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April 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

April 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
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March 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!

March 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!

February 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...
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.

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