There was nothing different in the arrangement, but it sounded more powerful. The weather was perfect. Then again, he had reportedly been schtooping, er inspired by, the great songstress Judy Collins. Kevin: "Let Me Ride" was my answer to CSN's masterpiece, "Suite Judy Blue Eyes"...the songs are actually quite similar, with one minor exception: their song is actually a masterpiece. Soul", (my high school band, Fushia, covered those tunes), but when I put CSN on my high school girlfriend's turntable she didn't see me again the rest of that day. You even have muscle memory of playing the music for so many years. Shop and Buy Can't Fight This Feeling sheet music. Thanks! Jeb:  The song “Keep the Fire Burning” was not a song that I liked at all when it came out. Jeb: When you sit in your house and you watch something where REO music comes on is it odd to listen to yourself, or watch yourself, in your own home? REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin is one. I think the dedication of the people who ran it and the fact that it’s in the northern Midwest…people in the Midwest are loyal to their bands. Part II focused on many classic REO tunes, as well as some deep album cuts being discussed and how Cronin feels about former bandmate Gary Richrath. Kevin:  Bringing a song into rehearsal is the scariest thing that I do; it really is. They expect the best of us. I can’t expect the guys to hear what I hear in my head until the record comes out, basically. Kevin: if there were a type of laryngitis which affected only a person's speaking voice, but their singing voice remained intact, my band mates would break into Cedar Sinai Hospital, steal the bacteria, and inject me while I was in my bunk. View Kevin Cronin’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin talks everything behind and about the band's long awaited new studio album. Don't get me wrong here, I would still pay to hear Kevin sing. Includes Guitar Recorded Versions (with TAB) for Voice, range: F#4-A5 or Guitar 1 or Guitar 2 or Guitar 3 or Guitar 4 or Guitar 5 or Backup Vocals or Strum in D Major. I suppose my lyric was slightly prophetic, if you believe in that shit. Save More Play More with Sheet Music Collections! Jeb: I would not be doing my job to the readers if I didn’t ask about Gary. I was in the one that wanted us to come over to the UK and Europe and tour; after all, most of my musical … James Patrick Cronin, Actor: Doc Martin. My guess is that while it must have been a glorious time, it probably was very stressful and maybe even a hard time… Apologies for any downtime or slow forum loading now or within the next week or so. But putting aside all the bullshit, I love the guy, probably a lot more than he loves me. Yet, it also sowed the seeds of Richrath’s exit and it divided the hardcore fan base. Think about it! when Gary talks with his geetar! I want the KC take on it, with hindsight. Instead of leaving her, he decided that he would keep on loving her no matter what, as he made that promise: When I said that I… That’s interesting because that is the way I felt about it. Jeb:  REO is the favorite band to have ever played The Moondance Jam. Then again I have never made a secret of the influence CSN has had on me or the pleasure their music has given me over the years. Kevin: I was lost on the streets of Chicago, literally, metaphorically, musically, emotionally, you name it. Titled Winds of Change and credited to Jim Peterik & World Stage, the new album will feature contributions from ex-Styx singer Dennis DeYoung, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, Loverboy's Mike Reno, Night Ranger drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy, and 38 Special's Don Barnes and Danny Chauncey. Jeb: During this interview you were kind enough to keep talking even though you had laryngitis…. For the latest Word Stage album, Winds Of Change, Peterik has recruited some of the finest rock vocalists (and friends) to lend him a hand. Every night I get to reinvent it. It was a very grassroots type of festival and it started small and built over the years. Winds Of Change is the long-awaited follow-up to Jim Peterik’s now legendary Jim Peterik’s World Stage album. I have worked with casting agencies in Boston, NY, and LA Kevin: Yeah, all that and so much more. When you’re resting your voice shouting is not good, but whispering is just as bad; they’re the two extremes. When it comes to rock and roll front men, no one, and I mean no one, is as energetic, enigmatic and energetic as Kevin Cronin. Come to think of it that song is another instance of me trying to write a Stills song, and coming up horribly short. There is a balance between auto pilot and being scared shitless. Sometimes it is just surviving the night because I’ve got a cold or whatever. We are working out a choral version of “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and they are going to accompany me. You could be on auto pilot but you’re not. Jennie is an experienced HR professional with a passion for ensuring a people centric strategy is enveloped business wide and has a voice at board level. I literally hadn’t listened to that record probably since soon after we finished it. Kevin: I'm sure some things regarding Gary and me, our relationship, what happened when he left the band were said by me in various emotional states including anger, sadness, determination, ego, whatever. I swear to God, in the history of our band, that night at Moondance was the first time that all of the stars lined up. I have interviewed Cronin at least a half dozen times before and he speaks clearly and passionately about all things REO. I’m too busy being ‘dad’ when I’m home and I like it that way. I have been doing that at her high school the past couple days and it is one of the