Former REO Speedwagon guitarist and East Peoria native Gary Richrath dies at 65

Sep 14, 2015


Gary Richrath in 1974

Gary Richrath, lead guitarist for the band REO Speedwagon has died. According to a post on the group’s Facebook page, the band says it shares in the grief of Richrath’s family, friends, and fans. The East Peoria native joined the band in 1971 and left in 1989. He recorded 12 albums and wrote the 1980 hit "Take It On The Run”.

Gary Richrath was 65.