Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tonight @ M&I Classic Rock Stage, Summerfest, 9 p.m.
Like most '80s power-balladeers, REO Speedwagon faded from popularity by the early '90s, existing largely as a touring act on the state-fair circuit. But the band has made a bit of a comeback in recent years, earning unlikely acclaim for their 2007 Wal-Mart-only album, Find Your Own Way Home. That album returned the band to the harder, rock sound of their '70s material, distancing them a bit from the adult-contemporary soft-rock for which they would become better known in the '80s.