REO Speedwagon, once R.E.O. Speedwagon has been around since 1967. Yes! 1967! Neil Doughty and Alan Gratzer met in college in 1966 and decided to form a band they named after a flatbed truck Doughty had studied about in transportation history; “REO” Speed Wagon was the initials of its founder Ransom E. Olds and the rest as you know, is history.
Their debut/self titled album was released in 1971 and over the course of the band’s career, members and lead singers have changed many times over. Kevin Cronin joined the band in 1972 as the undeniable voice of the band. Co-founding member Gratzer retired in 1988, which left Doughty as the only remaining original member. Current band mates are Doughty/keyboards/piano, Cronin/lead vocals/piano/rhythm guitar, Bruce Hall/bass, Dave Amato/lead guitar and Bryan Hitt/drums. Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2007, nothing has slipped by this band as they have remained busy as ever taking care of their legacy and keeping their focus on the future.
Having a list of albums under their belts, Hi Infidelity, which was released in 1980, was their best-selling album with over ten million copies sold. Thirty plus years, fifteen studio albums and one Christmas album later, REO Speedwagon will release Live At Moondance Jam on November 19, 2013 in North America and November 29, 2013 in Europe. The album incorporates their best known and most well-loved songs with Don’t Let Him Go, Keep On Loving You, In Your Letter, Take It On The Run, Keep Pushin’, Golden Country, Can’t Fight This Feeling, Like You Do, Time For Me To Fly, Back On The Road Again, Roll With The Changes, Ridin’ The Storm Out and 157 Riverside Avenue. The album was recorded in a mid-summer festival in Walker, MN and definitely proves the lasting talent of such phenomenal musicians. There really isn’t any reason to review each song individually because the sound is pure REO Speedwagon and nothing more.
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