REO Speedwagon show in Tulsa to be an 'intimate endeavor'
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2/20/13 at 3:04 PM
If you managed to get tickets to Saturday’s REO Speedwagon concert at The Joint, you’re lucky.
The show quickly sold out, but frontman Kevin Cronin is happy to tell everyone they’ll get another chance to see the band again - but in an entirely different setting.
Saturday’s show inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa will be an “intimate endeavor” that will dig into the band’s expansive playbook, he said during a recent telephone interview.
“The casino shows give us a lot of freedom, mainly because we have more time with fans than in the co-headlining situation. ... We also have an opportunity to add an acoustic set within our stage show.”
Plus, the Midwest Rock ’n’ Roll Express tour will bring REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent to the BOK Center on May 8. Ticketing information for that show will be released soon, Cronin said. Rolling Stone called last year’s outing one of the “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012.” Don’t worry, though, both will feature the band’s greatest hits.
“We’re really lucky that our ‘core’ songs also happen to be our biggest hits and are our favorite songs to play,” he said.
Over 45 years, the Illinois-based band has released 16 studio albums, including 1980’s top-selling “Hi Infidelity” through to 2007’s “Find Your Own Way Home.” The band’s hits include “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Take It on the Run,” “Don’t Let Him Go” and “Keep the Fire Burnin’.”
In the band’s earlier years, it churned through an array of band members. These days, it’s led by Cronin and co-founding member keyboardist Neal Doughty. The lineup has remained firm since 1991 with Bruce Hall on bass, Dave Amato on lead guitar and Bryan Hitt on drums.
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