I forgot how much I like REO Speedwagon.
They go back as far as 1972. I didn't follow them then. One night, in the mid 1980s,when I was sleeping with the radio on, I woke up when "Keep On Loving You" played. I was alone in bed in the middle of the night, but the way the words made me feel--like they were real, like love could really happen--the feeling is kind of secondary now, because I think I lost love somewhere along the way.
If you don't know the song, here's a You Tube link:
The lead singer said they write the songs, then add the music. Their lyrics are so clearly worded to bring out emotion, and the singer's voice has a unique tone of vulnerability. He's older; they're all older, but they all have long or blonde hair, some both. They were still rocking strong in 2011 concerts.
Some of their songs worth a listen include:
I Can't Fight This Feeling
Take It On the Run
with a link to a 1980s tv show appearance:
Give them a listen if you dig guitar, a cool voice, and meaningful lyrics.
~ a Sunflower in Texas
June 12, 2012
If you have DirecTV, catch them on the Audition channel early this summer. It's really good, and relatively new concert footage. I was surprised how many of the lyrics I remembered. Strong writing for these guys. Very emotive.