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Kevin Cronin understands why the Rock Hall passes REO Speedwagon over

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Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon admits that he has little or no hope that the band will ever join its heroes in Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite the band failing to make the shortlist going on 21 years now, Cronin is happy with his lot -- and together with REO will once again barnstorm across the U.S. this spring with Styx and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.

Cronin, who's kept REO together through thick and thin -- and still sells out year after year for their legion of fans -- told us that not getting into the Rock Hall is okay with him: "I understand what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thought process is. And I think in our case, at least; I mean, I think of myself as an artist and an entertainer. I mean, did I re-invent the wheel with REO Speedwagon? Probably not. I think I picked up influences from the Beatles and from a lot of bands that were around me, but I don't know if in good conscience I could say I'm an innovator, and 'did I create something brand new,' y'know? And I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is looking for those types of seminal, pivotal bands."

REO Speedwagon next play on January 12th in Bowler, Wisconsin at North Star Mohican Casino Resort.

Styx next performs on January 18th in Tupelo, Mississippi at Bancrop South Arena.

Don Felder will next perform with Styx on January 26th in Las Vegas at The Venetian Las Vegas.

Just Announced: Styx / REO Speedwagon / Don Felder tour dates (subject to change):

March 13 - Duluth, MN - Amsoil Arena
March 14 - Bismarck, ND - Bismarck Event Center
March 16 - Brookings, SD - Swiftel Center
March 17 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center
March 19 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
March 20 - Saginaw, MI - Dow Event Center Arena
March 23 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center - SMSU
March 24 - Springfield, MO - JQH Arena (Styx & REO only)
March 25 - Park City, KS - Hartman Arena
April 4 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
April 6 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstore Arena
April 7 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Arena
April 8 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
April 10 - N. Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
April 11 - Lafayette, LA - Cajun Dome
April 14 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheatre
April 15 - Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum

Fast Facts:

REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity was released on November 21st, 1980 and topped the Billboard 200 for 15 nonconsecutive weeks in 1981: February 21st to April 3rd; April 18th to May 8th; and May 16th to June 26th.

Hi Infidelity spawned four major singles for the band: "Keep On Loving You" (#1); "Take It On The Run" (#5); "In Your Letter" (#20); and "Don't Let Him Go" (#24).

After that, REO -- who performed at Live Aid -- went on to score eight Top 40 singles -- including the 1985 chart-topper, "Can't Fight This Feeling."

Side Notes:

Out now is REO Speedwagon's Live At Moondance Jam, which is available on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. The 13-song set from 2010 features the band's greatest hits played live in front of 30,000 fans at the annual Moondance Jam festival in Walker, Minnesota.

Highlights included such REO favorites as "Keep On Loving You," "Take It On The Run," "In Your Letter," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Don't Let Him Go" and "Roll With The Changes," among others.


Check it out: REO Speedwagon in concert on August 8, 2014 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

REO Speedwagon: August 8, 2014

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REO Speedwagon: August 8, 2014
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Todd Morgan, BackBeat-Photography.com

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