Hi friends, things got pretty intense in the studio as Lee and I went nose to nose Chicago, (the city) style. You can tell by looking at these photos that we both had our Irish up as the discussion regarding who played third base on the '59 White Sox got very heated! Joe, the Maestro, Vannelli had to act as both producer and referee. You can see him trying to separate us before fisticuffs ensued... Okay, that was all a big fat lie. We heard that if people get in fights that it goes "viral" on social media. Kidding... Truth is Lee and I worked hard and had a great time. The AXS TV concert special featuring our show at Red Rocks Amphitheater is off the rails. Fans of both bands will get to see each of us play a set of hits, and then we all come together and play six number one songs, three from each band, all together. It is indescribable fun and energy. We will let you know the premiere date when it is set. Okay, gotta run...rock on, kc
Hi friends, REO Speedwagon has a long history with the Los Angeles Lakers. We were long time season ticket holders at the Forum during the Showtime era in the 80s. Michael Cooper and Kurt Rambis appeared in an infamous music video with us, and Gary and I used to give Rambis guitar lessons out at Richrath's ranch. Backup center Marc Landsberger actually carried me off the stage when I blew out my hamstring jumping off the piano during a show at Compton Terrace in Phoenix in 1981. Backstage after a sold out show at the Forum I was presented a basketball with Magic Johnson, Karreem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy and the whole 1985 NBA Championship team's hand written autographs...yada, yada, yada. Needless to say, even though these past few seasons have been particularly challenging, I remain a Laker Lifer. Anyway, earlier this year my wife Lisa shot a video of our daughter Holly singing the National Anthem with her ACA choir and suggested I see about getting it to my friend Lisa Estrada, the Lakers' entertainment director. This past Tuesday we all went down to Staples center to hear Holly and the choir, under the direction of Alan Rose, sing the Anthem, (they nailed it big time!), and we all stayed to watch Kobe Bryant and the Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns. Lisa and I were captured on the giant scoreboard video screen by the "Kiss Cam", so I gave her a big smooth for all to see...including Dave Amato, who also happened to be at the game! Our thanks to Ms Estrada for taking such good care of us. Then Wednesday morning Dave and I packed our bags and headed off to Toronto to join up with the band for shows on Thursday in Niagra Falls, tonight in Windsor, Ontario, and a third on Saturday in Lawrenceburg, IN. The venue here at Caesars Palace in Windsor is awesome. I am looking out my hotel room window across the river at the Detroit skyline, so I am inviting our Motor City brothers and sisters to come on over the bridge and hang with your REO buddies tonight. We are gonna rock this joint! Pictured court side at Staples Center from right to left: Lisa Cronin, kc, Chris McCall, Paris Cronin, Shane Cronin and Josh Cronin....(Holly was sitting up with the choir.)
Hi friends, okay, so this is a combination personal message, acknowledgement of my wife's awesomeness, and me bragging about my daughter. As I have said many times, I have the most amazing job in the world. I get to make a living doing something that I love to do. I am so fortunate, and humbled by you guys' continued support of our band and our music. But, as Joe Walsh so eloquently put it, "I can't complain, but sometimes I still do"... I am on the road a lot so I miss a ton of cool stuff that happens at home while I'm away. Now, the good news is that Lisa is not only hot, but she has been the primary force in bringing up my three younger children, Holly, Josh and Shane, and was also a big part of my son Paris' upbringing from the time he was 12 years old. I could not possibly do what I do without her strength and ability to hold down the fort when I'm on tour. But, as I said I miss so much cool stuff, the most recent of which is, (here is where I brag about my daughter), Holly being voted Homecoming Princess. As her Dad, I was supposed to escort her on to the field at halftime of the homecoming game for her presentation. Anyway, here is Holly. I remain her proud Daddy, and your humble rock servant.
This version of Roll With The Changes is awesome. Support this hard working young rock band by downloading the single on iTunes and maybe they will record one of your songs too...kc
Josh, Garrett, Wes... Miss you guys hope to see you again sometime soon!!!!!
Hi friends, I can assure you that there is no bigger compliment than when another artist covers one of our songs. Dolly Parton's version of "Time For Me To Fly" was nothing we would have ever come up with, which made it all the more cool. My son Shane turned me on to some original songs by a great young band from Long Beach, California called the Moderates last year. We dug them so much that we invited the band to open our show in San Diego this past summer. The Mods returned the favor by recording their take on "Roll With The Changes". I think it is awesome. You can see for yourselves...check it out on YouTube here Also available on iTunes! Pictured backstage, Cronins and Moderates left to right: Josh Cronin, Wesley Mathison, me, Garrett Huff, Josh Taylor, Shawn Cronin.