REO Speedwagon

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Will REO Speedwagon be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Commercialized rock, but they did have the number one album of 1981 (and that was the year everyone was in a Beatles frenzy after John Lennon died in December of the previous year). Sounds like fame to me.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 17:05pm


Theres no reason they should not be inducted. They are one of the hardest working bands in rock & roll, still out there touring and still making music (new CD out on April 3, 2007). They are one of the most underestimated and under appreciated bands in the industry, and they are STILL out there working hard despite it all. Not to mention the fact they have a very loyal fan following. They're overdue for induction.

Posted by Jordan on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 11:24am


Reo Speedwagon helped define the power ballad that sound in the early 80's of a love song powered by rock music , that was acomplished not only in 1980, but actually got started with their first ballad of "Time for me to fly", which when it came out started the upward progress of this type of music, and hit big time in 1981 and then when they thought they were done with their hit sound, came out with "Can't fight this feeling" in 1984, and continue to record today, so yes I believe they have contributed to this sound in rock n roll, people remember the way they felt and never forget those songs, it is time to give them their due, they deserve to be in the rock hall of fame.

Posted by jeff on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 00:59am


Jeff makes a good case - I can almost swallow the idea of REO in the Hall, simply because when they were a power, they were really a power! They did, in fact, define a very influential phenomenon - the Rock Ballad. Can't deny it. God help me, I believe they have a place here!

Posted by shawn on Saturday, 05.5.07 @ 10:58am


They had some decent music, and were commercially successful. I think I even own the "Greatest Hits", but I think they fall short of hall standards. Not really seeing any major inlfuence or changing rock music in any profound way - just my opinion now.

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 05.11.07 @ 17:47pm


This concept of a "Power Rock Ballad" as alluded to did not begin with REO.

Try "Lady" by Styx in 75' (recorded in 73')

Try "Love Hurts" by a band called Nazareth in 75'
(written in 1960)

Also see "These Eyes" by The Guess Who (1969)

Posted by SG on Sunday, 06.24.07 @ 01:59am


Jeff had me convinced with the power ballad argument until I read SG's rebuttal.

I enjoyed REO's music while in high school in the early 80's, but it hasn't aged well. I do own their Greatest Hits, but never listen to it. I appreciate their accomplishments, but would have to vote no on HOF induction.

Posted by Brian on Wednesday, 10.24.07 @ 10:07am


It would be difficult for me, personally, to justify REO being Speedwagon inducted before Journey. Or Styx, or Kansas, or Heart, or...

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 07:59am


Power ballad? Try "Piece of my Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin. Not to mention "Beth" by Kiss.

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 01.8.08 @ 23:21pm


Reo Speedwagon has made influence in rock but not as much as certain other bands that are not included in the rock and roll hall of fame. Journey and Heart mostly.

Posted by matty bitch on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 22:22pm


The question should be "why" has REO Speedwagon NOT been inducted by now. For the past five years I haven't even heard of some of the bands or solo artists that have been inducted, let alone some of the inducties are no longer even preforming... REO is still preforming, releasing new material, sound great live, were very succseful in the 70's and 80's, have top charting albums, the fathers of the "power ballad," and not to mention millions of copies sold for the past three decades... It is a shame the have not been inducted by now.

Posted by John on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 07:36am


"For the past five years I haven't even heard of some of the bands or solo artists that have been inducted"-John

Why do people insist on touting this logic as though it were the bands' fault for not being known rather than their own fault for not knowing? Did you assume in school that everything you had not been taught already was not worth learning?

Posted by William on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 16:52pm


When I look at the list of current inductees, its a mixture of "pretty obvious" to "I guess I don't understand the criteria". I brought up Link Wray earlier, for instance. Pioneering feedback, overdrive, and fuzz on electric guitar plus being a pioneer of using "power (5th) chords"...innovation and influence? Couldn't ask for much more than that!

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 17:08pm


My whole point was that "I nevah hoid' of 'em" is not an argument. I'd be much more impressed if you HAD heard of them and were knowledgeable enough to list REASONS why they did not deserve induction rather than resort to egocentrism: "Well if I don't know, it must not be important becuase hey, I'm me." It's more people celebrating ignorance.

