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Greg Manahan, Darren Walker, Glen Bridger, Eddy Jones, & Roger Boyd

Head East News

Peoria Civic Center Concert Postponed

The Head East and REO Speedwagon concert originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre in Peoria, Illinois has been postponed. On March 12, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker banned public events of more than 1,000 people for the next 30 days in an effort to contain the rapidly spreading Corona Virus in the state of Illinois. Due to the Governor's mandate, the Peoria Civic Center has postponed all ticketed events through May 1, 2020. We are currently working on rescheduling this show and will announce the new date as soon as possible. For additional information visit the Peoria Civic Center website at the address below:

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In Memory of Mike Somerville

Head East deeply regrets to announce the passing of Mike Somerville. Mike passed away the evening of February 28th after a lengthy illness. Mike was an amazing guitarist and songwriter who penned some of the band's most popular songs. Mike had most recently performed with Head East during Reunion Concerts in 2019. Head East band leader Roger Boyd expressed the following sentiments upon learning of Mike's passing:

While on the Rock Legends Cruise we learned of the death of our own legend Mike Somerville. He was a part of the classic band that brought Flat as a Pancake to the world. Mike has been ill since last September. The world was definitely a better place because of Mike's presence. He gave us Never Been Any Reason and Love Me Tonight. We feel so blessed having been able to play again with Mike this last year for our 50th anniversary. Please say a special prayer for Mike's longtime companion Mary and all of Mike's family. We love you Mike and you will always be a part of us.

A private family graveside service will take place in the spring in Illinois. A Celebration of Life and a tribute to Mike's music is currently being planned and will take place sometime in the late spring/early summer in Peoria, Illinois.


Sioux City Hard Rock Casino Show Rescheduled

* UPDATE - MARCH 17, 2020

The Sioux City Hard Rock Casino has postponed all shows through April 15th at their Anthem concert venue and is working with performers to reschedule all shows for later in the year. The March 28th Head East concert has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 7th. Tickets already purchased will be honored on the rescheduled date. For More information visit the Sioux City Hard Rock Casino website at the address linked below:

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HNS Concert Fundraiser Rescheduled

* UPDATE - MARCH 18, 2020

The Monroe County House of Neighborly Service (HNS) presents HEAD EAST in concert at The Falls Reception and Conference Center In Columbia, Illinois. The concert which was originally scheduled for April 2nd has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 1st. Help HNS provide funding to their outreach program to help at-risk families in our communities by joining us at this fundraiser. Tickets are $85.00 each and include a heavy appetizer buffet, open bar, concert and meet and greet with the band! For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the Monroe County House of Neighborly Service or The Falls websites at the addresses below:

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Reunion Show Tribute to Mike Somerville

Head East will return to the historic Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steelville, Missouri for reunion shows on October 23rd & 24th. The reunion concerts will feature special guest appearances by classic A&M Records era members John Schlitt and Steve Huston along with Roger Boyd and the current line-up of Head East. A portion of each show will feature songs written by the late Mike Somerville who passed away on February 28, 2020. Mike was the lead guitarist and writer of several of the band's most popular songs including Never Been Any Reason and Love Me Tonight. You won't want to miss these great concerts at the intimate Wildwood Springs Lodge. Several ticket options are available including packages that include dinner or dinner and lodging. For more information visit the Wildwood Springs Lodge website linked below:

Wildwood Springs Lodge Website

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Head East and Nazareth - Denver, CO

See Head East and Nazareth on Wednesday, May 13th at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the music starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $35 to $65 plus fees and are on sale through Ticketmaster and by phone or in person at the box office. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the Paramount Theatre or Ticketmaster websites at the addresses below:

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Valentine's Day Greetings From Roger Boyd

Everyone in the Head East family would like to wish all our fans and friends a very happy Valentine's Day! May you all enjoy a wonderful celebration with your loved ones. We've started off the year with excellent performances at the Rust Belt and one of our favorites, the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL. We look forward to seeing our Minneapolis area fans at the Medina Ballroom on Sat. February the 22nd.

