They've been filling arenas for more than 40 years, sold millions of albums and had countless
smash hits on the airwaves. Get ready to rock out old school style when you come out to a concert featuring the one and only
REO Speedwagon. Generations of fans have sung along to their long list of smash hit singles from "Ridin The Storm Out" to
"I'm Going to Keep On Lovin You" to "Can't Fight This Feelin" and that's just to just name a few! The band still pulls some
serious retro rock and classic hits pop power on the airwaves. This band is still packing in the crowds across the land, delivering
their catchy, melodic rock and roll to the masses.
They have found renewed fame in the past decade, performing their
classic tunes and some new music as well. Fans still can't get enough of this one-of-a-kind band, and they continue to show
up in droves to their live performances. The band is currently on tour, and will be making stops in Austin, San Antonio, Orlando,
Milwaukee and many more.
REO Speedwagon has had a long career full of great ups and some really
low downs. They understand what it means to struggle and get back on your feet after disappointment. That's why they have
lent their pipes and their time to helping others. In 2013, the band performed at a benefit concert with the band Styx called
"Rock to the Rescue" to raise money for the families affected by the devastating tornadoes in central Illinois.
On his first night at the University of Illinois, Neal Doughty met musically-talented student Alan Gratzer.
Gratzer had played the drums in high school and was playing with local groups on weekends. Doughty followed Gratzer's band
and eventually was asked to sit in on a few gigs. Eventually Gratzer, Doughty, guitarist Joe Matt and bassist Mike Blair decided
to leave the local group they were playing with and form their own band. They spent the summer honing their skills and creating
a set list. They named the band after the Ransom E. Olds Speedwagon that Doughty had learned about in his transportation history
class. They shortened it to REO Speedwagon and began playing in campus bars, at fraternity parties and at university events.
They began to gain a considerable following in the Midwest, attracting attention of record labels.
The band signed with
Epic Records in 1971 and released their debut album, REO Speedwagon, that same year. Their most popular track was "157 Riverside
Avenue," which was a nod to the address where they recorded portions of their album. They released several more albums in
the next few years, with their album Live: You Get What You Play For going platinum. Their next album, You Can Tune a Piano
but You Can't Tuna Fish, received considerable radio play and peaked at No. 29 on the Top 40. It went double platinum, selling
more than two million copies. Although the height of their career was in the late 70s and early 80s, the band hasn't stopped
rocking. Known for their emotional delivery and smooth style, those power ballads are just as great to sing along to now as
they were back in the day.
Back out on the road with yet another busy touring schedule, REO Speedwagon is bringing their
enduring and good time rock and roll jams to fans at arenas and venues everywhere. If you missed them in the 80s, now's your
chance to sing along to all those great REO Speedwagon chart-topping singles live. Join wildly enthusiastic legions of Speedwagon
music lovers and see for yourself what classic rock legends are all about.
many other bands before them, REO Speedwagon had to go through some ups and downs before they were discovered as a serious
player in the music world. They were discovered when they were just a local college band playing for tips and free beer. And
now, they are one of the biggest rock and roll legends of all time. After signing with Epic Records, the band released their
first album, bringing their name to the forefront of the music scene. Fans couldn't seem to get enough of their unique vibe,
and were coming out in droves to see the band perform live. They first gained widespread fame with the release of their album,
Live: You Get What You Play For. The album went platinum, cementing their status as serious players in the music business.
Today, they are still performing for sold-out crowds of devoted fans and gaining new fans all the time.
the legendary band takes the stage, fans are all smiles, reminiscing about when they first heard the band's iconic songs.
REO Speedwagon comes out swinging, diving right into their classic songs and performing with as much gusto and youthful exuberance
as they did when they first took the stage more than four decades ago. Fans will be in for a night of old school charm and
lighter-waving rock and roll that they won't soon forget.