REO Speedwagon • classic rock

Saturday June 29, 2019

14500 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
US

Phone: (505) 352-7886

Contact:

Phone: 505-352-7925


Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out.

See also: Show Up!

Saturday Part I

Yes it’s true. With one eyebrow raised compellingly—in the fashion of Mr. Spock, but the one from Oscilloscope Laboratories—I am going to suggest that you, dear reader, take a trip west on I-40 to Route 66 Casino, an always illuminated creation of glass and concrete and steel rising just before Nine Mile Hill on the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have a super-decent concert hall there, one where both second acts and resurgent superstars come to play. Such is the case (you guess which, though) for REO Speedwagon, a band that will be rocking the heck out of the Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino (14500 Central Ave. SW) on Saturday, June 29. Although many rockers in my generation spent the early 1980s making savage fun of the quintessentially American pop-rock outfit whose hits included “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep on Loving You.” There is some decent tuneage in there, if you dig. Like a lot of Midwest rock bands that ended up embracing a commercial sound to help define their success, REO’s early work is probably their best. Wailin’ blues rockers like “Ridin’ the Storm Out” will always be fly even if what came after was created for mass consumption. That plus who doesn’t want to spend an evening with a high-register vocalist like Kevin Cronin, if you think he might even pull out real G_d-given golden rock nuggets like “Roll With The Changes” or “Time for Me to Fly.” 8pm • $45 to $89 • All-ages.

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