There are a lot of great classic rock choices fan can make this summer. The double bill of Chicago and REO Speedwagon should be on your list and they made a tour stop at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado Wednesday night.
Rock legends REO Speedwagon opened up the night and successfully pumped out a set of classic rock hits. The group consisting of Kevin Cronin (lead vocals/guitar), Dave Amato (lead guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Neil Doughty (keyboards), and Brian Hitt (drums) kept the early energy flowing as they played hit after hit. The band highlighted “Keep Pushing” from the 1976 album REO plus following it up with the mega ballad “Can’t Fight This Feeling” from 1985 Wheels Are Turnin. The band highlighted a lot of songs from their Hi Infidelity album of 1981. It was recently given the diamond award for selling 10 million official alums in the U.S. Wow! It is difficult to comprehend these numbers in todays music climate. As you can see with their big smiles, REO enjoys entertaining fans decades into their careers.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago took a different route regarding their setlist. The band played their 1970 double album in its entirety before ending the night with some classic hits. It was in impressive task to play all 23 tracks and keep the audience engaged but that band was successful. The musicianship throughout was amazing and they ended the first half with a rocking version of the biggest hit from that album “25 or 6 to 4. The current touring band consists of Robert Lamm (keyboards), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone), Walley Reyes, Jr. (drums) Keith Howland (guitar) Lou Pardini (keyboards), Ray Herrman (saxophone), Neil Donell (vocals), Brett Simons (bass), and Danny Reyes (percussion). The second half of their set was dedicated to playing a number of fan favorites. The hits “Saturday In The Park”, “You’re The Inspiration”, and “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” easily got the crowd to their feet with lots of singing and dancing.