Thursday, September 24, 2009

REO Speedwagon to release Christmas album and helping the John Lennon Foundation

Rock superstars REO Speedwagon will be releasing a new Christmas album, Not So Silent Night…Christmas With REO Speedwagon, on October 27th on Sony Legacy Recordings, produced by Joe Vannelli, along with associate producer and lead singer Kevin Cronin. The album will feature 13 Christmas classics with a unique REO Speedwagon musical twist.

“We are really excited to bring something brand new for our fans to enjoy with their families, just in time for the holidays,” said Cronin. “We are as proud and passionate about this project as we have been about any album we have ever made. We hope that this music is as much fun for our fans to listen to as it has been for us to create. The holiday spirit is alive in the REO family, and we wish the same for yours.”

After being inspired to create an album unlike anything they have before, original members, Kevin Cronin, Bruce Hall, and Neal Doughty, and twenty-year REO veterans, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt, were excited to put together the band’s first Christmas album. They gave these classics the full REO production treatment, providing a unique spin for the yuletide season.

By choosing 13 songs that range from the most traditional carols to some more obscure songs, this album reflects the REO Speedwagon holiday spirit. Not So Silent Night is poised to be a very special Christmas album that will bring generations within families together to rock the holiday nights away. In the spirit of the holidays, REO Speedwagon will be donating all artist royalties from “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” to the John Lennon Foundation.

Not So Silent Night Tracks to Include:

The First Noel
Winter Wonderland
Silent Night
Deck the Halls
Little Drummer Boy
The White Snows of Winter
Angels We Have Heard on High
Happy Xmas (War is Over)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Blue Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Joy to the World

In support of their upcoming release, REO Speedwagon is set to perform for over 5 million viewers on NBC’s "Holiday Celebration on Ice" special, which will air nationally on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 29, from 4:00 to 6:00PM EST.

The show features figure skating legend Brian Boitano and friends, skating to music from REO Speedwagon, as well as special guest Rick Springfield. The band is currently on the third leg of their “Can’t Stop Rockin’” tour across the country through November with Styx and Night Ranger, offering recession friendly prices through their "Rock n Roll Stimulus Package.”

Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You,” timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." Their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites “I Needed To Fall” and “Smilin’ In The End.” REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.

For more information about REO Speedwagon, their newest album, and the current tour, please visit

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