Here's the scoop on the stars at tonight's "Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need" at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
Keyboardist Neal Doughty and another founder of the band, drummer Alan Gratzer, met at Townsend Hall at the University of Illinois. Bruce Hall, who became REO's bass player in the late 1970s, is an alumnus of Champaign Centennial High School.
REO and Styx regularly tour together. One of their concerts in 2000 at Riverport Amphitheater (now Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) near St. Louis was later released as a live concert video and album titled "Arch Allies: Live at Riverport."
Actor Sylvester Stallone asked the band to provide the theme for his film "Rocky III." That tune turned out to be "Eye of the Tiger." Following the success of that song, Survivor recorded "Burning Heart" for Stallone's follow-up movie, "Rocky IV."
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That's the stage name for stand-up comedian and actor Daniel Lawrence "Larry" Whitney. A big Cornhuskers fan, Whitney was born in Pawnee City, Neb., where he was raised on a pig farm.
To mark the release of his 1991 album "Rush Street," Marx went on a 24-hour, five-city trip on MGM Grand Airlines, performing his music at every stop.
The lineup that would take Head East through its first six albums took shape in Champaign-Urbana, where band members Roger Boyd and John Schlitt had been students at the University of Illinois and Steve Huston had attended Eastern Illinois University.
Scheduled to perform Dec. 20 at Fat City Bar and Grill in Champaign, the band has performed with Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had the wrong school for Hall. We regret the error.