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April 12, 2013
Back on the Road Again: An Interview with REO's Neal Doughty


On April 18th, REO Speedwagon will hit the road with Styx and Ted Nugent for the 2nd annual Midwest Rock-N-Roll Express tour. This is a great evening of classic rock by three of the best live bands in the business.

REO Speedwagon, who is co-headlining the shows with Styx, are excited to be hitting the road. The band built their reputation as a great live act in the 1970's and they still receive standing ovations every time they take the stage.

In the interview that follows, founding member and keyboardist Neal Doughty takes us on a trip through time, beginning with the current tour and going all the way back to when he and drummer Alan Gratzer were the only two hippies in the engineer department in college.

Neal tells it like it is and details REO's colorful history in detail, from the formation of the band, through the dark times and into the glory days.

This is an interview full of great stories including everything from food fights to, to band fights to full frontal nudity.
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April 9, 2013
REO Speedwagon will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE

REO Speedwagon will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with REO Speedwagon toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

March 1, 2013
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February 26, 2013
VIACOM MEDIA NETWORKS' PALLADIA TO DEBUT REO SPEEDWAGON'S "LIVE AT MOONDANCE JAM" ON MARCH 2


High-Definition Concert Contains the Hits "Keep On Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It On the Run" and Many More


Los Angeles, CA - Feb. 26, 2013 - Palladia and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the television debut of the band's hit-filled performance from the country's premier classic rock festival, Moondance Jam. Palladia, Viacom's high-definition music channel, will debut REO Speedwagon's "Live at Moondance Jam" on Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 pm PST/9:00 pm EST. The channel will air the program six additional times, including March 2 at midnight, March 3 at 3:30 pm, March 5 at 10:30 pm, March 6 at 12:30 pm, March 10 at 4:30 am and March 13 at 1:30am (all times EST). Following the run on Palladia, VH1 Classic will premiere the concert on Friday, March 22 at 9 pm EST.


Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin 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) keep thrilling concerts audiences with fan favorites such as "Keep On Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," and "Take It On the Run." In addition to featuring those three smash hits, "Live at Moondance Jam" recorded at the Walker, Minnesota festival in the summer of 2010 features "Don't Let Him Go," "Keep Pushin'," "Golden Country," "Like You Do," "Time For Me To Fly," "Back On The Road Again,” and "Roll With The Changes."


"Live at Moondance Jam," the first high-definition REO Speedwagon concert, is available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray here. In addition to 13 songs, including all the aforementioned tracks, the package features an exclusive interview with Kevin Cronin.


After seeing REO Speedwagon on TV, fans can go out and see them live this spring. Last year's "Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" tour was recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the "Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012." It was such a success that rock's finest from the heartland "REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent"are teaming up again for another round of shows. The tour starts on April 18 in Grand Forks, ND and will hit more than 20 cities before wrapping in Burgettstown, PA a month later. REO will then continue with headlining tour dates and festival shows throughout the summer.


About Palladia

Palladia, Viacom Media Networks' high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music-based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, contemporary, classic rock, alternative rock, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from Viacom Music Group's MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services. The channel has grown to 30 million households and is available on major U.S. carriers including Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner, Dish, DIRECTV, Charter, AT&T u-Verse, Cablevision and Insight.


About VH1 Classic

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the '70s, '80s and '90s. The channel features the gods of rock from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Dire Straits in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include National Metal Day (11.11.11) and Metal Evolution, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal. Because when it comes down to it all music should go to 11.

February 11, 2013
REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX AND TED NUGENT SET TO LAUNCH NEW ROUND OF "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS"

REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX AND TED NUGENT SET TO LAUNCH NEW ROUND OF "THE MIDWEST ROCK 'N ROLL EXPRESS" TOUR DATES APRIL 18 IN GRAND FORKS, ND


Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 11, 2013) - Last year's debut of "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" tour, recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the "Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012," was such a huge success that Rock's finest from the Midwest - Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent -are teaming up again for another round of shows starting April 18 in Grand Forks, ND at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The trek concludes May 19 in Burgettstown, PA at First Niagara Pavilion.

