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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350: The group in 2010. From L-R, Bryan Hitt, Bruce Hall, Kevin Cronin, Dave Amato and Neil Doughty]]²--> I'm going to keep on loving you\²'Cause it's the only thing I wanna do...²²'''REO Speedwagon''' is an American ArenaRock band formed in 1967 in Champaign, Illinois. It grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s.²²Initially playing in a style that blended hard rock guitars and drums with frontman Kevin Cronin's high, piercing tenor voice and Neal Doughty's softer keyboard touches, the band recorded several moderately successful albums before breaking out, as many rock bands did at the time, with a live album (''You Get What You Play For''). They subsequently became one of the foremost ArenaRock bands, achieving great success in the early 1980s. Their popularity waned by the end of the decade, when the rock scene became dominated with HairMetal groups, but they've stayed together in some shape or form and still play today.²²REO Speedwagon hits include "Keep on Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling". Both songs are [[PowerBallad power ballads]]. "Keep on Loving You" is one of the first power ballads, and it appears on the group's most commercially successful album, ''Hi Infidelity.'' This album also included several other hits, including "Take It on the Run," a song that peaked at number 5 on the U.S. charts. ²²----²!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):²²* ''Dave Amato'' – guitar, backing vocals (1989–present)²* '''Mike Blair''' – bass, backing vocals (1967–68)²* ''Kevin Cronin'' – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards (1972–73, 1976–present)²* Carla Day – backing vocals (1989)²* Bob Crownover – lead guitar (1968–69)²* '''''Neal Doughty''''' – keyboards (1967–present)²* Bill Fiorio – lead guitar (1969)²* '''Alan Gratzer''' – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1967–88)²* ''Bruce Hall'' – bass, backing and lead vocals (1977–present)²* Jesse Harms – keyboards (1989–91)²* ''Bryan Hitt'' – drums, percussion (1989–present)²* Melanie Jackson – backing vocals (1989)²* Miles Joseph – lead guitar (1989, died 2012)²* Graham Lear – drums (1988–89)²* Terry Luttrell – lead vocals (1968–72)²* '''Joe Matt''' – guitar, lead vocals (1967–68)²* Joe [=McCabe=] – saxophone (1968)²* Mike Murphy – lead vocals (1973–76)²* Gregg Philbin – bass, backing vocals (1968–77)²* Gary Richrath – guitar (1970–89, died 2015)²* Steve Scorfina – lead guitar (1969–70)²* Marty Shepard – trumpet (1968)²²----²!!I can't fight this troping anymore:²* BreakupSong: "Take It on the Run" is sung to a LoveInterest who is rumored to be cheating on him and refusing to defend herself.²** The incredibly catchy "Out of Season" is about a man who ignores the warning signs of a failing relationship and is hit hard when his partner leaves abruptly:²--->''Just when I thought I couldn't get any higher''²--->''You cut me down to size''²--->''I should have noticed''²--->''When you put out the fire''²--->''Instead, I just closed my eyes''²** "Time For Me To Fly" actually has a positive take on this trope, portraying the singer as someone in an one sided relationship, and makes it seem like he's having a burden lifted by breaking up.²* {{Fanservice}}: The cover of ''Hi Infidelity'' (1980).²* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2; the line-up of Alan Gratzer, Neal Doughty, Gary Richrath, Bruce Hall, and Kevin Cronin lasted from 1977–88.²* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The ''hits'' are approximately 2. Earlier songs were a little bit higher on the scale, like a standard 3-very soft 4, but they were never an extremely heavy band.²* PowerBallad: Responsible for two of the best; "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling".²* PrecisionFStrike: In the song "Tough Guys" from ''Hi Infidelity'' (1980), we have this:²-->''They think they're full of fire''²-->''She thinks they're full of shit''²* PunnyName:²** One of the backing vocalists in ''Hi Infidelity'' (1980) is credited as "N Yoletta" (actually the band members performing as an alias), which is the pun on the title of one of the songs, "In Your Letter".²** For that matter, ''Hi Infidelity'' itself, using infidelity as a play on "[=HiFi=]", or "high fidelity", a term referring to high-quality reproduction of audio. ²** See also: ''You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish''. Wait... What? ²* PygmalionPlot: "Keep on Loving You"'s music video has Kevin Cronin telling a psychiatrist that he fell in love with a made-up woman who's the subject of one of his songs.²* RevolvingDoorBand: Only one member, Neal Doughty (organ/keyboard) has stayed constant.²* RockStarSong: "Rock 'N' Roll Star".²-->''We hit the road\²And the road hit back''²%% * SillyLoveSongs²* UndyingLoyalty: In "Keep on Loving You", the singer declares his loyalty to his beloved and his determination to preserve their romance even when he knows she's betrayed him.²* VocalTagTeam: It happened often in the 1970s, with lead guitarist Gary Richrath singing chunks of each album, notably ''R.E.O.'' (1976). In later albums, one song would be sung by bassist Bruce Hall.²----


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