REO Speedwagon to Play Benefit Shows with Eddie Money, Richard Marx for California Fire & Shooting Victims
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Speedwagon has organized a pair of star-studded concerts in the Los Angeles area next month to raise money for two good causes.
The shows, scheduled for January 12 and January 13 at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, California, will raise money for the victims of two recent tragedies in that area: the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, and the devastating Woolsey and Hill fires. The proceeds will benefit the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Conejo Valley Victims Fund.
Among the artists who will be joining the veteran rockers at one or both events are Eddie Money, Richard Marx and Five for Fighting‘s John Ondrasik.
In addition, Sir, Please, a band featuring REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin‘s twin sons Josh and Shane, will open both concerts. More guests will be added to the shows.
Tickets for the concerts are on sale now.
“My family has sat in the Borderline Bar, and watched my sons’ band perform on that stage,” says Kevin in a statement. “Our hearts ache for the families who are suffering the unthinkable loss of a child or friend due to this senseless, horrific mass shooting.
He adds, “Then, just as the grieving process was beginning, the Woolsey Fire struck, causing widespread destruction and evacuation of the Thousand Oaks area. The people of our neighborhood are strong, yet these are challenging times. REO hopes that the funds that are collectively raised can offer at least a bit of relief.”
Cronin and his REO band mates Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt are all area residents.
REO Speedwagon has nearly two dozen U.S. shows confirmed for 2019, spanning from a January 11 performance Valley Center, California, through a September 28 gig in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Here are all of the band’s upcoming tour dates:
1/11 — Valley Center, CA, Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
1/12 — Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theatre
1/13 — Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theatre
1/17 — Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
1/18 — Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
1/20 — Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Casino Resort
2/6 — Macon, GA, City Auditorium at Macon Centreplex
2/7 — The Villages, FL, Sharon L. Morse PAC
2/10 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for Performing Arts
4/8 — Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
4/9 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
4/11 — Wilkes-Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center
4/14 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
4/15 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
4/30 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
5/4 — Topeka, KS, Topeka Performing Arts Center
6/7 — Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
6/15 — Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theatre
6/26 — Casper, WY, Casper Events Center
6/28 — Greeley, CO, Greeley Independence Stampede
8/16 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
8/24 — Sparks, NV, Nugget Casino Resort
9/28 — Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre