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REO Speedwagon

Fans of REO Speedwagon have been rocking with the group for  five decades. The band got its start in the late '60s in Illinois.

These days, the group is still bringing its rousing rock tunes to audiences. REO Speedwagon will roll out the hits Nov. 9 at Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan.

"We've been there before and are looking forward to coming back," said Bruce Hall, bass guitarist for REO. "It's close to where we all started."

Hall said he still likes the touring and the fact the band is still attracting audience members to its live shows.

"I love to travel. It doesn't bother me at all, " he said.

The band, which got its start in the college town of Champaign, Illinois, was one of the first groups on the scene in the arena rock days of the 1970s.

REO Speedwagon is comprised of Hall, Neal Doughty, Kevin Cronin, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt.

Hall said REO continues to offer solo shows on tour and often appears on multi-bill shows. The guitarist said he enjoys both formats.

"I like the three-band lineups. Bands like that and the fans like that," Hall said. On the flip side, a solo show with just one band allows the group to "play more songs and play longer," he said.

Hall said it's nice to see that fans are still excited about their music. The songs continue to attract generations as well and have remained popular with rock fans.

"I think it's because most of the songs are positive songs," Hall said. "People like that."

Hall said REO lends its performances to help with various charities. "We try to help the community out," he said.

REO fans will likely hear all the huge hits during the Four Winds concert, including songs such as "Roll With The Changes," "Keep on Loving You," "Take It On The Run," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Time For Me To Fly" and more.

FYI: REO Speedwagon will perform at 9 p.m. Eastern Nov. 9 at Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, Michigan. Visit fourwindscasino.com for more information.

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.