friends Hi friends, After two weeks off, (I went to Alaska with my family), we do four shows in four nights right out of the gate... feels like the Olympics of Rock out here and we are going for Gold every night. We really enjoyed our shows with Boston. I got to hear them last night in Michigan and the band sounded better than ever...another of our classic rock brothers who continue to perform at the highest level. I love it! Much deserved day off for us here in beautiful Thunder Bay...golf, Batman, and now a case of the hotel room lonelys. Life as we know it...rock on, kc Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:00:00 PDT 7/4/2012 - Hi friends, hope you all spent the Fourth with friends and loved ones. Hi friends, hope you all spent the Fourth with friends and loved ones. Everyone out here misses our families back home, but we are lucky to have a great second family out here. Today we circled all of the tour busses in our hotel parking lot here in Cinnecticut, fired up some barbeques, and all the band members, crew guys, drivers, tour and production managers spent July 4th celebrating the amazing union of personalities that makes up the Midwest Rock'nRoll Express. This tour is truly a microcosm of America...people of all demographics, with various and unique opinions and outlooks, who have found common ground, are living together, doing amazing work, and getting along great...that is my dream for our country. I am an American. I love this country and I believe that as long as we keep working hard and doing all we can to find common ground, our best days are truly ahead of us. Happy Fourth of July to all...rock on, kc Wed, 04 Jul 2012 00:00:00 PDT 7/3/2012 - Hi friends, I can now take playing Detroit with Ted Nugent off my bucket list. Hi friends, I can now take playing Detroit with Ted Nugent off my bucket list. Pine Knob was rocking last Thursday. Then we went from Hurricane Ted to a flash storm in Joliet. We literally started "Like You Do" with some lightning off in the distance, and by Neal's organ solo our amps blew out, the light rig was swaying dangerously, and Walter announced that the show was over and everyone should get away from the stage and out of the stadium. 20,000 people evacuated peacefully without any serious injury. This storm was the beginning of the weather system that has wreaked total havoc from Illinois, through Ohio, and all the way to the East Coast. Our empathy to all of those whose lives have been affected by this violent weather. We wish you all the best in your rebuilding and recovery. Next the Midwest Rock'nRoll Express pulls into Upstate New York and New Enland. See you all there...kc Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/17/2012 - Hi friends, I am a lucky Dad on this Fathers Day Hi friends, I am a lucky Dad on this Fathers Day. I have my sons Josh and Shane with me on the road, riding go-carts, zip lines, and playing mini golf here in the Smoky Mountains. Got loving messages from my wife Lisa, my daughter Holly, and my son Paris from LA. I will take in the good feeling I have right now and fully enjoy this moment. Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there. Being a good Father is our most important job...and it's never too late to start. rock on, kc PS. I love you Dad. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 00:00:00 PDT 6/1/2012 - Hi friends, I have been a fan of Sandra Bernhard 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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5/18/2012 - Hi friends, we just left Hannover High School and a lot of excited students, and even more excited t Hi friends, we just left Hannover 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...rock on, kc Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/15/2012 - Oh my God...I just watched lip dub of Roll With The Changes from Hanover, Virginia 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 made it happen. You guys are awesome! kc Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/13/2012 - Hi friends, just wanted to wish a Happy Mothers Day Hi friends, just wanted to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all of the women who give so much of yourselves in doing the most important job in the world...being Mom. My wife Lisa is an awesome mother and our children are a reflection of her loving effort...I couldn't do what I do without her. And my Mom has been a solid and constant source of support for me and remains my biggest fan. I hope all you Moms had a great day! rock on, kc Sun, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/6/2012 - Hi friends, what an amazing first weekend! Hi friends, what an amazing first weekend! Making our way across the southwest on our way to Los Angeles brought back special songwriting memories for me. It was spring of 1976 and I was pulling a U-haul trailer filled with all of my worldly possessions, (including a large potted plant named Robert). I wrote lyrics for "Roll With The Changes" on a brown paper bag as I took the scenic route from Albequerqe to Tuscon on the way to my future home in Southern California. Tucson is where "I heard the thunder clappin', felt the desert burnin', until you poured on me like a sweet sun shower." We had three awesome shows in Albequeque, Tucson and Vegas, and we cap off this weekend at the beautiful Greek Theater in LA tonight. It is always exciting to play here, but the best part is I get to see my wife and kids, and actually sleep in my own bed tonight, as long as I avoid being skewered by one of Terrible Ted's flaming arrows! rock on, kc Sun, 06 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/3/2012 - Hi friends, To all the great fans who post here asking us to bring the tour to your home town I must Hi friends, To all the great fans who post here asking us to bring the tour to your home town I must say that we want to play EVERYWHERE! If we had our way we would play in every city in America, in the World for that matter! We love you all. The decisions about where the tour stops happen among the local concert promoters, booking agents and band managers. They all know how we feel...book us everywhere! We are trying, but if we can't get to your town, I say get together a group of friends and make it an REO road trip weekend! Come out and see us, YOU DESERVE IT !! rock on, kc Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 5/2/2012 - Hi friends, Nuge took the stage at 7:00 last night signaling the beginning of The Midwest Rock'n Rol Hi friends, Nuge took the stage at 7:00 last night signaling the beginning of The Midwest Rock'n Roll Express Tour 2012. We are now officially on our way to rock America. This tour reminds me how fortunate we all are to live in a country where everyone can express themselves freely. I truly believe that one of our main strengths as a country come from our ability to listen and discuss divergent points of view without fear of reprisal. I feel we can learn a lot from those with whom we disagree, and that we need to come together as Americans and do all we can to discover the common ground upon which our future can be built. (Dang, I sound an awful lot like a politician, but I can't help it, that's just how I feel.) Anyway, the trucks and busses are humming, the sound system is roaring, the guitar amps are screaming, the band members are chomping at the bit and ready to rock...now all we need is YOU! So come on out and rock with the big kids. See y'all soon, kc Wed, 02 May 2012 00:00:00 PDT 4/22/2012 - Hi friends, hard to believe that one week from tonight we will be on stage in Hidalgo, Texas for ful Hi friends, hard to believe that one week from tonight we will be on stage in Hidalgo, Texas for full production rehearsals. I popped in at the soundstage in Ventura, California where Paul Dexter is hard at work programming the lights this afternoon and the stage and light rig are awesome. It is gonna be big fun playing on this stage and under these lights. It has been great to have spent so much time at home. The hardest part of touring is being away from my family, but the bond between my wife, kids and me is strong as ever. It is just about time for Daddy to get back to work, my work is to rock America, and rock we will! kc Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:00:00 PDT 3/29/2012 - Hi friends, three great rehearsals this week and we are ready to rock this week in Arizona and New M Hi friends, three great rehearsals this week and we are ready to rock this week in Arizona and New Mexico. Looking forward to joining our brothers in rock, Styx and Ted next month. The Midwest Rock'n Roll Express is getting ready to roll! Oh yeah, I was first band member to the studio yesterday...today not so much. Oh well! Rock on, kc Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 PDT 3/27/2012 - Hey friends, First day of tour rehearsal here in LA was awesome. Hey friends, First day of tour rehearsal here in LA was awesome. Whole band and crew all kicking major butt. New stage set is so cool, it brings the band closer to each other and the audience. Bruce's stand-up bass is a trip. Acoustic version of reworked "Keep The Fire Burning"', revamped set list, new intimate show opening...wait, I'm giving everything away. Anyway, the Midwest Rock'n Roll Express is getting reedy to roll, speaking of which I need to get going to rehearsal. I am determined to be the first one there today, but Neal and Bryan will probably beat me again. Hey, I got to see our buddy Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters outside the studio yesterday...I love that dude, and what an amazing drummer. Okay, gotta run....rock on, kc Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 PDT 3/15/2012 - Hi friends, where the heck is everybody? Am I the only one who showed up at Rockline tonight, or wha Hi friends, where the heck is everybody? Am I the only one who showed up at Rockline tonight, or what? No Neal, no Bruce, no Dave and Bryan. No Tommy Shaw, no Nuge...what the heck? Is this a hoax? Am I being kidnapped? Is this the real Bob Coburn? Someone please tell me what the heck is going on? Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 PDT 3/3/2012 - Hi friends, there was never a question in my mind that we will be playing the Joliet, Illinois show. Hi friends, there was never a question in my mind that we will be playing the Joliet, Illinois show. I consider Joliet a home town gig and we will be there, definitely! Sorry for the momentary confusion. PS. Our agents are working on figuring out a new date for Scranton, PA. Somehow they booked that show on the same day they had already booked a show in Joliet, IL. We are good, but we still haven't figured out how to be in two places at once. Sorry to our fans in Scranton. We were looking forward to playing your show, and will keep the pressure on our booking agents to figure this out. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 00:00:00 PST 3/1/2012 - Hi friends, tomorrow morning (Friday) you west coast early risers can catch me making a fool of myse Hi friends, tomorrow morning (Friday) you west coast early risers can catch me making a fool of myself on the Mark and Brian radio program, 8:30 AM Pacific Time, on 95.5 FM KLOS in Los Angeles. I believe they are syndicated in a number of other cities so check their web site. I will be hanging with my longtime buddies Mark and Brian talking music and playing their daily quiz game, which I ace on a daily basis from my car on the way home from dropping the kids at school, but always come up sounding like a moron when I'm live on the air. Hey, tomorrow is another day, and I plan to kick me some disc jockey butt! Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:00:00 PST 2/23/2012 - Hi friends, I see a lot of people are wondering about the tour adding more cities. Hi friends, I see a lot of people are wondering about the tour adding more cities. All I can tell you is we are starting with these 30 shows, and would love to add 30 more! Lets keep the Midwest Rock'nRoll Express rolling. I am into it big time.. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 PST 2/21/2012 - Okay friends, A while back I mentioned that we had something extremely special planned for Summer Okay friends, A while back I mentioned that we had something extremely special planned for Summer 2012. I have been dieing to tell you all about it, and finally the time has come...tomorrow. I know this is a total tease. I can tell you that we are very excited that all the bands are from the great Midwest. We will be bringing the power of Midwest Rock'n Roll all over the USA. Tune in tomorrow for the official tour announcement..... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 PST 2/14/2012 - Hi friends, I just listened to Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" and was touched by her performance Hi friends, I just listened to Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" and was touched by her performance...again. She sang with such depth of emotion and total control of her instrument. While sensitivity fuels great artists such as her, that same sensitivity can also make a person vulnerable. My impression is that Whitney's demons had taken control. I feel so sad for her family, especially her daughter. I can only imagine the pain they are feeling through this tragedy. My hope is that Whitney's untimely passing may inspire others to seek help and fight back. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 PST 2/26/2012 - Hi friends, the Cronin boys are still holding out hope that somehow the Bears will figure out a way Hi friends, the Cronin boys are still holding out hope that somehow the Bears will figure out a way to pull out a victory in the Super Bowl today. Call me a dreamer, (you can), but I still believe baby! Da Bears... kc Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:00:00 PST 1/29/2012 - Epilouge: Well, my weekend had a happy ending indeed... Epilouge: Well, my weekend had a happy ending indeed...suitcase arrived intact, two sold out shows in Florida, and I got on an early flight so I will be home in time to see my sons' basketball game Sunday afternoon. On the ride to the Orlando Airport, Neal and I were talking about how back in the 70s the people of Florida were the first people outside of the Midwest to really embrace REO. His theory, and it is hard to argue with his logic, is that Florida was the first state outside the Midwest with Steak And Shake restaurants, and since people from the Midwest love both Steak and Shake and REO, it only stands to reason that people in Florida, having been introduced to Steak and Shake, would naturally become REO fans as a result. Wow, that U of I education truly paid off for our keyboard player! rock on, kc ps. The people of upstate NY, Rochester in particular, were also early REO converts from outside the Midwest. We opened for the band Canned Heat in Rochester in 1972 and something clicked. It was like that when we played Florida that year too. I think maybe REO/TWO must have gotten played on the radio in those areas and people were curious to see us in concert. Whatever it was we have felt what we call a Midwest vibe ever since. Wow, that was forty years ago...seems like yesterday to me. Music has the power to capture a moment forever...I love rock'n roll. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:00:00 PST 1/27/2012 - Hi friends, so I had a premonition yesterday when I was checking in for my flight to Miami, and cons Hi friends, so I had a premonition yesterday when I was checking in for my flight to Miami, and considered getting my suitcases insured. I had packed my entire new stage wardrobe, which wasn't exactly inexpensive, but I eventually decided it would be okay, so I let it fly... Well guess what, I am still wearing the same clothes I had on when I left home yesterday, and my luggage is reportedly on the way to Istanbul. Okay, not really, it is supposedly in Atlanta, but it may as well be in freaking Constantinople. My socks are currently walking around my room on their own power, the Delta Airlines issued toothbrush feels like it is made from steel wool, fortunately I don't sweat much so I don't have to worry about perspiration related olfactory issues, (can't speak for those around me;) Ah, the joys of touring! ps. I actually did follow my instinct, and repacked my stage clothes into my carry on bag right there at the Delta check-in counter. Problem is all my personal stuff that I normally keep with me is now in the checked bag. But hey, it's all good. Luggage or no luggage, wandering socks and all, am out here playing music, doing what I love to do. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world! Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:00:00 PST 1/20/2012 - Hi friends, made a rare Hollywood visit today to do interviews for the upcoming "Rock of Ages" movie Hi friends, made a rare Hollywood visit today to do interviews for the upcoming "Rock of Ages" movie. I'll be doing my voice overs soon...I am psyched! This is my first film work since the 70s classic, "FM", in which we played the part of a rock band signing autographs in a record store...quite a stretch. (FYI: a record store was a store that sold nothing but music recordings. Music lovers would gather in anticipation of the newest releases and discuss their favorite bands, in person;) Bumped into my old buddy Gary Cherone, lead singer of Extreme, and a great dude. "Rock of Ages" is being touted as one of the summer blockbusters of 2012. Classic Rock lives on! kc Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 PST 1/13/2012 - Hi friends, back in my room after a rocking show at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, Hi friends, back in my room after a rocking show at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, which is actually located in South Carolina, as opposed to North Carolina as I mistakenly shouted out numerous times from the stage tonight...oops. Anyway, it's very exciting to change things up and watch as it all comes together. I played a new solo acoustic version of "Keep The Fire Burning" and Dave and I did an electric/acoustic duo on "The Key". We are stoked about the summer tour and will be announcing the details as soon as we can... rock on y'all, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzkc Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:00:00 PST 12/31/2011 - hi friends, hanging in my hotel room here in Minnesota, resting up for the big New Years show tonigh hi friends, hanging in my hotel room here in Minnesota, resting up for the big New Years show tonight. Originally my wife was going to come with me, but we decided it was best that she stayed home to be with our kids, (not to mention avoiding an 8 hour overnight bus ride;). The biggest challenge we face as a family is balancing my touring schedule with our desire to spend as much time as possible together. Days like today are difficult because as much as I want to be with Lisa, I also understand the importance of her bringing in the new year with our children. Tough decision...but the right one. So I will be ringing in 2012 with my second family, the REO family. I am a very lucky guy to have both. Anyway, Happy New Year to you wherever you are. I am dedicating the 2012 tour to serenity, and it promises to be one of our best ever. The band is feeling inspired, the show will be all new and exciting, full of all the hits and many surprises, as well as a whole new setlist and production. I do believe that 2012 is the year that we begin turning things around as a country, and as a global family. We need to all work together, care about one another, and come up with solutions to the challenges we all face...oh yeah, and rock out together!! kc Sat, 31 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/28/2011 - Hi friends, I'm back at the skate park as today is scooter day. Hi friends, I'm back at the skate park as today is scooter day. I am happy in my role of Dad/chauffeur. My boys and their buddies love it here, so here I be, and actually it is quite peaceful. it is really fun seeing which songs you guys want to hear. Especially the guy who requested "Fly Like An Eagle" and "Take The Money And Run". This dude either A. Thinks he logged on to Steve Miller's Facebook page, B. Has those songs confused with "Time For Me To Fly" and "Take It On The Run", C. Has been "Puffing the Magic Dragon" this morning, or D. All of the above. I do enjoy reading your comments...always entertaining and informative ;)kc Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/27/2011 - Hi friends, I am sitting here watching my boys at our local skateboard park on this December afterno Hi friends, I am sitting here watching my boys at our local skateboard park on this December afternoon, and daydreaming about the 2012 tour. We have already designed a whole new stage and lights, which we are hoping will create a more intimate concert experience. The hard part is that we have hits that we know everyone wants to hear every night and we want to play all of those, and there are certain cuts that just work well in concert that people look forward to hearing. At the same time we want to shake things up and play some songs that we haven't performed live in a while. I'm thinking perhaps I will break down for this 30th anniversary of "Good Trouble", and play some of that music. Any other song suggestions for the big 2012 tour setlist? Tue, 27 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/24/2011 - Hi friends, on this Christmas Eve I am feeling thankful that I am where I am at this moment... Hi friends, on this Christmas Eve I am feeling thankful that I am where I am at this moment...safe at home with my family, watching my wife and daughter prepping tonight's meal, chopping some carrots my own self, awaiting my boys to get back from a skateboard ride around the neighborhood, and feeling at peace that I have faced the challenges of the past year and am a better man today than I was a year ago. I believe that we all need to keep growing, changing as the world around us changes, finding new heights of love, new depths of honesty, and new levels of selflessness. We need to look on the bright side of life, enjoy each day to the fullest, and have fun. I believe with all of my being that positive thinking leads to positive results. It is a choice, sometimes a real challenge, but when we think positively as a community there is a cumulative effect. Positive thoughts are contagious. We support and inspire those around us when we exude positive energy. Okay, now it's time to wish you all wonderful Holiday Season. I believe the New Year holds great promise along with profound challenges and I encourage all to choose love, peace, understanding, tolerance, and hard work. And when the work is done let's all reward ourselves with a good ole fashion rock show. See you on tour this summer... Rock On, kc Sat, 24 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/23/2011 - Check out this week's episode of the HBO series, "24/7 Flyers/Rangers". Check out this week's episode of the HBO series, "24/7 Flyers/Rangers". Toward the beginning of the program the teams start rolling with the changes...it's pretty cool! Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/22/2011 - Hi friends, love all the passionate comments regarding my last post, but to be clear I didn't mean i Hi friends, love all the passionate comments regarding my last post, but to be clear I didn't mean it to be taken literally...an In n Out Burger every once in a while won't hurt you one bit ;) But seriously, I learned a lot about the whole X in Christmas thing. I still prefer the traditional spelling, but it's nice to be informed about the history. Peace and love to all...kc Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/21/2011 - Hi friends, I agree, forget the "X", Christmas is meant to be spelled with a "C". Hi friends, I agree, forget the "X", Christmas is meant to be spelled with a "C". And also, I should have mentioned that Bruce is a co-writer on "I Believe In Santa Claus"...I have a bad habit of hogging all the credit on that song. Sorry dude. Okay, my sons just talked me into eating at "In and Out Burger"...it tasted great, but the after effects are giving my digestive system quite a "run" for the money, no pun intended. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/19/2011 - Hi friends, it's beginning to rock a lot like Christmas. Hi friends, it's beginning to rock a lot like Christmas. Jamming last night with Steve Lukather and Greg Bissonette at the Mark and Brian Christmas Show. Sammy Hagar gifting me a bottle of his new rum. Our buddy Tyler Bryant came down to hang. Michael Anthony, the real bass player for Van Halen and I told him so, is such a cool and friendly guy. I can't help it, I am just a rock fan at heart. I sang two songs with the All Star Band and could have played all night. What a blast! Oh yeah, if you are in LA on Christmas, I will be guest dj on 100.3 The Sound from 6:00-7:00 PM, playing any records I want! rock on y'all! kc PS. Our performance on the Mark and Brian Christmas Show will be broadcast on KLOS in LA on Monday morning, and on any other stations that carry their show. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/19/2011 - hi friends, great suggestions! hi friends, great suggestions! I think I'll: A. Check and see if I can save money by switching to geico. B. Order me a nice bologna sandwich. C. Quaff some brews? D. Quit complaining E. Thanks y'all....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzkc Sat, 19 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/19/2011 - Hi friends, okay what do you suggest I do now? Hi friends, okay what do you suggest I do now? I slept through five bouncy, twisting and turning hours as we rolled to Shreveport. Just checked into my hotel room, exhausted and wide awake at the same time, (you just don't sleep quite right in a moving vehicle, surrounded by a chorus of snorus, in a coffin size bunk. Don't get me wrong, I love touring by bus, and Taz is a great driver, but I'm just saying...) I just did some writing in my journal, got properly unpacked, I'm in a beautiful suite, and now am sitting here in my boxers wondering what to do next. I could: A. Make the wise choice and tuck myself right back into bed. B. Turn on the tv. C. Go down to the casino and hang with the wackos who are still up gambling from last night...okay, not a chance of option C. D. Post some sleep depraved baloney here on the facebook page. Any other suggestions? Sat, 19 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/17/2011 - Hi friends, we are on the bus somewhere in Arkansas, Hi friends, we are on the bus somewhere in Arkansas, Bruce asleep in the back lounge, Neal in his bunk reading Stephen King, the rest of us up front watching Jets vs Broncos, eating Memphis Tops Barbeque and homemade chips and salsa from Taz the bus driver's wife. Mmmm good... Dave is trying to make his I-phone 4s swear at Wally via text. On this bus we all revert to our 12 year old selves...hey, what else are we gonna do? PS. Dave's phone just told Walter to f&$k off, and we are all laughing hysterically. To be corntunued... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/16/2011 - Hi friends, we had one of our best shows in recent memory tonight in Williamsport, PA. Hi friends, we had one of our best shows in recent memory tonight in Williamsport, PA. Great audience, beautiful sold out theater, we played for over two hours and had a blast. The sound system got turned off but we kept playing anyway so the crew turned it back on...we truly couldn't stop rockin' tonight. I freaking love that! On the bus headed for Philly now, tomorrow we fly to LA and should be home for dinner with our families. Gotta love that! Three really awesome shows this weekend. Thanks again to everyone who came out and rocked with us. Next weekend we rock and roll into Arkansas and Louisiana, until then rock on, kc Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2011 - Hi friends, lots of responses to my post last night...thanks. Hi friends, lots of responses to my post last night...thanks. I was particularly struck by a comment from an ex-US Marine who said,"Everyone is anti-war. No one hates war more than the soldier. They do what they do to protect our freedom." I hadn't considered it from quite that perspective, thanks for sharing. Life on the Road 104: Waking up on a pitch dark tour bus and finding out it is already ... PS... Just to be clear, I actually combined two posts, one from a self described Former Marine, and another from a person who refered to himself as a vet. Their comments were similar in sentiment and I appreciate both. Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/11/2011 - Hi friends, first of all, our respect and appreciation to all the courageous men and women of the US Hi friends, first of all, our respect and appreciation to all the courageous men and women of the US military on this Veterans Day. Our concert tonight was dedicated to their honor and we met a number of vets backstage. I am anti-war by nature but I strongly believe in our responsibility as Americans to do everything in our power to support the rights of our returning veterans and ensure that their bravery is not forgotten. Thank you one and all... Life on the Road 103: During arena rock shows band members must always be aware of the edge of the stage. I pulled a major backwards Steven Tyler tonight at the Hobart Arena. It was a total miracle that I didn't break my neck, but I managed to climb back up on stage and we had a rocking show tonight in Troy, Ohio. I love to stray from the set list, and keep things fresh. That is our direction heading into 2012 and we are all stoked. To be continued.... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2011 - Hi again, we had a blast on the mountain tonight. Hi again, we had a blast on the mountain tonight. We cut loose, tried some new ideas, and it felt a lot more relaxed and intimate tonight. That is our plan going forward. I want to break down any barriers between the band and the audience. We are designing a whole new stage set aimed making the band closer to one another, more jamming, more intimacy and interaction with the audience. Less showy and more of a hang. Life on the road 102: Okay, I just ate a backstage chicken Caesar salad and approximately 1000 peanut M and Ms. Now I get to lay in my bunk for the next 450 miles with a total rock in my gut, while my wife texts me photos of herself and my daughter at our favorite sushi bar chowing on my favorite spicy tuna rolls, this is all too cruel. to be continued.... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2011 - Hi friends, Life on the road 101: Hi friends, Life on the road 101: I got to sleep here at the Jim Thorpe Inn at 2:00 AM...7:00 AM, beautiful church bells fill the air and wake me up, 8:00 AM, same bells wake me again, 9:00 AM, beautiful church bells not so beautiful any more, 9:01 AM, houskeepers pund on my door, 9:02-11:00 AM housekeepers have fun in hallway, 12:30 PM, I surrender to my surroundings, get up and make coffee and accidentally steal Taz the bus driver's USA Today, 12:30-present time, I try to decide whether to go to the gym, take a walk around this sweet little town, or take a nap, to be continued...kc Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PST 11/2/2011 - Hi friends, how about the World Series! Hi friends, how about the World Series! Both teams played amazing, but I must send congrats to the great fans of St Louis and my friend Tony LaRussa. Tony chososes to retire when he is on top...he is such a class act. I told him we may have an opening for him on the REO road crew and his response,"I'm there!". So Walter may finally have that assistant he has been wanting! We go back to work in Phoenix this Saturday...rock on, kc Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:00:00 PDT 10/4/2011 - Hi friends, okay look out below I'm about to drop another big name Hi friends, okay look out below I'm about to drop another big name, just cuz I'm thinking y'all might get a kick out of it, and I guess it makes me look cool to be hanging with Slash and all, dang I gave it away. Anyway, here's another backstage photo of Slash, my wife Lisa, and that other guy again. Rock on, kc
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9/28/2011 - Hi friends, REO and Styx together in concert is a beautiful thing. Hi friends, REO and Styx together in concert is a beautiful thing. We hadn't seen them in a year and a half and we fell right back into the groove...this is how touring is meant to be. So here is a backstage photo with Styx keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, my wife Lisa, her friend Lori, Carrot Top's girlfriend Amanda, and who are those other two guys? Good fun was had by all...kc
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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 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H_GjeG25XWo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:00 PDT 9/15/2011 - Hi Friends, KC here with the scoop on the Charlie Sheen roast Hi friends, kc here with the scoop on the Charlie Sheen roast. Lisa and I had sore jaws from laughing so much. We hung with mike Tyson and Dog the Bounty Hunter...we felt very safe! So many REO fans in Hollywood, including Charlie. Nice to feel appreciated, rock on, kc
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8/12/2011 - hi friends, kc here, just got home from lopez tonight, hi friends, kc here, just got home from lopez tonight, george is awesome, the whole experience was so uplifting...all such cool people. gotta run, time to get my kids tucked in...rock on, kc Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:00:00 PDT 7/31/2011 - just did a cameo in the "rock of ages" movie... hi friends, kc here, just did a cameo in the "rock of ages" movie with my new best friends russell brand and will forte, oh yeah, and tom cruise! no movie star egos, just big fun on the set. russell and alec baldwin sing a sick duet on "can't fight this feeling"...crazy funny! great jam session on the set too...more later Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:00:00 PDT 6/17/2011 - back in the saddle.. back in the saddle, over my uber-cold, vocal cords vibrating properly, ready to rock and did so in Louisville tonight. my wife and i spent the week enjoying the many cool places and people this great city. on the bus now, watching letterman, laughing, enjoying being on the road with my reo brothers, i am a lucky guy..kc Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:00:00 PDT 5/9/2011 - oh yeah, the movie was fun, oh yeah, the movie was fun, it was cool that keith richards showed up at the premiere, the indiana jones ride was our favorite. but far more importantly...HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the awesome reo moms! Mon, 09 May 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/27/2011 - hi friends, kc here... hi friends, kc here...fyi: kc and bry's excellent adventure actually unfolded just as you see it in the video. it was as unbelievable to us as it may seem to you...but i swear it just happened that way. that's how it goes when you go with the flow ;) kc Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/18/2011 - hi friends, kc here, getting ready for Lopez Tonight, taping this afternoon. hi friends, kc here, getting ready for Lopez Tonight, taping this afternoon. we put together a special mash-up of hits especially for George's show. we are psyched and ready to rock...tonight on TBS, midnight, 11:00PM Central, after Conan, see you then, kc Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 4/9/2011 - hi friends, kc here, lots goin on hi friends, kc here, lots goin on, playing 7 hi infidelity songs, hung with aron roulston, (127 hours), cool guy/amazing story, made a video with charlie sheen, some neighbors borrow a quart of milk, some borrow a song for a video, we are on "lopez tonight" on 4-18, all good, love y'all, kc Sat, 09 Apr 2011 00:00:00 PDT 2/15/2011 - hi friends, what a weekend! hi friends, what a weekend! sold out shows in michigan and indiana, gr8 audiences, 2 hour concerts, 7 hi infidelity songs, full band "in my dreams". meanwhile, i'm holed up at blue moon studio working on my nashville project. tonight i'm attending the LA premiere of "rock of ages". but first my son josh and i have to finish up his homework...daddy responsibilities come first! rock on, kc Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 PST 1/21/2011 - Hi Friends, my vacation is officially over. hi friends, my vacation is officially over. and i am ready to rock...softly. i set up camp here at blue moon studio to record some acoustic tracks. deana carter, martina mcbride and i started a new song in nashville, and we put on the finishing touches here yesterday. here's a little video snippet of deana and i going ...over some lyrics. she is so sweet, and such a beautiful singer. i am a lucky guy to be able to work with these amazing women. i'll keep you all in the loop as the project carries on...kc<object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/186031788088614" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/186031788088614" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 PST 1/11/2011 - Hi Friends hi friends, kc here, i began 2011 with a break here at home to hang with friends and family and recharge creatively. next week i am in the studio to record some new songs..."unfinished poem", and "nothing we can't rise above", which I wrote with jon cain.also doing acoustic versions of a few of the hits. reo hits the r...oad in mid feb. happy new year, see you all soon, rock on...kc Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 PST 12/25/2010 - Merry Christmas Merry christmas and happy holidays to all of our facebook friends. i hope you are enjoying the break as i am. we all need to kick back, count our blessings, take stock of our missteps, and look forward to a new start in 2011. reo has a bunch of cool stuff planned for next year, and we we invite you all to be part of ou...r 30 year anniversary of hi infidelity! rock on, y'all...kc Sat, 25 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST 12/8/2010 - Hi to our Nashville friends... hi to our nashville friends, kc here. i am playing some acoustic songs at "the listening room" tonight at 8:00 with victoria shaw and gary burr, two great nashville songwriters. i know it's short notice, but come on down and hang with us if you can...kc Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/26/2010 - Hi friends, KC here wishing you all a peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday! Hi friends, kc here wishing you all a peaceful thanksgiving holiday. i am back from the rick springfield cruise, it was a total blast. met so many cool people, rocked out with rick, and even relaxed a little. i am hanging at home with the kids. enjoy your loved ones, give love freely, and be thankful for the love you receive...rock on, kc Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PST 11/3/2010 - Facebook post November 3rd, 2010 hey friends, i spent this afternoon rehearsing with Rick Springfield's band. We are ready to rock the caribbean, just two weeks from today! I am getting very excited to see you guys, as we sail, cop some rays, hang out,sip some rum, jam, and have a rockin' good time. Come on, do it...it's gonna be a blast! kc Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/14/2010 - Facebook Post October 12th, 2010 hi friends, nashville was a life changer for me. i emerged with three beautiful new baby songs. i felt so welcome, so creative, so inspired. and who wouldn't want to hang all day, singing, playing and writing with martina mcbride and deana carter, just to mention a few! i am humbled, and psyched!...kc Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/8/2010 - Facebook Post October 4th, 2010 The dinner benefitted the Atlanta chapter of the T.J. Martell Foundation, a cutting edge cancer research organization, which we have supported since its inception in 1975. Mayor Reed and I had a soulful chat. I attempted to paraphrase it here, but it's better if I post the actual transcript of his speech. Anyway, I'm ...off to Nashville for a week of, well, being in Nashville ;-) ... kc Fri, 08 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 10/8/2010 - Facebook Post October 3rd, 2010 Had dinner in Atlanta last night, with Big Kenny, Mayor Kasim Reed, and a room full of generous, if quite well dressed, music and medical professionals, who had been tasting abundant varieties of fine wines, all evening long. Mr. Reed's speech was short, yet incredibly powerful. I would like to post his words here. 2 b... continued... kc Fri, 08 Oct 2010 00:00:00 PDT 7/26/2010 - Hello My Adventurous Friends... Hello My Adventurous Friends,<br /> <br />I want to announce again that I am very excited to be joining the "Rick Springfield and Friends 2010 Caribbean Cruise", this coming November 15-20.<br /> <br />There will be full concerts by both Rick and me, unplugged songwriting sessions, interview sessions with Mark Goodman and me, Q and A with the fans on board, cocktail parties, and many opportunities to hang out with our friends and fans, as we sail around da Islands on an awesome luxury ocean liner. Sounds like a blast to me!<br /> <br />I need as many REO people as possible to come with me. In case there is a tug-of-war, or a Mojito drinking contest, we need to take those Springfielders down ;-)<br /> <br />It is gonna be a lot of fun, and plus, what else are you doing in the middle of November anyway? It will be freezing cold at home, so come on the cruise and work on that winter tan with us. Check the <a href="http://www.rickspringfieldcruise.com">link </a>for more details and ticket info. All Aboard!!<br /> <br />cruise on, baby...