REO Speedwagon rolls into Star Plaza
Bob Kostanczuk Post-Tribune correspondent December 14, 2011 3:26PM
REO Speedwagon headlines the Star Plaza Theatre.
Updated: January 17, 2012 8:07AM
A taste of British rock was scheduled for Dec. 30, at Merrillville’s Star Plaza Theatre, but instead, it will be an American band with ties to the Land of Lincoln.
“Satisfaction — A Rolling Stones Experience” has been postponed, replaced by REO Speedwagon, which has its roots in Champaign, Ill.
The band known for “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” has an 8 p.m. Dec. 30 date, with tickets priced at $45 for its “Home for New Year’s Weekend” show.
REO is in the mix of power-ballad groups from the 1980s like Journey and Bon Jovi.
REO has a yuletide CD called “Not So Silent Night: Christmas with REO Speedwagon.” A notable track is the acoustic “I Believe in Santa Claus.”
“The Colors of Christmas” concert sounded like a nice holiday outing, but it won’t be happening.
Sunday’s scheduled performance at the Star Plaza Theatre has been canceled “due to a last minute, potential television opportunity,” according to a release from the Merrillville venue. The show was to have featured Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Salonga and Ben Vereen.
Cool yule discs
I’ve got a pretty good collection of Christmas albums.
Here are three titles from the 1990s:
“Special Gift” — A good, soulful compilation featuring the Isley Brothers, Angela Winbush, Dru Hill and Kurtis Blow.
“Street Carols” — Northwest Indiana doo-wop legend Stormy Weather is featured on this throwback that includes groups from the 1950s and early 1960s, such as the Fleetwoods, El Dorados and Soul Stirrers.
“Best of the Season” — Anne Murray has an angelic voice, and she puts it to work on this collection that dishes plenty of yule standards such as “Joy to the World” and “Silver Bells.” There are also pleasant surprises, namely, “This Season Will Never Grow Old.”
As for CDs from the 2000s, my collection has these holiday standouts:
“Christmas” — Jaci Velasquez’s album stirs in some lesser known seasonal ditties: “It Wouldn’t Be Christmas” and “Season of Love” with Pete Orta.
“The Christmas Guest: Stories and Songs of Christmas” — It’s folksy and religious Andy Griffith showing his musical side. You remember him playing guitar on “The Andy Griffith Show,” don’t you?
And here’s one more nugget from my CD stash:
“The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album” — It’s a classic pop-rock effort, with “Little Saint Nick,” “The Man With All the Toys” and “Merry Christmas, Baby” — all three written by Brian Wilson.