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    Did a search, but didn't find any threads, soooo....
    Any REO fans? We went and saw them solo (w/o Styx) last night, and gotta say, it was a great, hi-enegry show. I was actually expecting 2 hours of ballads, but they really rocked out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiftyoneFtfty View Post
    Did a search, but didn't find any threads, soooo....
    Any REO fans? We went and saw them solo (w/o Styx) last night, and gotta say, it was a great, hi-enegry show. I was actually expecting 2 hours of ballads, but they really rocked out!
    Me and by brother have probably seen REO like 5 or 6 times over the years. I was never a huge fan, Kevin Cronan is a bit of a goofball, but they put on a good show and I could find worse things to do on a summer evening than take in a good rock show. Actually back in the mid '80's they filmed a concert here in KC on the "Wheels Are Turning" tour. Unfortunately, I was never able to see them with Gary Richrath, who I thought was a big part of that bands identity. The guy they have now is good, but not the real thing ya know? Another unfortunate thing about REO and Styx is that they're part of that corporate '70's rock machine and the classic rock stations just play them to death to the point where I can't stand it and change the station the minute I hear them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiftyoneFtfty View Post
    Did a search, but didn't find any threads, soooo....
    Any REO fans? We went and saw them solo (w/o Styx) last night, and gotta say, it was a great, hi-enegry show. I was actually expecting 2 hours of ballads, but they really rocked out!
    Did they play 157 Riverside Avenue? That tune turns you loose!

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    REO was truly fantastic when I saw them in 2007. Great band, great music!
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    "Should I follow my head or my heart?"

    I like me some REO. I saw them play to almost 10,000 people in 1993. 1993! What classic rock band with fun songs was playing to that many people in 1993?

    I grew up listening to Hi Infidelity. I love that album...such great songs!

    Funny REO-related story: I worked at a Wherehouse Music in California. We had this assistant manager who wasn't very knowledgeable about music. One day when she and I are working together, someone comes up to her and asks her, "Do you have any R.E.M.?" She looked at him and says, "Speedwagon?"

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    I saw REO on the Tuna Piano tour...awesome! Band was at their peak then IMO...

    I remember writing in my scrapbook how Gary Richrath was JUST as cool onstage as Tommy Shaw (who I had seen months before with Styx).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    I saw REO on the Tuna Piano tour...awesome! Band was at their peak then IMO...
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    Yup, I did as well. I honestly believe that somewhere along the line, in between Hagar joining Van Halen and the release of 5150, the same thing that happened to REO Speedwagon occurred with Van Halen, in that they came out as the most non-threatening of acts since The Osmonds. If you think I'm kidding, go back and listen to those early REO records. Live, they would kick ass, doing 15 minute versions of guitar raging tunes like "Golden Country" and the afore mentioned "157 Riverside Avenue" that still stand up nearly 35 years later. They were a southern boogie band from Champaign Illinois, of all places. Yet they must have ate or drank something toxic that turned them into The Partridge Family when they recorded the somewhat ghastly Hi-Infidelity record, and it seems that Van Halen must have imbibed from the exact same lunch truck.

    Most galling in all of this was the band's decision not to play "Golden Country" at Live Aid, yet perform a handful of their hits instead. That is the sort of lame compromise the band never would have entertained seven or eight years earlier.

    The first live album was a monster. It's fairly difficult to find, yet if you can, definitely pick it up.

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    I also burned a hole in Hi Infidelity when it first came out and really liked these guys when I was 14 or so. Gary Richrath is a sick guitarist who NEVER got his due IMO. I Saw them at Virginia Beach in 2000 (?) and thought they were great.

    Unfortunately for them they have some real pussy songs that people associate them with and it really hurts their rep. For all the shit Billy Squire gets for Rock Me Tonite (and it's well deserved that he gets shit for that), REO should get just as much shit for I Can't Fight This Feeling. Because that song in comparison to something like Roll With The Changes is unforgiveable.
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    The REO that I loved...before Hi Infidelity. Yeah, Kevin Cronin sounded like a leprechaun at times, so what? Gary Richrath simply ruled.









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    Hi Infidelity was the first album I ever owned.

    Pretty much though, everything that came after wards blew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    The REO that I loved...before Hi Infidelity. Yeah, Kevin Cronin sounded like a leprechaun at times, so what? Gary Richrath simply ruled.
    My favorite version of REO as well. LOVE that old band, they fucking smoked!

    Considering I'm from Illinois, they get a ton of exposure out here. Kevin Cronin is even a buddy of mine's uncle (I didn't believe it either...until I saw the DOZENS of pics he had).

    REO was an excellent band and they put on great shows these days. I really wish I'd gotten tickets to the Styx / REO / .38 Special show coming around in July, would not mind seeing REO again one bit.
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    Heh, those tickets here are selling for like $5.

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    Last night was the first time I heard 'Golden Country', and I loved it! Thanks for uploading it, I didn't know the name of the song until I saw it here. 'Dont Let Him Go' was the other one that I'm newly exposed to. I'd definately go see them again...
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    Golden Country is about the only REO tune I can stomach these days.
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