Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give its all to its fans, year in and year out. In the 1970s, the band’s unrelenting drive and non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ the Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for its ninth studio album, 1980’s explosive “Hi Infidelity,” which spent 15 weeks at No. 1. The album has received Recording Industry Association of America®’s (RIAA) 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million in the U.S., fueled by massive hit singles such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” All these years later, “Hi Infidelity” still remains a high-water mark for rock bands. In all, REO has an RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles, including “Roll with the Changes,” “Time for Me to Fly,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Back on the Road Again,” and others.
In 1994, when many rock bands of their era had broken up or were feeling like their days were numbered, the REO team came up with a co-headline tour concept that breathed new life into the world of touring. The Can’t Stop Rockin’ amphitheater tour featuring Fleetwood Mac, REO and Pat Benatar was a huge success and blazed the trail for the very popular co-headline tours of today. REO has since embarked on incredibly successful tours with STYX, .38 Special, Ted Nugent, Chicago, Def Leppard and Don Felder, among others.
After an 11-year break from recording, REO Speedwagon released “Find Your Own Way Home” in 2007, marking the band’s 15th studio effort. Its 16th album, “Not So Silent Night … Christmas with REO Speedwagon,” was released in 2009.
Styx draws from more than four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs and hard-driving deep cuts. From the progressively sweeping splendor that is “The Grand Illusion,” to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the “Blue Collar Man,” from the majestic spiritual love for a special “Lady,” to the seething indictment of preening, primping pageantry for pageantry’s sake of “Miss America,” from an individual yearning for true connection as a “Man in the Wilderness,” to a soul-deep quest to achieve what’s at the heart of one’s personal vision in “Crystal Ball,” from the regal reach-for-the-stars bravado of “Come Sail Away,” to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged “Renegade” who had it made, the band draws on an unlimited cache of ways to become immersed in their signature sound.
A new era of hope, survival and prosperity comes calling with the release of “Crash of the Crown,” Styx’s new “masterpiece” studio album, which was written pre-pandemic and recorded during the pandemic. The multi-platinum rockers – James “JY” Young (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy Shaw (lead vocals, guitars), Chuck Panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ricky Phillips (bass, guitar, vocals) – released their 17th album June 18, 2021, on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe, as clear vinyl, black vinyl and CD on digital platforms at styx.lnk.to/crashofthecrownPR. They released more new music on Sept. 17, 2021 – “The Same Stardust” EP originally sold as part of Record Store Day (June 12, 2021) – is available on blue 180-gram 12-inch vinyl only and features two brand-new songs on side one (“The Same Stardust” and “Age of Entropia”); side two includes five live performances of some of Styx’s classic hits previously heard during their “Styx Fix” livestreams that have been keeping fans company during the pandemic on the band’s official YouTube page – “Mr. Roboto,” “Man In The Wilderness,” “Miss America,” “Radio Silence” and “Renegade.” “The Same Stardust” is available worldwide on all digital platforms at styx.lnk.to/thesamestardust
The cross-generational appeal of this soulful country-rock trio draws from past and present, with a harmony-driven style built around compelling lyrics and memorable melodies: music with a timeless quality. Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Ill., native Michael David Hall (guitar and lead vocals with a soaring five-octave range); Jake Singleton of Sumter, S.C. (harmonies, bass and percussion); and Camden, Tenn., native Ryan Holladay (guitar, mandolin and harmonies). A few of the trio’s musical roots are suggested by its name, an homage to the talents of The Band’s Levon Helm, as well as Elton John and his song “Levon.” All in their 20s, Levon’s members nonetheless share a collective musical passion for the 1970s and the artist-songwriter generation whose lyrics and melodies have remained relevant long after their time on the charts. Levon’s influences also include a range of artists whose careers have become synonymous with stellar songwriting, musicianship and harmonies: The Eagles; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Keith Urban; Pure Prairie League; and others. The Nashville-based band’s résumé spans an ever-growing array of festival dates and opening slots for such artists as Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Kelsea Ballerini, Alabama and many others. The band’s debut album, “Levon LP,” was released in 2017.
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