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REO Speedwagon Reviews

Classic RockIndie & RockConcerts

Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 23



5.0 star rating Ellen from Milwaukee, Wisconsin


From start to finish a high energy, polished great show. They sounded solid!I liked the comments by Kevin Cronin.I feel this was a milestone in my concert expierences. I saw them in 1977or 78 at Alpine Valley, how many bands have been together that long& sound great!

5.0 star rating Tony from Cedar Rapids, Iowa


After the Covid lay-off, REO Speedwagon played Cedar Rapids at the McGrath Amphitheater. If you went there to see REO play pop music off “Hi Infidelity”, they played a few of the hits. However, from the opening song, it was clear that REO 2021 decided to remind everyone that they are a rock n roll band. They blistered their way through songs off “REO Two” and “You get what you play for”, "Nine Lives, and "Tune a Piano". They sounded great and had a hard edged sound to them. Guitar solos had a cutting, almost metal sound. Drums and keyboards were crisp. The venue was packed and everybody rocked. Opening act “Head East” deserves a mention. They opened with “Raise a Little Hell”, the hit from “Trooper” and set the tone for the night. The blasted their way through their harder material as well. Excellent show, from guys who know how to put on a rock n roll concert.

5.0 star rating Betaraybill from Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Wow, what a show. When we bought the tickets, we were worried about the weather, but it was a fantastic night on the Cedar River. Tip of the hat to opening act Head East. They set the tone for the night by opening with the great "Trooper" tune "Raise a little Hell." They rocked through their set and the crowd sang with their cuts like "Jefftown Creek" and ""Never Been any reason." After a quick change, REO came out. They played some of their hits off "Hi Infidelity", but Kevin Cronin said that the COVID shut down sent them Back to their early days. I think REO decided to remind people that they were a rock and roll band. and played songs off "REO Two" and their 70's albums, complete with great guitar solos. REO played with an edge to their music. "Like You do, "Son of a Poor Man", and "Keep pushing On" rocked the crowd. I was surprised they played "Golden Country" in these politically sensitive times, but they made it work. Also credit the sound engineers, both bands sounded great.

5.0 star rating Kristen from Jacksonville, Florida


Florida Theatre rocked last night as REO Speedwagon and front band LEVON put on a very professional show. Great sound, great selections from their High Infidelity album as well as others. Vocals were good and instrumentals outstanding. Thumbs up to LEVON too...great new group with youth and skills! REO is a good influence on these young rockers.

5.0 star rating Scott T from Jacksonville, Florida


Walked up to the ticket window at the magnificent Florida Theatre in Jacksonville FL and bought the last 2 seats together. Balcony seats on the isle. Perfect! Missed most of the opener but I was there to see REO for the 5th time. They played their 4 plus hits from Hi Infidelity which still make the ladies melt but what thrilled me the most was the mid to late 70’s songs. Songs like Son of a Poorman, Back on the Road Again, Like You Do, Golden Country, Roll w the Changes, Keep Pushin On, Ridin’ the Storm Out, and Time for Me to Fly were spot on. These songs molded me with drive and a never give up attitude as a teenager / young adult. I enjoy watching and listening to this band 40 plus years later. Kevin is a great band leader and continues to keep things sharp and professional on stage. REO was on my turntable in 1977 and I still get fired up every time I get to see them perform live. Looking forward to seeing them again soon. Remember to Keep Ridin’ the Storm Out people. REO Speedwagon you are a Great American Rock n Roll Band. Thanks for the memories and God Bless America.

5.0 star rating Joni from Toledo, Ohio


I've seen REO Speedwagon far too many times to remember in the last 40 years and I have to say that, like fine wine, they just get better with age! The concert was electrifying from start to finish.

5.0 star rating Dyane Lody from Knoxville, Tennessee


Wow! Saw them in 1982 & took my son in 2022! He needed his 1st concert to be a REAL concert the way a show is supposed to be. He LOVED it as much as I did! Our seats were perfect, the band was fantastic & the crowd was crazy!! After the show we ate at The Chop House on Broadway singing "Tough Guys" all the way there!!! Great mother/son memories were made. Keep the Fire Burning!!!!

5.0 star rating Timothy from Clearwater, Florida


For a guy who admits to being 71 years old, I was very impressed with the vocal chops. Kevin seemed to get better throughout the evening's performance. It's just not human! With that being said, the other musicians were solid. They all delivered a great, robust perfomance. The 70's and 80's came back to life at this show. I will say that they were loud and I am very glad I brough ear plugs with me.

5.0 star rating Chris R from Phoenix, Arizona


Me, my wife, and a close friend saw REO at The Celebrity in Phoenix and we had an awesome time! The band sounded tight and energetic. The lead singer was entertaining with short stories about the songs they wrote. I especially liked the story about a band mate’s divorce and the song they wrote about it. Vocals sounded spot on. Best concert I’ve been to in awhile.

