Credit: Randee St. NicholasREO Speedwagon has postponed all of its concerts scheduled this month and in February because frontman Kevin Cronin needs to undergo an unspecified medical procedure.

“Hi friends, there are times in life when our bodies send us messages that we can’t ignore & this is one of those times,” Cronin, 66, wrote recently on the band’s official website. “Fortunately for me, it is nothing life-threatening. I need a routine procedure, which is so simple it can be performed by a robot. R2D2 is busy saving the universe, but I understand there is another highly qualified robotic surgeon who works here in Los Angeles. My doctor says I will be good as new.”

Cronin adds, “I am deeply disappointed that I have to ask the greatest fans in rock ‘n’ roll to change their plans. All I can do is ask for your understanding and I truly appreciate your support. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible…”

The veteran rockers will return to action in March, starting with a March 8 headlining concert in Joliet, Illinois  — which was rescheduled from January 12 — and leading into the group’s previously announced U.S. spring tour with Styx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.  That trek is mapped out from a March 13 concert in Duluth, Minnesota, through an April 15 show in Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are all of REO Speedwagon’s confirmed 2018 dates:

3/8 — Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre*@
3/9 — Bowler, WI, North Star Mohican Casino Resort*$
3/11 — Green Bay, WI, Hurricane Relief Concert for the Red Cross**
3/13 — Duluth, MN, Amsoil Arena+
3/14 — Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Event Center+
3/16 — Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center+
3/17 — Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center+
3/19 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena+
3/20 — Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center Arena+
3/21 — Evansville, IN, Ford Center+
3/23 — Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center – SMSU+
3/24 — Springfield, MO, JQH Arena#
3/25 — Park City, KS, Hartman Arena+
4/4 — Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena+
4/6 — Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena+
4/7 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Arena+
4/8 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre+
4/10 — North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena+
4/11 — Lafayette, LA, Cajun Dome+
4/13 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live*
4/14 — Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater+
4/15 — North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum+
5/11 — Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall*
8/4 — Malone, NY, Franklin County Fair*

And here’s a list of REO’s postponed dates that haven’t been rescheduled yet:

1/19 — Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
1/20 — New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center
1/21 — Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino
1/24 — Rockford, IL, Coronado Performing Arts Center
1/26 — Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
1/27 — Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
1/28 — Detroit, MI, MotorCity Casino Hotel
2/8 — Champaign, IL, Virginia Theatre
2/9 — New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort – Silver Creek Event Center
2/10 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Southern Indiana
2/22 — Mankato, MN, Verizon Wireless Center
2/23 — Altoona, IA, Prairie Meadows
2/24 — Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center

* = REO Speedwagon only
+ = with Styx and Felder
# = with Styx
** = with 38 Special
@ = rescheduled from 1/12
$ = rescheduled from 1/13.

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Source: Oldies News