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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:00 PM
I liked their songs and thought the singer was great. It was differant the way he so carefully enunciated the lyrics. To me they were the one "Arena Rock" band that had real merit.
 
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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:25 PM
saw them once,opening for Hydra (a fav. band of mine) & Marshall Tucker back in the day...all around great show,& REO was pretty good...esp. The guitarist..Gary something i think....Hydra stold the show tho,IMO. ..love that song "Glitter Queen" from their 1st LP...I think the only REO LP i ever bought was the one w/"Ridin' the Storm Out"...still a great tune from a solid album....

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:28 PM
My only listening of these guys has been radio ... don't own any of their albums or CD's. I've never been moved by their music that much I guess.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:29 PM
REO played Kansas City every other week back in the mid 70s.
Richrath was the guitar dudes name.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:33 PM
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REO played Kansas City every other week back in the mid 70s.
Richrath was the guitar dudes name.
They played like that all over the midwest, Jon. I did see them live a couple of times back in the day because it was live music and close (but never travelled outside of my backyard).

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:34 PM
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REO played Kansas City every other week back in the mid 70s.
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They played like that all over the midwest, Jon. I did see them live a couple of times back in the day because it was live music and close (but never travelled outside of my backyard).


I can proudly say I never gave into peer pressure and saw them !

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:37 PM
In the late 70s (prior to High Infidelity), they were a good band. Their live album is one of the better ones of that era. I think I saw them twice but both times were after their late 70s creative heyday (post H.I.).

Richrath could really play...

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:38 PM
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I liked their songs and thought the singer was great. It was differant the way he so carefully enunciated the lyrics. To me they were the one "Arena Rock" band that had real merit.


i always thought journey was the better of the arena rock bands because at least they started out playing something different and were in santana's band before that

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 02:43 PM
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In the late 70s (prior to High Infidelity), they were a good band. Their live album is one of the better ones of that era. I think I saw them twice but both times were after their late 70s creative heyday (post H.I.).

Richrath could really play...


Tim I had a guitar teacher when I was in the 7th grade and we parted ways and he moved on ...yaddah yaddah...
When I was about 24 or so I ran into him at a local bar in KC North and we got to talikng a bit. We eventually went to guitar players and I mentioned I really liked Duane Allman...he just kinda sneared and told me how Gary RR played circles around Duane.
He lost all my respect that night. The man who taught me some Hendrix and Clapton licks was in a trance about Gary RR. I don't know, he never flipped my skirt for anything long term. I'd say early REO was thrying their best to imitate the ABB.

 

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REO played Kansas City every other week back in the mid 70s.
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They played like that all over the midwest, Jon. I did see them live a couple of times back in the day because it was live music and close (but never travelled outside of my backyard).


I can proudly say I never gave into peer pressure and saw them !
You are a better man than I.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 03:18 PM
"Roll with the Changes"..was one of those songs I used to turn up to 11.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 03:25 PM
Roll With The Changes, Ridin' The Storm Out...yes...

I Can't Fight This Feeling...gun to my cranium, please...

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 03:26 PM
I own a copy of REO's first album, and also the live album. Parts of it were recorded in Indy at the Convention Center, and after it was released, they played Indy again. They received a hero's welcome. That was the same concert I had to chase my totally effed up friend through the crowd while he was tripping on acid and drunk on Bacardi 151, while projectile vomiting bile. I was 16, he was 17. That's one reason why I never tried hallucinogenics. I saw what they did to him.

Gary Richrath was definitely a bad mo fo on a gold top Les Paul. I'd never put him above another player, especially Duane, though. But he had great tone and technique. Being a midwesterner, I'll always have a soft spot for bands like REO and Styx.

 

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Now that's a combo you don't hear about very often...

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 03:36 PM
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Now that's a combo you don't hear about very often...
Trust me....he was OUT THERE. Made a huge impression on me....on what NOT to do.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 04:00 PM
Riding The Storm Out
 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 04:04 PM
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Trust me....he was OUT THERE. Made a huge impression on me....on what NOT to do.



