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LIVE: REO SPEEDWAGON – October 16, 2021

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Venue: Soaring Eagle Casino

City: Mount Pleasant, MI

Date: October 16, 2021

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (

Making up for lost time, REO Speedwagon is back  on the road again (sorry about that) bringing a show full of hits, #1’s and some rare gems for their long time fans to enjoy along the course of the evening.  Within moments of the bands start time, the five guys that make up REO Speedwagon – Neal Doughty (keyboards), Kevin Cronin (vocals, rhythm guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Dave Amato (lead guitar); and Bryan Hitt (drums) – took their respective places on stage and hit us fast and hard with “Music Man” from 1972’s R.E.O./T.W.O.  After an energetic rendition of “Keep Pushin'” Cronin and company pleased the crowd with a one-two-three punch of fan favorites from the 1980 smash album Hi Infidelity, which is being celebrated on its 40th anniversary a year later due to touring stoppage last year.  A combo that started with a personal favorite “Don’t Let Him Go” morphed into the international smash “Take It on the Run” and culminated with another favorite “Tough Guys” which packed all the punch and power as the first time I heard the song back in 1980 on my cassette player.  More hits were scattered over the setlist with “That Ain’t Love” and “Live Every Moment” bridging the gap between the Hi Infidelity hits and another big hit the Cronin added a storyteller component to when he talked about writing and then revisiting “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”  Digging deep into their catalog, the band jumped into “Son of a Poor Man” and a lot of the crowd joined along for the musical journey.  Going back a little further back to R.E.O./T.W.O. once again  we got a sonic glimpse into not only where the band was musically in 1972 and where they are now with a lineup that has been perfecting the REO sound since 1989.  The two track pulled from that album, “Golden Country” and “Like You Do” complimented the rest of the set and gave the long time fans a few minutes to sing along with the band as a more intimate vibe rolled across the venue and newer fans that aren’t familiar with the deep cuts were possibly introduced to new old songs.  Two more classic hits dotted the musical landscape of the setlist with “Time for Me to Fly” and my fav Speedwagon tune the hard hitting “Back on the Road Again” took us to the encore.  No REO show is complete until they roll through the next trio of songs… 1just ask any fan who grabbed a ticket to the show.  While waiting for the show to start, I polled several attendees and there was a collective agreement the show couldn’t end until the ‘Wagon played in any order “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Keep On Loving You,” and “Roll With the Changes.”  The energy from the stage didn’t waiver from the first note of the show through the last chord of the finale and we all left the venue with smiles on our faces and a song on our lips.  There are show dates across the remainder of 2021 and show beginning to be scheduled for 2022 so you have no reason not to grab a ticket and catch a classic rock filled show when they roll through your town.

Setlist: Music Man – Keep Pushin’ – Don’t Let Him Go – Take It on the Run – Tough Guys – That Ain’t Love – Live Every Moment – Can’t Fight This Feeling – Son of a Poor Man – Golden Country – Like You Do – Time for Me to Fly – Back on the Road Again – Ridin’ the Storm Out – Keep On Loving You – Roll With the Changes








Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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