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REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon

Postby Chris » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:51 pm

REO Speedwagon – Saturday, July 20 at 11pm

Kevin Cronin - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Dave Amato - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Hall - Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Neal Doughty - Keyboard
Bryan Hitt - Drums, Percussion

The origins of REO Speedwagon date back over 40 years when keyboardist Neal Doughty and drummer Alan Gratzer formed a cover band. Soon guitarist and songwriter Gary Richrath joined and the band started to play original material. Bassist Gregg Philbin and vocalist Terry Luttrell joined and the band released their self-titled first album in 1971. The album contained the song “157 Riverside Avenue,” which still is a concert staple today. Kevin Cronin took over for Luttrell on the 2nd album, titled R.E.O./T.W.O., which included “Music Man” and fan-favorite “Golden Country.” Cronin would soon leave and be replaced on the next 3 albums by Mike Murphy. The main hit from these albums was “Ridin’ The Storm Out.“ Cronin rejoined the band in 1976 in time for the band’s first live album You Get What You Play For, which would also become the bands first platinum album. Bruce Hall would take over on the bass in 1978 and this lineup would prove to be the most successful in terms of hits songs and platinum albums. 1981’s Hi Infidelity would sell over 9 million copies and produce four top 40 hits. The band would continue the string of platinum albums with 1982’s Good Trouble and 1984’s Wheels Are Turnin’ but in 1987 the album Life As We Know It only went gold. Although no more of their original albums would reach platinum status, the greatest hits album titled The Hits from 1988 would eventually sell over 3 million copies. Soon Richrath and Gratzer left the band and were replaced by guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt. Several greatest hits compilations and live albums have been released and the band continued to tour but only two original albums were released from 1988 to 2006. In 2007, the band released their first original album in 11 years with Find Your Way Home. Members of the band went on a radio station tour to drum up support for the album. A box set of the new album plus a live CD of the classic Hi Infidelity album and live DVD is available at Wal Mart. The first single from the album, “I Needed To Fall,” would be the first song to chart since 1990 by going to #30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. The band has continued to tour since the release of Find Your Way Home. In 2010 and 2011, the band celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the recording and release of Hi Infidelity, their most successful album. During their performance at Moondance Jam 19 in 2010, the band recorded their performance, which would become their first live high definition live concert. The live video, REO Speedwagon Live at Moondance Jam, was released in 2013 and showed not only the current version of the band, but also showcased Moondance Jam for the first time in a major release. The band have continued to tour and will be making their 7th appearance at Moondance Jam when they close the Jam 22 on Saturday at 11pm.

March 15, 2014 in Catoosa, OK
Don’t Let Him Go
Music Man
Take It on the Run
Keep Pushin’
Golden Country
Can’t Fight This Feeling
That Ain’t Love
Like You Do
Son of a Poor Man
Keep the Fire Burnin’ (Acoustic)
Time for Me to Fly
Back on the Road Again
Roll With the Changes
Keep On Loving You
Ridin’ the Storm Out
157 Riverside Avenue

Billboard Top 100 Hits

1977 "Ridin' The Storm Out" #94
1978 "Roll With The Changes" #58
1978 "Time For Me To Fly" #56
1981 "Keep On Loving You" #1
1981 "Take It On The Run" #5
1981 "Don't Let Him Go" #24
1981 "In Your Letter" #20
1982 "Keep The Fire Burnin'" #7
1982 "Sweet Time" #26
1984 "I Do' Wanna Know" #29
1985 "Can't Fight This Feeling" #1
1985 "One Lonely Night" #19
1985 "Live Every Moment" #34
1987 "That Ain't Love" #16
1987 "Variety Tonight" #60
1987 "In My Dreams" #19
1988 "Here With Me" #20
1990 "Love Is A Rock" #65

