Video Six-Pack: REO Speedwagon

I have wanted to write about the REO Speedwagon music videos for quite some time, but I am just now getting around to it. Thanks for reading!

Just as REO was getting to be well-known around the world in the 1980s, this little thing called MTV kicked off and, as they say, the rest is history.

Those who know me know that I have been an REO Speedwagon fan since I was about 15 years old. There’s always time at my house to put in a DVD of REO in concert and crank it up!

I saw my first REO concert in June of 1977 during a “Summer Jam” concert at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. There were several groups performing that day like Ted Nugent, Head East, Black Oak, etc. Overall, I have probably seen REO live about 20-25 times since then. I once said when I was younger that I would drop everything to be “security” for REO on tour. Maybe if I win the lottery, I might follow REO on tour for a whole year!

In the past decade, I was able to see REO with my son and daughter, which was very neat. In 2006, my son and I met lead singer Kevin Cronin in Three Forks, Montana, just before REO performed at Rockin’ the Rivers.

When my daughter was in the front row at a concert in Great Falls, Montana, three members of REO played for her: REO Speedwagon 080211

Back in the early 1980s, music videos took off. When “MTV” started playing music videos on August 1, 1981, “Take it on the Run” from REO was the ninth video ever played on MTV. Sadly, the video only played for a few seconds due to a technical glitch, but it was ninth, damn it!

Here are my six favorite REO Speedwagon music videos of all time and some honorable mentions. Enjoy my six-pack and by all means, turn up the volume!

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REO Speedwagon: Still Rolling

For a couple hours on Tuesday night in Great Falls, Montana, REO Speedwagon took the crowd of 5000 away from their worries of unemployment, the national debt, war, and united the young and the old with old-fashioned ear-splitting rock and roll.

It was just a normal Tuesday night for REO – a sixteen song set list that had something for everyone from the 1973 song “Ridin’ the Storm Out” to the 1971 political song “Golden Country” – they’ve been doing these shows in one form or the other since 1967.

More importantly, this was a chance to celebrate the 30th anniversary of REO’s greatest selling album from 1981 titled, “Hi Infidelity.”  So hearing REO kick off the concert with “Don’t Let Him Go” and continuing with “Keep on Loving You,” “In Your Letter,” “Someone Tonight,” “Tough Guys” and “Take it on the Run” from that album was nothing short of a classic rock celebration. Continue reading