REO Speedwagon, Campbell, Tritt, Steel Magnolia on tap at Silver Springs

In this July 25, 2010 file photo, lead singer Kevin Cronin performs during a rock concert by the group REO Speedwagon, in Paso Robles, Calif. The band is part of the coming concert season at Silver Springs Attraction. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)

Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 1:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 1:14 p.m.

Silver Springs offered a peek into its 2012 concert series Monday, and the acts continue the park’s mission to mix classic rock ‘n’ roll with big-name country acts.

“While the park is just beginning to book for the 2012 concert season, the acts already on the bill include classic rock act REO Speedwagon, CMT darlings Thompson Square, legendary country artist Glen Campbell on "The Goodbye Tour," country rocker Travis Tritt and the young country duo Steel Magnolia,” according to a release issued by the park’s director of marketing, Brooks Jordan.

The park has had success in recent years with classic rock acts, including Foreigner, 38 Special, Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult. REO Speedwagon, the multi-platinum-selling pop-rock powerhouse from the 1980s, will perform on Jan. 28. The band’s mainstream breakthrough album, 1980’s “Hi Infidelity,” sold nearly 10 million copies and launched a string of hits that remain in FM-radio rotation today – “Keep On Loving You,” “Don’t Let Him Go” and “Take It on the Run.” But the band also was a popular live act in 1970s, releasing the 1978 classic album “You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish,” which included the piano-driven jam staple “Roll With the Changes.”

Tritt is another huge name with a long, storied following. He will perform on Feb. 25. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Tritt has had a slew of hits within the last two decades. He has had five No. 1 singles – “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” “Can I Trust You With My Heart,” “Foolish Pride” and “Best of Intentions.”

Campbell is no stranger to the Silver Springs stage. The country-crossover artist (and former TV star) has sold more than 70 million albums; hits include “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” He will perform Feb. 11.

Silver Springs also is bringing a taste of polished, contemporary country to town with two up-and-coming duos. Steep Magnolia, playing March 3, hit the country charts in 2009 with “Keep on Lovin’ You” (not the REO Speedwagon song). Thompson Square is primarily known for its No. 1 country single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” The duo performed at Ocala’s Midnight Rodeo in May; as of Monday, Jordan was not able to confirm the band’s date at Silver Springs.

“We are in the process of confirming dates and will have many more concerts to announce in the near future,” Jordan wrote in the release.

Concerts are included in Silver Springs’ daily price of admission: $29.99 for adults; $24.99 for ages 3-10.

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