KC Blog Update 12/02/18
The band hit the road yesterday, and began the final tour leg of 2018 in Grand Island, Nebraska. We are lucky to have fans all over the country, and all over the world…but the people of the Midwest have been with REO Speedwagon the longest. Our band would not be here today if not for the folks in cities like Grand Island, or Mankato, Minnesota where we play tomorrow night.
Tonight we have an uncharacteristic Saturday night off, so we had a band movie night. Bruce, Dave, and Ken go out to the movies on most off nights. Bryan and I join them once in a while. But tonight Neal came out, the whole band hopped in an Uber together, and headed out to the local cineplex here in Mankato.
It has been snowing here all day, and we expect up to a foot of white stuff on the ground by noon Sunday. I hope Uber has dog sleds! Actually our driver tonight basically fish-tailed all the way back from the theater.
Sunday night we play a show here in Mankato, with our buddy Michael Tolcher as our special guest. Then Monday we will be in my sweet home Chicago for an afternoon interview session with Dan Rather. I feel honored to speak with this iconic television journalist. Then Monday night we will accept our award as number one music artist of Illinois, at an event at Chicago’s Navy Pier. I will be playing an acoustic set, then introducing legendary Chicago bluesman, Buddy Guy. We are all looking forward to seeing Buddy play.
Our first shows of 2019 include benefit concerts on January 12 and 13 in Thousand Oaks, CA. Those shows will honor, and raise money for the victims of the recent Borderline Bar shootings, and the deadly Woolsey Fire. My sons’ band, Sir, Please will be opening both nights, and we will be announcing special guest artists who will be joining us for the event.
I’m back in my hotel room now, watching the various tributes to former president George H. W. Bush. I didn’t fully realize what a courageous, inclusive, and honest man he was. Whether or not I agreed with all of his decisions, he is a man who devoted his life to family and service, and worked his way up to becoming President of the United States. His story is inspiring to me.
Okay, that’s all for now. Stay warm…much love, kc