<br /> <br />kc<br /> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 PDT 7/15/2010 - Howdy Strangers Howdy Strangers,<br /> <br />I know, I used to be so much better at keeping in touch with you all. Believe me, I appreciate you guys supporting our various internet sites...I just wish I were better equipped to navigate them by myself. But alas, I remain fluent only in the art of emailing, and the occasional word processing task.<br /> <br /> So I am pecking this letter into my laptop, and will later send it off to our staff for proper vetting, (making sure I haven't put my foot too far into my mouth, nor misspelled any easy words. I usually get the big ones right, it's those everyday common nouns that get me every time. I would have won my third grade spelling bee if I had remembered where the "u" goes, in buisness...er, business), but I digress.<br /> <br /> We are three-ish weeks into the "Love On The Run" tour, with the Benatars. Patty's voice is stronger than ever, and Neil plays such great guitar. Add original drummer Myron Grumbacker, and bassist, (and Dave Amato ex-roommate), Mick Mahan, and you have a rock solid rhythm section. I feel lucky that I get to hear their show through the walls every night.<br /> <br /> Singer-songwriter, and our good young friend, Keaton Simons, has been warming up the crowds with his soulful voice, nimble acoustic guitar work, and beautiful songs, and is a real treat...so get to the concert on time so you don't miss Keaton.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, REO Speedwagon had one of those gigs for the ages in St. Louis on Saturday night. We always work hard, every night, no matter what, but some shows everything just clicks. Bryan laid down the perfect tempos. Dave, Bruce, and Neal all played with such passion. Riverport Amphitheater was packed, and the audience was so into it. It was just a great night, in the city that really gave our band its start. We headlined a sold out concert at St. Louis' Busch Stadium in 1979...before the Hi Infidelity album came out....<br /> <br /> Speaking of which, our nightly tribute to that ubiquitous record is turning out to be so much fun every night. The whole Bob Coburn radio ramp-up gets the crowd ready, the video screens explode with Hi Infidelity images, and then we play side one. (For those of you who missed the whole LP thing, music used to be delivered via 12 inch black plastic disks, with music content on both sides...five songs on side one, then you got up, and flipped the record over and listened to the songs on side two. Kind of a hassle by today's standards, but a ritual that holds nostalgic value for those of us who grew up with it.). We snuck "Like You Do" into the set list, and it was so powerful that we are keeping it in the show for the rest of the summer.<br /> <br /> I don't mind saying that you should not miss this tour, and I'm not just saying that because I want to sell tickets to the concerts...well, maybe I am, but you guys really do need to come out and celebrate with us. This is a very special time, commemorating 30 years since we recorded Hi Infidelity, and we are having a total blast!<br /> <br /> Now, on a totally different, but equally exciting subject...I am going to be joining my friend, Rick Springfield, on his annual Caribbean concert cruise this coming November. You guys are all invited to grab a ticket to ride, hop on the boat, and rock out with Rick, and your old buddy, kc. <br /> <br /> There will be concerts by each of us, and a bunch of other activities, and opportunities to hang out with our friends and fans, as we sail around da Islands in an awesome ocean liner. I need as many REO people as possible to come with me, in case there is a tug-of-war, or a Mojito drinking contest! We need to take those Springfielders down ;-) It is gonna be a lot of fun, and plus, what else are you doing in November anyway? Check the <a href="http://www.rickspringfieldcruise.com">link </a> for more details and ticket info. All Aboard!!<br /> <br /> Okay, the bellman just showed up to haul my luggage down to the bus for a night trip to Council Bluffs, Iowa. We are recording our show at Moondance Jam on Friday for Direct TV, then a show in Minneapolis on Saturday, and sweet home Chicago on Sunday. Four in a row...are you ready to go?<br /> <br /> keep pushin',<br /> <br /> kc<br /> Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 PDT 6/24/2010 - Hey Everybody <br>Hey Everybody,<br> <br>I need to begin this newsletter by expressing my regret at our having to cancel last Friday's concert in Peru, Illinois. It is rare that weather conditions present a level of danger, both to those on stage, and in the audience, that we can be persuaded to cancel an REO concert. We have been known through the years to ride out our share of storms, but between the wind, the rain, and the lightning, this one got the best of us. I know a whole lot of people planned their night around seeing us play, and wound up soaked, muddy, and frustrated. We are all sorry at how things worked out, and would have liked nothing more than to put on a rock show, but Mother Nature had other plans.<br> <br>I also want to wish a Happy Fathers day to all you Dads out there. Although I had to miss my children, (which is by far the hardest part of my job), I was able to visit my Dad in Chicago on a day off between shows. I love my children so much, and miss them terribly even as I write this letter. If Holly, Josh, and Shane are reading this...I miss you guys to the moon! Luckily for me, my grown son, Paris, is helping my wife, Lisa, to keep the gang busy while I am on tour. Thanks Paris. It feels great to think of all four of my children together at home, so I do have that going for me, and that's nice.<br> <br>So tonight is the eve of opening night of the "Love On The Run Tour" in Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan Sun Arena . Both REO, and the Benatar band, spent the day tweaking the set lists, putting the final touches on our productions, and fighting the butterflies. Believe it or not, even after years of touring, the night before the first show is a bit nerve racking for me. I cannot wait to hit the stage tomorrow, and get this rock show on the road.<br> <br>We bought a new mini video recorder for tour manager, Walter, and he is in charge of chronicling our "adventures on the run" this summer. Check the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon">REO Speedwagon Facebook Page</a>, as well as <a href="http://www.reospeedwagon.com"> reospeedwagon.com</a> for all of the latest video goodies from the tour.<br> <br>Now that we are out on the road I will have more time to keep you guys up to date with my newsletters...so stay tuned, and get ready to rock!<br> <br>kc<br> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 PDT 5/28/2010 - Rick Springfield Cruise Hi everybody, KC here, and I will be joining Rick Springfield & friends on his 3rd annual Cruise this November! We’re headed to the Bahamas on the Carnival Cruise Ship Destiny! I’ll be headlining a concert on board as well as participating in the singer-songwriter session with Rick. There will also be chances to meet me in photo sessions when we’re on board, and you never know what else we have in store! The other special guests that will be joining us are Doug Davidson, (Paul Williams) from the Young & The Restless as well as the host, Mark Goodman (MTV, Sirius/XM Radio) and Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) from the Days of Our Lives. For all the details check out http://www.rickspringfieldcruise.com Looking forward to seeing you onboard!" Fri, 28 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT 5/18/2010 - Overcoming My Fear of Facebook Hey. it's KC here, feeling a bit anxious as I post for the first time here on the REO facebook page. Where will this lead me? What dangers lie ahead? I guess I'm just supposed to share what is on my mind. Since this is my maiden voyage, I will keep it light Here goes... Some of you might have seen the season premiere of "Family Guy" on Sunday night. I had turned down the voiceover gig, because I didn't need to have some animated version of myself talking smack about my ex-wife...bad taste. Well, they went ahead and put it on without my voice, or my consent. Nothing I can do about it...Bummer. I guess it's their freedom of speech, but they fail to consider the affect that their little cartoon joke might have on actual people. Oh well, I just wanted to be clear that wasn't actually me. The good news is that between this Family Guy thing, and Robert Pattinson of Twilight wearing an REO T-shirt on the Oprah Show last Thursday, my daughter Holly is getting even more attention than usual around her middle school campus. Her friends are all gushing about all the cool stuff Mr. Cronin is doing at the moment. Of course, it will all fade as quickly as it appeared, and I will be right back to being Holly's Daddy again, which is my preference anyway ;-) By the way, check out Holly's new video at kevincronin.com. So far my American Idol prediction is holding true. I have it coming down to "Boxershorts, (Crystal Bowersox) and "Goldielocks", (Casey James). We hated to see Big Mike bite the dust, and are expecting to wave goodbye to Lee as of tomorrow. Looking forward to snuggling up with my kids tonight and watching the show. Josh and Shane will head up to bed after Idol, leaving Holly and I to watch our real favorite show...Glee. Can't wait to see what happens tonight! Okay, that was fun. I feel a sense of relief and accomplishment in conquering my fear of facebook...stay tuned for more of my useless musings...kc Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT 3/25/2010 - We were all looking forward to this weekend's shows March 26th & March 27th We were all looking forward to this weekend's shows at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, and the Rialto in Joliet, Illinois. Unfortunately, our lead guitarist, Dave Amato, is down for the count with a nasty flu bug, and has a fever of over 103 degrees as we speak. Our throat doctor here in LA has ordered him to stay in bed, not to sing for at least a week, and to absolutely not get on an airplane.<br> <br>Dave is one of the true rock warriors, and if he could, he would absolutely be on stage this weekend. As much as we hate to postpone these concerts, we have to respect doctor's orders. The truth is that we know that 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>We are working on rescheduling both shows for another weekend in the near future, and we promise you two very special concerts. We will be previewing the revamped 2010 set list, which includes a special Hi Infidelity segment with a new arrangement of "Keep On Lovin' You", an acoustic set with "In My Dreams" and a brand new song called, "Unfinished Poem (Can't Stop Loving You)", as well as all the hits, plus "Golden Country", "Like You Do", and the return of the telephone bit in "157 Riverside Ave". We were psyched to perform the new show for our friends in Chicago-land, and we will be back soon to do just that.<br> <br>Meanwhile, we all wish Dave a quick recovery, and again apologize for any inconvenience this postponement has caused you guys.<br> <br>Keep Pushin,<br> <br>kc<br> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT 3/17/2010 - Brad Paisley, Jimmy Kimmel live, and Kevin Cronin a guitar tech??? Read the explanation here. A few weeks after Brad Paisley came up on stage with us to sing background vocals on "Roll With The Changes" in Nashville, I paid him a visit backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live in LA. I had a great time hanging with actor Eric Roberts in the Green Room, which led to his stepson, Keaton Simons being booked to open a number of REO/Benatar shows this coming summer.<br> <br>During his interview, Brad was talking about tour pranks, so I decided to play one on him during his live performance. Needless to say, he was surprised when an "unfamiliar roadie" ran out on stage for his final guitar change. I had the whole running out really fast, crouching down, handing him his guitar thing, down. I would make a dang good guitar tech, if I do say so myself.<br> <br>We are in Myrtle Beach tonight, and Savannah tomorrow, with Edwin McCain as special guest on both shows. He will be doing a bunch of the REO/Benatar shows this summer too. Edwin is awesome, be sure and get to the concerts early.<br> <br>kc <br> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT 2/24/2010 - I Guess I Just Needed a Break... I guess I just needed a break, some time to be a daddy, a husband, a friend, a lover, a neighbor, a coach, and finally a songwriter. All of those roles led me to finishing my first new tune in nearly a year. For me, there is no feeling quite like playing a freshly created song for the first time. Then comes the anxiety laden adventure of parading my latest in front of the band.<br> <br>Now, I am one of the fortunate few songwriters who has a full time band, by the name of REO Speedwagon, who hunger for their chance to take this little morsel I just cooked up, and feast upon it. Like a pack of coyotes eying a plump little bunny, they prepare their chops, as they listen and learn the nuances of every chord change and rhythmic passage. Each attempts to embrace, then capture, the flow of music and emotion which has been laid before them.Being a part of the process, as well as an observer, is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I feel honored by the care which the guys take in building my little folk song into an REO Speedwagon song. I am a very lucky guy.<br> <br>In the midst of the song building process, we find time to do what Bruce and Neal actually traveled cross-country to join forces with Dave, Bryan, and me to do...rehearse for the upcoming summer tour. Yes, we still really do rehearse ;-).The upcoming "Love On The Run Tour" with REO and Pat Benatar, plus special guest singer/songwriters such as Edwin McCain and Keaton Simons, fires up in mid-June, and runs through October 2010. We are very pumped to be out with Pat and Neil Giraldo for the first time since 1995.<br> <br>This year, and 2011, will mark the 30 year anniversary of the recording, release, and phenomenal success story of our Hi Infidelity album, which is a part of just under ten million people's record collections. I am not much into nostalgia, I prefer looking forward, growing, and creating new music, but this particular anniversary is just too special. We have chosen to embrace, and celebrate, this most magical series of events, and share this unbelievable feeling with the whole REO Family.<br> <br>So, starting with the four sold-out shows this weekend with Styx and 38 Special, in Rockford, Springfield, Louisville, and Toledo, we will pay homage to the album, which after ten years of touring and recording, put our band on the map in 1981. We will be playing Hi Infidelity songs which have been rarities on our set lists over the years, including visual images from that time period in our stage production, and featuring special items at the merch stand to commemorate the album which altered the history of our band so immeasurably.<br> <br>I am looking forward to including all of you, our most loyal fans, as we look back, and forward, through the next eighteen months. Hold on babe, here we go!<br> <br>kc<br> <br>Tour Dates 2010<br> </br>February 24, 2010 Rockford Metro Centre Rockford, IL </br>February 25, 2010 Prairie Capital Convention Center Springfield, IL </br>February 26, 2010 Freedom Hall Louisville, KY </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 </br>March 04, 2010 Arena Monterrey Conchello Esq. Madero Monterry, Mexico </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 October 01, 2010 - Gretna Heritage Festival Gretna, LA Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 PST 12/16/2009 - Hi Everyone <br>Okay, it seems like yesterday that we were all worried that the internet was going to implode and all of our computers would crash on New Years 2000...and REO was booked in Las Vegas for the big night. Well, as it turns out, the Y2K disaster, while never amounting to anything, would be nothing compared to the onslaught of world changing events which actually have occurred during this first decade of the 21st Century. But we survived. I continue to believe in the power of a positive attitude, and its ability to carry us through the most trying of times.<br> <br>With that in mind, I am looking forward to the coming year. We are finalizing plans for another great touring season in 2010, as we approach the 30th anniversary of the release of our "Hi Infidelity" album next December...yes, it has been thirty years. Unbelievable!<br> <br>So Happy Holidays to all of you who have been with us on our journey this past year, and this past decade, and these past four decades. We have come a long way together, and we have a long way to go.<br> <br>Keep pushin',<br> <br>kc<br> <br>ps. If you live in Southern California, be sure and tune in to the KTLA Morning Show on channel 5. Dave, Bryan and I will be hanging out, and playing a couple of unplugged songs at around 8:30-9:00 AM on Wednesday, December 16. Also look for us on Extra! <br> <hr /> <b>UPDATE ON REBROADCAST OF THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON ICE SPECIAL</b> <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>There will also be a second rebroadcast after the Holiday on Sunday December 27th at 1am (EST), 12am (CST) and 10pm (PST). <br> <br><b>Cast</b>:<br> Brian Boitano,Elvis Stojko,Jeffrey Buttle,Jozef Sabovcik,Michael Weiss,Steven Cousins,Caryn Kadavy,Shae-Lynn Bourne,Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon.<br> <br><b>Musical Guest Stars</b>:<br> REO Speedwagon & Rick Springfield<br> <hr /> <br><img src="http://www.therom.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/game_logo_300x300.jpg"><br> <br>Game Facts: More than 70 Game Levels with "Hidden Object" scenes, puzzles, and other mini-games. More than a dozen REO songs used throughout the game. 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> <br><a href="https://www.plimus.com/jsp/buynow.jsp?contractId=2615526">Click here to BUY the game. </a><br> <hr /> <H2><b><b style="color:green;">Fan Appreciation Christmas Package</b></H2> <br>Tis' the season to save! <br>Hurry Only 1 day left to buy <H2><b><b style="color:red;">Special REO Speedwagon Fan Appreciation Gift Pack!</b></H2> <br>Package includes: <br>1 Autogrpahed "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" CD <br>1 "No So Silent Night" Tee <br>(Please see store for pictures of these items.) <br>This package Makes a great gift for the whole family! <br>Order now to receive your item's before the Holidays. <br>REO Holiday Savings & *Fan Appreciation Price: 25.00 + Shipping. * <br>Retail Value: $45.00 <br><a href="http://shopreospeedwagon.hostcentric.com/store/page3.html">Click here to visit the Store. </a><br> Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/23/2009 - Hi Everybody! Hi Everybody,<br> <br>Okay, I was scared. Yes, you heard me right. It has been a long time since I have felt real stage fright, but I was shaking in my Beatle boots last Thursday in Little Rock.<br> <br>We were gathered just off stage left, along with Rick Springfield, and an amazing group of world champion figure skaters, including Brian Boitano and Peggy Fleming. Everyone was buzzing with excitement as the house lights went down. We took the stage, and the skaters took to the ice with such power and grace. When Neal played the intro to, "Can't Fight This Feeling", and I sang the opening lines, I finally felt a wave of calm come over me. We were off and running, or skating in this case, on NBC's Holiday Celebration on Ice...Classic Rock edition. All of the hours of preparation kicked in just in time, and we had a great show. We played some of our hits, and four songs from "Not So Silent Night". Rick sat in on "Roll With The Changes", and by the end of the song all the skaters were dancing around the stage with us. The airdate is Sunday, November 29th, 4PM - 6PM (EST), 3PM - 5PM (CST), 1PM - 3PM (PST). <br><a href="http://www.dissonskating.com/holidayhome.htm">Click here for details. </a><br> <br>But that was not all that went on this past week...the final days of the 2009 Can't Stop Rockin tour...<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. <br> <br>Meanwhile, there is an awesome, on-line video game based on our music, being released on December 3rd. The game is called, "Find Your Own Way Home", and it will be available through all the major on-line outlets. Players search for cool stuff, remix our music, and have a chance to win "Golden Tickets", which get you backstage passes, and even a chance to sing on "Roll With The Changes" in a live concert! Not to mention, we all think our avatars are quite handsome ;-)<br> <br>Okay, I am exhausted just thinking about this past week, but the best part is that I get to meet up with my family next Tuesday, after over a month away from home. I can't wait to snuggle up and watch "Glee" with my daughter Holly, to shoot hoops in the yard with Josh and Shane, and you can use your imagination on what I can't wait to do with my wife, Lisa!<br> <br>Have a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday. Watch us on NBC on Thanksgiving Sunday. And, big thanks to all of you who came out to see us play in concert this year. Plans are under way for 2010, as we speak...it's true, we really can't stop rockin'. I'll be in touch...<br> <br> kc <br> <br><H2><b><b style="color:brown;">Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving from Kevin, Bruce, Neal, Dave and Bryan.</b></H2><br> <hr /> <br>Effective Monday November 23rd the 2009 <H2><b><b style="color:red;">Fan Appreciation Christmas Package</b></H2> will be available! <br> <br>Tis' the season to save! <br> <br>Hurry Only 23 days left to buy our <H2><b><b style="color:red;">Special REO Speedwagon Fan Appreciation Gift Pack!</b></H2><br> <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> <hr /> <br><H2><b>TUNE-IN ALERT</b></H2><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> Sunday, November 29, 2009 <br><b>Time</b>:<br> 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST <br><b>Where</b>:<br>NBC(check your local listings for channel information)<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> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/12/2009 - Hi Everybody! <br/>Hi Everybody,<br/> <br/>Well, many of you may have noticed that "Not So Silent Night", is not so easy to find. We know, but please don't give up. The CD is available at a discount price at Amazon.com, and there are personally autographed copies available through <a href="http://www.speedwagon.com/tour.php">www.reospeedwagon.com </a> . Finding the CD at stores is a bit more of a challenge, and here is why<br/> <br/>Basically, in order to have a Christmas album included in the big Holiday displays, or even among the other holiday releases, we would have to have turned the record in to the record company in June. Yeah, June! We had no idea we had to have it ready so early. We turned our masters in to Sony on October 1st. Ooops...missed it by just a tad. Hey, we are a rock band. We are supposed to be late.<br/> <br/>So we had a choice to make. We could either wait until next Christmas to release "Not So Silent Night", or we could let Sony rush release the record, knowing we would miss out on the majority of their holiday marketing campaign this year.<br/> <br/>After all the work, and all the love, we put into this project. We couldn't imagine waiting a whole year to release the CD. Plus, we have two Christmas TV specials coming out this year, on NBC and ABC, and we will be playing songs from the new CD on both. We thought it would be better to have the new record available to people who heard the music on television, and wanted to play it at home this Christmas.<br/> <br/>Sony truly loves this record, and has guaranteed us their full attention...next Christmas. For this year, "Not So Silent Night" is available, but it takes a bit more effort to find it. <br/> <br/>But please, ask for it in any store that sells music. If the CD is not available, still inquire if they can order it for you. In general, I am asking you to bug the heck out of the stores that don't have the CD in stock. Then go ahead and order it from us directly, or from Amazon.com.<br/> <br/>Meanwhile, "Can't Stop Rockin" continues to burn a path through the American Heartland...Columbus, Ohio, then Cincinnati, Winston-Salem, and on to Nashville, Dallas, and Little Rock. The Night Ranger boys have joined the finale, and we may have a new one for The Guinness Book of World Records...most guitar players on stage at one time: Check <a href="http://www.speedwagon.com/tour.php">www.reospeedwagon.com </a> and see if we are playing somewhere near you...you cannot miss this show.<br/> <br/>You guys are the most awesome fans ever. Hope to see you soon...<br/> <br/>kc<br/> <hr /> Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST 10/23/2009 - Hi Everybody! <br/>Hi Everybody,<br/> <br/>Well, the REO machine is up and running and full speed ahead. We play three "evening with" shows this weekend, then on to Charleston for rehearsal. We meet up with our brothers in Styx and Night Ranger next weekend for the Fall leg of "Can't Stop Rockin' 2009", and are together right up until Thanksgiving.<br/> <br/>I stopped off in Toronto yesterday for the press conference announcing that the five time Tony nominated Broadway musical, "Rock Of Ages", will be opening a second company at the Royal Alexandria Theatre next April. As I have said before, you must see this play. It is way cool. The soundtrack includes all your favorite songs from the 80's, and they transform a legitimate theater into a giant rock bar on the Sunset Strip. A feature film is in the works, as well. We have been involved with the production from the beginning, and I am so happy for these people who took a big risk in staging this play. It is great to see their success.<br/> <br/>Meanwhile, "Not So Silent Night...Christmas With REO Speedwagon", will be available in stores any day now, with the official release date of November 3rd. We are all very excited, and can't wait to hear your reactions to the album. We taped an ABC television special called, "Holidays With the Stars", earlier this week. It consists of interview footage and unplugged performances by Dave and me at <a href="http://www.bluemoonstudiola.com">Blue Moon Studio</a>www.reospeedwagon.com </a>, and a visit with Lisa and the kids at our home. The airdate is December 6th on ABC. Later in the tour we will be taping, "Holiday On Ice", which will be televised on November 29th, on NBC from 4pm-6pm (EST)...so get ready to set your TiVOs!<br/> <br/>It will be great to get back to the "Can't Stop Rockin" tour. The whole awesome production is back, complete with the 40-foot video wall. Check the tour page at <a href="http://www.speedwagon.com/tour.php">www.reospeedwagon.com </a>for details.<br/> <br/>Oh yeah, my luggage had such a good time in Toronto that it decided to stay for a while. I, on the other hand, am sitting here in my underwear, praying that the Suitcase Fairy will show up at my door soon. What normally happens in these situations is that my bags will arrive here in Fort Wayne tomorrow, of course by that time I will be in Detroit. Then my luggage will chase me around the country for the entire run. Ah yes, the joys of touring!<br/> <br/>Okay, that's it for now...rock on,<br/> <br/>kc<br/> <hr /> <br/><b>Now taking pre-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"></a>Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon 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 <hr /> <br/> <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, 23 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT 9/25/2009 - Not So Silent Night... </br>Ho ho ho, everybody,</br> </br>May I be the first to wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 2009. It has been Christmas here at <a href="http://www.bluemoonstudiola.com">Blue Moon Studio</a>www.reospeedwagon.com </a>since this past February.</br> </br>We had no sooner put the finishing touches on our little REO/Styx "Can't Stop Rockin" recording sessions, when we dove right into "Not So Silent Night...Christmas With REO Speedwagon". Slowly but surely, in between tour dates and during our "vacations", we have been recording this not so secret project.</br> </br>Yup, you guessed it, we are releasing our very first Christmas album, on the Sony/Legacy label, in early November. The reason we kept it a bit secret was that I was never really sure if we were going to pull it off in time for this Christmas. (At the moment, producer Joe Vannelli<a href="http://www.bluemoonstudiola.com"> Blue Moon Studio</a> is chained to the recording console, mixing the tracks. But don't worry about Joe, Dave and I stop in to feed him at least once a day, so he will be fine.)</br> </br>Usually Christmas albums tend to be the type of projects that get thrown together rather quickly...but not us. We got into this record with the same level of intensity that we do on any record we make. As a result, "Not So Silent Night" has turned out to be much more than simply a Christmas album...it is the new REO Speedwagon studio album. We are as proud of this as anything we have ever done. Look for the CD in stores and iTunes in early November.</br> </br>So, hopefully that explains why it has been a while since my last newsletter.</br> </br>We have begun playing some shows over the past couple of weeks, and we are rocking hard as ever. The concerts have been fun, the audiences have been big, loud and rowdy, and we are looking forward to the Fall tour dates. </br> </br>We will be doing some "weekend warrior" dates through September and into early October. Then, in the latter part of October, we will re-connect with our brothers in Styx, and gear up for the Fall leg of the "Can't Stop Rockin" tour.</br> </br>38 Special kicked major butt on the summer leg, and we have become good friends with those guys. They had some other commitments in November, so we called our buddies in Night Ranger, and Jack Blades and the boys will be joining the "Can't Stop Rockin" tour for the fall shows. I hope to see you then.</br> </br>Okay, it must be getting close to feeding time at Blue Moon...I think I hear Joe howling. Gotta grab a hunk of raw meat and get down to the studio quickly. Over and out...</br> </br>kc</br> </br>"Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon" CD will be in the stores this holiday season! Stay tuned for the release date. </br> </br>Tour Dates 2009</br> </br>September 18: Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino Bossier City, LA </br>September 19: Midland County Horse Shoe Arena Midland, TX </br>October 01: Central Washington State Fair Yakima, WA </br>October 02: Little Creek Casino Resort Shelton, WA </br>October 04: KLPX Radio Anniversary Festival Pima County Fairgrounds Tucson, AZ </br>October 09: Valley View Casino Valley Center, CA </br>October 10: JW Marriott Phoenix, AZ </br>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>Can't Stop Rockin' II Tour</br> </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 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 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT 7/18/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin' Journal <br/>Last night in Omaha was the final show of the summer "Can't Stop Rockin" tour, and a perfect example of the CSR spirit. The band and crew members of REO and Styx gathered backstage, formed a conga line, and danced across the stage while 38 Special attempted to play "Caught Up In You", without totally cracking up.Last night in Omaha was the final show of the summer "Can't Stop Rockin" tour, and a perfect example of the CSR spirit. The band and crew members of REO and Styx gathered backstage, formed a conga line, and danced across the stage while 38 Special attempted to play "Caught Up In You", without totally cracking up.<br/> <br/>All three of our bands take the performances quite seriously, but do not take ourselves seriously in the least. The entire "Can't Stop Rockin" project, beginning with Tommy Shaw and I co-writing the title song, to the bands recording together, to each band taking turns in the closing spot, has been a total "leave your ego at the door" type of experience.<br/> <br/>All of the travel, the performance schedule, and being away from home so much, does take it's toll, but the total absence of drama, the camaraderie of all three bands and crews, and the power of our combined set lists, more than makes up for it. Nobody on the tour is ready for it to end...so we are going to keep it going!<br/> <br/>Tickets are about to go on sale for the fall "Can't Stop Rockin" tour, kicking off in Charlestown, WV, on October 29. Our buddies in 38 Special have prior commitments, and we will sure miss those guys, but Night Ranger will be joining REO and Styx for the October/November shows. We played a show with Night Ranger earlier this year, and that band has a bunch of hit songs, and their live show rocks. Night Ranger is a great band, and a cool group of guys. They will fit right into the CSR vibe.<br/> <br/>The final four shows of the summer tour, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Council Bluffs/Omaha, on four consecutive nights, all sold out, brought this leg of the tour to a triumphant finale.<br/> <br/>We have been doing it for a long time now, but I can honestly say that this has been the best tour I have ever been a part of...and that is a sentiment shared by everyone else I talk to as well. CSR was the first tour for Ellie Archer, our "I love all access" meet and greet coordinator. She heard from everyone, including me, that she is ruined for life...spoiled by the friendly, yet hard working atmosphere of this tour. Steve Allen, our set carpenter, told me last night that he has never seen the kind of co-operation he has experienced on the CSR tour...Dale the rigger, and Rick the truck driver, both help Steve put our stage together every night. It is not part of their job; they just pitch in to help out the team. Those quick set changes would not be possible without everyone helping each other out.<br/> <br/>Tour production manager, Tim Rosner, had organized a tour photo day earlier in the run...to the chagrin of many. But last night, when each member of the touring team received their personalized group photo, we were all smiles. It is a very cool tradition.<br/> <br/>I can't mention everyone; although everyone deserves mention for the amazing job they did...from band members to truck drivers. This is a big team, and it only works when each member does his or her job well. I thank all of you for making "Can't Stop Rockin" the extraordinary experience it has been.<br/> <br/>And of course, none of this would be possible without you, our fans. You all allow us to come out here and do what we love to do, and we appreciate every single one of you. We can't stop rockin. You can't stop rockin. So let's just never stop rockin...okay?!<br/> <br/>See you in the Fall...<br/> <br/>kc<br/> <br/>ps. REO will be playing shows throughout the rest of the summer and early fall, leading up to the OCT/Nov "Can't Stop Rockin" tour. A few will be with Styx, and others will be REO headline shows. So come on out and see us...okay<br/> <br/>Also, our not so secret recording project is moving ahead at full steam. We will be announcing details of an NBC television special to coincide with the late November release. Stay tuned!<br/> <br/>kc<br/> <br/>All three of our bands take the performances quite seriously, but do not take ourselves seriously in the least. The entire "Can't Stop Rockin" project, beginning with Tommy Shaw and I co-writing the title song, to the bands recording together, to each band taking turns in the closing spot, has been a total "leave your ego at the door" type of experience.<br/> <br/>All of the travel, the performance schedule, and being away from home so much, does take it's toll, but the total absence of drama, the camaraderie of all three bands and crews, and the power of our combined set lists, more than makes up for it. Nobody on the tour is ready for it to end...so we are going to keep it going!<br/> <br/>Tickets are about to go on sale for the fall "Can't Stop Rockin" tour, kicking off in Charlestown, WV, on October 29. Our buddies in 38 Special have prior commitments, and we will sure miss those guys, but Night Ranger will be joining REO and Styx for the October/November shows. We played a show with Night Ranger earlier this year, and that band has a bunch of hit songs, and their live show rocks. Night Ranger is a great band, and a cool group of guys. They will fit right into the CSR vibe.<br/> <br/>The final four shows of the summer tour, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Council Bluffs/Omaha, on four consecutive nights, all sold out, brought this leg of the tour to a triumphant finale.<br/> <br/>We have been doing it for a long time now, but I can honestly say that this has been the best tour I have ever been a part of...and that is a sentiment shared by everyone else I talk to as well. CSR was the first tour for Ellie Archer, our "I love all access" meet and greet coordinator. She heard from everyone, including me, that she is ruined for life...spoiled by the friendly, yet hard working atmosphere of this tour. Steve Allen, our set carpenter, told me last night that he has never seen the kind of co-operation he has experienced on the CSR tour...Dale the rigger, and Rick the truck driver, both help Steve put our stage together every night. It is not part of their job; they just pitch in to help out the team. Those quick set changes would not be possible without everyone helping each other out.<br/> <br/>Tour production manager, Tim Rosner, had organized a tour photo day earlier in the run...to the chagrin of many. But last night, when each member of the touring team received their personalized group photo, we were all smiles. It is a very cool tradition.<br/> <br/>I can't mention everyone; although everyone deserves mention for the amazing job they did...from band members to truck drivers. This is a big team, and it only works when each member does his or her job well. I thank all of you for making "Can't Stop Rockin" the extraordinary experience it has been.<br/> <br/>And of course, none of this would be possible without you, our fans. You all allow us to come out here and do what we love to do, and we appreciate every single one of you. We can't stop rockin. You can't stop rockin. So let's just never stop rockin...okay?!<br/> <br/>See you in the Fall...<br/> <br/>kc<br/> <br/>ps. REO will be playing shows throughout the rest of the summer and early fall, leading up to the OCT/Nov "Can't Stop Rockin" tour. A few will be with Styx, and others will be REO headline shows. So come on out and see us...okay<br/> <br/>Also, our not so secret recording project is moving ahead at full steam. We will be announcing details of an NBC television special to coincide with the late November release. Stay tuned!<br/> <br/>kc<br/> Sat, 18 Jul 2009 00:00:00 PDT 6/17/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin' Journal <br/>June 17, 2009<br/> <br/>12,000 feet above Texas<br/> <br/>Hi Everybody,<br/> <br/>The CSR family is descending upon Mobile, Alabama from points all across North America. I am joined on this flight by members of the West Coast contingent including Bryan, Dave and Walter from the REO camp, as well as Tommy, Ricky, and Todd from the Styx posse. I am truly happy to see each and all of these dudes...one of the many perks to the whole Can't Stop Rockin' touring experience.<br/> <br/>So much fun has been had since my last journal entry that I need to mention a few of the highlights...Can't Stop Rockin' Journal<br/> <br/>Our buddy, David Archuleta, came to the Salt Lake City show, and we wound up singing together on "Roll With The Changes". The news raged across the internet, and by the following morning, an amateur video, (shot from the stage left wing by the quick thinking Wally Versen, who at one time tended to veer a bit more toward the right wing…but that is a whole other discussion;-), was being viewed by tens of thousands of youtube watchers. I had met David last year at the "Horton Hears A Who" movie premiere, and he is still the likable guy he has always been. When I asked him for his autograph, for my daughter, he remembered her and asked how she was doing...the smile on Holly's face says it all.<br/> <br/>One of my earliest childhood memories is of a family trip from Chicago to Denver when I was three years old. My Dad sat me up on a rock overlooking the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and Mom took the black and white snap shot photo, which captured the moment. They could have never guessed that thirty-four years later, their little son would be playing to a sold out crowd from that very stage...okay forty-four years later ;-) . Special thanks to everyone who rode the storm out with us...it rained for nearly the entire concert, and everybody kept right on rockin'.<br/> <br/>We continued our streak of sold out shows through Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Houston, and celebrated at the Woodlands after the show with a great group of friends. The morning wake up call was a bit harsh, but we made our flights, as a well-earned break awaited all of us.