5.0 star rating LB from Kansas City, Missouri


REO Speedwagon sounded and looked great. Their songs were played exactly as I remember them. Kevin Cronin's voice and all the others sounded SUPER! Kevin looked healthy, sounded GREAT, and interacted nicely, by recalling some past memories playing in Kansas City (between songs). Got to see Kevin play on the guitar and the piano. Just so glad his voice is still clear and great!

4.0 star rating Boopie 123 from Dallas, Texas


The band was great. But, security couldn't make people go back to their seats and about 50 people came up and stood in front of the stage, blocking the view of people who paid big bucks for front row seats. Security said that the band was "okay with people standing in front of the stage." Drunk guys were groping women who sat on the front row, I had a front row seat and got my foot stepped on by some guy who blocked my view of the stage. 2 fights broke out near the stage and Cronin stopped one of the songs because of it. Total chaos and nobody on the front row felt safe. Two groups left. Not cool to allow this.

3.0 star rating Paul Lowe from North Fort Myers, Florida


REO played their hearts out. The sound was so garbled that what lead singer Kevin Cronin said in between songs was unintelligible. When he spoke into the mic it sounded like a fast food drive thru speaker at 125 decibels. The sound was so muddled that the only performances that shone thru were Dave Amato’s guitar solos. Since I really liked the venue, I would like to know if the issue was on the part of REO Speedwagon’s sound engineering or was it an issue with Ruth Ekerd hall?

3.0 star rating from Clearwater, Florida


Have seen REO 3-4 times over the last 25 years. This show was at Ruth Eckerd Hall In Clearwater. Acoustically a perfect venue. The show wound have been great if the REO sound guy wasn’t deaf. Overall volume was at a consistent 107-110 decibels. Way too freakin loud which ruined the show.

3.0 star rating Dan Bierschbach from Omaha, NE


Good band but too loud for sure. Would have been much better if the vocal volume were left alone and the instrument volume dropped. My ears rang though the night after the concert. Vocals were hard to understand.

3.0 star rating Peg hoj from West palm Fl


Watch your audience, you lose 75% when you do the solos.

1.0 star rating Dale Crow from Charlotte NC


We had great seats and loved the theater, however lead singer for REO was sick and they trucked in a cover band to waste and hour and then REO tried to perform and it was a train wreck. I feel as if I wasted $300 on a high school band gathering. Why was this concert not canceled and rescheduled? If the lead singer is so sick that he can not hardly speak how can REO justify taking everyone's money for a sing along. Completely feel ripped off by a band I have always loved so much

1.0 star rating Bill S. from Columbia, South Carolina


Very disappointed that they called this a concert. Cover band was good but that’s not who I paid for. They could have lip synced and put on a better performance.

1.0 star rating Rachel from Clearwater, Florida


Horrible! Went to celebrate our 40 th anniversary , having loved REO that long and it was terrible. The music was unrecognizable because of the volume and the terrible sound system. Waste of money and time. Very disappointed.

1.0 star rating Scott from Jacksonville, Florida


The sound quality was terrible. For one, it was too loud, and the two the lyrics were muffled. We left along with the majority of the others before it was over. It wasn't the venue, it's the band. The warm up band was fine, REO was a big disappointment.

1.0 star rating Jack Uniglicht from Atlantic City, New Jersey


REO's Sound engineer should be fired. I opened up my db app about 3 songs in and it registered 110db. Not only was the sound dangerously loud, it was distorted. I am a fan of REO Speedwagon and they are talented. No need to blast the music so loud it is unlistenable. My friend and I walked out and spoke to a casino rep and I asked if others were walking out. She said plenty. I showed her the db reading and she went in to speak to the sound engineer who said he would lower the volume. He lowered it by 10 db...Still registering 100+. We left the concert 6 songs in. At 85 decibels, the maximum recommended exposure time is 8 hours. By 100 decibels, the noise exposure limit drops to 15 minutes, and at 10 decibels more (110 dB), the risk exposure time plummets to just one minute. Exposure to sound levels for longer than that could result in permanent hearing loss. The sound engineer for REO Speedwagon must be deaf.

1.0 star rating Peggy Adams from Atlantic City, New Jersey


We left during concert.Sound was horrific! Absolutely a waste of time and money. I truly want my money refunded. Sound man needs to be fired! Worse concert I ever attended. Shame on them!

1.0 star rating Kevin dick from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


terrible sound could not hear vocals at all the lead guitar and drums was the only sounds you could hear worst concert ever

1.0 star rating Tee Sanford from Las Vegas, Nevada


REO Speedwagon was the best, as good or better as they’ve ever been, Absolutely amazing. But the volume was turned up so loud it was almost distorted and painful to the ears. The only way we got through the concert was grabbing kleenex and trying to protect our eardrums. Almost bearable then. My husband’s a drummer, he knows what’s Just too loud and what’s been properly balanced. Really disappointing to pay a ticket price like that to see a wonderful band only to be ruined by non musicians In charge. Come on guys, regulate the sound for a smaller theater than a Colosseum. it can’t be that hard. ? Ruined a 38th anniversary.


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