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The North Providence Breeze 04-03-2019

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6 ENTERTAINMENT APRIL 3-9, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION LINCOLN – Bruce Hall says he's "super excited" to be coming to the Twin River Event Center as the bassist with REO Speedwagon for a show on Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. He's spent over 40 years in the band, still fronted by Kevin Cronin. "That's definitely a long time," he said in our recent phone interview. "I love this. It's what I always wanted to do with my life. And I was lucky enough to get in a band like REO." REO Speedwagon was one of the formative groups of the 1980s, with their megahit album "Hi Infidelity," which sold an amazing 10 million copies. "We were one of the first groups on MTV," says Hall. Today, he says, "videos are a waste of time." When REO Speedwagon was at the top of the charts, says Hall, "we were learning. But as time went by, the recording industry changed. It's kind of gone. These days, you put all this effort into making something and no one knows." Back in the '80s, REO had a unique sound. "We were crafting songs. The closest sound these days is modern country, with all the chord changes. There was a lot of melody involved. Melody is big." Hall says music is "such a unique art form. It's a ball of clay. Each genera- tion takes it and shapes it into their own form." You could call some of their music the soundtrack of a generation. Hit songs like "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep on Loving You" and "Take It on the Run" still get a lot of airplay on what are now called oldies stations. "Most of us are in our 60s," says Hall, but they don't have any plans to stop doing what they're doing. "We'll do this until we can't do it anymore." For Hall, it's all about the magic. "These songs bring people back in time." Plus, it's beneficial for the band. "When you're doing the show, you don't feel like a youngster, but you don't feel old either." Hall says the band has a set list when they go into each show. "We have to play the hits. 'Ridin' the Storm Out,' 'Roll with the Changes.' We have to play 'Can't Fight This Feeling.' People are always telling us they got married to that song." But the set list is flexible. "If Kevin feels like it, he'll switch it up in the middle of the show. He changes things up like a quarterback over cen- ter who calls a new play. Hall even calls it an audible. That's fun. It keeps us on our toes." Hall says the band is still writing new songs, like one called "Whipping Boy," which the band developed on the road. "It's all about respect and honesty. No one wants to be a whip- ping boy." Hall also likes a song he wrote called "Back on the Road," which he calls "a rocker." REO is out performing a lot, says Hall. "Two to three days in a row, then a day off. We took the month of March off this year. That's unusual." They try to do enough shows to "keep our crew employed so they don't scat- ter, and we've got a good crew." On occasion, the band will "bust out" one of their new original tunes "spur of the moment," but mostly, they're playing their hits. "We con- tinue to write and record new songs, and then we put them away. Some day when we're all dead and gone, someone will find them and say, 'Hey, look, new music.'" For ticket availability, visit www. . REO Speedwagon still rocking after all these years By FRANK O'DONNELL Valley Breeze Entertainment Writer Members of REO Speedwagon are, from left, BRYAN HITT, drums; BRUCE HALL, bass guitar; KEVIN CRONIN, lead vocals/ rhythm guitar; DAVE AMATO, lead guitar; NEAL DOUGHTY, keyboards. BRT offers adult beginner Irish step dance class CUMBERLAND – As part of their Heritage Arts Studio initia- tive, Blackstone River Theatre will offer a six-week session of classes in beginner Irish step dance at the the- atre, 549 Broad St. The class will be taught in a group setting by instruc- tor Kevin Doyle and it is designed for adults and older teens. The class will be held on Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24 and May 8, 15, 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee for the class is $90. Participants will explore some close- to-the-ground rhythms of beginner Irish step dance and learn some steps of the jigs and reels that his mother brought with her from County Roscommon. The class is designed to be low impact and lots of fun. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing. No special shoes are need- ed for this beginner level class. Doyle is a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. He achieved this highest honor awarded to an American tra- ditional artist as a dancer devoted to and inspired by steps brought to the United States by his Irish-born mother in the 1930s. A lifelong dancer and performer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with his traditional style of "close to the ground" rhythms and intricate foot work as an art- ist, a choreographer, producer, and teacher. He was a longtime member of Pendragon. For class registration or more infor- mation email . Dining Guide WWW.ASIAGRILLE.COM LINCOLN MALL PLAZA 334-3200 Open Daily at 11 a.m. Take-out or Dine-in Spring over to fine Asian Cuisine KARAOKE THURSDAYS 1290 Mineral Spring Ave. North Providence 722-3222 Fax Orders 722-0300 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Too busy To call? 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