<br/> <br/>The ten days at home flew by. I was lucky to be around for the last week of school, and was recruited by my sons’ teacher, Miss Anderson, to put on a little hootenanny in Josh and Shane's third grade classroom. I can walk out and sing songs in front of thousands of grown-ups with very little stress. But drop me in a classroom of twenty-six nine year olds, and it is a whole different story. I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but I can say that I rose to the occasion with such crowd pleasers as, "I've Been Workin' On The Railroad" and "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain". After a grueling meet and greet, I was finally dismissed and I must admit I have not touched a guitar in a week.<br/> <br/>So I am now chomping at the bit. As much as I miss being home with my family, I cannot wait to get up there, plug in my Fender Telecaster, and rock tomorrow in Alabama. Hope to be seeing many of you in the coming weeks.<br/> <br/>I can't stop rockin'...<br/> <br/>kc<br/> Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT 5/30/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin'...Day Whatever May 30, 2009...6:04 AM<br/> <br/> So what am I doing awake at this time of day, you ask. Well, about this point in the tour my internal body clock completely ceases to function. I just sleep when I can…a few hours here, a few there. Hopefully it averages out to around eight per day...but rarely are they consecutive. It's part of the life, I'm used to it.<br/> <br/> The sun is now peeking over the horizon off the left side of the bus, silhouetting the mountains of southwestern Idaho. Now, had I slept through the night, I would have totally missed this rare sight. Not only that, I have VH-1 Classic on the TV, and Hall and Oates', "Out of Touch" is on...again, had I gotten a good night's sleep I would have missed all of those funky white guy dance moves, including John Oates grooving inside a giant letter O...I rest my case. <br/> <br/> It's also a good thing to be up at this hour so someone can check in on Scotty the bus driver. It is his job to get us to Salt Lake City as quickly, yet smoothly, as possible, so he motors on no matter what. He doesn't stop unless we absolutely need fuel, or his bladder is about to burst. Some guys tend to wake up if the momentum of the bus changes, so Scotty does his best to keep his turns easy and his speed constant. If he gets hungry or thirsty, he is out of luck...unless one of us checks in on him. He normally plans ahead, so when I ask if he needs anything the answer is almost always, "Nope, but thanks for asking". It's the "thanks for asking" part that lets me know that he appreciates the fact that we are all here for him if he ever does need a can of Mountain Dew, a mini-donut, or a V-8.<br/> <br/> Now we're talkin'! My rock buddy, Joan Jett, is up on the screen now, looking tough, loving rock'n roll, and asking us to "put another dime in the jukebox baby". I'm not sure a dime would get us much more than the opening chords these days, but I love the sentiment. Joan looks way better now than she did in this video. Of course who am I to talk? On a daily basis I am shown photos and old album covers from the 70s and 80s, the sight of which literally make my skin crawl. I guess those hairstyles and fashions looked good at the time, but yikes, that stuff is scary. Exhibit A: the Nine Lives album cover photo...as if the giant black panther on a chain wasn't enough, there was my mesh shirt, spandex pants, and white gloves. However, the gold sequined medal has to go to Gary's monster suit...that thing was a one piece, boots included, spandex masterpiece...Gene Simmons, eat your heart out!<br/> <br/> I wonder who lives out here in this wilderness...but people do. We just passed through a random lava field. Now I can see the occasional farmhouse in the distance along the interstate, with the nearest neighbor living miles away. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on around here. I suppose it works if you like your privacy...a lot. Wait, I just saw a road sign announcing the best steakhouse in Pocatello, so this must be the suburbs of Pocatello, Idaho. Now it all makes sense...no, actually it doesn't. But then neither does this Duran Duran video..."Notorious". This song makes no sense at all to me, but this chick sure can dance...oops, that's one of the guys in the band!<br/> <br/> Okay, there is a white, female, 80s disco artist on the tube now...this song somehow escaped my radar, even back then. Dang, I just missed seeing who it was. I think the song may have been called, "I Can't Wait", based on the fact that she sang that line about a hundred times for pretty much the entire video...but her doo was extremely big, so that makes up for the musical and lyrical shortcomings of the song.<br/> <br/> Okay, I am getting very cynical, which should be a heads up that I need to slide back into my bunk and try to grab a couple more hours of sleepytime. I am very afraid of what dreams I may have after an hour of 80s videos. Oh yeah, a little ZZ Top now to rock me to sleep...a perfect exit song, "Legs".<br/> <br/> zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzkc<br/> <br/> ps. In my room here in Salt Lake City, having gotten a few more hours of sleep...I feel slightly more human. I'm getting a text from Art Alexakis of Everclear. We have been friends ever since he made amends for kicking me off his stage in Atlanta a few years ago...but that is another story. He is basically trash talking me because I text messaged him last night. Is texting really only for "people who like horses and rainbows and pink"? <br/> <br/> Anyway, the audience in Billings, Montana last night was so amazing. They were on their feet, singing, cheering, screaming...rocking, from 38 Special's first song, "Rockin' Into The Night", right through to the REO/Styx finale of "Can't Stop Rockin'"...what a great night!<br/> <br/> Not to mention our night off in Billings on Thursday. Our tour manager, Walter, organized a REO/Styx band and crew movie night out. We all piled into a couple of local transport busses, and headed for the local multiplex to see "Angels and Demons". Overall the flick received somewhere around fifteen thumbs down, but it was still enjoyable, if totally unbelievable. But it made no difference to us...we all had a blast, lots of laughs, hanging out together. This is the only way to tour. Having fun is a must at this point in time...and we are! Look out Salt Lake...<br/>
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5/28/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin'...Day ?? May 28, 2009<br/> <br/> Okay, so we left Seattle after the show last night, and we are still on the bus...ah yes, the glamorous life of touring...<br/> <br/> The scenery, however, is awesome. We are cruising through the Yellowstone National Park area. The sky is so blue, the air so fresh, the snow covered mountains in the distance so magnificent...this is truly Big Sky Country. Interstate 90 follows the free flowing Yellowstone River, which Lewis and Clark navigated as they explored these lands in the early 1800's...and now we retrace their route, in reverse, in this big steel canoe with wheels. I feel the pioneer spirit, really.<br/> <br/> The Can't Stop Rockin' finale jam just keeps getting better. We rehearsed it during Styx's sound check in San Jose the other night. Yeah you heard right...we actually rehearsed! We dialed in the stage sound, so now we can hear what each other are doing. It is such a blast every night, and now it is even more fun. The REO/Styx combination band is a powerful machine, which just keeps building on its own momentum. Don't miss it at the end of every concert.<br/> <br/> This weekend we will be playing Billings, Salt Lake City, and the awe inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver. My earliest memory of life was as a three-year-old boy, sitting on those huge red boulders with my parents, looking at the natural stage below. Funny thing that I will be on that stage, in front of a sold out crowd, singing my songs, on Sunday. The circle of life is a wonderful thing.<br/> <br/> Oh boy, I'm afraid we need a truck stop. I have no idea how Scott the Bus Driver does it. He has been steering this monster all night, and well into this afternoon...and he is cheerful as ever. I think I would be a little cranky if I were him, and we asked to pull off for a little "rest room break". But faced with the alternative of breaking the first precept of bus touring, the infamous "no solids rule", Scott dutifully heads for the next exit with a smile.<br/> <br/> We Can't Stop Rockin'...can you?<br/> <br/ >kc<br/> Thu, 28 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 5/26/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin'...No idea what Day it is Anyway, when you're having this much fun, who cares? <br/> <br/> All I know is last night was the LA show...our adopted hometown. The amazing Nokia Theater was packed to the rafters with friends, fans and family. I felt like it was my birthday. There was a never-ending parade of people I love coming through my dressing room. All four of my children were there...and my wife too. I can't begin to name all of the great friends who came out for this show.<br/> <br/> The flip side of this picture is that Tour Manager Walter spent his day in "guest list hell"...but he pulled it off, and so far no news of catastrophic missteps from anyone who was accidentally left off the list, or whose tickets got lost in the box office, or got eaten by the dog...so we've got that going for us, and that's nice.<br/> <br/> Okay, this will have to be a short one...time to head for the amphitheater at Konocti Harbor. We always have fun here, and tonight will be more of the same.<br/> <br/> Later,<br/> <br/> kc <br/> <br/> PS. Yikes, Tommy Shaw and I were having a relaxed, pre-show dinner when all *&^% broke loose backstage at Konocti Harbor Amphitheater. Crew guys moving at speeds never before even attempted...I mean guys were running toward the stage.<br/> <br/> 38 Special had played a few measures into their first song when the sound of twisting metal drown them out. Right before our eyes, the roof of the outdoor stage buckled, and the down stage right corner dropped about ten feet...right above Don Barnes' head. Quickly the band was herded off stage, the audience was cleared from the floor and into the bleachers. We were all stunned and confused...even more than usual.<br/> <br/> Riggers were up the towers in an instant, in an attempt to secure the compromised structure. It was a scary scene for all of us.<br/> <br/> Ultimately the show was cancelled and the audience was instructed that the show would be re-scheduled and that they need to vacate the venue. The bands were escorted out, and the crews are doing their best to clear out the production gear safely as I type. <br/> <br/> We are all disappointed that tonight's show was cancelled, as we know that our fans traveled far to be here with us tonight. The bands were all ready to rock anyway, but we were told that the situation was far too dangerous, and that playing the show was simply not an option. Hopefully we can come back here later in the summer for a make up date. We are all relieved that nobody in the audience or crew was injured...this could have been far worse.<br/> <br/> We will be ready to rock at Shoreline Amphitheater on Sunday. I agree with Tommy's opinion that since neither Styx nor REO played tonight, that means that we never officially started rocking, which means that technically we still Can't Stop Rockin'...<br/> <br/> kc<br/> <br/> <br/> <script type="text/javascript"> swfobject.embedSWF("/videos/KCtalksofcancellation.swf", "cancellationVid", "425", "275", "8", "expressInstall.swf", "false", {quality:"best"}); </script> <div id="cancellationVid"> <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. 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Two time National League batting champ, seven time Gold Glove winner, and all around great guy and friend of our band...former outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, Larry Walker came out for a dose of REO. I love his stories about what goes on between the players and umpires during Big League baseball games…Larry is awesome, a great dad, and one funny dude.<br/> <br/> Original REO manager, and now ruler of the known world, Irving Azoff, came and hung out in the dressing room, then watched our set from the sound board, and gave the tour his coveted stamp of approval...thanks Irving, that means a lot to us.<br/> <br/> And our manager, godfather to my son Josh, the man whose brain child the whole Can't Stop Rockin' idea is, and my close friend of thirty five years, Tommy Consolo was on hand. Tommy's energy is unending. He is a human fountain of ideas. Without his love, loyalty and dedication our band would not be where we are today...Fresno ;-) With Tommy was our new friend from the Front Line Management family, Tamara. Nobody knows exactly what her job is, including her, but she does it with such charm and grace...we love her already.<br/> <br/> Then, as we went into the refrain on "Roll With The Changes", our good buddy, the inimitable Carrot Top, ran out to Dave's mic and tried his hand at "singing" background vocals. He threatened to call me out on stage during his show and make me tell a joke, so I can truly comprehend how he felt last night...(no way will that happen). We met Top when he visited us after our set during the Def Leppard tour last year. He and I have become friends and text message buddies ever since...he cracks me up. If you come to Vegas do not miss Carrot Top's show at the Luxor. He is brilliantly hilarious, and he uses our music, as well as a number of other Classic Rock songs, to power his show...he is another great, down to earth guy, who I am pleased to call a bro.<br/> <br/> The vibes between REO and Styx just keep getting better and better. The jam on "Can't Stop Rockin" is just plain, old school, rock'n roll fun. Tommy Shaw and I have let everybody know that we want to keep it loose, and all of us are having a blast on stage. If you come to a show, don’t even think about leaving early...forget about beating the traffic, the babysitter can wait a few extra minutes. You have to stay until the end, and check out "Can't Stop Rockin". <br/> <br/> By the way, you can get a souvenir copy of the song at the merch stand or through the website. Don't be confused by the package...even though it is a vintage LP cover in size and style, it contains a CD with the new song, and two bonus tracks: "Roll With The Changes" and "Blue Collar Man" performed live, by both bands together. There is also a double sized poster of all eleven of us together contained inside the package, as well as a lyric sheet. Every copy is hand autographed by all of the bandmembers...thousands of them! I threw out my shoulder signing autographs last night. Luckily we had a former major leaguer on hand to pop it back in place ;-)<br/> <br/> Okay, it is halftime of Lakers-Rockets Game 7. Lakers are dominating, but I can't multi-task any longer. I need to give my full attention to the second half. Hope to see you all at a Can't Stop Rockin' show soon...<br/> <br/>kc<br/> <br/> ps. I have since listened to the Vegas show tape, and it was an inspired performance by band , crew, and all the techs. I rarely call meetings these days, but tonight I called on everybody to meet in the band dressing room after dinner. It was a love fest...the house mix, monitor mix, lighting show, all of the stage techs...for a concert to come off like last night's, everybody needs to be operating at a high level...it is teamwork, and I wanted to share the joy of giving a full energy show with our whole team. It takes all of us to make it happen.<br/> <br/> pps. Tonight in Fresno was another rockin' show...we just can't stop. LA, here we come! I sleep in my own bed tonight, and wake up with my children in the morning...<br/> <br/> ppss. Go Lakers!!!<br/> Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 5/18/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin'...Day 3 Can't Stop Rockin'...Day 3<br/> <br/> May 15, 2009<br/> <br/> Back on the bus again, on the way to the gig at the beautiful Dodge Theater. Yesterday's day off here in Phoenix was wonderful, a good workout, some poolside relaxation where I reviewed the recording of the prior night's concert, everything was great…until the evening. I had ordered room service, set up a comfy seat in front of the big flat screen TV in my room, and settled in to watch my beloved Lakers close out the Houston Rockets in the second round of the NBA playoffs...<br/> <br/> But it was not to be…the team played like there was a swine flu breakout in their locker room. It was 17-1 Rockets in the first quarter, and it only got worse. Oh well, they come home to LA on Sunday, and should get the job done in Game 7.<br/> <br/> We are all looking forward to the concert tonight. We realized after two shows that the right time to play "Can't Stop Rockin'" is as the final encore. That way all of the guys from both bands will be on stage to wave good-bye at the very end of the night. It is the perfect finale for an awesome, three band, night of hits. I know I sound like a skipping CD, but you all must come out and see us this tour. It is just too much fun.<br/> <br/> Okay, fast forward, the concert just ended, and the finale was awesome. After a four hour concert, all the guys in Styx and REO joined together and played "Can't Stop Rockin'" live. It is amazing for all of us, and from what I can see from the stage, the audience walks out of the arena like they have been hit by a rock'n roll freight train. It is Big Fun.<br/> <br/> The bus leaves for Vegas any minute, and we will attempt to sleep while rocking down the interstate at 80 mph in a bus. It's rock'n roll…and I like it.<br/> <br/> kc <br/> Mon, 18 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 5/14/2009 - "Can't Stop Rockin"...Day 2 and a half "Can't Stop Rockin"...Day 2 and a half<br/> May 14, 2009<br/> <br/> The road between Flagstaff and Phoenix drops from 7,500 to 1,500 feet of elevation in a relatively short span, which is of little interest, other than as a bit of trivia, unless you are trying to sleep on a speeding tour bus. I decided to climb out of my bunk at 6:27 AM, as I would prefer to be in an upright position when my eardrums explode. Now we find ourselves at one with Phoenix's morning commuters. (note: one of my early motivating factors for pursuing a life as a musician, besides meeting girls who were way out of my league, was to avoid being stuck in drive time traffic like my father had been, five days a week, for twenty five years…but I digress).<br/> <br/> Okay, I now come to you live from a nice hotel room in downtown Phoenix, across from a nice Phoenix shopping area, where reportedly one can find an Apple Store...I need an i-phone upgrade in order to try out twittering. I am told that I can literally share our daily touring trials, tribulations, and adventures as they occur through twitter.com. Hey, I'll give it a shot. <br/> <br/> So last night in Albuquerque was another sweet show. 38 Special joined up and played a smoking, hit packed set. We have been playing shows with those guys since the 70's, so it is great to have another band of rock survivors on board...those dudes can’t stop rockin' either. It was a beautiful night for an outdoor concert…actually to call this a concert is a bit of an understatement; this is a real Big Rock Show.<br/> <br/> The Styx boys joined us for a final encore of "Can't Stop Rockin". I love playing our set, but the two band jam at the end of the show is so much fun, and the audience goes absolutely wild when we come out together with both bands. I knew it would be cool, but it is way more fun than I even expected.<br/> <br/> Well, my premature wake up this morning is catching up with me...I am fading fast...talk to you later...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzkc<br/> Thu, 14 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 5/12/2009 - Can't Stop Rockin'...Day One Tuesday, May 12, 2009<br/> Can't Stop Rockin'...Day One<br/> <br/> Amarillo, Texas is the perfect place to kick off the tour. This is the kind of town where our band made a name for itself. REO is not a big city thing. We are most at home in cozy little cities just like Amarillo.<br/> <br/> Amarillo is famous for a steakhouse called, The Big Texan, where anyone who can clean their plate gets their meal for free...but as you may have guessed, there is one catch. The meal consists of a 72-ounce hunk of meat, a huge salad with dressing, and a baked potato the size of your head...oh, and you have to eat it all while sitting at a raised table, as all the other diners watch your every gluttonous gulp. I passed on the invitation to imbibe...I'll gladly ante up for my twelve dollar Chicken Caesar.<br/> <br/> While there is always a chance a tornado will blow through town this time of year, the forecast says we are safe today, but there is firestorm of classic rock'n roll set to blow the roof off the Amarillo Civic Center tonight.