by Glenn Woodell
There are so many bands who were itching to get back to playing live after the lockdowns of the last couple of years and this trio of 80’s block busters was no exception. I grew up when these bands were making it big. I never got to see Styx or REO Speedwagon back then but I saw Loverboy twice back when I was a stagehand after high school. Styx was one of my absolute favorite bands back in the day and REO and Loverboy were on all of the stations I listened to daily.
Trivia time. Do you know where the name REO Speedwagon came from? As a photographer, I cover a lot of subjects besides live music so I’ll take some liberty here to bring up an old image that I’ve been hanging on to. I got to visit an old truck graveyard where I happened upon the famed namesake of the band; the REO Speedwagon, a predecessor of the modern pickup truck that was produced from 1915 to 1953.
So, back to the music. Styx and REO co-headlined this tour which started in May and brought along Loverboy for the ride. In Virginia Beach, REO closed the night out while the schedule calls for Styx to share that role throughout the tour. While I was fully expecting a lot of fans for the big two, I was not prepared for the turnout for Loverboy with many dressed the part with the red bandana and with each band, I felt as though I was back in high school again.
Loverboy retains all of the original members except for Ken Sinnaeve (Spider) who joined them in 2001 after the death of Scott Smith.
2. Lucky Ones
3. Queen of the Broken Hearts
4. The Kid is Hot Tonight
5. Lovin’ Every Minute of It
6. Hot Girls in Love
7. Turn Me Loose
8. Working for the Weekend