greatest musical experiences that I have had. Gordon Lightfoot. It is widely reported his substance abuse problems are, well, problematic. If you can find the right balance of those two things then you’re in good shape. We are making some updates and reconfigurations to our server. Hi Infidelity: Chatting With REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, Graham Colton and David Berkeley, Plus The Box Story's New Video 07/22/2011 12:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017 A Conversation with REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin A lot of the songs in the movie are remixes and they sounded so good. Set for release on April 26, 2019, “Winds of Change”, is another musical masterpiece featuring brand new Peterik songs in collaboration with a who’s who of melodic rock’s greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Dennis DeYoung … Kevin:  I appreciate that, Jeb. Could be the voice of reason or just blind devotion Whatever it is it? “Winds Of Change” is the long-awaited follow-up to Jim Peterik’s now legendary “Jim Peterik’s World Stage” album. Jeb: Describe your performance that night. This interview first appeared in Goldmine Magazine in 2013. The last thing anyone in my house does is sit around and watch REO Speedwagon videos. However, thanks to Cronin’s kindness and willingness to finish our interview, and being able to communicate electronically, Cronin and I were able to finish the interview by typing back and forth the rest of the questions and answers, the result of which was getting to finish a great interview and allow Kevin to rest his vocal chords! I think they are proud of what I do. I guess one could make a case that some of the sustaining organ stuff bore a resemblance to "Love The One You're With", (which happens to be one of my all time favorite songs...oopsie). I’ve still got songs that have never seen the light of day and it is a little frustrating at times, but I can only do what I can do. Jeb: Tell me about writing the lyrics to “Keep Pushin’.” Hopefully, I’ve still got a few surprises and I will tell you that I’m not done yet. Kevin: I know I’m going to do that eventually. You must remember that much of Reo's music is powerfull, melodic, vocal, Rock and Roll music. Kevin’s education is listed on their profile. Kevin has 5 jobs listed on their profile. My lyrics make very little sense, of course I never really understood exactly what Stills was talking about either. Other times it is the enormity of a show like Moondance where the power of that audience and having that many people sharing that experience that is centered around the little songs that we made up…there is something that is humbling and mind-blowing at the same time. I mean, it made you famous, gave you TONS of cash, cemented REO’s place in Rock History. Tell me about “Let me Ride.” and the song is one that YOU SHOULD PLAY LIVE!!! I can tell if someone is just going through the motions or if someone really loves it and people are looking for that energy that they deserve. Let’s get that out there.”  Once you get that out there then that ends that era and it is a motivator for the band to kick it up into another gear. People are there and they are camping out…its Woodstock without the bad acid, put it that way. Forum Policies, Rules, and Terms of Service. I think we went on just before midnight. We had to wait a little while before we could release it because there were some contracts where they got to show it on TV or something. Winds Of Change is another musical masterpiece featuring brand new Peterik songs in collaboration with a who’s who of melodic rock’s greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Keagy (Night … It is a real touchy process as the songwriter. Set for release on April 26th, Winds Of Change, is another musical masterpiece featuring brand new Peterik songs in collaboration with a who’s who of melodic rock’s greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Matthew and … I think it had to do with the 30th anniversary of the Good Trouble album and the fact that we never play any of those tunes live. It’s like Woodstock in a way. Kevin:  We had a nice placement in that movie. ... Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon. The variant Kevan is anglicized from Caoimheán, an Irish diminutive form. Kevin: We got so lucky because there have been a number of times over the years where we’ve had the massive video shoot and all the remote trucks and the cameras and the whole thing and, for one reason or another, it just didn’t translate when you ended up watching it on video. They told me there were 30,000 plus people there. This is so historic. There has to be a certain amount of muscle memory after all this time. "Let Me Ride" was merely my feeble attempt at imitating my heroes, (although it did become a stalwart of the Fushia set list.) Kevin: I am suffering from a bit of laryngitis, so I will be quieter than usual today. