All right, quit snickering about the “Can’t Stop Rockin’ ” tour featuring REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Peter Frampton.
We’ve already heard the quips: “Please Stop Rockin’,” “Won’t Stop Rockin’ ” and “Can’t Stop Wheezin’.”
Ha Ha. Very funny.
The bands have heard them, too. Yet they’re not so quick to laugh.
Frampton, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon deserve a little respect for their contributions.
After all, people who think the only purposes for the banding together of the three classic rock bands is to gouge people’s wallets and rehash nostalgia will not be in attendance at The Gorge on Friday.
“The powers that be would like to think that because the record companies stopped paying attention, the fans did,” Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon’s lead singer and chief songwriter, told the Arizona Republic.
“I think they were wrong about that… . It’s a backward perspective, asking, ‘Why is there renewed interest in this music?’ It’s always been there.”
All three bands have made a massive impact on rock music. REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Frampton have sold over 60 million albums combined. They were among the super powers in the ‘70s and ‘80s, controlling the airwaves, the charts and the arenas.
Frampton released one of the biggest rock records ever with “Frampton Comes Alive,” an album that defined the glory of arena rock. The album was noted for hooky voice-box guitar solos. To date, it’s in over 10 million households in this country.
In an effort to rekindle the magic of “Frampton Comes Alive” and his career, the singer-guitarist recorded “Frampton Comes Alive IIx.” The album turned out to be a major blunder, selling only 25,000 copies.
Between 1977 and 1987, Foreigner was a factory for hit singles, generating one smash after another. “Feels Like the First Time,” “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “Jukebox Hero,” “Say You Will” and “I Want To Know What Love Is” were all products of Foreigner’s career.
During the ‘80s, the band went through a revolving door of musicians as members left to pursue solo careers or other projects.
Today, the heart and soul of Foreigner, Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, are still with the band.
Few people realize that REO Speedwagon formed in 1968. That’s because it wasn’t until 1978 that the band produced its first hit single “Roll with the Changes.”
Once REO Speedwagon gained momentum, they fired out a multitude of hits for six straight years, including “Keep on Lovin’ You,” “Take it on the Run,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Don’t Let Him Go.”
The band continued to record new music into the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it never had another hit after 1984.
REO Speedwagon does have a new album out called “Building the Bridge,” and it’s available at all of their shows on this tour.
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MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: CONCERT “Can’t Stop Rockin’ ” with REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Peter Frampton begins at 7 p.m. Friday at The Gorge. Tickets are $42.55 and $26.80, available at Ticketmaster outlets or call (509) 735-0500.
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