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Head East News

Door County Fair Canceled

* UPDATE - MAY 27, 2020

We are sad to announce that the 2020 Door County Fair as been cancelled. Head East was originally scheduled to perform at this year's fair in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on Friday, July 31st. With concern for the safety and health of the community, the exhibitors and their families, vendors, carnival workers, general public, and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with a heavy heart that the Door County Fair Board and County Board have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Door County Fair.

For additional information contact the Fair by email at: adcfairinfo@gmail.com

HNS Concert Fundraiser Update

* UPDATE - MAY 22, 2020

The Monroe County House of Neighborly Service (HNS) fundraiser concert scheduled for July 1st at The Falls Reception and Conference Center In Columbia, Illinois is canceled. We are working to safey reschedule this event at a later date. We will announce further updates as they become available.

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Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest Canceled

The REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Head East concert scheduled for July 2nd at the The Exchanged Club of Naperville's Ribfest in Romeoville, IL has been canceled. The Exchange Club of Naperville, organizers of the 33rd annual Ribfest, have spent the past few months in constant careful situation analysis and discussion, in order to accurately and comprehensively assess the current climate for summer festivals. In consideration of the current COVID-19 conditions and recent capacity restrictions mandated by the state, the Club has concluded that the health and safety of Ribfest attendees, volunteers, and entertainers cannot be guaranteed for such a large-scale public event. Therefore, the Exchange Club of Naperville, along with the Village of Romeoville, regretfully believes that Ribfest simply cannot go forward this year.

The Exchange Club of Naperville is considering options regarding engaging musical entertainment acts for the 2021 festival, and will announce developments as they arise. Information regarding refunds will be made available shortly. Ticket holders will also be given the option of making a tax-deductible donation toward the Exchange Club of Naperville’s mission to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. For additional information visit the Ribfest''s Official website at the address below:


Madison County Fair & Rodeo Canceled

The Madison County Fair Board has announced that the 2020 Madison County Fair and Rodeo will not be held this year. They will be working with REO and Head East to appear at next years fair set for July 6 - 11, 2021. For additional information on the cancellation of the fair to include instructions for getting refunds read the press release on the Madison County Fair & Rodeo Website at the address linked below:

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Kearney Amphitheater 2020 Season Canceled

The Head East and Missouri concert scheduled for July 18th at the Kearney Amphitheater in Kearney, Nebraska has been canceled. Due to concerns over public gatherings and social distancing guidelines in place by Clay County in light of COVID-19, Kearney city leaders decided Monday, May 18, to cancel the Kearney Amphitheater's 2020 summer entertainment schedule. For additional information read the Clay County Courier Tribune article linked below:


Message from Greg Manahan

Head East bassist Greg Manahan's speaks from his home to fans about some of his favorite moments with Head East.

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Northern Lights Casino Concert Rescheduled

The Head East and Loverboy concert originally scheduled for June 6th at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN has been rescheduled for next year and will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021. This is an outdoor tent event open to ages 18 and over. Tickets are now on sale for next year's show and are $24, $29, & $34 (plus fees and taxes). Tickets that were already purchased for the June 6, 2020 show will be honored on the new date. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit the casino's Facebook Page or their their tickets page on Yapsody.com at the addresses below:

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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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Message from Roger Boyd

Band leader and keyboardist Roger Boyd wishes fans a Happy Easter and Joyous Passover and talks about the 2020 concert season.

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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).

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

Buy Tickets - 23 October Show

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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.


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.



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