<br/> <br/> The smiles on all our faces as the Styx boys joined us to run through our new single, Can't Stop Rockin', pretty much say it all. In case you haven't heard, Tommy Shaw and I wrote the song, and both bands recorded it together, especially for this tour. The record is currently at number five on the Classic Rock Radio chart, and will be available in a collectable package at the merch stand every night. The finale of the each show on the tour will be both bands playing the song live, all together, on stage...it is so much fun, I can't wait...and you should not miss it.<br/> <br/> So I am off to the gym, then sound check with the fans that joined "I Love All Access". You can be in the building watching sound check and getting a little backstage tour...just check the website for info. <br/> <br/> Tonight is opening night, and yes, I do have a slight case of the jitters. This is the most amazing lighting rig/production we have ever played on. We are as ready as we are gonna be, so I say, "Let's Rock!".<br/> <br/> My goal is to send out daily tour stories, so stay tuned every day to hear what we are up to. We also plan to post videos and photos of life on the Can't Stop Rockin' Tour. See you soon...KC. <br/> Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT 4/16/2009 - Hey Brothers and Sisters Hey Brothers and Sisters,<br/> <br/> I am flying high, in the clouds, literally, somewhere above the Great Plains of the midwestern United States. My altitude/attitude is partially due to the fact that I am headed home from the road, but equally so a result of my excitement about this summer's "Can't Stop Rockin'" tour, with Styx and 38 Special.<br/> <br/> In my life, I have always felt more at home in the role of underdog, the final kid chosen in the pick-up basketball game, the last one of my buddies to lose his virginity, (although, as a result of my profession, I may have caught up with most of them ;-). It is when life is most chaotic that I am generally the most artistically productive. So this unsettling phase of U.S. history actually motivates me to get to work.<br/> <br/> Now, if your family is one of the millions directly affected by these current economic conditions, if you have lost your job or your home, you are in my family's thoughts and bedtime prayers every night. I believe with all of my heart and soul that this will turn around. The pendulum of history is in perpetual motion, and we are now experiencing an extreme. Everyone needs to hang tough, help one another other to stay positive, and trust that things will begin to swing back into balance. Each of our energy is an integral part of fueling that change.<br/> <br/> I think REO Speedwagon music is well suited for these troubled times. We know how to deal with adversity, to turn lemons into lemonade, to find the fertilizer amongst the horse crap. We have been writing about it, and doing it for our entire career. From "Keep Pushin'", "Ridin' The Storm Out", and "Roll With The Changes", through "Smilin' In The End" and up to our latest release, "Can't Stop Rockin'", our duet with Styx, we have chronicled our own personal journey to salvation, by navigating through the worst of times.<br/> <br/> At first listen, the new "Can't Stop Rockin'" single may sound like a simple, fun rock track, and that it is, but the real message is in there too. "Tighten your belt, dirty your hands, lace up your boots and make a stand",..."When it all gets better is anybody's guess, so while we're learning to be happy with less, you can dust off your dancing shoes, paint your fingernails and rub on some rouge"...are just a couple of examples of what this song, and the upcoming REO/Styx tour, is all about.<br/> <br/> The "Can't Stop Rockin'" tour, and song, were both conceived as the antidote for this weird phase which our country is going through. We have held ticket prices to a minimum, while we amp up the production, and continue to work on figuring out ways to make our tour more accessible to everyone who needs a little shot of classic rock to soothe their soul.<br/> <br/> In uneasy, unpredictable times such as these, we all need to leave our worries behind for a while, whenever we can. We all need to get out and hear some music that makes us feel good. That is the mission of REO, Styx and 38 Special this summer. <br/> See you on the road, keep pushin',<br/> <br/> KC <br/> Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 PDT 2/27/2009 - Hey Everybody I know, long time no see...hey, when you read this letter you will understand...your old buddy, KC, has been a busy guy.<br/> <br/> Last weekend we played an amazing show in New Orleans with Kid Rock at the Superdome. Our day began with a five hour ride through the streets of the city, on a float, in the Endymion Parade...the biggest of the over fifty Mardi Gras extravaganzas. We threw out beads to thousands of people, young and old, who had gathered along the parade route. The looks on the faces of children, when you make eye contact, and throw them a strand of plastic beads, are priceless. Many of these kids never get anything, and their reactions were so heart warming. I have never smiled for so long in my life. It was a special and spiritual experience.<br/> <br/> At the end of the parade, all of the floats enter the Superdome, and the party really gets going. We went on around midnight, and Kid Rock followed us...and the party was just getting started! What a trip.<br/> <br/> The next day, I headed off to Nashville to tape a cool new television show called "Legends and Lyrics", with my buddies Art Alexakis from Everclear, and John Waite. It will be airing on PBS, and features a number of songwriters performing their songs in the round in front of a live audience. We will announce the air date when it is confirmed.<br/> <br/> Meanwhile, Tommy Shaw and I have been holed up at Blue Moon Studio for the better part of February, writing a new song, and recording it with all the members of REO and Styx. You heard right...two drummers, two bass players, two of everything. It's the rock'n roll Noah's Ark. The tune is called "Can't Stop Rockin' ", (a brand new song, even though it shares its title with a song I wrote on Building The Bridge).<br/> <br/> Wait until you hear this monster…IT ROCKS. Tommy and I sing a duet, and Dave, Tommy, and JY are the new Classic Rock Guitar Army.<br/> <br/> Speaking of which, we are announcing dates for the upcoming, "Can't Stop Rockin'" TOUR, with REO, Styx and 38 Special. This tour is gonna be full production, hit filled, and as Tommy Shaw says, "Our own little rock’n roll stimulus package" ...in other words, we are keeping the tickets affordable so everybody can come out and join us this summer.<br/> <br/> So we will be seeing you all very soon...we can't stop rockin',<br/> <br/> KC <br/> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:00:00 PST 1/22/2009 - As I sit here in my hotel room... As I sit here in my hotel room, tears of hope on my cheeks, having just watched the best and the brightest of our country's artist community usher in a new era of America from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on HBO, I am moved to share my feelings with you as I feel them.<br/> <br/> I am an optimistic person. In every song I have ever written, no matter the depth of darkness from which it was conceived, there has always been a message of hope. My own songs often serve to remind me that in the toughest of times, hope must remain undying.<br/> <br/> I came of age as the Vietnam War was raging. My generation bares the scars of that most horrible of wars. As I lived through it, watched it ravage my countrymen and divide generations, deep inside I knew that human beings were better than that. When that war came to an end, and the president who characterized it was forced to step down, I felt sure that the mistakes, which got our country embroiled in that flawed and failed effort, would never be repeated.<br/> <br/> As I look back over the past few years, I must admit that there have been times when I have doubted the very hope that has been the foundation of my life. I have witnessed as greed, intolerance, and shortsightedness, have replaced the spirit of sharing, acceptance, and peace, in which I so fervently believe. <br/> <br/> Greed will gain us nothing. Intolerance will get us nowhere. Shortsightedness will only lead us backwards. Today, as my eyes overflow with tears of hope and renewal, I believe that all Americans need to let this breath of optimism fill us, and guide us, and inspire us once again.<br/> <br/> There is no escaping the fact that these are scary times. We will all need to work hard and sacrifice plenty in our quest to regain faith in our government. As Mr. Obama says, "Things are going to get worse before they get better, and our country's recovery will not happen overnight." He has stated repeatedly that our government cannot cure the ills of our nation without the cooperation of all of us. Each of us needs to do our part as citizens, co-workers, neighbors and parents. <br/> <br/> We have a unique opportunity to soak up the inspiration that President Obama is offering. We can let go of the stale ideas of entitlement, greed and exclusiveness, and replace them with the virtues that Mr. Obama embodies. Watch as he reaches out to those who have differing points of view, and learns from them. Listen to the power of his words and the strength of his convictions. If you are wary of his vision for the future, give the benefit of the doubt. Give his dream a chance to come true, because it may be the best chance we have to save our country, and restore America to its rightful place as the greatest country in the world.<br/> <br/> Keep Pushing,<br/> <br/> KC<br/> <br/> PS. I just spoke to my beautiful, twelve year old daughter, Holly. Her life is a picture of purity, happiness, and love. I am filled with joy at the prospect that from now until she is at least twenty years old, she will live in an era of hope. The world needs people like Holly, and she will thrive in an environment which President Obama has pledged to do everything in his power to provide and nurture. <br/> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST 11/19/2008 - NY Newsletter HI EVERYBODY,<br/> <br/> OKAY, OUR PLANE HAS BEEN IN THE AIR FOR NEARLY HALF AN HOUR, AND THE "LAVATORY OCCUPIED" SIGN HAS BEEN LIT FOR THE ENTIRE TIME. I AM SECOND IN LINE, BEHIND CLINT BLACK, AND WE ARE BEGINNING TO WONDER, AND DREAD, WHAT MIGHT BE GOING ON IN THERE, AND TO RECONSIDER HOW BADLY EACH OF US HAS TO GO. AT LAST WE HEAR THE TELL TALE SOUND OF THE RESTROOM DOOR BEING UNLOCKED, AND OUT COMES AN ENORMOUS OLDER GENTLEMAN, LOOKING LIKE HE HAS SEEN BETTER MORNINGS. NOW, CLINT AND I FACE THE INEVITABLE, AND UNAVOIDABLE, MOMENT WHEN ONE OF US MUST BE THE BRAVE ONE TO FOLLOW THIS DUDE. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE EACH BEEN HOLDING IT FOR QUITE A WHILE, BOTH CLINT AND I ARE A BIT GUN SHY ABOUT VENTURING INTO THAT TINY, UNVENTILATED CUBICLE. OUR ONLY CHANCE IS TO STALL, (GET IT?), SO WE WHIP OUT THE FAMILY PHOTOS, AND CONTINUE DISCUSSING THE CHALLENGES AND JOYS OF BEING A PARENT OF YOUNG KIDS. FINALLY, WHEN WE DEEM IT SAFE TO PROCEED, CLINT ENTERS THE UNOCCUPIED POTTY...HEY, HE WAS FIRST IN LINE.<br/> <br/> ANYWAY, THIS MORNING I SAID GOODBYE TO MY CHILDREN FOR THE LAST TIME THIS YEAR...YEP, THIS IS THE FINAL RUN OF THE 2008 TOURING SEASON.THE DEF LEPPARD SHOWS AND OUR SPRING EUROPEAN TOUR SEEM LIKE ANOTHER LIFETIME, (GET IT?). THE SUMMER DATES ARE A BLUR. EVEN OUR RECENT CARIBBEAN SHOWS SEEM LIKE THEY HAPPENED LONG AGO. ROCK TOURS HAVE A WAY OF WARPING TIME. BEING IN DIFFERENT CITIES EVERY DAY, CRISSCROSSING TIME ZONES, MEETING SO MANY PEOPLE...IT ALL HAS A WAY OF MESHING TOGETHER AND PLAYING TRICKS ON THE ROAD WEARY MIND. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT IS ALL SO MUCH FUN THAT IT IS A PLEASURABLE STATE OF CONFUSION, ONE TO WHICH I HAVE GROWN ACCUSTOMED OVER THE PAST THIRTY-FIVE YEARS. AS CLINT BLACK AND I WERE JUST SAYING, WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO GET PAID FOR DOING WHAT WE LOVE TO DO.<br/> <br/> THIS FLIGHT IS QUICKLY TURNING INTO A PARTY. MEATLOAF JUST STOPPED BY MY SEAT FOR A CHAT, AND SAYS HE PLANS TO BE AT OUR SHOW IN NASHVILLE TOMORROW. TOM PETERSON IS ON THE FINAL LEG OF HIS JOURNEY HOME AFTER CHEAP TRICK'S AUSTRALIAN TOUR, AND HE IS PRETTY MUCH ASLEEP BEFORE HE GETS TO HIS SEAT. I LOVE THAT GUY. ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS ABOUT BEING IN A BAND IS THAT I GET TO HANG OUT WITH OTHER GUYS IN BANDS WHICH I LIKE AND RESPECT...IT'S ALL GOOD.<br/> <br/> THE NASHVILLE SHOW WAS SO MUCH FUN. PLAYING TO A ROOM FULL OF MUSICIANS AND SONGWRITERS DEFINITELY BRINGS THE BEST OUT OF US. AFTER THE CONCERT KELLY KEAGEY FROM NIGHT RANGER, ERIC BAZILIAN OF THE HOOTERS, AND THE GIRLS FROM PISTOL, ALONG WITH ROD, JOHN, AND THE GANG AT CAA, WERE ALL IN THE DRESSING ROOM DRINKING CHAMPAGNE. I KNOW, WATCH YOUR FEET, I AM DROPPING LOTS OF NAMES HERE, BUT I CAN'T HELP IT...IT'S FUN, AND I'M NOT DONE YET!<br/> <br/> WE HAD A BLAST FRIDAY NIGHT AT WILD BILL'S IN ATLANTA...IT'S A GREAT ROCK'N ROLL VENUE AND WE SAW SO MANY FRIENDS AND EVEN A COUSIN. THEN WE SET OUT FOR THE 500 PLUS MILE RIDE TO NEW ORLEANS. THE SHOW WAS ON A CHILLY OUTDOOR STAGE AT HARRAH'S CASINO, JUST OFF THE FRENCH QUARTER, AND AGAIN, PLAYING IN A MUSIC TOWN GETS US CHARGED UP. WHEN WE GOT OFF STAGE THERE WAS A MESSAGE FROM SAMMY HAGAR INVITING ME TO A PRIVATE BENEFIT SHOW HE WAS DOING FOR HIS BUDDY, CHEF EMERIL. I GOT THERE JUST IN TIME FOR A COUPLE OF PRE-SHOW SIPS OF CABO WABO, THEN A GLASS OF WINE FROM EMERIL'S STASH...PERHAPS THE BEST RED WINE I HAVE EVER TASTED, SO I ENJOYED ANOTHER GLASS…OH BOY, HERE WE GO. WALTER AND I WOUND UP AT OUR FAVORITE FRENCH QUARTER HANG, THE DUNGEON, WHERE THE DOM WAS FLOWING AND THE MUSIC WAS DEAFENING, ANOTHER ROCKIN' NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS.<br/> <br/> BY THE TIME I GOT TO NEW YORK CITY ON SUNDAY I WAS MORE THAN A LITTLE TIRED, NOT TO MENTION SLIGHTLY HUNG OVER. IT HAS BEEN YEARS SINCE I HAD AN ACTUAL HANGOVER, SO I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT TO DO. WAS IT RAW EGGS AND TOMATO JUICE? TOAST AND 7 UP? SOME HAIR OF THE DOG THAT BIT ME? <br/> <br/> ANYWAY, BY MONDAY I WAS READY TO ROCK. WE DID AN UNPLUGGED THING WITH OUR BUDDIES "BOB AND TOM" VIA SATELLITE TO INDIANAPOLIS, AND TO THEIR 200 AFFILIATED RADIO STATIONS. WE DID 104 FM IN NEW YORK CITY, AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF OTHER PRESS RELATED STUFF. THE FUN CAME THAT NIGHT WHEN WE WERE INVITED TO COME TO A PERFORMANCE OF "ROCK OF AGES".<br/> <br/> "ROCK OF AGES" IS A BROADWAY STYLE MUSICAL COMEDY, SET TO THE MUSIC OF THE 80s, AND WE ALL LOVED IT. I WON'T GIVE AWAY THE TAKE THEY HAVE ON OUR SONGS, BUT YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT. CONSTANTINE FROM LAST YEAR’S AMERICAN IDOL HAS THE LEAD ROLE, AND HE SINGS HIS ASS OFF...HE IS THE REAL THING, AND THE REST OF THE CAST, AS WELL AS THE BAND, IS GREAT. IT IS A TOTAL FEEL GOOD SHOW, AND I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE VISITING MANHATTAN’S THEATER DISTRICT.<br/> <br/> OKAY, WE HAVE DONE 90 SHOWS SO FAR THIS YEAR, WITH ONE FINAL CONCERT IN VEGAS THIS SATURDAY...CAN I GO HOME NOW!!!<br/> <br/> KC <br/>
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10/21/2008 - WOW! WOW,<br/> <br/> IT FEELS LIKE WE HAVE BEEN ON THE ROAD FOR A MONTH, BUT IN REALITY OUR FIRST SHOW IN ARUBA WAS LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. WE HAVE TRAVELED SO MANY MILES, EXPERIENCED SO MANY DIFFERENT CULTURES, MET SO MANY PEOPLE, SEEN SO MUCH OF OUR WORLD...IT IS HARD TO DIGEST IT ALL. EVERY DAY HAS BEEN A MEAL IN ITSELF...SPICY, SATISFYING, SWEET, AND DEFINITELY UNIQUE.<br/> <br/> MY LAST NEWSLETTER LEFT OFF WITH ME HAVING JUST AWOKEN IN PANAMA CITY...NOT THE SPRING BREAK DESTINATION ON FLORIDA'S PANHANDLE...THE CITY IN THE COUNTRY WITH THAT BIG CANAL. IT WAS SO AWESOME PLAYING FOR A FULL HOUSE, TOTALLY SOLD OUT, PEOPLE WANTING TICKETS BUT THERE WERE NONE LEFT...THERE IS NO BETTER FEELING FOR A BAND PLAYING IN A COUNTRY FOR THE FIRST TIME...QUITE A MEMORABLE WELCOME. <br/> <br/> AS MUCH FUN AS THE GIG WAS, OUR ADVENTURE THE FOLLOWING DAY WAS EQUALLY COOL. AS SOON AS I HEARD WE WERE PLAYING IN PANAMA, I HAD EXPRESSED MY INTEREST IN EXPLORING THE PANAMA CANAL. IT IS JUST ONE OF THOSE PLACES I HAVE READ ABOUT SINCE I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL, AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CURIOUS ABOUT. LUCKILY, SOME OF THE CANAL OFFICIALS MUST BE REO FANS, BECAUSE WE GOT A LEVEL OF TREATMENT THAT WAS BEYOND VIP. WE ACTUALLY STOOD ON THE GATES OF THE MIRAFLORA LOCKS AS AN ENORMOUS "PANAMAX" FREIGHTER, THE LARGEST SHIPS WHICH CAN NAVIGATE THE CANAL, STEADILY APPROACHED. THE HUMAN BRAIN, WELL AT LEAST NOT MINE, CAN'T REALLY COMPREHEND THE SIGHT OF THIS EMORMOUS VESSEL, PASSING THROUGH SO NARROW A WATERWAY. THERE ARE LITERALLY LESS THAN TWO FEET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE SHIP SEPARATING ITS HULL FROM THE CONCRETE WALLS OF THE LOCK. IT IS TRULY AN UNBELIEVABLE SIGHT TO SEE. NOT TO MENTION THE HUMAN TRIUMPH INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD. THERE ARE NO PUMPS INVOLVED IN THE CANAL'S OPERATION...IT IS ALL ABOUT GRAVITY AND RAINFALL. CHECK IT OUT WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE; THERE ARE A NUMBER OF INTERESTING BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT.<br/> <br/> MEANWHILE, HURRICANE OMAR HAD BEEN BEARING DOWN ON OUR NEXT DESTINATION FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, AND WAS ON COURSE TO HIT THE SHORES OF PUERTO RICO RIGHT AROUND THE SAME TIME AS OUR PLANE WAS SCHEDULED TO LAND...OUCH. NOTHING LIKE HUNDRED MILE AN HOUR SUSTAINED WINDS, AND A FORECASTED TWENTY PLUS INCHES OF RAINFALL TO PUT THE DAMPER ON A ROCK SHOW. I GUESS OUR WEATHER KARMA WAS DUE FOR SOME GOOD LUCK AFTER A ROUGH SUMMER OF OUTDOOR SHOWS IN THE STATES, BECAUSE THE STORM NARROWLY MISSED SAN JUAN, AND MOVED OUT TO SEA WITHOUT INCIDENT...YAY, AND OLE'!<br/> <br/> ON OUR DAY OFF, LIKE A SALMON SWIMMING UPSTREAM TO SPAWN, I WAS DRAWN TO OUR LONG TIME HAUNTS IN OLD SAN JUAN. ON OUR FIRST TRIP TO PUERTO RICO IN 1985, WE TOTALLY CONNECTED WITH THE OLD CITY. OUR PAST HANGS SUCH AS EL BATEY, MARIAS, EL MORRO AND THE EL CONVENTO HOTEL, WERE CALLING MY NAME, AND I COULD NOT RESIST VISITING THESE NOSTALGIC PLACES. I FOUND MARIA AT HER NEW BAR, EL TORTUGA...HER SMILE AS LOVELY AS EVER, AND COUNTING THE TILL AS ALWAYS. OUR OLD FRIEND AND BARTENDER AT EL BATEY, ALAN, HAS RETIRED, BUT I HONORED HIS MEMORY WITH A GLASS OF FINE SIPPING RUM AND A GAME OF BUMPER POOL...WITH MYSELF, I KNOW, HOW SAD IS THAT? THIS BEING THE SAME BUMPER POOL TABLE, OVER WHICH I, AND FORMER SECURITY MAN, MIKEY, HAD HELD COURT INTO THE WEE HOURS, BACK IN THE DAY. WE SET FORTH A CHALLENGE TO ALL COMERS: YOU WIN, WE GIVE UP THE TABLE...WE WIN, YOU BUY US SHOTS. I AM PROUD TO SAY WE RETIRED UNBEATEN, AND HAVING DRANK OUR COMBINED WEIGHT IN RUM AND TEQUILLA THAT NIGHT.<br/> <br/> LAST NIGHT'S SHOW AT ROBERTO CLEMETE STADIUM WAS ANOTHER MAJOR SUCCESS. OUR GOOD BUDDIES, KANSAS, SHARED THE STAGE, AND TOGETHER WE ROCKED THE JOINT, BIG TIME. THE FIRST TIME WE PLAYED IN SAN JUAN, BACK IN 1985, WAS AT A TIME WHEN "CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING" WAS NUMERO UNO ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS, AT THE PEAK OF THAT SONG'S POPULARITY. IT WAS BLASTING OUT OF EVERY SHOP, TAXI, AND BOOM BOX ON THE ISLAND. WE WERE TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY WHEN WE PLAYED THE SONG THAT NIGHT, AND THE AUDIENCE SANG ALONG WITH SUCH VOLUME THAT THEY DROWNED OUT OUR SOUND SYSTEM. WELL GUESS WHAT, IT HAPPENED AGAIN LAST NIGHT. OUR CONNECTION WITH THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO IS UNDENIABLE, AND IT HAS REMAINED STRONG EVER SINCE. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING THAT MUSIC HAS SUCH A MAGICAL POWER TO PEOPLE BRING, AND KEEP PEOPLE TOGETHER.<br/> <br/> OUR CREW DID AN AMAZING JOB, UNDER EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TECHNICAL CONDITIONS, IN ORDER TO PULL THIS TOUR OFF. ONCE AGAIN WALTER, MIKEY, SCHAEFF, PETE, PAUL, T-BYRD, SMOOTH, GONG-SHOW, AND JIMMY...YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST. THANKS TO ALL OF THE PROMOTERS, LOCAL CREWS, RADIO STATIONS AND FANS WHO HAVE MADE THIS TOUR SUCH A SUCCESS. BECAUSE OF YOU ALL, WE WILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK AND SHARE OUR MUSIC WITH OUR FRIENDS IN THE CARIBBEAN AGAIN SOON.<br/> <br/> SO NOW I SIT ABOARD MY FLIGHT HOME, LOOKING BACK ON OUR TOUR, LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEXT VISIT TO THESE SPECIAL ISLANDS, AND IN ANTICIPATION OF SEEING MY FAMILY TONIGHT. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THE ONLY DRAG OF MY JOB IS THAT I HAVE TO BE AWAY FROM HOME SO MUCH, SO MY PAYOFF IS IN SIGHT.<br/> <br/> GRACIAS, BUENOS NOCHES, AMIGOS,<br/> <br/> KC <br/> Tue, 21 Oct 2008 00:00:00 PDT 10/16/2008 - Hola Amigos HOLA AMIGOS...