REO Speedwagon proves they can roll with the changes, set to rock Potter Center Oct. 14

September 27, 2022

REO Speedwagon will perform at the Potter Center at Jackson College on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

It has been more than 50 years since REO Speedwagon first formed in the 1960s when four college students started playing gigs together while studying at the University of Illinois. They’re still rocking today! Neal Doughty (keyboards) is the only founding member of the group still in the current line-up. In 1972, Kevin Cronin joined the band and left before returning in 1976 to remain the group’s timeless front man. He’s written many of the band’s most popular tracks, including “Roll with the Changes” and “Keep on Loving You.” Bass guitarist Bruce Hall lends lead and harmony vocals and has been with the group since 1978.

Despite recording in the 1970s, REO Speedwagon is best remembered for their 1980s rock hits from the now-Platinum album, “Hi Infidelity,” including “Take It on the Run,” “Keep on Loving You,” and “Don’t Let Him Go.” REO Speedwagon continued to score further hit albums (1982’s “Good Trouble,” 1984’s “Wheels Are Turnin’”) and singles like “Keep the Fire Burnin’,” the number one hit power ballad “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” While the end of the 1980s saw their popularity waning, a renewed interest in classic rock bands in the late 1990s resulted in successful co-headlining tours with other popular acts. The group includes Cronin, Doughty, and newer members Dave Amato (ex-Ted Nugent, guitar) and Bryan Hitt (ex-Wang Chung, drums).  REO continues to tour and record.

Enjoy classic rock ‘n’ roll that you’ve listened to for decades. Tickets start at $75 and are on sale now at 517.796.8600, or online at www.jccmi.edu/pottercenter.

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