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.
REO fans - be sure to check out the series premiere of "The Goldbergs" tonight (Tues. Sept. 24 9/8c) for a gag the writers put in about the band. We won't spoil it, but the dad, Murray Goldberg, "Can't Fight This Feeling."
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Each hit song Kevin Cronin wrote or co-wrote for 1980s arena rock band REO Speedwagon was the result of a tumultuous personal experience.
"Keep on Loving You," "Can't Fight this Feeling" and "Roll with the Changes" were born out of his suffering.
"Usually, it seems like there's a direct correlation between the quality of the song and the depth of emotional distress that I'm in when I write them," the lead singer said in a recent phone interview. "The better the song, the crazier I am at the moment I write it."
He's grateful that the songs touched other people and that fans continue to want to hear them. He and the rest of REO Speedwagon will play all the favorites when they perform Monday at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.
Cronin, 61, isn't an original member of the band, which was founded in 1967 by University of Illinois students, but he joined only a few years later. Originally a folk singer and guitarist, it was a stretch for him to front a loud rock band. He left the band after recording just one album 1972's "R.E.O./T.W.O" but returned in 1976 in time to help carry the band to mainstream success.
Cronin said he knew he wanted to become a rock star from the moment he saw The Beatles on television. "There's something that went off inside of me that said, "That's exactly what I want to do," he said. "For me, there was no doubt in my mind. I didn't know the odds of that happening were so steep."
In some ways, his love of The Beatles helped him develop his own musical style. Back in those days, the sheet music often used to come out before the recordings. Cronin remembers getting the sheet music for the song "Please Please Me" and trying to play it without hearing it. "When the recording came out, it was OK, but I preferred my version," he said with a laugh.
Fans loved the sound REO Speedwagon created in its heyday in the 1980s. The band sold more than 40million records and produced 13 Top40 hits. While the band’s popularity faded in the 1990s, enough fans have kept the group going all these years and given it success as a classic rock band.
Cronin was excited that the band's rerecorded version of "Roll With the Changes" was included in the recent movie "Jobs," about Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs.
"I was so happy they used it, it's more powerful," Cronin said. "It's in a great spot in the film. They cranked it up loud."
When REO Speedwagon originally recorded that song for the 1978 album "You Can Tune a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish," the musicians spent so much time trying to get the instrumental parts right, that he didn't have much time to record his singing.
"It's nice to rerecord an iconic song," he said. "It gives me a chance to sing it better than I sang it before. I'm singing it with more emotion than I did back then."
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