1982 REO Speedwagon – Keep The Fire Burnin’ (US:#7)

“Keep The Fire Burnin” is a song by REO Speedwagon from their 1982 album Good Trouble. This single was the only track from the Good Trouble album to make the top ten on the pop charts, cresting at number seven. It is also the only tune from the album to feature Kevin Cronin on keyboards (piano), which, although primarily the band’s lead singer and acoustic/rhythm guitarist, he had begun using (in the studio) on the You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can’t Tuna Fish album.

This is the only song from the band’s Good Trouble album to have been performed live in its entirety following its supporting tour in 1983. Despite that fact, however, it is still a significant rarity in the band’s setlists that has only been performed a handful of times over the last 35 years. As recently as March 2020, Kevin Cronin has played the song during solo acoustic sets during REO concerts. In addition, it is also for unknown reasons the only one of the band’s major hit singles that was not included on their compilation album The Hits.

Album

Video

Musicians

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
Acoustic GuitarKevin Cronin
OrganNeal Doughty
PianoKevin Cronin
PercussionSteve Forman
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsRichard Page
VocalsKevin Cronin

Produced By

Alan Gratzer
Gary Richrath
Kevin Beamish
Kevin Cronin

Songwriters

Kevin Cronin

Charts

US:#7
UK:# –