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REO Speedwagon: Rockers ready to ‘Keep on Loving You’

September 7, 2018

Sometimes a college dude who plays an instrument meets up with another musically-inclined guy and they decide to have a few jam sessions. Or maybe they even form a college band and play some parties on campus.

Fortunately that wasn’t the end of the story at the University of Illinois, when pianist Neal Doughty got together with a dorm mate who played drums. Their collaboration led to the formation of what is now REO Speedwagon.

The Grammy-winning band, which has a connection with Connecticut, got its start in 1967. By 1971 its debut album was out on Epic Records, including a tune called “157 Riverside Avenue.” The title refers to the Westport address where the band stayed while recording in a Bridgeport studio.

REO Speedwagon returns to Connecticut for a concert at The Warner Theatre in Torrington on Thursday, Sept. 20. Fans can expect to hear all their favorites, from “Take It On the Run” to “In My Dreams.”

The current lineup features lead vocalist Kevin Cronin, who wrote such hits as “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Cronin is joined by Bruce Hall on bass, Doughty on keyboards, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt.

REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million records, and has toured with such artists as Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Chicago and Def Leppard, just to name a few.

Just last month they were in Denver at “A Taste of Colorado,” performing on a bill with such artists as George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Leann Rimes and Smash Mouth.

The Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington. Thursday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. $125-$40. 860-489-7180, warnertheatre.org.

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