After the disastrous end to Game 3, REO Speedwagon lead guitarist Dave Amato couldn't Fight This Feeling anymore. So Dave, a Framingham homey, took It On the Run, hijacked the band's tour bus and drove all the way from Wisconsin to St. Louis for Game 4 of the World Series last night.
"Game 3, that was tough," Amato told the Track. "But it's over, we’re moving on."
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Quick Stats: Dave Amato, lead guitarist, REO Speedwagon
Daily Drive: 2008 Corvette Z06 (Dave's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: see below
Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to Santa Barbara Car he learned to drive in: 1970 Dodge Coronet First car bought: 1960s Cutlass Supreme REO Speedwagon's lead guitarist Dave Amato has had six Corvettes since 1975 and loves his current ride, a 2008 Chevy Corvette Z06, which he saw on the street one day last year in Westlake Village, just north of Los Angeles. He had seen another Z06 a few weeks earlier and was upset that he didn't get the owner's number, so when he saw this Corvette, he thought this was the first one he saw.
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota performance by classic rockers REO Speedwagon is coming to Blu-ray, CD and DVD.
Frontier Records will release "Live at Moondance Jam" on Nov. 19.
The concert was recorded at the Walker, Minn., festival in high-definition. It features REO Speedwagon performing 13 songs, including the hits "Keep on Loving You," ''Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Take It On the Run."
The concert will be available in both Blu-ray and a deluxe edition containing a compact disc and DVD.
"Live at Moondance Jam" was broadcast on Palladia, Direct TV and VH1 Classic in early 2013.
EVERY car and guest to arrive at the hotel - first thing they see is Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon's hydrant.
REO Speedwagon hydrant is located at Hyatt Regency Chicago.
FRONTIERS RECORDS TO RELEASE REO SPEEDWAGON'S
LIVE AT MOONDANCE JAM THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA ON CD+DVD AND BLU-RAY ON NOV. 19
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Band's First High-Definition Concert Release Contains the Smash Hits
"Keep On Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It On the Run" and More
Los Angeles, CA - Sept. 23, 2013 - Frontiers Records and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the release of Live at Moondance Jam - the band's hit-filled performance from the country's premier classic rock festival, Moondance Jam. Recorded at the Walker, Minnesota festival in high-definition, Live at Moondance Jam, puts the band's brilliant showmanship on display as the veteran rockers blast through 13 of their best-loved songs. Available in both Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) formats, Live At Moondance Jam will be released on November 19th.
Broadcast on Palladia, Direct TV and VH1 Classic in early 2013, Live at Moondance Jam features a baker's dozen classic REO Speedwagon tunes, including the hits, "Keep on Loving You," "Take It on the Run," and "Can’t Fight This Feeling," along with the first ever live version of "In Your Letter." The packages also feature "Don't Let Him Go," "Keep Pushin'," "Time for Me to Fly, "Back on the Road Again," "Roll with the Changes," "Ridin' the Storm Out," "157 Riverside Avenue," "Golden Country," and "Like You Do.” Additionally, both the CD+DVD and Blu-ray packages contain a bonus interview with REO's iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin.
"I can't really explain it, but we feel like our band is actually still getting better," said REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin. "This Moondance show captures the essence of this exciting new chapter in the continuing story of REO. I can look you in the eye and say that this performance is us playing our best, totally live, and having an absolute blast."
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. The group's nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty-plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are currently electrifying concert audiences on headlining tour dates and festival shows through the spring of 2014.
On the band's last tour, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, STYX and REO Speedwagon's Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Recently, REO's Kevin Cronin unveiled the band's "Great Chicago Fire Hydrant" as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project which will feature oversized replicas of Chicago's iconic fire hydrants. There will be 101 fire hydrants to represent each firehouse, and later in December, these will be auctioned, with proceeds benefitting 100 Club Chicago. Finally, a rerecording of "Roll with the Changes" is currently featured in the movie Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher.
Click here to see a sample from Live at Moondance Jam.