Audiences in GRAND ISLAND will be treated to the band’s massive hit singles such as “Keep on Loving You,” “Take It on the Run,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and many more.
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out.
Formed loosely in the late ‘60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band.
By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jumpstarted the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. REO’s 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity rode the top of the charts with an RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles. The album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, a feat that modern artists can only dream of achieving.
Today, fully established with songs on the radio in every city and town they ever set foot in, REO Speedwagon still has that Midwest work ethic. The band has gone on stage and in the studio to work– dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, and countless radio spins. Their eyes have always been on the future and on the road – not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn’t perform live, thrilling fans with hit filled sets.
At the center of REO’s desire to keep it rocking for the fans is Kevin Cronin, who looks like he’s found the fountain of youth–along with the secret to penning some of the biggest hits in rock. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar anddrummer Bryan Hitt, REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007.
REO has toured with fellow rockers through the years including Styx, .38 Special, Pat Benatar, Ted Nugent, Chicago and Def Leppard. REO recently announced their tour plans for 2017. They will be teaming up with Styx and Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles) for the “United We Rock”
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