BIG Music News: REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake

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REO SPEEDWAGON:  Band wins a big award

The members of REO Speedwagon gathered together Thursday afternoon on the roof of the Sony building in New York City where they were presented with a Diamond Award by the Recording Industry Association of America for their 1980 album, Hi Infidelity, selling 10 million units in the U.S.

Kevin Cronin on REO Speedwagon receicing a Diamond Award for Hi Infidelity:

"About 15 years ago it was at about 9,650,000 copies - that's amazing, right? But we knew about the Diamond Award - we were so close to it that we could smell it, you know. But it wasn't like we were gonna be able to get there. You know, where are you gonna find 350,000 that don't have the album that want it?"

Cronin says they were told of the honor a month ago, and when he asked how was it possible, he was told that streaming and vinyl sales helped push it over the 10-million mark.

As for when he knew the album was going to be a success, he wasted no time in saying it was while preparing for an arena show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

 "Our hotel shared the same parking lot - I could see the arena from my hotel room. And at about two o'clock in the afternoon the line started forming and by five o'clock the line went all the way around the building. It turned out about 12,000 people showed up. They'd only printed 4,000 tickets so they had to go out and get rolls of carnival tickets. And they took down the curtain [that divided the arena], packed everybody in and that night we all kind of looked at each other and went, 'Something's going on here.'"

Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks at number-one on the Billboard album chart, and among its hit singles were “Keep on Loving You,” which topped the charts, “Take it on the Run,” which peaked at number-five, and "Don't Let Him Go" at number-24.

WHITESNAKE:  Reissue will mark the 30th anniversary

Whitesnake will mark the 30th anniversary of the band's self-titled album (which is known as 1987 outside the U.S.) with a deluxe reissue. Due October 6th, the remastered album will be expanded with unreleased live and studio recordings, music videos, concert footage, a 60-page book and a 30-minute documentary featuring singer David Coverdale.

There will be other versions of the reissue, including a two-LP release.

The album spun off the band's number-one single "Here I Go Again," and "Is This Love," which peaked at number-two.

MORE BIG MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  August 18th

A pair of black suede boots Ringo Starr wore on stage during 1963 will be sold at auction in Liverpool on August 26th. While the other Beatles wore leather shoes, Ringo’s had to be flexible enough for the pedals on his drum kit. Expect the footwear to sell for at least $6,500.

Carole King warns of an impostor Facebook page using her name. She tells her followers, "We don't [send friend requests]. We have reported them. Thanks for not accepting the request."

Randy Newman will perform Saturday at the “Keeping the Score in California" concert at L.A. City Hall. The event is in support of the Music Scoring Tax Credit Bill, which aims to increase California’s music film and TV scoring work.

With Olivia Newton-John undergoing treatment for cancer, Richard Marx is filling her Las Vegas residency dates this month at the Flamingo.

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