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REO Speedwagon is an American rock band from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois United States. Formed in 1967, the band grew in popularity during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. REO Speedwagon has charted two number one songs, "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling", both power ballads. Their 1980 album Hi Infidelity is the group's most commercially successful album, selling over 10 million copies and charting four Top 40 hits in the US. Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and has charted 13 Top 40 hits including "Take It on the Run" and "Keep the Fire Burnin'". REO Speedwagon's popularity has declined over the years but the band still tours regularly and remains popular on the fair and casino circuits and teams up with other acts to play larger venues.

About REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon took its name from the REO Speed Wagon, a flatbed truck and fire engine, manufactured by the REO Motor Car Company. ("R.E.O." are initials of the company's founder, Ransom Eli Olds, who also founded Oldsmobile, once a division of General Motors.) The band was hauled to gigs by a friend who owned an REO Speedwagon. Since they could not pay him, they agreed to name the band after him (or at least his car.)

From 1995 to the present, the band released over a dozen compilation albums featuring greatest hits, including 1999's The Ballads. In 2000, REO teamed up with Styx for an appearance at Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis, which was released as a live concert video Arch Allies: Live at Riverport. The REO portion of the show was released again under three separate titles: Live - Plus (2001), Live Plus 3 (2001) and Extended Versions (2001)(which was certified Gold by the RIAA on 4/26/2006). REO once again teamed with Styx in 2003 for the Classic Rock's Main Event tour which also included Journey. In 2008 they teamed with Styx and Def Leppard for another major tour headlined by Def Leppard to promote its latest album.

REO Speedwagon band released a self-financed album entitled Find Your Own Way Home in April 2007. Though it did not chart as an album, it produced two singles which appeared on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart.

REO Speedwagon continues to tour regularly, performing mostly their classic hits. They are popular on the fair and casino circuits, but still team with other acts to play large venues. They teamed up with Styx to record a new single entitled "Can't Stop Rockin'", released in March 2009, as well as for a full tour that includes special guest .38 Special.

In November 2009, REO Speedwagon released a Christmas album entitled "Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon."