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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, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity. REO rode the top of the charts with a 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.

Even now, 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.

The band's younger fans might not realize the sheer impact REO has had on music and the culture of rock 'n' roll. Hi Infidelity'smillions in sales were fueled by massive hit singles such as "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run." Thirty-plus years later, the nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity still remains a high-water mark for rock bands; the album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, a feat simply unattainable in music today.

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 and drummer Bryan Hitt, REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007.

After an eleven-year break from recording, REO Speedwagon released Find Your Own Way Home in 2007, marking the band's 15th studio effort. Just two years later, REO teamed up with their fellow Midwestern rockers Styx to record the new single, "Can't Stop Rockin'," which was co-written by the two band's frontmen, Cronin and Tommy Shaw.

Later that year, the tune became the title track for the Can't Stop Rockin' Tour, as REO Speedwagon hit the road with STYX and .38 Special to unite three of the hardest working bands in America.Sponsored by VH1 and Rock Band®, the tour was a recession-busting night of rock 'n' roll, offering the best value of the year. At the close of 2009, not only did the trio of bands end up being nominated for the "Most Creative Tour Package" by Pollstar, but they were also one of the highest grossing, most successful shows of the year. In November 2009, REO Speedwagon celebrated the holidays with the release of Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon.

In the summer of 2010, REO teamed up with yet another rock icon, Pat Benatar, for the "Love on the Run Tour," which brought the songs of these two historic rockers to stages all across America.The "Love on the Run Tour" took fans back to the early '80s explosion of hits, when both artists ruled the Billboard charts with #1 and Top 10 positions for the better part of the decade. While on the 2010 tour, REO announced the release of a 30th anniversary deluxe edition reissue of Hi Infidelity.

In the spring and summer of 2012, REO linked up with Styx and Ted Nugent for the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour. The trek kicked off May in Texas, and crossed the country before winding up in New York in July. The title of the tour was a tip-of-the-hat to Illinois-bred bands Styx (from Chicago) and REO, as well as Nugent, who has his roots in Detroit. At that time, Cronin said "I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values. In the Midwest, we work hard, play hard, and rock hard. I am proud to join my brothers in STYX and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock 'n roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world."

Hot on the heels of that successful run, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour will be back again for spring of 2013. The highly anticipated tour starts on April 18 in Grand Forks, MI and will hit more than 20 cites before wrapping in Burgettstown, PA a month later. During this tour, STYX and REO Speedwagon’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Live at Moondance Jam - the band’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, was released in both a Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) on November 19, 2013.

In December ‘13, REO unveiled the band’s “Great Chicago Fire Hydrant” as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project to benefit the 100 Club Chicago. Shortly thereafter, REO Speedwagon and STYX organized Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, a benefit concert for the central Illinois communities that were affected by the devastating tornadoes there. This concert raised in excess of $400,000.

Summer of ‘14 found the band kicking-off a co-headlining tour of two legendary rock bands, REO and Chicago. Before the cross-country tour kicked-off Kevin Cronin said, "This tour promises to deliver some unique music from two bands who have made a ton of hit records, share that Midwest work ethic, and still refuse to sit back on their past accomplishments. Can you imagine the Chicago horn section on 'Roll With the Changes'? That would blow my mind!” That came to fruition as fans across the country had their minds blown by a multi-song encore that brought both bands onstage together to rock out on a series of their respective greatest hits. The tour was such a crowd pleaser that one of these phenomenal performances is set to air on AXS TV March 8, 2015. Chicago and REO Speedwagon: Live at Red Rocks promises that viewers will be sure to sing along with “Riding The Storm Out,” “Free,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Keep on Loving You,” and “25 or 6 to 4.”

Following another successful year of touring, which included their first ever co-headlining tour with Chicago, REO Speedwagon has lined up another round of shows which will began March 2015. REO’s Family First tour, which kicked off with a sun-soaked date in Cancun, Mexico on March 21, before heading back to the U.S., includes less shows than a usual REO Speedwagon tour so the band members can spend more time at home with their loved ones... So, it’s “family first” for REO in 2015.

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Upcoming Shows

Kevin Cronin
1972, 1976 – present
Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar

Kevin first joined REO Speedwagon in 1972 for the album R.E.O./T.W.O. on which he wrote 3 tracks including Music Man

He left the band during the recording of the Ridin The Storm Out album, due to creative differences. The vocal tracks for the album were rerecorded by Mike Murphy. Kevin's original version of Son of a Poor Man appears on the album A Decade of Rock and Roll

Kevin rejoined the band in 1976 for the album R.E.O on which he wrote the long-time favorite, Keep Pushin' as well as two tracks he co-wrote with Gary

In 1977, Kevin and Gary took over the band's production, and since then Kevin has been a tireless frontman, writing many of the band's most popular tracks, including their first top 40 hit, Roll With The Changes and their first number one, Keep On Loving You

More information about Kevin Cronin can be found here.

Dave Amato
1989 - present
Lead Guitar / Harmony Vocals

Dave Amato joined REO in 1989 for the album The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog, and a Chicken, after playing with Ted Nugent and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora. He has also toured extensively with Cher.

Besides playing guitar, he sings high harmonies and has done studio background vocals for various groups from Petra to Motley Crue.

Bruce Hall
Bass Guitar / Lead & Harmony Vocals

Bruce Hall joined REO Speedwagon after the You Get What You Play For tour. His first track written for REO was Lost In A Dream from 1974 (co-wrote with Mike Murphy).

The first track REO recorded featuring Bruce's vocals was Back On the Road Again from 1979, which was also a successful single. Since then, Bruce has written several other tracks, including Someone Tonight, Girl With The Heart Of Gold, Thru The Window, After Tonight and more recently Born to Love You.

For more info on Bruce go to: www.brucehall.net

Neal Doughty
1971 - present

Neal was a founder member of REO Speedwagon, the only one still in the current line-up.

157 Riverside Avenue, the oldest track still in the REO live set, owes a great deal to Neal's virtuoso improvisation, whereas on Ridin The Storm Out (1973), Neal introduced the classic Minimoog synthesizer sound to REO's line up.

Neal also wrote Sky Blues from 1973, and more recently, One Lonely Night from 1984 and Variety Tonight from 1987, from the album Life As We Know It, which also features an electronic sax solo played on an Emulator digital sampling keyboard.

Bryan Hitt
Drums / Percussion

Bryan Hitt first appeared on the 1990 album The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog, and a Chicken.

He was chosen by the band after a two-day audition featuring some of the finest drummers in Los Angeles. He has toured with Wang Chung and The Spencer Davis Group and was much in demand as an L.A. session player until joining REO.

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