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Kevin’s connections and jobs at similar companies. s course But my love will not, my love is a rock very weird the way he sings now. Suddenly, I kind of liked the lyrics. View Kevin Cronin’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. The band was in the right headspace and everybody was healthy and we really got lucky. Kevin Cronin Vocals Gary Richrath, Dave Amato Lead Guitar Greg Philbin, Bruce Hall Bass Neal Doughty, Jesse Harms Keyboards Alan Gratzer, Bryan Hitt Drums. I was thinking that the original version of “Roll with the Changes” was the first time that Richrath and I had ever produced a record together, so we had no idea what we were doing. Kevin Patrick Cronin (born October 6, 1951) is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and occasional pianist for the American rock band, REO Speedwagon.REO Speedwagon had several hits on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including two chart-toppers written by Cronin: "Keep on Loving You" (1981) and "Can't Fight This Feeling" (1985). He was, and is a rock star in the true sense of the word. Available for your next TV or radio spot, IVR phone message, documentary, or any message you want to cut through and make an impact. Any number of things can get in the way, like technical glitches, or a subpar mix. As a songwriter, you created the seed, what it is like have a band take your song and change it? It was a totally different song. As far as capturing that chapter of REO Speedwagon it was great. Print and download REO Speedwagon Time for Me to Fly Guitar Recorded Versions (with TAB). Kevin: Let's see, horribly underrated...I guess that's a compliment? I think Sammy Hagar played the night before and Lynyard Skynyrd the night before that, so the people were warmed up. REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin has admitted he hadn’t really heard of John Lewis before his band’s hit ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ was covered by … That being said, I have always felt like Gary and I worked together really closely on that album. But it is very much a Richrath album, IMO. Those verses laid around in my head for about five or six years until one night in Chicago the chorus popped into said head, and I had me a song. Love them or hate them, they are as classic as many of the band’s hit songs, and, in the case of “157 Riverside Ave” they become part of the song i.e. I love it when you two play shows together. Jeb: The last album I will mention is Hi Infidelity. Kevin Cronin passed away in New York, New York. When I go to a show I get a vibe from the artist. Usually, if I want to rewrite something in a song then it is a lyrical rewrite I want to do. I feel the band, now, has a different kind of power that the band is playing from and it shows in that version of “Roll” for sure. It is scary, but it is also so exciting and so rewarding. Kevin Cronin is an American celebrity who became popular in the late 80’s with the American Rock band “REO Speedwagon.” He is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and also a pianist for the band. To rewrite the music around the lyric was a first for me, but it really changed the way I felt about it. I have videos of his early days in BJ in japan and he sings much different now. Kevin Cronin — lead singer of ’80s rock group REO Speedwagon — heard the words straight from his own son’s mouth … and still couldn’t believe it — but it is one of the funniest celeb kid moments ever.. Cronin was shopping with his wife and kid when he and our photog started riffing about the lyrics from his hit, “Take It On The Run” — and that’s when his son pounced. At some point, when I have more time on my hands, I know I’m going to get around to doing this. I don’t think that is true. You never play anything from that album, other than Bruce’s song… Why? When the re-record came on, it came through the sound system and it just kicked my ass. Kevin Cronin: You Need to Fall to Rise ... and the band was on the brink of rolling with a whole new kind of change. The interview was conducted by Classic Rock Revisited’s Jeb Wright. I was at the premier and I was sitting in the theater. Kevin: I was politely asked to leave, on behalf of the band, by then tour manager Andy Green, after dinner in the dressing room, before that night's concert. Honestly, I can’t even say that I liked the song that much but I guess in retrospect…I am trying to think how it happened. REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin admits that the band made a major mistake at the start of the 1980s.“When the Hi Infidelity album came out in 1980 we made a career changing tactical error,” he says. Jeb: Nine Lives… I like. Kevin (/ ˈ k ɛ v ɪ n /) is the anglicized form of the Irish masculine given name Caoimhín ([kiːvʲiːnʲ], Middle Irish: Caoimhghín [kəiṽʲʝiːnʲ], Old Irish: Cóemgein [koiṽʲɣʲinʲ], Latinized Coemgenus), composed of Irish caomh (Old Irish cóem) "dear; noble" and -gin (Old Irish gein) "birth".. It doesn’t seem like that a bunch of guys around 60 years old in a rock band would be getting better. He left Los Angeles after high school to study and travel. Some are classic songs done by younger artists. Oh the passage of time. I was convinced that the band's success and my emotional health were inextricably interwoven...if the band made it big, all my problems would be over. Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by hackjo, Aug 17, 2006. REO Speedwagon fans realize that at least one song on the set list may fail to make it to the stage on any given night as Cronin may take up that much time with his stage rants. I dug some of the early Buffalo Springfield stuff like "Bluebird" and "Mr. So I started messing around, trying to suss out some fingerings. Timing...is everything! Jon Bon Jovi- his voice certainly has deteriorated over the years. For more great interviews like this one be sure to subscribe to Goldmine Magazine! The voice on the line that night was that of … That being said, I would like to take this opportunity to start a rumor that "Never Been Any Reason" was actually written by one of the Head East guys' high school girlfriends right before she left for college. There was no choice but to keep pushin' on...which I have been doing ever since. The movie is really rich with music. The band really clicks on this recording. “At the time, there were two camps in the band. It was interesting because usually it’s the opposite for me. I really didn’t like the record that was on. Jeb: Another one of that albums that is horribly underrated is “Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometimes).” Bummer right? Jeb: Gotta talk about “Music Man.” I think there are a lot of different kinds of music and each songwriter approaches it from a different way. ... Tender turmoil in your voice Change is spreading through you like a fire Bridges are burning, you made your choice The times that it works, and works well, it is just amazing and that is why we keep going in for more abuse. With all of your stage raps, and talking so much on stage…do you think your band mates may have secretly been glad to hear you have to be quite for once? To capture the last ten years of the band, that show was it. During our interview, this time, we got so caught up chatting about Moondance and rock and roll families and the reworking of classic REO songs that KC realized, when his name was announced over the airport loudspeaker, that he was about to miss his plane! It was Cronin’s melodic sensibility that transformed REO into one of America’s biggest bands in the 1980s. Kevin Patrick Cronin is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and occasional pianist for the American rock band, REO Speedwagon. I’ve got a list of stuff a mile long that I’ve got to do. Jeb: You are playing at Moondance in 2014 and so is Styx. Jeb: You have maturity. I am just walking in with an acoustic guitar and I hear what the song could potentially be in my head and I have a feeling about it. Not talking at all is what the doctor wants me to do, but talking softly is the next best alternative. Years later when I wrote "Roll With The Changes" I was not thinking about CSN or Stephen's writing at all, yet one night under his breath I heard Stills mutter something about me having stolen "Roll" from him. It is really just a time management issue for me. Born on October 6, 1951, in Illinois, United States became a … Kevin: I had some good luck writing leading up to the Tuna album, and to me the song rules. Jeb: I want to talk about some of your songs. And it was his songs that gave them their two US number one hits: the quintessential power ballads Keep On Loving You and Can’t Fight This Feeling. Jeb:  I think REO gets lumped in as a pop band and that is really unfair. When all else failed I remembered Richie Havens playing with his thumb at Woodstock, (one of that film's most powerful scenes in my opinion...the guy had no amps, no drums, just him, his beat up acoustic guitar, and a song he was making up as he went along...awesome!) Playing with the band and keeping the band working is kind of the priority. Expect to hear classics like “Roll With the Changes,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and, of course, cuts from the album Hi Infidelity, which soared to No. My theory, though some may disagree, is that the band serves the songs. Kevin: "Time For Me To Fly" was one in a long series of what I call "happy accidents". There is something to be said in my mind for that. Did you inadvertently start to lead REO? Kevin: Well, first of all, you’re assuming that I have ever sat down in my house and done that. Tell me if it is and what you DO remember about writing “Time.” The fact that they used the re-recorded music made me glad. When you have that, then it frees you up to try things that are outside of the memory. The rock show stuff is fun, but it is the actual working out of the music that is important. I had dropped out of college, run off to join a rock band, been excused of my duties with said rock band, and returned with my tail between my legs, and not much else. I find it quite acceptable, if a voice gets weaker, quivery or gnarled - if the material is chosen carefully. At his best, Kevin WAS the best. I don’t like being pigeonholed. Capturing audiences. REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin fulfills his bucket list of living a day in the life of each of his family members on this Valentine's Day special episode. Jeb: I wanna go WAYYYYY back. Creating energy and excitement. Hearing him whispering away was quite a shock. A Los Angeles native, James did his first commercial at the age of two. A voice that specializes in commanding attention. Some fans use the spoken word sections of the performance as beer and bathroom breaks, while others can’t wait to see what he has come up for this tour. Jeb: You bring songs into a band situation. These include, among many, Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions), Mike Reno (Loverboy), and Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon). I saw you perform it, acoustically, and that version I fell in love with. Kevin: I love the sentiment behind "Only The Strong Survive"..."You may not know this but you are everything you ever needed" is another of Richrath's amazing opening lines. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Kevin’s connections and jobs at similar companies. Every night they bring it and it shows the effort that you put into it. You were talking about reinventing things and you just did that with the song “Roll with the Changes” in the Jobs movie. We were getting requests for it through our Facebook page and stuff. The music is almost, in my opinion, it’s almost as important as the movie. I know a lot about the song, when I bring it to the guys, and I know they can’t possibly understand it to the degree that I do. http://www.goldminemag.com. REO Speedwagon’s frontman and singer/songwriter Kevin Cronin plays a never recorded song “Whipping Boy” with bandmate Dave Amato. Jeb: Was the Tuna album the changing point in band power? We are not going to top that Moondance show for this era of the band. The answers just might surprise you…. The movie theater had this huge sound system and everything was so awesome. I could not stop listening to "Suite Judy". 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