REO Speedwagon played the Saban Theater Tuesday night, Feb. 4th with a show full of hits. The opening band was Sir, Please, which included REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin’s twin sons. After seeing REO Speedwagon at larger venues including the Forum, Microsoft Theater, and Greek Theater, it was special to see the group play a more intimate show.
Although it’s been ten years since REO Speedwagon has released an album, the group’s catalog remains just as popular to this day. REO Speedwagon continues to tour annually and in recent years has toured with Styx, Don Felder, and Chicago. REO Speedwagon consists of founding member Neal Doughty (keys), lead vocalist of over forty years Kevin Cronin, Bruce Hall the group’s bassist of over forty years, and Dave Amato (guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) celebrated their 30th anniversary with the group last year.
The group took the stage and kicked off the show with “Don’t Let Him Go,” and played all the hits, including “Keep Pushin’,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and “Time for Me to Fly.”
REO Speedwagon surprised the crowd with “Live Every Moment” which hadn’t been played since 1985. Cronin dedicated the song to the late Laker legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
Throughout the show, Cronin shared stories of the group’s history and before playing “Take It On the Run,” talked about the group playing the Whisky A Go Go’ for the first time and being on the same stage that legends like Jimi Hendrix played on. Cronin went on to say that “there was only one song that anyone knew at the time” and that when the group “came back, the crowd could sing along with any song they wanted to.” For “Back On the Road Again,” Hall took over vocals as he sang on the original recording. Before a two-song encore, the group played “Riding the Storm Out.”
REO Speedwagon returned to the stage to play “Keep On Loving You,” and “Roll With the Changes” with Cronin on piano for both songs. For “Roll With the Changes,” the band was joined by Sir, Please.