Baby boomers and classic rock and roll music aficionados will certainly be in heaven on Monday evening, March 10, 2014 as REO Speedwagon takes to the circular, rotating stage inside Reliant Stadium at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The quintet, who made their first appearance at Rodeo Houston in 2002, returns for their second concert to entertain rodeo fans following the nightly rodeo competition.,
Keyboard and piano player Neal Doughty, who has been with the group since its inception in 1967 will lead his four band mates in such favorites as “Take It on the Run,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep on Loving You,” and “Times for Me to Fly.”
Doughty also plays synthesizer and organ.
Lead vocal Kevin Cronin, who also plays rhythm guitar and adds time on piano and keyboard, has been with the band from 1976.
He also played with the group from 1972-1973.
Bryan Hitt, who joined in 1989, contributes to the group’s unique sound on drums and percussion.
The band has sold over 40 million records and have had thirteen Top 40 hits, inc1uding two number one songs.
Following their appearance at Rodeo Houston, REO Speedwagon will head to Wichita Falls, Texas for a March 12, 2014 concert at Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium.
On March 14, 2014 they will performance at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, Kansas.
In early 2014, it was announced that REO Speedwagon and the rock group Chicago would be teaming up for 15 concert dates throughout 2014.
Cronin was quoted on the All Access website concerning the collaborated concerts between REO Speedwagon and Chicago:
"With so many personal connections between various members of REO and Chicago, it is amazing that we have never actually toured together. I love it that the Chicago guys feel the way we do about truly playing together when you tour together. Can you imagine the Chicago horn section on 'Roll With the Changes'? That would blow my mind! This tour promises to deliver some unique music from two bands who have made a ton of hit records, share that Midwest work ethic, and still refuse to sit back on their past accomplishments. We both keep raising the bar, challenging ourselves, and rocking hard... and the audience is the ultimate winner. We are psyched... I can't wait for this tour."
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