Clarkston,Michigan (August 12,2018) –
The DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan, was the place to be Sunday night if your fan of classic rock and roll. Two of the biggest icons of the genre, Chicago and REO Speedwagon, were on hand to close out their multi-city summer tour.
REO hit the stage at 7:30 in front of the sold out venue as the sun was beginning its descent in the West. Sounding better than they have in ages, Kevin Cronin and the boys covered the hits the fans came expecting to hear. “Don’t Let Him Go” opened the 12-song, one-hour set followed by such notables as “Keep Pushin’”,”Cant Fight This Feeling” and “Take It On the Run” among others.
The high energy fun continued right thru REO’s signature hit, “Ridin’ the Storm Out” which marked the end of their main set. A three-song encore finished up the night culminating with a cover of the Tom Petty classic,”Listen To Her Heart” which proved a fitting tribute to Cronins dear departed friend.
When Chicago took the stage at 9:00, they had a surprise in store for their die-hard fans. The first 16 songs of their set were off of the 1970 critically acclaimed double LP, “Chicago 2”. With 4 of the founding members still active with the band (Lamm, Pankow, Loughnane and Parazaider) classics such as “25 or 6 to 4”,”Make Me Smile”, ”Wake Up Sunshine”, ”Now More Than Ever” and “Colour My World” took on a deep personal resonance for the older fans in attendance who actually remember when the LP was released.
Chicago picked up the pace during the second half of their set by performing classics from their greatest hits catalog. Songs such as “Beginnings”, “If You Leave Me Now”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” set the tone for the run to the finish. The night of hits culminated with arguably two of the biggest sellers in their expansive catalog,
For a couple of classic rock bands that both have been around 5 plus decades, they still know how please their fans. Good music makes people happy and based on all the smiles witnessed tonight, no one left disappointed!