Styx and REO Speedwagon will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive fan club pre-sales. Visit StyxWorld.com to join the Styx Lounge for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages, and visit facebook.com/reospeedwagon for information on REO Speedwagon's ticket pre-sales.

To say that everyone on the tour is excited to get back out there would be an understatement, in their own words:

"Due to the overwhelming success of last year's tour, we are going to once again wind up the juggernaut of mega-tainment. Styx, REO and the Motor City Madman: there aren't enough expletives in my vocabulary to explain how great this is...but I'll try. This is going to be *$@&#@*&@# awesome!" - James "JY" Young, Styx (guitars, vocals)

"Yo, wake up everybody! Winter is over, the snow is melting, the sun is coming out it's time for the second annual REO, Styx, Nugent springtime extravaganza. We had so much fun in 2012, we all decided to fire this 'Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express' thing up and do it again. Time to strap on our six strings, pack up the trucks and tour buses, get together with our best rock buddies and go out to have some big fun. See y'all soon." Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon (vocals, guitars, keyboards)

"Blazing vocal melodies and guitars, soaring arrangements steeped in Progressive Rock roots, heart touching ballads you know in your bones, and that's just my DAMN YANKEES brother TED NUGENT I'm talking about! Wait until STYX and REO take the stage! You might need to take the next day off after riding this glorious train!" --Tommy Shaw, Styx (vocals, guitars)

"When you live the ultimate American guitar player's dream, with the ultimate grinding band, performing the most intense fun songs in the world to the most enthusiastic audiences alive, every tour and every concert is an indescribable celebration. Styx and REO deserve me. Here we come again baby, like dogs in heat!" --Ted Nugent

"The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" tour racked in rave reviews during its debut run, including:

"Tuesday's lineup of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx brought album-oriented rock to a rabid, near sold-out audience that ate up every lick, groove and wail like it was manna from heaven." -- Candace Horgan, Denver Post

"The 'Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express' tour proved to be aptly named and by the time the last guitar pick had been thrown and the final encore had faded away, it's likely that more than a few in the audience were pulling out their smartphones to look for their chance to stow away as passengers to catch the next stop." -- Matt Wardlaw, Ultimateclassicrock.com

"One would be hard pressed to find a tour line-up that can boast more combined top 40 hits and platinum recordings than that of Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and STYX...on this night, (the fans are) going to get their money's worth." --Craig Ross, Guitarinternational.com


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Check out "The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express" at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.



Thu 4/18 - Grand Forks, ND - Ralph Engelstad Arena - Styx closes


Fri 4/19 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center - REO Speedwagon closes


Sat 4/20 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center - Styx closes


Sun 4/21 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - Ted closes


Tue 4/23 - Springfield, MA - MassMutual Center - Styx closes


Wed 4/24 - Glens Falls, NY - Glens Falls Civic Center - REO Speedwagon closes

Fri 4/26 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center - Styx closes


Sat 4/27 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre - Styx closes


Sun 4/28 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center - REO Speedwagon closes


Wed 5/1 - Estero, FL - Germain Arena - REO Speedwagon closes


Fri 5/3 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - Styx closes


Sun 5/5 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Styx closes


Wed 5/8 - Tulsa, OK BOK Center - REO Speedwagon closes


Fri 5/10 - Kansas City, KS - Starlight Theatre - Styx closes


Sat 5/11 - Lincoln, NE - Pinewood Bowl Theater - REO Speedwagon closes


Tue 5/14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena - Ted closes


Wed 5/15 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center - REO Speedwagon closes


Fri 5/17 Green Bay, WI - Resch Center - REO Speedwagon closes


Sat 5/18 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - REO Speedwagon closes


Sun 5/19 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion - Styx closes


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