Posted by William on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 18:28pm


Unfortunately theres a lot of that going around William. You can go down the list of inductees and either say "I nevah hoid' of 'em", or you can look into them and find out why they're there. After looking into some of them I still wonder, though. But that's just a matter of personal opinion. At least it's an informed opinion and not a brush-off.

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 19:02pm


I'm watching REO's Soundstation special on PBS right now, and I've gotta say, I wasn't even alive for this band's peak of popularity, and I recognize almost of their songs. They have a heck of a polished sound with dynamic vocals. They're just plain good. I bet you could hardly find anyone in the biz who doesn't respect REO. Whether they get elected or not, give them the consideration they are very clearly due. Roll with the Changes, Take It On The Road, Ridin' the Storm Out? These are classics!

Posted by Alex on Saturday, 07.5.08 @ 21:49pm


I agree wholeheartedly that the question is "why" they have not been in one of the classes in the Hall of Fame. I saw them in concert for the first time at Fort Wayne IN February 7, 1983. I took my daughter to see them at Fort Wayne 24 years later. Both times was great! They are hard working and are still recording. My family watched the lead singer Kevin on "Don't Forget The Lyric" this past spring. My family just went to the "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" in Cleveland on Labor Day 2008. REO Speedwagon fits the critia and is one of the greatest rock bands ever.

Posted by Shawn on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 09:34am


Wrong Shawn, but it reminds me - where the hell has that guy been? William, too?

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 09:39am


Just another boring rock bad They were good players but brought nothing new to the table..I would pick Tiny Tim over them a 10000x's.. NO to the RHOF

Posted by timman on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 09:57am


Power Ballad = Stairway to Heaven (1971)

Power Ballad = Dream On (1973)

Before the Power Ballad: Nights in White Satin (67)and Colour My World (70). And let's not forget Hey Jude by that raggy band. What's there name - I forget.

God forbid you were standing in the doorway of the gymnasium dooring a H.S. dance when one of those songs came on. You would have been friggin crushed.

I could be wrong on this, but I believe the Carpenters had a song out around the same time which is also credited as being one of the first Power Ballads.

As for REO Speedwagon; they fall into the same category as Journey. Call them a HoF band or call them a guilty pleasure; but no matter which, admit it, they made some good music.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 12:06pm


As for REO Speedwagon; they fall into the same category as Journey. Call them a HoF band or call them a guilty pleasure; but no matter which, admit it, they made some good music.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 12:06pm


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It takes more than just some good music..{I hope}

I hear good music at my local bar.
They should bring something new to the table other than more of the same..
It is like Steve Perry He s great but Jounry was when he was his best,, Just not RHOF ..
Tiny Tim was far better than Speed or Perry he was new

Posted by tinmam on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 12:21pm


They should bring something new to the table other than more of the same..

Why should they? If this is what they are comfortable with, then so be it. If this is what their core fans like, then they should stick with that.

I am not saying that they belong or don't belong. I wouldn't fight for their induction, but I would not fight against it either.

Posted by Damoen on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 12:48pm


They should bring something new to the table other than more of the same..

Why should they? If this is what they are comfortable with, then so be it. If this is what their core fans like, then they should stick with that.

I am not saying that they belong or don't belong. I wouldn't fight for their induction, but I would not fight against it either.


Posted by Damoen on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 12:48pm


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Why should they..?Like I said I hear good music at the local bar..
that is why..!!!!!!!!!
RHOF should be and to the most part are People that brought something new a great to the sound of music.. Such as Dick Clark or Little Richard Stones ,Beatle ,Elvis,
There are some musicians ect in the RHOF that makes you wonder I agree on that ..


Posted by timman on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 12:53pm


Tinman, you have no credibility, since you said yes to Milli Vanilli.

Posted by Brian on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 13:09pm


I have been a classic rocker for many years. I first saw REO in concert for $1.02... in Louisville, Ky back in 1974, I think..... I have seen them over 28 times the last 34 years. They have excellent vocals, lyrics and musician play. Many folks on hear have not even commented on the early work of REO. REO started rockin back in 1971 and have been doing so ever since. They enjoy playing for fans, no all bands can do the same. Classics which merit RRHOF induction, over and above the life time achievement include: Like you Do, Ridin the Storm Out, Golden Country, Music Man, Riverside Avenue 157, Roll with the Changes, Time for me to Fly, Keep on Loving You (#1 Hit), Dont Let Him Go (#1 Album), Take it on the Run, Cant Fight this Feeling... No doubt this band belongs in the RRHOF. PS. Ive been to the Hall and there is room for REO Speedwagon....

