REO Speedwagon remains one of the golden bands to rise from the ashes of the 80’s. Their string of monstrous singles define the decade, and they are almost all staples of their 2014 setlist.
The band, for better or worse, plays about the same set at every date. They stay loyal to their big hits which appear throughout the set, and they have several which encompass much of the show.
REO has a lack of new music which is a reason for the set remaining the same. Their last new record was 2007’s Find Your Own Way Home, which is a 10-year gap from their previous 1996 effort, Building the Bridge.
The band doesn’t play around with any material past 1990, and that is welcoming for fans considering the critical reception of their past 80’s work. They spread the rest of the set throughout their premium five or so records with Hi Fidelity the most represented. The band plays the three major singles from this record, and they open with that record’s respective opening track, “Don’t Let Him Go.”
REO closes out the overwhelming majority of their later-day concerts with the underrated gem, “Ridin the Storm Out.” It may lack the big-picture impact of their other hits, but it fits perfect tonally. The group has recently closed with “157 Riverside Avenue,” but it is not as common. Here is a sample setlist off the current REO tour.
Don’t Let Him Go
Take It on the Run
Can’t Fight This Feeling
That Ain’t Love
Like You Do
Son of a Poor Man
Keep the Fire Burnin’
Time for Me to Fly
Back on the Road Again
Roll With the Changes
Keep On Loving You
Ridin’ the Storm Out
157 Riverside Avenue
How long is a REO Speedwagon concert?
REO Speedwagon brings forward a whip fast show; about 90-100 minutes. They deliver all the hits without necessarily prolonging the songs extensively beyond their studio output.
Does the band play any covers?
REO Speedwagon plays few covers on this latest tour, but belted out a handful in the last few years. “With a Little help From My Friends” by the Beatles appeared recently. Perhaps the Beatles 50th Anniversary will provoke them to play it again.
Who is opening the show?
The group is co-headlining their 2014 tour with the equally ambitious and popular classic rock act, Chicago. The bands are not expected to share the stage at the same time, but they will swap out headlining spots as the tour progresses.
What is the one shining moment of concert?
They have a few great moments, especially around their big hits that take the top spot. But, there is something about their extended and explosive closing few minutes of “Roll with the Changes” that steals the show. The studio version accounts for the screaming chorus, where the fans happily oblige. The band has a strong theatrical presence that makes the song expansive and huge.
Who is REO Speedwagon’s publicist and press contact?
The group has connected with the Albright Entertainment Group. You can contact them by email at rockstarPR@aol.com.
How do I get access to presale tickets for REO Speedwagon’s tour?
The group has passwords for nearly every show through their website. You do not need to be part of their fan club to take advantage of the presales, but you must buy them through Ticketmaster with the password: speedwagon.
“REO Speedwagon took the stage to an intro video that showed the Rolling Stones (representing the ’60s), David Bowie (the ’70s), Bow Wow Wow (the ’80s, for real), U2 (the ’90s) and finally REO Speedwagon (representing “NOW”). During “Take it on the Run,” the screens showed live footage of the band … from another concert. So, some odd choices from these guys.” – Ross Raihala of Twin Cities Press
“REO Speedwagon has been firing on all cylinders pretty much their entire career but even more so in recent years. The current lineup have added a powerful punch to the band’s classic hits over the years and their on-stage chemistry is hard to beat. It is always a kick to see Hall and Amato run around together and joke behind Cronin’s back.” – Classic Rock Blog
“Now almost thirty years later and with 40 million albums sold world-wide and thousands of more shows under their belts, attending an REO Speedwagon concert isn’t just an event, it’s an experienceI liken it to being witness to the opening of a time capsule of classic rock goodness.” – James Wood of Examiner
REO Speedwagon 2013 Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Richard Marx
Started February 15, 2013 in Altoona, Iowa | Ended December 15, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas
REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity 30th Anniversary 2012 Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Styx
Started January 13, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | Ended December 31, 2012 in Orlando, Florida
Can’t Stop Rocking Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Styx
Started May 12, 2009 in Amarillo, Texas | Ended February 26, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky
REO Speedwagon On Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Seth Putnam
Started March 1, 2007 in Fort Wayne, Indiana | Ended November 3, 2007 in Primm, Nevada
REO Speedwagon 2006
Tour Opening Acts: Tommy Shaw, .38 Special, Kelly Hanson
Started March 17, 2006 in Wabash, Indiana | Ended November 2, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan
REO Speedwagon 2004
Tour Opening Acts: Travis Tritt, Ted Nugent
Started January 24, 2004 in Hallandale Beach, Florida | Ended September 24, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan
Classic Rock’s Main Event 2003
Tour Opening Acts: Journey
Started May 10, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Ended August 2, 2003 in Cincinnati, Ohio
REO Speedwagon in 2000
Tour Opening Acts: Styx
Started May 4, 2000 in Phoenix, Arizona | Ended November 25, 2000 in Huntsville, Alabama