<br/> <br/> AS I ARRIVE AT MY NEW SEAT FOR OUR FLIGHT FROM SANTO DOMINGO TO PANAMA CITY, I AM FEELING BOTH RELAXED AND RELIEVED. RELIEVED SIMPLY BECAUSE AS I BOARDED THE PLANE, I WAS PLUCKED FROM THE JETWAY BY A DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SECURITY GUARD, AND ESCORTED AWAY FROM THE BAND AND CREW, THROUGH A SERIES OF CHECKPOINTS, TO AN ISOLATED SECURE AREA. ALONG THE WAY I WAS THINKING, EITHER THE AIRPORT MANAGER IS AN REO FAN WHO IS LOOKING FOR A LITTLE PRIVATE MEET AND GREET, OR ONE OF THE ROADIES STASHED SOME CONTRABAND IN ONE OF THE EQUIPMENT CASES WHICH WAS CHECKED ALONG WITH MY LUGGAGE. I WAS LEAD OUTSIDE, INSTRUCTED BY MY ESCORTS TO SIT IN A CHAIR AND WAIT, WHILE THE CONTINGENT OF OFFICIALS GATHERED AROUND ME CONTINUED TO GROW IN NUMBER. FINALLY, MY GREY "ZERO" WAS LAID BEFORE ME AND I WAS ASKED TO ENTER THE COMBINATION SO THE SUITCASE COULD BE OPENED AND INSPECTED. AS THE FEMALE OFFICER RUMMAGED THROUGH MY FASTIDIOUSLY PACKED T-SHIRTS, GOING THROUGH MY UNDERWEAR ONE PAIR OF CALVIN'S AT A TIME, AND MAKING A MESS OF MY PROFESSIONAL PACK JOB, I SAT QUIETLY, HAVING NO CLUE WHAT WAS BEING SAID OR WHAT MISDEED I WAS SUSPECTED OF HAVING COMMITTED. THEN, AS SUDDENLY AS I HAD BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THE FOLD, MY STEPS WERE RETRACED, THROUGH THE SAME SECURITY POSTS, AND BACK TO THE JETWAY...WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST ATTEMPT AT AN EXPLANATION. WHEN I ENTERED THE CABIN I WAS INFORMED THAT MY ASSIGNMENT HAD BEEN SWITCHED, AND I GLADLY TOOK MY NEW SEAT. I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO DEPLANE IN PANAMA CITY, AND AS I PROCEEDED DOWN THE JETWAY I COULDN'T HELP BUT NOTICE A LARGE CONTINGENT OF SERIOUS LOOKING GUYS IN SUITS, OBVIOUSLY ON HAND TO GREET SOMEONE OF IMPORTANCE, OR PERHAPS INFAMY. I STEADIED MYSELF FOR WHAT WAS TO COME, BUT AS I APPROACHED I SENSED THAT THIS WELCOMING PARTY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. THEY WERE LOOKING RIGHT PAST ME, AND TO THE DISTINGUISHED LOOKING GENTLEMAN WHO HAD OCCUPIED MY ORIGINAL SEAT. TURNS OUT HE WAS VICE PRESIDENT OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. COINCIDENCE? WHO KNOWS? ALL I KNOW IS ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. BUT I WILL SAY I FELT QUITE HELPLESS DURING THAT THIRTY-MINUTES-WHICH-SEEMED-LIKE-THREE-HOURS. BEING DETAINED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, WITH NO COMPREHENSION OF WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE OR BEING SAID, GAVE ME A TASTE OF WHAT IT MUST FEEL LIKE IN ACTUAL DANGEROUS COUNTRIES UNDER REALLY VULNERABLE CONDITIONS.<br/> <br/> LUCKILY, I WAS IN THE BEAUTIFUL DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HAVING JUST PLAYED THE THIRD SOLD OUT CONCERT OF OUR CARIBBEAN TOUR THE NIGHT BEFORE, AND HAVING PARTIED WITH ONE OF THIS COUNTRY'S NATIONAL TREASURES, BASEBALL GREAT AND FORMER CHICAGO CUB, SAMMY SOSA. WE HAD MET YEARS AGO WHEN WE SANG THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BEFORE A GAME AT WRIGLEY FIELD, AND SAMMY WAS AS COOL AS EVER. ACTUALLY IN THE SHORT TIME WE SPENT HERE IN SANTO DOMINGO, I HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE DOMINICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR HISTORY AND CULTURE, AND HAVE A NEW FOUND APPRECIATION FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL PLACE. BRUCE, WALTER AND I TOURED THE OLD CITY, VISITED THE HOME OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, SHOPPED FOR INDIGENOUS AMBER AND LATIGO JEWELRY, AND GOT A LESSON IN NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY. IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT SAMMY SOSA IS SUCH A GREAT BALL PLAYER, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS MORE PLAYERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, PER CAPITA, THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE U.S. BASEBALL CAPTURED THE PASSION OF THE DOMINICAN PEOPLE WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED BY AN AMERICAN AMBASSADOR IN THE EARLY 1900s...AND I WALK AWAY WITH A PAIR OF SAMMY SOSA AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS FOR MY SONS, JOSH AND SHANE...IT'S ALL BUENO.<br/> <br/> OUR CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE, OR AS IT HAS COME TO BE KNOWN, "THE TROPICAL DEPRESSION TOUR", (A COUPLE OF HURRICANES LURKING OUT AT SEA, COMBINED WITH SOME COLORFUL BAND MEETINGS, HAVE PROVIDED FOR SOME INTERESTING, IF CHAOTIC, ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ;-), STARTED ON THE TRULY PRISTINE ISLAND OF ARUBA. WE CO-HEADLINED THE ARUBA MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH GLORIA ESTAFAN, AND AS ODD A PAIRING AS IT MIGHT SEEM TO AN AMERICAN AUDIENCE, IT WORKED OUT "CHEVERE" HERE IN THE ISLANDS. BOTH NIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL WERE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT, AND WERE ATTENDED BY PEOPLE FROM SEVENTEEN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE U.S., VENEZUELA, COLUMBIA, MEXICO, AND OF COURSE ARUBA. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GORGEOUS DUTCH ISLAND FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR A PERFECT CHILL OUT GETAWAY. ARUBA HAS IT ALL: BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, A VARIETY OF WATER SPORTS, THE WARM CARIBBEAN SEA, THE QUAINT CITY OF ORANJESTAAD, AND YEAR ROUND SUNSHINE. I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK THERE. THANKS TO LEE THE PROMOTER FOR TREATING US LIKE ROYALTY, AND FOR PRODUCING A GREAT, SUCCESSFUL EVENT,<br/> <br/> OUR NEXT STOP WAS A REAL BIG ROCK SHOW AT THE CRICKET STADIUM IN PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD. I'M TALKING OVER THIRTEEN THOUSAND SCREAMING FANS, SINGING ALONG TO EVERY SONG...WE WERE AWED BY THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO OUR MUSIC. OUR FRIEND AND CONCERT PROMOTER VISHNU INVITED US BACK TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, AFTER A SEVENTEEN-YEAR ABSENCE SINCE OUR LAST CONCERT IN THAT COUNTRY. HE, HIS WIFE GAIL, AND THE ENTIRE A-TEAM, HAVE BROUGHT ROCK'N ROLL TO THIS GREAT ISLAND NATION, AND THE PEOPLE OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO LOVE TO ROCK OUT. WE WISELY TOOK VISHNU'S ADVICE AND ADDED A FEW SONGS TO OUR SET LIST ESPECIALLY FOR THESE CARIBBEAN SHOWS. THE PLACE WENT NUTS FOR SONGS SUCH AS, "IN YOUR LETTER, "HERE WITH ME", "ONE LONELY NIGHT", "KEEP THE FIRE BURNING" AND "IN MY DREAMS"...AND IT WAS REALLY FUN TO DUST OFF SOME OF THESE FORGOTTEN CHESTNUTS. WE WILL LIKELY BE INCLUDING THESE TUNES ON THE SETLIST ON FUTURE U.S. SHOWS.<br/> <br/> SO WE ARE NOW SAFELY ON THE GROUND IN PANAMA CITY. WE LANDED AFTER NIGHTFALL, BUT I AM ALREADY AMAZED BY THE SIZE AND MODERNITY OF THIS CITY. <br/> BUENOS NOCHES,<br/> KC<br/> <br/> PS. I AWOKE THIS MORNING, AND WALKED OUT ON MY BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE PACIFIC OCEAN TO AN AMAZING VIEW OF PANAMA'S SKYLINE, COASTLINE, AND A LINE OF FREIGHTERS AWAITING THEIR TRIP THROUGH THE CANAL. TONIGHT'S SHOW IS ANOTHER SOLD OUT AFFAIR, AND TOMORROW WE PLAN TO TOUR THE CITY AND EXPLORE THE CANAL ZONE. TO BE CONTINUED...<br/>
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8/1/2008 - News from the first Flood Relief Concert... Hi Everybody,<br/> <br/> We are in Altoona, Iowa for the first "Ridin' The Storm Out...Midwest Flood Relief Concert". I just got back from a helicopter ride with Copter John, the pilot/meteorologist for local channel 8 TV. We hovered above some of the hardest hit local areas, surveying flood damage here in the Des Moines area first hand. This is but one of the many locations throughout the Midwest which were affected by the 2008 floods. I met with an awesome local business leader by the name of Barry Griswell this afternoon. He has initiated "Embrace Iowa", which raises funds to fill the gaps between the various government programs which are presently helping the people of Iowa. We are talking about plans for more concerts later in the summer. <br/> <br/> The view from the helicopter showed some of the frightening damage, but in general the flood waters have receded and the rivers and lakes are back within their banks. But the lives of the people whose homes have been destroyed and whose lives have been turned on end are just beginning the long process of getting back to normal. Many of them will be returning to their banks, in dire need of funding to repair their homes, farms, and businesses. But they will need additional help...<br/> <br/> It is our intention to accomplish three main goals with these flood relief concerts...to raise money for those in immediate need, to raise morale for those who are working so hard to put their lives back together, and to raise awareness around the country as to the problems people here are facing. I feel that the rest of America might learn from the spirit of the Midwest. We have been raised with a mentality which stresses hard work, commitment to family and community, and that when the work is done...have some fun. That spirit is a gift that those of us lucky enough to be born and raised here have been blessed with, and are always willing to share with our neighbors. We are far more than simply the fly-over states...we are the Midwest, and proud of it.<br/> <br/> KC Fri, 01 Aug 2008 00:00:00 PDT 7/17/2008 - News from the Midwest Flood Relief Concert... Hi Everybody,br/> <br/> We are in Altoona, Iowa for the first "Ridin' The Storm Out...Midwest Flood Relief Concert". I just got back from a helicopter ride with "Copter John", the pilot/meteorologist for local Channel 8 TV. We hovered above some of the hardest hit local areas, surveying flood damage here in the Des Moines area first hand. This is but one of the many locations throughout the Midwest which were affected by the 2008 floods. I met with an awesome local business leader by the name of Barry Griswell this afternoon. He has initiated "Embrace Iowa", which raises funds to fill the gaps between the various government programs which are presently helping the people of Iowa. We are talking about plans for more concerts later in the summer.<br/> <br/> The view from the helicopter showed some of the frightening damage, but in general the flood waters have receded and the rivers and lakes are back within their banks. But the lives of the people whose homes have been destroyed and whose lives have been turned on end are just beginning the long process of getting back to normal. Many of them will be returning to their banks, in dire need of funding to repair their homes, farms, and businesses. But they will need additional help...br/> <br/> It is our intention to accomplish three main goals with these flood relief concerts...to raise money for those in immediate need, to raise morale for those who are working so hard to put their lives back together, and to raise awareness around the country as to the problems people here are facing. I feel that the rest of America might learn from the spirit of the Midwest. We have been raised with a mentality which stresses hard work, commitment to family and community, and that when the work is done...have some fun. That spirit is a gift that those of us lucky enough to be born and raised here have been blessed with, and are always willing to share with our neighbors. We are far more than simply the fly-over states...we are the Midwest, and proud of it.br/> <br/> P.S. The event in Iowa was a total success. The weather was perfect. The media coverage was huge. We had over 11,000 smiling people, at $20.00 each, plus the county government matched the ticket sales...which according to my calculations means that we raised well over $400,000. Thanks again to Prairie Meadows Casino, KGGO Radio, Ticketmaster, "Copter John" McGlaughlin and the Channel 8 news team, Tom Consolo and the REO management team, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, the always amazing REO Speedwagon crew, and to all the people of Iowa who came out to support this event. As I said, this is just the beginning. There is much more work to be done.br/> <br/> KC Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 PDT 6/18/2008 - The Jet-Lag Journals Part Two I sure love all of the vast culture diversity, the rich history, and the wonderful people of the UK and Europe. I can't quite put into words the excitement i feel whenever we visit our friends across the pond. My earliest musical inspiration came from the music of the Beatles, the Kinks, the Who, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, and the many other great bands of the British invasion. Our second trip overseas in as many years has been another incredible success story, as our longtime supporters came back to see us again, and we added many new fans all over Europe, Ireland and England... that having been said, forgive me whilst I have a little fun at the expense of some of the more interesting aspects of our experience as a rock band on the road, far away from home... <br/> <br/> First, my cell phone was unusable during the entire time I was overseas. I guess it's partly my fault for poor planning, and not activating the iPhone which has been sitting in its box on my desk since I got it last yeah...okay, maybe that one is all my fault. But, being that the vast majority of hotel front desk clerks were born after the advent of mobile telephone technology, few of them have any idea how to react when a guest needs to make a trans-oceanic call from an actual land line. At approximately 1:00am Greenwich mean time, upon my third trip down to the lobby to plead my case with the Radisson Edwardian's night manager, who was not only of the post-cellular demographic, but for reasons unknown to me, did not care to absorb a word I said, I had to exercise restraint as the thought occurred to me that unless I did so quickly, there was an excellent chance that I would end up spending the night in a London jail, which at the time seemed like an upgrade... I was feeling that frustrated and angry...note to self: activate iPhone immediately. <br/> <br/> Gripe number two: European hotels, perhaps in an attempt at cost cutting, but in my estimation a poor choice of services for a hotel to cut, have eliminated clocks in all of their rooms. Yes, you heard right, a hotel room with no clock, no alarm clock, and no clock radio. Now admittedly, there are sometimes clocks in the television sets, but they only work when the TV is turned on, and since I don't particularly enjoy spending my free time in Europe hanging around a hotel room watching the telly, not to mention the fact that half the time I couldn't figure out how to turn the blasted things on even if i wanted to, and because I had a world class case of jet lag and was pretty much disoriented from day one, I never knew what bloody time it was. <br/> <br/> Gripe number three: European airport officials need to sit down in the same room, and decide once and for all how many carry on bags can be taken on any given flight, and what the maximum size of said carry-on bag, or bags, can be. Don't get me started on how many times I had to re-pack my luggage in the middle of the floor of an international airport terminal, thereby putting myself at grave risk of being trampled by any number of harried passengers, as they rushed to and fro, looking up at signs posted in various unfamiliar languages, rather than watching out for poor unsuspecting re-packers, such as myself. <br/> <br/> Gripe number four: tourist/parents should either leave their young impressionable children at home with a babysitter, or rethink their plans to spend their Sunday afternoon strolling the streets of Amsterdam...not that i have any first person knowledge of this practice, but the combination of a dad with his daughter hoisted on his shoulders, as he window shops his way through the red light district of Amsterdam, is just wrong...even if it was father's day.<br/> <br/> Gripe number five: in spite of all of my moaning...I had a rocking good time in Europe and the UK! And I really do hate to leave this wonderful place. I of course am kidding about my gripes, and I totally look forward to coming back again next summer. The European/UK fans are so loyal. We opened the show at Arrowfest in Holland yesterday, and our set was at 12:45 pm... (that is just after noon, quite early in the day by most rock'n roll standards). Amazingly, when we hit the stage the festival site was already filled near its twenty-five thousand person capacity. We had a great set, and it was fun to see our buddies in Journey and Def Leppard, who were on the bill along with Whitesnake and kiss. Even though we are not really used to going on first, it was cool, and i think we made another strong impression on the European rock audience.<br/> <br/> A lot of British and Europeans haven't seen us in awhile, and they are not sure what to expect from REO Speedwagon in 2008. But we live for coming out and taking the crowd far beyond their expectations. It is really good for a band to be challenged in this way...it keeps us hungry. I love it.<br/> <br/> So, we survived our killer schedule, and had a blast doing it. Now we are back stateside and looking forward to seeing everybody this summer in a city near you, or you may have to drive a little, but I promise we'll make it worth your fuel costs. Hey, don't feel too bad, gas prices in Europe are around ten bucks a gallon. That could explain all of the tiny cars, people walking, and riding bicycles...hmmm, maybe we Americans could take a page from that playbook and work a little harder at conserving energy over here. I've got it, next time we come to your town, ride your bike to the REO show.<br/> <br/> Keep Pedalin'<br/> <br/> KC Wed, 18 Jun 2008 00:00:00 PDT 6/17/2008 - The Jet-Lag Journals The Jet-Lag Journals...Part One<br/> <br/> Cheers, bon jour, guten abend, <br/> <br/> I know last year I sent a message from Europe every day. Honestly, I have no idea where I found the time and energy to do so...or maybe our schedule is crazier this time around. At any rate I am now sitting in a tent, backstage in the German village of Bad Neuenahr. Everything is so different over here. We just finished the meet and greet, two hours before show time, so I have an unprecedented slice of free time.<br/> <br/> We began this journey in the magical land of my ancestors. Our first show was in the "temple bar" district of Dublin, at the Olympia Theater. Naturally the band and crew gathered afterward and had a group Guinness toast at the Keogh Pub on St Anne Street. Guinness on tap, in Ireland, is a thing of beauty no matter what your nationality.<br/> <br/> I had a couple of hours of free time before the show in Nottingham, England, so I found my way to the castle where robin hood often found himself in shackles, after stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. I enjoyed a meal of fish and chips at "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem", the oldest pub in the UK, established in 1189...that's even before our first album came out. I am now a legend at that place, having mastered a medieval pub game involving a brass ring, a long string, and the horn of a boar, (don't ask), on my very first try. So it's basically Robin Hood, King Richard the Lionhearted, and me at this point. The gig at Nottingham's "Rock City" was a vintage REO show...a big, loud, beer soaked affair, and that was just on our crew bus.<br/> <br/> I was on British television for the first time on "The Morning Show" in London. Bruce and I did an acoustic version of "Keep On Loving You", but only after I had prepared, and then tasted, Eva Longoria's enchiladas, (don't ask ;-) the London show at the O2 Indigo Theater was rather uneventful, but the following night off was one for the ages. We spent our only night off at "Sheppards Bush Empire", a beautiful old theater, where Kid Rock was in concert...and he was amazing. Dave got to meet Jimmy Page at the aftershow party, and later we got together with Queen guitarist Brian May for a quiet, late night glass of wine in the hotel bar. Brian sat in with us at Hammersmith Odeon when we played there in 1981. He is rock royalty, but more importantly, a great gentleman. We talked story, laughed, and he is very excited about the new album he is making with Queen + Paul Rogers. Okay, ya think I have dropped enough names at this point? <br/> <br/> Next we flew off to Switzerland to begin the home stretch, a four shows in 60 hours marathon. As I sit here now I have my doubts whether I will survive...so stay tuned. If I make it, I promise to finish the story. Right now, we are being bombarded by the music of arguably the most horrible opening act in recent REO history...including the infamous ventriloquist in Mexico City...to be continued.