It’s a return to the 1970s and 1980s on Tuesday, April 2, when rock group REO Speedwagon comes to Montgomery.

The venue is the Montgomery Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in downtown at 7:30 p.m.

The official announcement of the show reads as follows:

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and radio staples soon followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” That landmark album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot and has since earned the RIAA’s coveted 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States.

From 1977 to 1989, the band released nine consecutive albums all certified Platinum or higher. Today, REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums around the globe, and Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Dave Amato (guitar), Bryan Hitt (drums), and Derek Hilland (touring keyboardist) are still electrifying audiences worldwide in concert with hits and fan-favorites such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” the aforementioned “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run,” and many, many more.

Ticket information can be found here.

MPAC is at 201 Tallapoosa Street and seats 1,800.  Other events can be found here.

The group originated in Champaign, Ill., and is a leader in the genre “arena rock.”  Band members are Neil Doughty, Kevin Cronin, Bruce Hall, Dave Amato and Bryan Hilt.

"People, I’m here to tell you, I’ve been around since the world began. Well, Mr. Politician, reform me if you can. I’m an anti-establishment man." - Reo Speedwagon, Anti-Establishment Man

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler writes about Alabama’s people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths.  He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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