REO, newly crowned as state's all-time faves, back on the road again at Virginia

REO, newly crowned as state's all-time faves, back on the road again at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — Hometown heroes REO Speedwagon, returning Saturday, have been voted the "Top Musicians in Illinois History" by participants in the Illinois Top 200 project, a part of the state's bicentennial celebration.

Of the 21 shortlisted artists, REO Speedwagon received the most public votes to win the honor. The remainder of the top five included Alison Krauss, Nat King Cole, Cheap Trick and Miles Davis.

"We have always been proud of our Illinois roots and have a deep connection with the people from the many Illinois cities and towns which gave us our start and support us to this day," singer Kevin Cronin said.

The band is set to play the bicentennial party in December.

Formed loosely in the late 1960s at college here, REO Speedwagon has been fronted by Cronin since 1972.

The lineup includes Champaign native Bruce Hall on bass, founding keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt.

After the band had years of hits in the 1970s, 1980's "Hi Infidelity" sold more than 10 million units in the U.S. with hits "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run."

Since 1994, REO has co-headlined tours with Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Styx, Kansas and, most recently, Chicago.

If you go

What: REO Speedwagon

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C

Tickets: $59.50 to $199.00 VIP

Info: 217-356-9063, thevirginia.org/event/reo-speedwagon-2/

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