<br/> <br/> KC Tue, 17 Jun 2008 00:00:00 PDT 5/5/2008 - Heading to Europe next week Hi everybody,<br/> <br/> Well, I haven't really felt the need to write any newsletters here lately; as my life has been pretty much chronicled through the various media outlets, which have been covering us in recent months. There hasn't been much I could tell you that hasn't been on public record. But as the frenzy cools down for a moment, I can now resume my little rants.<br/> <br/> The power of mass media is more remarkable than ever. My everyday life has become more of a meet and greet than it has in quite a while. People of all ages, from various walks of life have been so appreciative and supportive of the many efforts we have been involved in this year. I must admit, it feels pretty great. <br/> <br/> I was especially proud of my daughter, Holly, for her participation in our whirlwind, charitable trip to Greensburg, Kansas. She handled herself with such poise during her interview on the CBS Early Show. She had rehearsed a little statement for when she presented the mayor with the money, which her schoolmates raised to help the tornado victims. The interview was a total surprise, and she rose to the occasionway to go Holly.<br/> <br/> Meanwhile, we are in final preparation for the launch of the new and improved reospeedwagon.com. We have revamped the entire design in order to make the site more responsive and up to date. Stay tuned for the grand opening.<br/> <br/> Ever since webmaster d hooked me up with my own <a href="mailto:kc@kevincronin.com">kc@kevincronin.com</a> email address, I have been having a blast. Now I can answer all of your emails personally, and so far I have been able to keep up with you guys.<br/> <br/> Next week, we depart for our 2008 european shows. I am very excited about all of the shows, but none more than the opening night in Dublin, Ireland. Last time we were there I felt so at home. On the way to the venue, as we crawled through the evening Dublin traffic, I saw a kid walking along the street who was pretty much an exact double of my son, Paris, who was ten at the time. I always wish I would have hopped out of the limo and talked to the boy. He had to be related to our familyoh well. We are also stoked to be playing two shows in Nottingham and London, England, and a bunch of awesome festivals around the continentcheck reospeedwagon.com for the exact dates and venues.<br/> <br/> After we return for a week off at home, we head out for our annual american summertime extrvaganzaso we lok forward to seeing, and rocking out with you, soon.<br/> <br/> The REO Live DVD is finally ready for release. We all feel it is our best live video ever. The short form concert is set to debut in high def, on public television, in early july as part of the legendary Soundstage series. Then in August the "REO Speedwagon Live in ChicagoUp Close and Musical" dvd will be available in stores and online. It will contain many more songs, including "Golden Country" and "157 Riverside Ave.", "I Needed to Fall" and "Smilin' In The End" from the new cd, plus new interview footage, and some other bonus stuff.<br/> <br/> Webmaster D, who is an expert on all things REO, has asked me to answer a question that he is curious about. He was wondering how the song, "157 Riverside Ave" evolved from its original form as a three minute blues rock rave up, into the magnum opus which it became by the time we recorded the "Live, You Get What You Play For" album. As I got more and more comfortable in the band, I began to attempt to put my stink on the older songs. The ending of "157" started as a simple musical call/answer exchange between Gary's soloing and my vocal scatting. It then began taking on a life of its own as I wove the mythical early morning phone call into the mix. Ever since then I have been changing the "rap", as we call it, as I find new things to talk about. So, there you have it, D.<br/> <br/> Okay, I need to go pick up the kids from school now, which I look forward to every day. The looks on their precious faces bring up such good feelings in my soul. I am a very lucky daddy. I have to make the most of every moment I can spend with them as the summer touring season approaches.<br/> <br/> I'll keep pushin', if you will,<br/> <br/> XOKC Mon, 05 May 2008 00:00:00 PDT 5/1/2008 - We are not in California anymore Toto... ...we are most definitely in Kansas. As our motorcade of black Escalades purred through downtown Dodge City, past Boot Hill, and the OK Corral, the townsfolk looked on as if we had just landed from another planet...which in a way, we had.<br/> <br/> As I explained to my daughter Holly, who came to present the Mayor of Greensburg with a jar filled with over $1,600.00 of donated cash, this is the real America. These are real Americans. And this is the heart of REO Country. CBS News is expecting more than two thousand locals to show up at dawn, in forty degree temperatures, to be on hand for our performance. I am more and more blown away as this experience unfolds.<br/> <br/> I'll try to check in again as the event develops....but for now, from Dodge City, Kanas, this is Kevin and Holly Cronin for CBS News saying, "Rock On People". Thu, 01 May 2008 00:00:00 PDT 4/14/2008 - BON JOUR Bon jour from beautiful Quebec City, Canada, which is celebrating 400 years since its founding in 1608...meaning it has been around almost as long as our band...(insert rimshot here).<br/> <br/> Our visit began with a day off, so we taxied down to the old city for a band lunch. Try as we might, we couldn't find a house of pancakes for Dave, so we settled on a quaint little Italian cafe. (Dave loved his mushroom omlette with a side of pasta.) After lunch and laughs the boys hiked back to our hotel. I chose to take the scenic route, and explore the narrow, winding, cobblestone streets of old Quebec.<br/> <br/> In sticking with my, "when in France, do as the French " mentality, and because I was way underdressed, having packed for the Florida shows, my first thought was to find myself a beret. As I wandered the shop lined "Rue de Sainte Jean", past St. Patrick's Pub, (where a bunch of our crew guys had gathered), I spotted the tiniest of alleyways. A few meters up the little street I climbed, and voila!...a chapeau shop.<br/> <br/> Now, looking very much the continental guy, and armed with my massive high school French vocabulary, (basically I can count to fifteen, and ask how to find the bathroom.), I was off on an adventure into history. Quebec City is one of the oldest, if not the oldest city, in North America. It was fought over through a number of wars, and its mighty walls and fortress still stand. To walk these streets is to take a trip back in time. The weather is pretty intense, (seventeen feet of snow fell this winter.). But as my friend from the haberdashery explained, "we put up with the cold weather to live this life. If it was warm, everyone would come here."<br/> <br/> Upon my return to the hotel came the stunner...as I packed my suitcases and prepared to head down to the bus, tour manager Walter showed up at my door with a look of concern across his face. The Quebec City show, and all of the remaining sold out Canadian dates were being postponed, and we were bussing off to Montreal, and then flying to L.A. ...now!<br/> <br/> It seems lead singer Joe Elliot, of our tour mates Def Leppard, was sick, and it had affected his voice. There is no worse feeling for a singer than to have to cancel a show because of vocal problems...believe me, I know. It has rarely happened to me, and as I spoke to various members of the Def Leppard crew, I learned that Joe almost never cancels shows either. All of us wish him well, and a speedy recovery. The new plan is to regroup in Grand Rapids on April 18, and continue the tour from there. We hope to make up the Canadian concerts later in the summer.<br/> <br/> I'll get back with more details as i learn them.<br/> <br/> Au revoir,<br/> <br/> KC Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:00:00 PDT 2/29/2008 - South Bend, IN Hi Gang,<br/> <br/> We are back on the road again in South Bend, Indiana. That cold, crisp, Midwest air feels so good, (which is another way of saying that I am freezing my ass off); it totally reminds me of my childhood just up the road, in Chicago. It is so different around here than out in Los Angeles, and I'm not just talking about the weather.<br/> <br/> People in South Bend, as in Chicago, are already gearing up for St. Patrick's Day. I can almost taste the green beer, there are shamrocks hanging outside the shops and restaurants, I can sense the Blarney everywhere...I love it. We will be back in these parts for some shows again in two weeks, and I plan on spending St. Paddy's in Chicago with my Dad...it is his 83rd birthday, and he is bright and healthy as can be...Go Ted!<br/> <br/> So, did anyone catch the live webcast from the L.A. Avengers kick off party last night? How was it? I can tell you that Dave and I had a blast. And check this out...one of the bartenders was the actor from the Hallmark, Can't Fight This Feeling commercial. I am serious. His name is Sam, he is a great guy, and he pours a mean Chardonnay. I'll post the photos when they come in.<br/> <br/> So today, I am getting a cup of coffee in one of the LAX lounges, and a guy walks up and introduces himself as the editor for the TV show, "Don't Forget The Lyrics". Yep, you guessed it, that is the show I taped last month, which I was talking about in my last newsletter. He said our episode came out great, and that he will let me know as soon as they lock in an air date...it is tentatively scheduled for airing during the first week of April.<br/> <br/> We are firming up our plans for a return to Europe coming up in June, and are looking at some shows in Japan later in the year. "Find Your Own Way Home" sold through in Japan in the first few weeks, and they have ordered another shipment...how cool is that! We still totally believe in the power of those songs, and little by little the word is spreading around the world.<br/> <br/> I am going to start sending along cool photos as they come in. Here are a couple of fun shots.<br/> <br/> The first one is Benjie, from Good Charlotte, and me, at the Burbank airport. We sat on either side of my wife on a flight from Phoenix, and we playfully, (sort of, she really does hate to fly), attempted to calm Lisa down any time we hit the slightest turbulence. When the plane landed we finally figured out that both of us were in rock bands. He plays guitar, and his twin brother is the singer. I pray that my sons grow up to be as close as Benjie is with his brother.<br/> <br/> The other photo du jour is of John Travolta signing my daughter's Super Bowl cap. Holly is a huge fan of "Hairspray" and "Grease", so I was on a mission to get her an autograph. JT was totally cool, very down to earth and friendly... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 00:00:00 PST 2/8/2008 - WOW! The e-messages are pouring in...it is awesome. You guys send me so much good energy, you cannot imagine how much I appreciate it. Life out here on the road is a blast when we are on stage. But your letters help pass the long hours in hotel rooms, airports, and on the tour bus. Thanks!<br/> <br/> It is frustrating to me, as well as some of you, that I can't respond to each of your messages. I need my fingers in strong order to play guitar, and they would be worn down to the bone if I tried to type letters back to everyone. I have been attempting to post some responses on the kevincronin.com site, but I'm finding that I may be hurting things more than helping.<br/> <br/> My free time is limited, with three young kids, a grown son, a wife, and a band, who all need my attention. Hey, I should be down in the gym right now, I need to keep up the lean, mean, rock'n roll machine vibe.<br/> <br/> I know...wah, wah, wah. I totally should not complain. I know I am a very fortunate guy to be making a living doing what I love to do, and I owe it all to you, our awesome fans. It's just that every time I answer one person's letter, there are a hundred other people who end up feeling left out when I don't respond to theirs'. I'm between a rock band and a hard place!<br/> <br/> So I am choosing to suspend the "KC Responds" program for a while. I will continue to enjoy reading each and every one of your messages, so please don't stop writing. Maybe when I get a little more caught up, I will try and resume the "Responds" feature some time down the road.<br/> <br/> Meanwhile, how 'bout that Hallmark Cards TV spot? It cracks me up, the Holiday Inn commercial with "Take It On The Run" is pretty funny too. Who woulda thunk that the only time you would hear our music on TV would be in commercials. Whatever happened to "The Midnight Special", or "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert"? ;-)<br/> <br/> Okay, here is a secret for you...I will be appearing on a FOX TV show later this month, but I can't disclose any info yet...although I am dying to tell you all about it...hey did anyone see the story on CBS News this morning about my son, Paris? I am so proud of him for his courage and honesty. (And that was him, as a baby, in the "Can't Fight This Feeling" video). I hope his story can inspire others to make the kind of tough decisions which he has made, and perhaps save their lives. The MusiCares Foundation is a great organization, and he has helped bring awareness to the great work they do in helping artists and musicians who have fallen on hard times.<br/> <br/> Okay, it's time for sound check here in Indiana. We are working on "Son of a Poor Man" this afternoon, and continuing to get ready to add "Building The Bridge" and "In Your Letter". I am still trying out some "Good Trouble" songs on my acoustic guitar. And "Like You Do" should be ready in the near future. We are having fun. Can't wait to see you guys on tour this year.<br/> <br/> Keep Pushin',<br/> <br/> KC Thanks for understanding, my friends. Fri, 08 Feb 2008 00:00:00 PST 1/29/2008 - Notes From Kevin Hi Gang,<br/> <br/> Well, I should probably preface this letter by mentioning that my current physical state is somewhere between a giant pile of poo, and the way I used to feel when the sun was coming up after a long night of partying, back in 1983.<br/> <br/> That having been established, I am hoping you will understand if the tone of this letter is rather sour. Or, you might simply hit the old delete button now, and save yourself the agony of sharing in mine.<br/> <br/> Actually I feel a bit of relief in having vented...so thanks to those of you who have shown the courage to venture on with me today.<br/> <br/> Come to think of it, the days leading up to my being stricken by this hellish amoeba were so filled with great energy that it was probably inevitable that my body would eventually be overwhelmed, and therefore susceptible to this nasty bug.<br/> <br/> It all began last Monday when the REO family convened at our home away from home, mates rehearsal studios. Now that we all live scattered around the country, it was especially great to see everyone together. And when we strapped on our guitars, fired up the gear, and started jamming, it was such an awesome feeling. I was once again reminded how fortunate we are to still be doing what we love to do.<br/> <br/> We jammed for a while on a new song I am working on called, "Whipping Boy". It is another rocker, along the lines of "Smilin'in The End"...a total band song.<br/> <br/> One of the things that made these rehearsals so much fun was that we all kept up our chops in the off time. It is so tempting, especially after a long touring season such as that of 2007, to come home and let your instrument collect dust. Then when you finally pick up the guitar, or try to sing a song, you are so rusty that it isn't all that much fun.<br/> <br/> So this time around I promised myself I would not fall into that trap. I literally played and sang for an hour or so, at least every other day. I never really got out of road shape, and I even discovered some new places in my voice that I'll try out in concert this year.<br/> <br/> One of the songs I got into singing at home was, "Building the Bridge". In the present political climate, I find that song to be especially enjoyable to play. We reworked the arrangement, re-wrote the guitar solo section, and plan to play it in our 2008 theater shows.<br/> <br/> We also totally retooled, "In Your Letter", from the Hi Infidelity album. That tune was always kind of a novelty song for us...a little tribute to the doo-wop groups that we used to hear on our transistor radios, before the Beatles came out. But the fact is, there is an emotional side of that song which was lost in the original arrangement. This new approach has made it feel like a whole new song, hopefully without abandoning its nostalgic charm.<br/> <br/> I know a lot of you have been suggesting that we play something off of the "Good Trouble" album. I know...I know. I am really looking for a song from that record that excites me enough to want to sing it today. I promise I will keep trying to figure something out.<br/> <br/> We have also gotten numerous requests on the website for, "son of a poor man". So don't be surprised if we trot that one out this year. We didn't play, "like you do", last year for some unknown reason, so that song will be finding its way back on to the set list. And we realized how much a part of our history "golden country" has become, so you will be hearing that one this year too.<br/> <br/> In general the band is swinging more this year. Even ballads like, "Can't Fight This Feeling", are being treated with less of a plodding type of feel. That approach worked great in the 80's, but with a few subtle changes, I am looking forward to singing that song more than ever.<br/> <br/> Our shows with Styx and Def Leppard will be very compact...full of non stop energy. Then for our headline shows, we will stretch out a bit, and dig a bit deeper into our catalogue.<br/> <br/> Okay, that wasn't too horrible, was it? But all this typing is making me dizzy, gotta run,<br/> <br/> KC Tue, 29 Jan 2008 00:00:00 PST 1/11/2008 - January 2008 Hi everybody,<br/> <br/> I am so ready to dig into the new year. 2008 promises to be a year of amazing energy, growth and change. We will elect a new president. The consciousness of the world is finally embracing the realities of the necessity for a greener outlook on living on this planet. The music community is continuing to tackle the challenges of the digital era, while the live concert experience is still the most exciting way to hear, see and feel an artist.<br/> <br/> The REO Speedwagon family has had a well earned rest, and the excitement of getting back together is spreading through our camp.<br/> <br/> I spoke to all of the band guys this week and the vibe is so positive. We are throwing around ideas for the set list this year, ideas for arrangement changes, ways to improve our website for the coming year...all good stuff.<br/> <br/> I spoke to Paul Dexter, our lighting designer, and he has some awesome ideas for the look of this year's production. Our clothing designer, Karen Dusenberry, is sewing like the wind so we all will be stylin' on stage. The office is buzzing, sorting through various touring opportunities, speaking of which...<br/> <br/> We are happy to announce our upcoming spring tour. We start out playing some beautiful theater shows, and in late march we team up with our old friends, Styx, and join forces with the mighty Def Leppard for a month of arena concerts (check out the dates on our website) we did a few gigs with those guys last summer and it was a blast.<br/> <br/> In early February we will be releasing the second single, the title song from our "Find Your Own Way Home" cd. I have always felt like this song is the emotional centerpiece of the album, and I can't wait to turn it loose on radio stations all around the country. Needless to say, (but I will anyhow), your support is extremely important to us. In this era of polls, focus groups, and demographics, there is still nothing like good old fashion calling your favorite radio station to request a song you want to hear.<br/> <br/> We hope to be returning to Europe and Great Britain in 2008, and hopefully to Japan as well. "Find Your Own Way Home" is now in full world-wide release, so we want to bring our live show around the world too.<br/> <br/> A special note to our friends at "ARF", which is our friend Tony Larussa's animal rescue foundation. Dave and I hopped aboard Jerry Reinsdorf's jet last Saturday, and were whisked off to play an acoustic set to benefit this charity. The event is always such a good vibe, and I think this year was the best ever. Toward the end of our set, Tony and his wife, Elaine, symbolically burned the facility's mortgage papers, signifying that it had been paid off in full...all through donations. Congratulations to all of the amazing "ARF" volunteers and staff members.<br/> <br/> Okay, that is the latest from "REO World Headquarters", here in beautiful downtown Agoura Hills, California...<br/> <br/> See you on the road. <br/> <br/> KC Fri, 11 Jan 2008 00:00:00 PST