2009 TOUR (Page 1)
GONNA GET AWAY AND HAVE MYSELF A LITTLE FUN!
Posted: February 25, 2009
OK ... so I'm listen to the song "Smilin' in the End" ... and these lyrics hit me like a ton of bricks ..."gonna get away and have myself a little fun."
I immediately thought of all the fans-REO-tastic Dave-ites that visit and contribute to this site. I mean ... it's just a total rush hearing from you all. I love it! And I can tell from the emails and photos below that you fans are really the best at having fun
So ... check out the emails and stories below and embrace the fun:
The firstReOmail is from Rachel. She sent in the two photos that appear above. Thanks Rachel. Great photos! You rock!
I received this hot ReOmail below from Lorelli Kronkhyte. She attended the concert at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY on January 23, 2009 and sent in the three photos that appear in this section.
WARNING: ALL NON-REO
FANS SHOULD CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER ... ESPECIALLY IF
YOU HAVE HEART OR LIVER PROBLEMS ... OR PROBLEMS ... HAVING FUN:
I hung out with REO all day, had dinner with them, and watched the entire concert from backstage. I had the great pleasure of not only winning front row tickets to see REO Speedwagon last night, BUT I also won the opportunity to be REO Speedwagon's "VIP Roadie of the Day."
I gave Frankenberry, the Mix97.7 DJ my info, and he said Kevin Cronin, the lead singer for REO Speedwagon would be in the studio later to do an interview, and after the interview, they would be selecting one of the ticket winners to win "VIP Roadie of the Day".
We arrived Friday at about 4:00 PM and went
in thru the band entrance and was given the VIP treatment from start to finish.
We met all of the band members, and crew, and when I met Kevin Cronin,
I gave him a kiss and thanked him for picking my name.
We had access to everything, everywhere, and anything, we had dinner with REO, we went on their tour bus, we were hanging out with the band members in their dressing rooms, had the opportunity to watch them rehearse, and after the opening band was finished, Frankenberry, the DJ from Mix 97.7 called me on my cell from the stage (I was downstairs hanging out with the band members) to tell me he was about to announce REO.
I want to personally thank Mix97.7FM for the opportunity of a lifetime, and I especially want to thank Kevin, Neal, Bryan, Dave and Bruce of REO Speedwagon, Mike Richter, the production manager, Walter, Smooth, Pete and all of the stage hands and crew for showing us a really awesome time and for being gracious and treating us like friends.
WOW, What an experience. I'll never forget it. You guys ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!"
Lorelli ... I'm sure I speak for all REO fans when I say: "I was feelin' it!!!!"
These lyrics of smilin' in the end definitely came to mind ... "good luck is fine!"
Lorelli ... no doubt all REO fans would agree ... you really:
TALK THE REO TALK
AND ROCK THE REO ROCK!
Hey ... did anyone notice that we are in the middle of recession??? I'm going to give you a hint on how to blow right past it: REcessiOn!
See anything in that word that can kill off the effects of a recession? Hmmm? If you pull out the letters R,E, and O, there is no recession now is there! HA!
OK ... I received this cool email and three photos below from Melissa, she writes:
Attached are a few pictures from backstage after Dave and REO played in Easton PA in January(2009). I would appreciate it if you would forward them on to Dave, along with the message of hello and thank you from me.
Me and my friends really appreciated the tickets and a had a fabulous time. We cannot wait to see the guys again in April at Atlantic City. Please also let him know I am trying to get my dad and grandfather to come too from Boston to see him play. Thank you,
MELISSA ... I'LL TELL DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looks like a lot of happy folks after the REO show!
Whooo ... you got me singing some of the the smilin' in the end lyrics right now:
There's a place somewhere I'm gonna find
YOU ALL ROCK!
Four months back I meet coworker Patrick Hatch on the job and he tells me that he grew up in Champaign. I instantly make the REO connection and ask him about REO.
He says he's a big fan of Dave and the band and tells me all kinds of stuff I never knew about REO. We become instantly bonded for life.
He says ... "I'm going home for Thanksgiving and I'm going to get my picture on REO Speedwagon way in Champaign and I'll send it to you."
He did(see photo at left)!
PATRICK LOOKS PUMPED!
Patrick; I see the sign and it looks cold there but I know you'll recover!
Glad to know you are part of the REO ... smilin in the end ...
See you at work tomorrow!
OK ... when it's the end of the show ... the band always pulls out 157 Riverside Ave and everybody goes nuts. It's like the sun rising everyday ... it's gonna happen.
We'll ... when it's time for the end of this photo show ... I liked to pull out what I call the ... "157 Nancy Yohe Photos!"
She has been apart of many climatic photo endings here at www.daveamato.com and it's a no brainier ... you'll all go crazy viewing these Pic-REO-tures:
So check out her email and her awesome shots from the January 24, 2009 Easton show.
| "Hi Terry!
Oh man, you missed a GREAT show!!! I know they're always great, but this one was really special to me - I brought along 5 of my closest friends, including my friend Jeff's 13-year old daughter. Sarah had the absolute BEST time ever - the guys were so wonderful to her; she came home with a whole bunch of stuff; picks, KC autographed photo (one of mine, of course) and one of Bry's drumsticks.
She couldn't stop talking about it - asked me when she can go see them again... HAH!!! Another one hooked LOL! Actually, all of my friends had a great time - all I kept hearing was "WOW I never realized they were so good!"
|As I looked at the photos I could almost here Dave
accenting each photo with an earth shaking guitar "D cord" ... just like
he does at the ending of 157 Riverside Ave!!!!! Wow ... They were so
That is awesome to hear that Sarah had a spect-REO-tacular time!
Sounds like you all definitely ... got away and had some fun!
I think we may have to rededicate the name of this street to the ...
157 Nancy-Yohe-Sarah Photo Avenue!
THANKS FOR THE PHOTOS!
THANKS FOR READING!
After hearing from you all and posting these great photos ... all I have
to say is ... the
can knock us down ...
SMILIN' IN THE END!! HA!
Take care everybody and see you down front with Dave at the next REO show!
Terry Lacny ... Photo Editor ... www.daveamato.com!