Posted by CAL on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 08:15am


What are they waiting for? REO has been churning out hits since the 70's. I just saw them the other night and they are still rocking. They would sure get my vote.

Posted by Greg on Monday, 10.27.08 @ 20:15pm


If they are going to POSSIBLY induct the artists in the list of 2032, wht not put REO SpeedWagon?

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 12:56pm


Great music. Great lyrics. My vote is 100% Y-E-S!

Posted by Steelheart on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 13:52pm


They were okay-ish to me but nothing really innovative about them and from what I can tell there not particullary influential to music so I say no.

Posted by Chris.J on Sunday, 01.4.09 @ 21:09pm


Great band and they have one of the best vocalists to ever grace the industry of music. I guarantee there's nobody that can give 2 good reasons why they shouldn't be in the hall of fame.

Posted by Dustin on Thursday, 05.14.09 @ 15:57pm


They would not be in my Top Ten (or Top Twelve) in line for induction--I would put Journey above REO--but I wouldn't have a serious objection to their induction, either.

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 10.28.09 @ 14:25pm


Power ballad? Try "Piece of my Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin. Not to mention "Beth" by Kiss.
Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 01.8.08 @ 23:21pm

All-Music Guide says that "Dream On" laid down the power ballad prototype. I'm not even going to dress down the guy who said that he'd never heard of the recent inductees, because William already did that. I haven't heard of the Dells or the Moonglows, but you sure won't hear me screaming for Deep Purple and T.Rex to replace them. As for REO, I have not delved deep into them beyond the radio hits, which range from good ("Ridin The Storm Out", "Keep On Lovin' You"), okay ("Roll With the Changes") to boring ("Time For me to Fly", "Take It On the Run.") They're another one of these bands where all these has-beens kick and scream about their favorite band being hated and snubbed but then don't clearly explain why they deserve it (see also Journey, Boston, Foreigner.) With those hits, I hear no innovation. I know of little influence. Possibly some impact, but I'll just end this quickly and say no.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 02.17.10 @ 20:13pm


"They should bring something new to the table other than more of the same.."

Why should they? If this is what they are comfortable with, then so be it. If this is what their core fans like, then they should stick with that.

I am not saying that they belong or don't belong. I wouldn't fight for their induction, but I would not fight against it either.

Posted by Damoen on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 12:48pm

Dameon, of course they shouldn't! They can do what they want, they're the band after all (Well, you know what I mean). If they would have any chance being in the RRHOF then yes, they should. However, they didn't. They brought nothing new, their music hasn't aged very well, they may have been commercially successful but they weren't innovative or influential (at least not that I'm aware of). You can call them a good band (they're not in my taste but let's assume) if you want, but that's it, they're a good band. And simply good bands don't (or at least shouldn't) get in the RRHOF. Simply being good isn't good enough!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 08.21.10 @ 11:44am


I honestly think they should if u ask anyone who know rock music who the top 3 bands of the 80s you'll hear Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon

Posted by Paul on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 00:24am


^ I know that it's hard to interpret a person's tone over the internet sometimes, so I'll just assume that you're being sarcastic.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 00:51am


Yeah, I can see how somebody might have a legitimate case to argue that Journey was one of the best bands of the 80's (definitely not Top 3, or Top 5 though, as far as I'm concerned, not even in the Top 20), but saying Styx and REO Speedwagon were two of the best acts of the 80's either means one is a) heavily benighted or b) totally unfamiliar with the 80's music scene. Maybe some sort of combo of a) and b)

I mean seriously, ever heard of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, Van Halen, Metallica, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, New Order, Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., The Police, Guns 'n Roses, Genesis, R.E.M., Dire Straits, Talking Heads, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, The Cure, Queen, Beastie Boys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Eurythmics, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Husker Du, Scorpions, ZZ Top and Violent Femmes to name a few? All were better in the 80's than Styx or REO Speedwagon, IMO.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 03:15am


"best acts of the 80's"

Replace "acts" with "bands," that's what I meant. Otherwise, the list would be even longer than those I already mentioned.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 03:18am


"heavily benighted"
-Tahvo

I like that, Tahvo. I'm going to store it away for future use.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 04:48am


lol, all I can say is, use it wisely!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 05:53am


Joy Division*, The Stone Roses*, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, Depeche Mode, Motorhead, Motley Crue, Megadeth, INXS, Ratt (I'm serious), Prince, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Echo & the Bunnymen, Bauhaus... just bulking up that list a bit Tahvo. I should be laughing at the guy but I just feel a bit sorry for him, though art is subjective so let's not go too hard on him.

