If it seems as if REO Speedwagon is everywhere of late — well, it's because they are.
On the heels of its Dec. 4 sold-out tornado relief concert in Bloomington, the band will return to the area, on Feb. 6, for another Rock to the Rescue concert at Braden Auditorium at Illinois State University in Normal.
As part of the event, REO Speedwagon will raffle or auction off memorabilia and instruments to raise money for the cause. Also, donations will be accepted.
Part of the proceeds will go to Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots, and the Washington Community Bank, in care of the City of Washington Tornado Relief Fund.
The Dec. 4 concert, which involved other bands, among them Styx, raised more than $400,000 for the Washington tornado victims.
The tickets for the Feb. 6 concert range from $30 to $60 and go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Braden Auditorium box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. They also may be purchased via charge card by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
REO Speedwagon will perform three other concerts in Illinois and Indiana early next year, all as part of the Rock to the Rescue effort:
— Jan. 18, Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont.
— Feb. 7, Emens Auditorium, Muncie, Ind.
— Feb. 8, Effingham Performance Center.
Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon and Tommy Shaw of Styx founded Rock to the Rescue after Sept. 11, 2001, to raise money for victims of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
Rock to the Rescue has raised money for other efforts, among them the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing this past April.
Since forming in 1967 in Champaign-Urbana, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums worldwide. The band includes bass player Bruce Hall, a native of Champaign. For more information, go to http://www.REOSpeedwagon.com.