LOGAN – As fireworks were lighting up the Cache Valley sky celebrating Independence Day, rock and roll fans filled the arena at the Cache County Fairgrounds to watch REO Speedwagon perform as part of the annual Cache Valley Cruise-In concert Friday night.
“We needed a little bit of spark for our holiday,” said Logan resident Anna Graetz who came to the concert with her sister and her mother.
Before the band took the stage, military veterans, police officers and firefighters were asked to stand and were recognized for their service. The crowd then stood and sang God Bless America.
Lead singer Kevin Cronin took time in between songs to recognize Independence Day and speak to the crowd about his love for the country.
“We’ve been to some of the most beautiful and amazing places on the globe and met some wonderful people and had some great experiences,” Cronin told the crowd. “But after all that, my friends, I will tell you, and this is the truth of it, that there is no place that I would rather be right now, than right here in the good old USA.”
Throughout the night, the band kept the crowd entertained by playing the songs that made it popular throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, including number one songs Keep on Loving You and Can’t Fight this Feeling, but also debuted a new song, Whipping Boy. Cronin said he wrote the song while on tour earlier this year and that it was the first time the song had been performed.
“It’s a song that is all about standing up for what you believe in,” he said.
The Cache Cruise-In Concert ended day two of the three day car show which will continue through Saturday.