REO Speedwagon is coming to Big Night Live on Monday, May 25th! Tickets are on sale now at BigNightLive.com!
Boston, MA (January 21, 2020) – REO Speedwagon have announced a performance at Big Night Live on May 25, 2020.
REO Speedwagon first formed in 1968 via a pair of University of Illinois students, keyboardist Neal Doughty and drummer Alan Gratzer. By the early ’70s, Doughty and Gratzer had welcomed aboard guitarist Gary Richrath, who would soon prove to be the group’s spark plug in addition to bassist Gregg Philbin and singer Terry Luttrell.
Released in 1976, R.E.O. signaled the beginning of the veteran group’s winning streak, as both 1977’s Live: You Get What You Play For and 1978’s You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish were REO’s first to earn gold and platinum certification. Another live album, Live Again, was also issued in 1978, followed up a year later by another gold-certified hit, Nine Lives.
Although REO were slowly inching their way to big-time success, no one could have predicted the massive hit that their next album turned out to be, Hi Infidelity. Issued at the tail end of 1980, it became one of 1981’s biggest albums — spawning one of the best-known power ballads of all time, “Keep on Loving You,” as well as such popular rock radio hits as “Don’t Let Him Go” and “Take It on the Run.” Hi Infidelity would eventually go on to sell more than nine million copies — catapulting REO to arena-headlining status.