Reo Speedwagon Newcastle City Hall 28th October 1985

Reo Speedwagon Newcastle City Hall 28th October 1985
reospeedI saw Reo Speedwagon once, when they toured the UK in 1985 and played at Newcastle City Hall. The line-up at the time was Neal Doughty (keyboards), Alan Gratzer (drums), Gary Richrath (lead guitar), Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), and Bruce Hall (bass). They were touring off the back of their eleventh studio album “Wheels Are Turnin'”. They had been in the UK singles charts earlier in the ’80s with “Keep on Loving You” and “Take It on the Run”, and in 1984 with “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. REO Speedwagon formed in 1967 in the USA, and have had considerable success. Their 1980 album “Hi Infidelity” contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group’s best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold. Over the course of their career, the band have sold more than 40 million records and continue to play to this day. The concert was an evening of great adult-oriented pop rock. I recall lots of jangling acoustic guitars and strong harmonies. Support came from Robin George.
Thanks to Mitch for the setlist: Don’t Let Him Go, Tough Guys, I Do’ Wanna Know, One Lonely Night, Back On The Road Again, Take It On The Run, Can’t Fight This Feeling, Wherever You’re Goin’ (It’s Alright), The Unidentified Flying Tuna Trot, Shakin’ It Loose, Keep On Loving You, Keep Pushin’, Roll With The Changes.
Encores: Riding The Storm Out, Time For Me To Fly.

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9 responses to this post.

  1. My favourite REO Speedwagon factoid: their original drummer was a guy called Doug Schemske. He left the band before they made it big and is now a very influential professor of evolutionary ecology. Not as well known as the band, of course, but he’s famous within the field.

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  2. Posted by Mitch on April 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I was at this concert . I recall REO being a well rehearsed polished act who went down particularly well with the City Hall crowd – including me. I thought they were great.
    The Newcastle set list was:

    Don’t Let Him Go, Tough Guys, I Do’ Wanna Know, One Lonely Night, Back On The Road Again, Take It On The Run, Can’t Fight This Feeling, Wherever You’re Goin’ (It’s Alright), The Unidentified Flying Tuna Trot, Shakin’ It Loose, Keep On Loving You, Keep Pushin’, Roll With The Changes.
    Encores: Riding The Storm Out, Time For Me To Fly.

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    • Posted by vintagerock on April 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Many thanks Mitch. I agree, I recall them being much better than I had expected. I am not a massive fan of AOR/pop but enjoyed them. Cheers Peter

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  3. I to was at the City Hall gig and vividly racall them being very quiet to begin with. But as the gig went on they gradually got louder, never been to a gig like it sound wise… I recall really enjoying it though despite not being a massive fan.

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  4. Posted by Mart on October 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I was at that show too, front row seat right in front of Richrath. The short length of the show was later blamed on vocal problems for Kevin Cronin – forcing them to cancel a surprise gig at London’s Marquee club. I remember Gary’s guitar being quite low down in the mix, which was a shame as he was one hell of a guitarist. Also it was Turkey Trot, not Tuna.
    I always thought it sad that Richrath left the band, though I certainly understand why, he was the soul of the group and they were never the same without him.

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