Former REO Speedwagon bassist Gregg Philbin has died

Former REO Speedwagon bassist Gregg Philbin, who played on the band’s first six studio albums and appeared on 1977’s Live: You Get What You Play For, has died.

Singer Kevin Cronin paid tribute to his former bandmate in a statement shared by the band. “No one should underestimate the Philbin Factor in the evolution of REO Speedwagon,” Cronin wrote. “When Gregg left the band in 1977, he took with him the prog-leaning extended instrumental section aspect of the REO sound.
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