Chicago and REO Speedwagon to play State Fair

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 3, 2014 

It'll be Flashback Tuesday at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 9 when 1970s iconic bands Chicago and REO Speedwagon take the stage.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Here are the details from today's announcement:

Tickets are $80 - Golden Circle, $50, and $40 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will start selling on Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, http://bit.ly/1bQ9Z41 or by phone 888-559-3247 daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9th Ave SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and a $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

To make it a very special evening, ticket holders to the Chicago and REO Speedwagon concert can purchase a pre-show dinner for $55 each, served in the contemporary setting of the Fair View Club. The price includes one complimentary cocktail, dinner catered by The Vault, a Concert Series laminate and a lanyard. A no-host bar will also be available for the event. Pre-show dinner ticket holders with infield seating will be escorted to the infield entrance prior to the show. To book your pre-show dinner, visit thefair.com/concerts, or contact the Washington State Fair Box Office at (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Limited seating is available, so book right away.  A $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

First Time the two bands have performed together

"It's ironic, that these two legendary bands, who both have roots in Illinois, were label-mates (Columbia/Epic) in the 70's, and experienced waves of immense success in the 80's and 90's, and have somehow continued to consistently make compelling music, both in-studio and on tour.... have never before performed together!" says Chicago's Robert Lamm. "This situation is about to change, as Chicago and REO will perform together during the concert's encore and present a finale that will thrill their audiences. As a musician who has always respected REO's skills, I look forward to our first rehearsals early this summer.  This will be fun!"

"With so many personal connections between various members of REO and Chicago, it is amazing that we have never actually toured together. I love it that the Chicago guys feel the way we do about truly playing together when you tour together," says REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin.  "Can you imagine the Chicago horn section on 'Roll With the Changes'? That would blow my mind! This tour promises to deliver some unique music from two bands who have made a ton of hit records, share that Midwest work ethic, and still refuse to sit back on their past accomplishments. We both keep raising the bar, challenging ourselves, and rocking hard... and the audience is the ultimate winner. We are psyched... I can't wait for this tour."

Chicago:
In March of 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best Of Chicago, Only The Beginning charted at #1 on two Billboard charts.  In Billboard magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band.  Chicago will be performing on the GRAMMY stage for the first time in 2014, and their album The Chicago Transit Authority was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame this year.

Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, the group produced a steady stream of hits Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, the group has produced a steady stream of hits throughout their career, including “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Hard Habit To Break,” “If You Leave Me Now” and many more.  Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100 million mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five Gold singles.

The line-up includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and Wally Reyes on percussion.

From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-classic songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. The band is now in their 46th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date!

Chicago continues to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city's name with pride and dignity around the world.  Chicago is currently recording new songs. For more information visit www.chicagotheband.com.

REO Speedwagon:
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records.  The group’s nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot.

Over 30 years later, Cronin and band mates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying concert audiences across the nation. Live at Moondance Jam - the band’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, was released in both a Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) on November 19, 2013.

REO unveiled the band’s “Great Chicago Fire Hydrant” as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project to benefit  the 100 Club Chicago. Recently, REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX organized Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, abenefit concert to raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes. This concert raised in excess of $400,000 and REO Speedwagon continues to raise funds for Rock To The Rescue at shows in the Midwest. Visit www.REOSpeedwagon.com.

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