REO Speedwagon postpones January and February concerts due to Kevin Cronin health issue

“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.