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REO Speedwagon Keeps Rollin’ With The Changes

November 24, 2011
The Maui Weekly

On Sunday, Nov. 27, REO Speedwagon will roll into Maui with a rockin' live show in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has been the epitome of both consistency and change. The band has topped the charts for decades by selling 22 million albums in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.

REO Speedwagon has thrilled fans with hits like "Keep On Loving You," "Take It On The Run," "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Time For Me To Fly." The band's unrelenting drive and nonstop touring jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest with hit albums "Ridin' the Storm Out," "Lost in a Dream" and "This Time We Mean It." These platinum albums set the stage for the release of their 1980's explosive chart-topper, "Hi Infidelity," which remains a high-water mark for U.S. rock bands.

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Hop on the REO Speedwagon for a rockin’ trip down memory lane at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Sunday, Nov. 27.

With the modern-day music industry disintegrating, REO band members recorded "Find Your Own Way Home" in 2007 and distributed it themselves through Wal-Mart-they personally drove to radio stations across the country to get the record heard. Ultimately, the album had more success than it would ever see with a record company, proving the point that whatever the band members need to do to connect with fans, they do it.

"We're still doing it and still going strong," said Cronin. Cronin (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards) has always cast an eye to the future, along with band-mates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums).

On tour, REO Speedwagon is taking good care of the band's legacy while keeping their focus on the future.

Tickets to the REO concert are on sale for $65, $76 and $85 (plus applicable fees). Get to the MACC early and enjoy pre-show dinner catered by Tommy Bahama's from 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard. For tickets, visit the MACC Box Office in Kahului, call 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org.

 
 
 

 

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