REO Speedwagon coming to EIU later this month

REO Speedwagon coming to EIU later this month

REO Speedwagon, the rock band that’s sold more than 40 million records after getting its start in Champaign-Urbana, will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Lantz Arena at Eastern Illinois University.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Monday (Sept. 10). They are $27 each and may be purchased between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Martin Luther King Jr. Union ticket office on the EIU campus. For phone orders, call 581-3616 or 581-5122. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. All seats are reserved.
Fronted by vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon started out by touring in station wagons, going from tiny gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. Later, they rode the top of the charts with 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million worldwide, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.
Cronin and other members of REO Speedwagon appear in Bob Zimmerman’s new video documentary “Out of Nowhere,” about the C-U rock music scene. Look for a story soon in The News-Gazette on the doc.
 

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rsp wrote on September 07, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I remember walking by their house as a kid and listening to them practice. It was just after they had formed the group and people were talking about them from the start. 

skiparoo wrote on September 08, 2012 at 8:09 am

some of the boys lived above johnston's sport shop in the late 70's--the apartment started on fire and they excaped by jumping out on the awnings.  most of their equipment was destroyed and the insurance put them back on the road.  red lion days.