The Show Is Coming Together…
As our “Evening of Hi Infidelity …and More” shows grow nearer, and the pre-production work amps up, and the months of working up all the songs at various sound checks during our 2023 tour begin to pay off, I am thankful for the countless hours I have spent with my vocal coach of three years, Jeffrey Allen.
My son Shane graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music, Pop Vocal program, and Jeffrey Allen heads that department. Shane would tell me, “Dad, you need to work with Jeffrey …he will change your life.” And my son was right!
It was rough going for a while, as Jeffrey fundamentally changed everything I thought I knew about singing. Plus, he continues coaching me through some of the emotional hurdles which are hold-overs from the early 1970s, when I lost my spot in REO due to vocal problems.
Anyway, the challenges of singing the entire Hi Infidelity album in sequence are many. Plus, there is plenty more singing in Act Two, (the unplugged portion), and Act Three, (other deep cuts and hits). I am currently holed up in an undisclosed location, working with Jeffrey via Zoom, and practicing singing through this all-new concert presentation. “An Evening of Hi Infidelity …and More” is set to debut on November 10 and 11, at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas. I could not do this without the support of Jeffrey Allen, another of the unsung heroes (get it?) of the REO team.
Putting together this show has been a labor of love for my friend and manager Tommy Consolo, REO lighting designer Paul Dexter, and me. We have been re-imagining this concept for years. “An Evening of Hi Infidelity …and More” is an ambitious undertaking. Our plan is to make it a totally immersive experience for the fans, as we celebrate the dawn of the 1980s through the music of Hi Infidelity, and trace the history of REO Speedwagon through the songs, and stories about those songs. We look forward to seeing you there.
Okay, back to work … kc