Dave,

Guess you don't what to hear about "Electric Moonshine". It was a favorite at Union Grove, circe '72/'73.

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 04:08 PM
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Dave,

Guess you don't what to hear about "Electric Moonshine". It was a favorite at Union Grove, circe '72/'73.

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LOL...let me guess...you feel drunk first...and then....

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 04:36 PM
There was a time I thought they were pretty cool, but it passed pretty quickly, did see them back in '81, my Dad bought 3 tix for me and my 2 best buddies at the time, we were 16 yrs. old, and handed me the car keys and told us to have a good time, we had enough by encore break and left. It was at the old Poplar Creek Music Center, Hoffman Estates, IL. I remember getting robbed for 7 $ by 3 Hispanic cats while trying to by some hashish from them, ran into them later in the show and confronted them and tried to push the issue, I thought for a minute there they was gonna kill me .....Peace........joe
 

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Roll With The Changes, Ridin' The Storm Out...yes...

I Can't Fight This Feeling...gun to my cranium, please...



made me laugh

I partied at the keyboard/piano players house before a Guns n Roses/Skid Row show at the Forum back in 1992. His wife was screwing around with a twenty something friend of mine while he was out on the road with REO. Good times.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 04:49 PM
REO has a place in music history. They warmed up every major act coming through Peoria, IL in the early 70's. I sat through them over 15 times waiting for the main act to come out. I think I was over exposed and can't listen to there music without remembering those shows. First time I saw them was when they warmed up the ABB's in Feb, 1972. They warmed up Mountain, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and many others. REO had a great booking ageny to have gotten them all those jobs. They co-bill with Styx and still play a lot of shows.
 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 05:39 PM
Just saw them this summer. they still kick ass

Headliner with Jefferson Starship, and Foghat opening. Big gathering sponsored by the
local Firefighters summer picnic. Over 5K attendence.

Dave Amato is fine player. I dig him. I have always thought that Kevin was the weak link in the group
but he has written some fine melodys over the years. Neil is one of my favorite keyboard players.


I still listen to the double Live LP "You get what you play for" from the 1975 tour.
that was there motto, they played a lot of gigs in the seventies.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 05:46 PM
REO's current lead guitarist Dave Amato also played on the Greg Rolie Solo record "Roots". Great stuff
on that record. You guitar lovers should check that album out.

He also played some live dates with The Greg Rolie Band (which included Alphonzo Johnson on Bass) in support
of that Record. Some were festival dates so there could be some live tapes of that floating around. (i don't
have any)

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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 06:17 PM
Have seen REO too many times to count.....
Kevin Cronin is my cousin.......and a great guy.
Gary Richrath was heavily influenced by Duane and Dickey......
Dave Amato is a fine guitar player......he also played with Ted Nugent.
REO is still out there doing what they do......always professional.......
Used to see them around Chicago playing in battle of the bands back in the day.....
I am proud of what Kevin has done in the music industry......
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  posted on 11/13/2008 at 06:36 PM
REO were the headliners at the 1st outdoor show I ever went to, July 5, 1981 at the Miami Baseball Stadium. REO, Rossington-Collins Band, Foghat and Billy Squier.

Squier was touring on the "Don't Say No" album, with The Stroke, In the Dark, and was quite good. Foghat was breaking in their new guitarist Erik Cartwright, a couple of months after the late Rod Price had quit. RCB was the most anticipated by the Florida audience, due to it being the remanents of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Primetime, Don't Misunderstand Me were hits, but the instrumental version of Freebird was definitely a hit.

As for REO, they were great, touring on the Hi-Infidelity album, but I always enjoyed the early guitar workouts, I love that tune "Golden Country" and really enjoyed Richrath's guitar work and wah-wah on that one.

 
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