A wonderful Valentine's gift for your special someone would be tickets to one of the last two shows with the original "Flat As a Pancake" fellows joining us on stage Oct. 23 and 24 at the legendary Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steelville, MO. This promises to be a memorable weekend, so we hope to see everyone for the final 50th celebration with myself, Darren, Eddy, G-man and Glen along with Steve Huston, John Schlitt and Mike Somerville.

In the meantime, Drew will keep you informed of all the latest Head East news and upcoming shows, so check back often as we add new shows every week. Don't forget to join us for our last scheduled 50th Anniversary celebration show with the final performances of the original Head East "Flat As a Pancake" members at the legendary Wildwood Springs Lodge.

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Illinois Rock & Roll Museum Hall of Fame Inductees

UPDATE: March 13, 2020

The Illinois Rock & Roll Musuem on Route 66 has postponed their Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony originally scheduled for March 29th. A rescheduled date has yet to be determined. For more information visit their website at: https://www.roadtorock.org/


The Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 has announced their Hall of Fame Inductees for 2020 (see list below). The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 29th, 2020 (date TBA) at the Renaissance Center Ballroom in Downtown Joliet, IL on 214 N. Ottawa Street. The Doors will open at 1:30 pm and the program is set to begin at 2:00 pm. Special guests, performers and presenters will be announced soon! Tickets are open to the public and are $50. For more information visit the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum's website linked below:

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This Year's Inductees

Performer Category - Chicago, Cheap Trick, Reo Speedwagon, The Ides of March, The Buckinghams, and Buddy Guy.

Non- Performer Categories - Dick Biondi (Lifetime Achievement Award), Larry Lujack (Disc Jockey), WLS AM Radio (Radio Station), Chess Records (Record Company), and The Thirsty Whale (Venue).

Wildey Theatre Concert Photos

Photos from the January 24th & 25th Head East Concerts at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois can be viewed in our 2020 Concert Gallery at the address below.


Head East, Styx, and REO - Romeoville, IL

Head East will open for Styx and REO Speedwagon at the 2020 Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest on Thursday, July 2nd. The Ribfest which in previous years was held in Naperville, IL is moving to Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville, IL in 2020. Head East will take the Navistar main stage at 6:00 pm for a 60 minute set and will be followed by Styx at 7:30 pm and REO Speedwagon at 9:30 pm. Tickets are now on sale and start at $45 for Navistar Main Stage General Admission. Front of Stage tickets are $75, VIP Gold tickets are $200, and Skybox tickets are $250.

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Madison County Fair & Rodeo - Madison, NE

Head East and REO Speedwagon will share the stage at the Madison County Fair & Rodeo in Madison, Nebraska on Saturday, July 11th. Head East will open the show and take the grandstand stage at 7:00 pm followed by REO Speedwagon at 8:30 pm. Tickets are now on sale. Daily general admission and reserve seating tickets are available, or fair visitors may purchase a general admission or reserve seating Fun Pass good for the entire fair and each days entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Madison County Fair & Rodeo Website and their ticket vendor website (Etix.com) at the addresses linked below:

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Historic Recording Studio Documentary Now on YouTube

The long awaited and recently completed Golden Voice Recording Company Documentary is now available for viewing on YouTube. The 3 hour documentary is broken in to 18 parts on YouTube so that viewers can watch the lengthy documentary a few parts at a time. Parts 8 and 9 which can be viewed at the addresses linked below talk about Head East and feature interviews with former Head East guitarist Michael Somerville and Head East founding member and keyboardist Roger Boyd.

As many of you know, Head East recorded their first two studio albums at Golden Voice Recording Studio in South Pekin, Illinois. Sadly, the facility was gutted by fire in 1978 and never re-opened. Many musicians passed through its doors over the years including Dan Fogelberg, Jonathan Cain (born Jonathan Leonard Friga), who recorded as Johnny Lee years before becoming a member of The Babys and Journey, and the members of Head East, Heartsfield, Styx, and REO Speedwagon to name just a few.

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