The National Cherry Festival welcomes REO Speedwagon to its 2020 Bay Side Stage line up. Led by Kevin Cronin with bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar, and drummer Bryan Hitt, REO Speedwagon will be rocking all of their classics hits on Wednesday, July 8th, on the Pepsi Bay Side Music stage.
The band's unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jumpstarted the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick, and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as "Ridin' The Storm Out" followed, setting the stage for 1980's explosive Hi Infidelity (received the Recording Industry Association of America's 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States). Hi Infidelity's millions in sales were fueled by massive hit singles such as "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run". All these years later, the nearly ten-times platinum Hi Infidelity still remains a high-water mark for rock bands – the album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, a feat that modern artists can only dream of achieving. REO Speedwagon rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the United States and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.