My Take – From 2010
While REO Speedwagon can only claim one current original member in keyboardist Neal Doughty, there are 3 members (Doughty, Cronin, and Hall) who have been around since 1978, which was the year that started what most consider to be the band’s most successful period. So don’t be fooled into thinking this will not be a band you are familiar with. Most die-hard REO fans would like to have Gary Richrath back in the band but he has not been involved with the band since 1988 so this seems very unlikely at this point. I grew up listening to REO (thanks to my oldest sister - Thanks Tammy!) and I can remember when Hi Infidelity was the biggest album in the world. That album remains one of my favorites and I also enjoy the new live version they released in the box set with their new album. I am excited to year the majority of that album as they celebrate 30 years since it was first released and became their most successful album. Although I was too young to see them in their heyday, I have been lucky enough to see them 4 times in recent years, including at Moondance Jam 14 and 16 in 2005 and 2007. They are still one of my favorite bands today and if you haven’t gotten their newest album Find My Way Home you need to do so. This album has a classic REO sound to it and it has been years in the making. The band always pleases the fans during their live shows by playing a wide range of their hits from their early years to the present. My personal live favorite is “Golden Country,” which they played their last time at Moondance. I missed out on an opportunity to meet REO 10 years ago. An acquaintance of mine knows the drummer Bryan Hitt and offered me backstage passes to see REO and Styx, two of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately it was also my 10 year class reunion that night that I had helped plan so I had to miss the show and the chance to meet two of my favorite bands. I look forward to their appearance this year. To me, they are a band I could see every year and always enjoy.

My Take – Now

REO Speedwagon has and always will be one of my favorite bands. My sister got me hooked on music at a very young age and REO’s Hi Infidelity was a big reason for that. She had the 8-Track! I have seen the band countless times and I have never left disappointed with their performance. They especially seem to bring it to the Moondance stage. If you were at their show in 2010, you know what I mean. Their performance of "Golden Country" was worth the trip alone. If you weren’t at the show that night, you should check out their live release from that show. For a taste, check out the live videos below! With that performance, I think they earned the right to close the jam whenever they would like. It was a legendary performance by a legendary band. You can tell they still love to play and you can also tell they enjoy play the jam. I can’t wait to see their return to Moondance Jam.

Moondance Jam Appearances

MDJ VI - 1997
MDJ VIII - 1999
MDJ 10 - 2001
MDJ 14 – 2005
MDJ 16 – 2007
MDJ 19 - 2010

Did You Know?
In 2013, they released their 2010 Moondance Jam performance, titled Live at Moondance Jam, on CD/DVD/BluRay. It was their first high-definition concert release.
The band will tour the US with the band Chicago late this summer.
Hi Infidelity was the #1 selling rock album of 1981.
The album spent 32 weeks in the top 10 and peaked at #1.
REO performed at Live Aid in 1985.
The band took their name from the REO Speed Wagon, a truck made by the REO Motor Car Company.
The initials REO stand for Ransom Eli Olds, who went on to form Oldsmobile.
REO had 3 different singers on their first 3 albums.
Bruce Hall handles lead vocals on the song “Back On The Road Again.”
Kevin Cronin has been the lead singer for REO for two time periods, leaving in 1972 but returning in 1976.
The studio version of “Ridin’ The Storm Out” is sung by Mike Murphy, but Cronin recorded a version first with the band that has never been on an album.
REO and Styx released a live CD/DVD called Arch Allies in 2000 which had been recorded in St. Louis.
1978’s You Can Tuna Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish was the band’s first studio album to go platinum.
Dave Amato played with Ted Nugent and toured with Cher before joining REO.
Drummer Bryan Hitt performed on tour with Wang Chung.
Cronin wrote the band’s first top 40 hit “Roll With The Changes” and their first #1 hit “Keep On Lovin’ You.”
REO sang the national anthem at opening day for both the Cardinals and Royals in 2007.
Keyboardist Neal Doughty’s lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
REO has sold over 22 million albums.
REO and Pat Benatar also toured together in 1995 on the “Can’t Stop Rockin’” Tour.
They will tour together this year on the “Love on the Run” tour.
REO and Styx released a song recorded together titled “Can’t Stop Rockin’” in March 2009.
In November 2009, REO released a Christmas album titled Not So Silent…Christmas with REO Speedwagon.
Find Your Way Home contained the bands first hits since 1990.
“I Needed to Fall” and “Find Your Way Home” reached #25 and #23, respectively, on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.
“Can’t Stop Rockin’” reached #23 on the chart as well in 2009.

Live at Moondance Jam 2010:
Roll With the Changes -
Keep On Loving You -
Can’t Fight This Feeling -
Time for Me to Fly -
Take It on the Run -
Don’t Let Him Go -
Back on the Road Again -

Golden Country (live on Soundstage) -
157 Riverside Avenue -
In Your Letter -
Ridin’ the Storm Out -
That Ain’t Love -
The music brought me to Moondance Jam. The people bring me back.
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Re: REO Speedwagon

Postby gopherboy6 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:07 pm

Great review and I agree about their last show at Moondance, it was awesome!
Moondance Jam...the best 4, make that 7 days of my year!
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