*Yes, only one album in the decade, but we don't hold that against the Sex Pistols, so...

Time to discuss the 90's now...

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.31.11 @ 10:30am


You even seen the crap bands and individuals inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You can use the word "rock" loosly here. 50% of the inductees don't or never haved rocked. By all means REO belongs. Maybe not ahead of some more deserving bands but they belong...Thats all!

Posted by Yazzy on Tuesday, 09.13.11 @ 01:43am


And what Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon have in common is that the HOF has not rushed to consider them for induction. And no surprise at that. They've all been successful, and made tolerable- if unadventurous and mainstream- rock music.

Posted by JR on Saturday, 12.10.11 @ 18:43pm


Excelent Rock and Roll By REO, their music travel around many countries and mark the decade of eighties, they earn been part of the greatest rock and roll band of US. And their music still playing.

Posted by Richard on Wednesday, 02.15.12 @ 21:07pm


When bud light "real american heros" radio commercials chose a derivative 80's music style to mock,they chose REO Speedwagon for a reason. If you are looking for any kind of innovation or non mocking lasting influence from the 80's you need to steer clear of this.

Posted by RR HOF Judge on Saturday, 03.10.12 @ 20:43pm


Don't Let Him Go is about the only REO Speedwagon song I can stand. Their songs are mostly interchangeable and Kevin Cronin has a wimpy voice. I don't see them getting inducted into the RRHOF in my lifetime or in anyone else's.

Arena rock, OTOH, isn't a completely negligible genre. Asia and Foreigner are both top-shelf bands and I won't apologize for enjoying their music. Queen sometimes crossed over into arena rock, but had already established their own sound and identity before arena rock even came to exist. KISS is heavily underrated. As with REO Speedwagon, I only like 1 Journey song (Separate Ways). The rest of Journey's repertoire is forgettable. Loverboy is a fine guilty pleasure. Styx and Toto have about a combined total of 5-7 songs that stick with me, but I can disregard the rest. Boston is just annoying from radio overexposure.

Did I forget anyone?

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 06.16.12 @ 17:37pm


REO Speewagon was one of the Best '70's rock n roll bands! They blew out of Illinois & by the '80's they had two # 1 hit singles; Keep on Loving You & I Can't Fight This feeling. They had the # 1 lp High in Fidelity & sold out concerts everywhere they went. I love their early years w/ Greg on bass & Terry & Michael Murphy on Lead vocals. What a superb band!

Posted by Big Steve on Thursday, 01.24.13 @ 09:47am


REO Speedwagon

01. Neal Doughty (1967–Present; piano, keyboards, organ)
02. Kevin Cronin (1972-Present; vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards)
03. Bruce Hall (1977–Present; bass guitar, vocals)
04. Alan Gratzer (1967–1988; drums)
05. Joe Matt (1967–1968; guitar, vocals)
06. Mike Blair (1967–1968; bass, vocals)
07. Gregg Philbin (1968–1977; bass, vocals)
08. Terry Luttrell (1968–1972; vocals)
09. Bob Crownover (1968–1969; guitar)
10. Steve Scorfina (1969–1970; guitar)
11. Gary Richrath (1970–1989; guitar, vocals)
12. Mike Murphy (1973–1976; guitar, vocals)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.6.14 @ 07:09am


You listed KC as 1972-present that is incorrect, 1972, then 1976-present. Graham Lear Drums 1989, Miles Joseph Guitar, 1990-present Brian Hitt Drums and Dava Amato guitar. They also had Jesse Harms on keyboards in 1990.

They should be in. They brought the power ballad to the top, out charted Billy Joel and others in 1981. Listen to their earlier music and you will clearly hear some interesting music that was pre fusion of the late 70's. They were always ahead of their time.

