REO Speedwagon In The 2000s


REO Speedwagon has spent most of the last two decades on what I’d call classic rock power tours. All the names I remember from the 1980s seemed to have gone on tour and this post seems like I’m just dropping a ton of names, but I felt bad leaving out people!

After a dozen or so compilation albums in the 1990s, REO Speedwagon teamed up with Styx for an appearance at Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis, which was released as a live concert video. The REO portion of the show was released again under three separate titles. REO once again teamed with Styx in 2003 for the Classic Rock’s Main Event tour which also included Journey.

The band released a self-financed album entitled Find Your Own Way Home in April 2007. Though it did not chart as an album, it produced two singles which appeared on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio chart.

They continue to tour regularly, performing mostly their classic hits. They are popular on the fair and casino circuits, but still team with other acts to play large venues. They teamed up with Styx yet again to record a new single entitled “Can’t Stop Rockin'”, released in March 2009, as well as for a full tour that includes special guest .38 Special.

In summer 2010, the band – then touring with Pat Benatar – announced that it will release a 30th anniversary deluxe edition reissue of Hi Infidelity. They headlined on the Classic Rock Stage at the Milwaukee Summerfest on June 30, 2011.

On November 22, 2013, REO announced a benefit concert with Styx titled “Rock to the Rescue” to raise money for the affected families of the tornado in central Illinois. The concert was held on December 4, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois. Richard Marx joined REO on stage for a joint performance of two of his hit songs. Gary Richrath reunited with REO for a performance of “Ridin’ the Storm Out” to end REO’s set at the sold-out concert. Richrath stayed on stage to help with the encore of “With a Little Help From My Friends” along with REO, Styx, Richard Marx, and others. Richrath is originally from the town of East Peoria which was damaged during the storm. Families impacted by the storm and first responders sat near the stage for this special concert and REO reunion.

In early 2014, it was announced that REO Speedwagon and Chicago would be teaming up for 15 dates throughout 2014.

REO7

Side One

Live Every Moment

Side Two

Gotta Feel More

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