By Don Paris
In 1974, the American rock band REO Speedwagon was at the height of its popularity. Their album "Ridin' the Storm Out" had been released the year before and was making waves across the country. It was during this time that Freeflite had another opportunity to open for REO Speedwagon.
Freeflite had a loyal following and were known for their energetic live performances. When they received the offer to open for REO Speedwagon at a concert in their hometown, they were ecstatic. This was the second time they were opening for REO and this time was even more exciting because it would be another outdoor concert with thousands of fans attending.
Roger had the crazy idea to have everyone in the band play in their pajamas. They were all up for anything at this point.
The fear of losing a talented member to a bigger, more successful band is a common concern among musicians in the industry. For Freeflite, the idea of REO Speedwagon potentially approaching Larry to join their band was a legitimate worry.
Larry was known for his exceptional vocals and stage presence, and his absence would have a significant impact on Freeflite. Losing him would mean losing a key member of the band, and it could potentially lead to the group disbanding altogether.
The day of the concert was a whirlwind of activity for Freeflite. They arrived at the venue early in the afternoon to set up their equipment and soundcheck. As they were doing so, they caught glimpses of the REO Speedwagon crew bustling about, setting up their massive sound system and stage setup.
As the evening drew closer, the excitement and nerves grew for Freeflite. They knew that this was a huge opportunity for them to gain exposure and potentially earn more gigs in the future. They huddled together backstage, running through their setlist and making sure everything was perfect.
Meeting REO Speedwagon was a surreal experience for Freeflite. They were in awe of the band's success and talent, and yet the members of REO Speedwagon were incredibly kind and gracious to them.
Finally, it was time for Freeflite to take the stage. The crowd was still trickling in, but those who were there were eager to see Freeflite, their hometown band. They launched into their first song, and the crowd responded with enthusiasm. The band fed off the energy and gave it their all, playing each song with passion and precision.
As their set drew to a close, Freeflite received thunderous applause from the audience. They had done it - they had impressed the crowd and set the stage for REO Speedwagon. The members of Freeflite were buzzing with excitement as they left the stage and made their way backstage.
In the end, it's impossible to say what would have happened if REO Speedwagon had approached Larry. However, it's important to remember that in the world of music, opportunities and decisions like these are common. It's up to each individual musician to make the choice that is best for them, and to keep pursuing their passion no matter where it may lead them.
One thing we know for sure, Larry was the perfect Rock Star in any band he would play with.