Posted by James on Saturday, 03.15.14 @ 16:25pm


I only listed the members who have a chance at induction.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 03.15.14 @ 16:48pm


Only thing i noticed about Speedwagon was the singe. sang with some type of accent. Then High Infidelity came out and we had our first rock/pop ballad Keep on loving you. They had other good songs and if you watch live footage they had more musical chops then they ever got credit for, but not Hall worthy.

Posted by Rock Authority on Thursday, 08.28.14 @ 22:14pm




Only thing i noticed about Speedwagon was the singe. sang with some type of accent. Then High Infidelity came out and we had our first rock/pop ballad Keep on loving you. They had other good songs and if you watch live footage they had more musical chops then they ever got credit for, but not Hall worthy.

Posted by Rock Authority on Thursday, 08.28.14 @ 22:14pm

A little geography lesson for you to understand the accent:

On the South side of Chicago you have the Roseland neighborhood. To the west of that is Morgan Park then Mt Greenwood neighborhoods. West of that is the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn.

Chuck (guitar) and John Panozzo (drums) and Dennis DeYoung of Styx are from Roseland. Peter Cetera of Chicago is from Morgan Park. Kevin Cronin, lead singer for REO was raised in Oak Lawn and went to Brother Rice high school in Mt Greenwood. I should also note that Jonathan Cain, keyboardist for Journey is one of the survivors of the Our Lady of Angels fire - that puts him on the West side and same area as Terry, Danny, Lee, Walt and Jimmy of Chicago.

I feel you may need to rethink REO's worthiness. REO and Journey and maybe Styx and Chicago to a smaller extent are forerunners of the power ballad. Riding the Storm Out is regularly used at Hawks games. Adam Sandler is known to include REO songs in his movies. Van Halan is pretty much a Californized caricature of REO. Personally i much prefer Kevin's sense of humor over DLR's posturing and Gary Richrath's underrated guitar playing over EVH's hotdogging. Right now I have been looking into Chicago but when I get into REO I will start adding other influences.

By the way REO has been around since the early 70's so you might want to check out some of their earlier songs such as Flying Turkey Trot and 157 Riverside Avenue

Posted by Zuzu on Friday, 12.19.14 @ 11:39am


1st album was the absolute best. With Terry Luttrell as lead singer - their 1st album was hot.

Then Luttrell left on came the band that begin to write and play to kiss the radio's ass.

Everybody loves money.

Gypsy Woman's Passion still one of the most bad ass songs written.

Posted by Yellow Barrel on Thursday, 01.8.15 @ 15:15pm


RIP, Gary Richrath

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 09.14.15 @ 10:53am


I didn't see t coming, but in the most recent photos, Gary Richrath looked pretty bad. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 09.14.15 @ 11:34am


I saw Aaron's post and I had to find my favorite live version of 157 Riverside Avenue to listen to.

RIP Gary Richrath

Posted by Zuzu on Monday, 09.14.15 @ 13:08pm


Throw out everything they did after 1980. Their work from the 70's is more than enough to get them in the RR-HOF. REO T.W.O. is a masterpiece.
RIP Gary R.

Posted by Bob on Wednesday, 12.9.15 @ 11:44am


I would have thought that Ridin' The Storm Out and Time For Me To Fly would have been essential songs.

Posted by Brian on Sunday, 10.23.16 @ 16:25pm


I have been looking for REO in the HOF for a while now. I guess this year answered one question - Journey is in. But Journey does not have the "rockin' credentials REO had before morphing into the Power Ballad group - songs like "Like You DO" Riding The Storm Out" "157 Riverside Avenue" no boring melodies there... So my question remains: Why is Journey in and REO never got a vote?

Posted by elgee on Thursday, 12.22.16 @ 16:12pm


Because REO is so LAME, and Kevin Cronin looks like (a very old version of) Big Bird...

Posted by Enough of Boomer Rock Already on Thursday, 12.22.16 @ 17:00pm


Now that Journey is in, all bets are off. They are very good but not great. Kind of like Ryne Sandberg. Still, whenever I want a blast I'll ask Siri to play Time for Me to Fly. And every song, btw, has a soaring guitar solo.

Posted by Benjyedwards on Thursday, 02.9.17 @ 18:14pm


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