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CHECK WWW.SPEEDWAGON.COM FOR 2017 TOUR DATES!

YOU ALL ROCK!

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March 24, 2017 BRYAN AND REO GEAR UP FOR THE "UNITED WE ROCK" TOUR WITH STYX AND DON FELDER PLUS OTHER "ENORMO" SHOWS IN 2017 THAT ARE SURE TO ROCK YOUR ____ OFF!

Spring 2017 has arrived with a THUNDEROUS ROAR in REOLAND! The recently announced "UNITED WE ROCK" tour heads up this mighty storm front! No doubt The HITTMAN is ready to bust a few drums sticks and bend a few cymbals for what is sure to be the HARDEST HITTING AND BEST YEAR FOR REO SPEEDWAGON EVER!

HITT'EM HARD!

And let me tell ya, that is saying something because I know we all had the most fun we ever had last year in 2016 when REO toured with Def Leppard, did their solo shows, and played "across the pond" in the UK!

Yep ... 2016 was incredible.

So be sure to keep track of Bryan here and on his facebook page and check www.speedwagon.com for all the upcoming shows!

Like I said above ... something will rock off. It could be something different for each of us so I will let each of you fill in the blank.

I will see you at the show.

You guys are spectacular! TL

 

February 15, 2016 REO SPEEDWAGON: A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW ON A COLD DARK WINTER'S NIGHT

It may be winter outside but it's never too early in the year to take a peak at REO tour dates to get us pumped for the warm days of spring and summer ahead! Bryan and the band are getting ready to come crashing through your door with yet another year of "Whirlwind Rock and Roll!" You know ... I think it's pretty safe to say that the band can take us places that alone we would never find. So be sure to check out www.speedwagon.com ...cause baby ... it's that time of the year ... bring the ship to the shore ... 'cause we can't fight that feeling ... any tour!

You guys rule! TL

 

December 23, 2015 A BIG HO HO HO FROM THE HITT FAMILY!

It's that special time of year again and Bryan, Cindi, Dakotah, and KK wanted me to pass along this card to all of the super-fantastic-amazing fans that visit www.bryanhitt.com ...

 

 

May 9, 2015 REO APPEARS WITH IMAGINE DRAGONS ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! On May 4, 2015 REO appeared with Imagine Dragons on Jimmy Kimmel Live! IT ROCKED! Rolling Stone published an in depth article covering the show on their website. Click the Rolling Stone image below to read the article:

 

 

 

April 21, 2015 A VIDEO DRUM LESSON FROM BRYAN! Fan Kevin Austin emailed us and wanted to know how Bryan plays, "Don't Let Him Go." Bryan responded by preparing this video lesson. It's so cool! Click here to check it out!

 

April 4, 2015 BIG THANKS. HITT 'EM HARD. ROCK ON. Hello Everyone. This is our newest theme. Read on ...

 

.... on Sunday April 26, 2015 Bryan and others will be appearing at Woodstick Big Beat 2015. Bryan is very excited about the event Sponsored by GROOVE-Music For Youth and he wanted me to pass along to you some of the other drummers that will be featured there. I do not use the word others lightly; This an impressive list and they are as follows:

Tony Coleman (BB King)
Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue, Brian Setzer)
Bryan Hitt (REO Speedwagon)
Jeff Kathan (Paul Rodgers, Spike & The Impalers)
Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains)
Eddie Mendoza (Aury Moore Band)
Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean)
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper)
Michael Shrieve (Santana)
Ben Smith (Heart)
Jason Sutter (Foreigner, Chris Cornell, SmashMouth)
Brian Tichy (Bonzo Bash Creator, Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne)
Alan White (YES)

Click here to visit the Woodstick Beat Facebook page for more information on the event.

Also, I can't stress this enough ... Bryan is extremely grateful to Ludwig Drums, Zildgian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Axis Drum Pedals who make it all happen and without them none of this would be possible.

OK ... I just got pumped ... I know you are too!

With all that said, I'd I like to end with this: Last week I went to see the new Will Ferrell movie called Get Hard ... so ... if you don't mind ... because I can't help but make the connection ... I'd like to borrow a little off that movie and say ...

"DRUM HARD ... THAT'S RIGHT ... HITT 'EM HARD!"

You are all the best! Later!TL

 

February 24, 2015 HERE ARE SOME QUICK TIDBITS TO GET YOUR REO WAGON UP TO SPEED!

First off, I'd like to point out that the GROOVE-Music for Youth Crime Stoppers campaign(see below) brought in over 3,000 dollars for the cause! Thanks to you the fans for making it happen! If you got the stick and the poster combo and were looking for framing ideas I just bought a couple of those see through hooks and stuck them right on the glass. I put the drum stick right there. It gives the collage a 3D effect ... and I like it! See the photo on the right.

Second, Bryan is responding and putting a lot of stuff out there on Facebook so if you have not clicked the above link be sure to click it and like Bryan's facebook page! Of course ... I'm here for you too if you need a hug. I'll do the best I can.

Third, Tour dates are being posted at speedwagon.com for 2015 so be sure you click the link above so you can catch Bryan and the band in action! Later! TL

 

October 14, 2014 BRYAN HITT LIMITED EDITION AUTOGRAPHED POSTER NOW AVAILABLE!

Hey Everybody: You can now order a Bryan Hitt limited edition autographed poster. Check out the flyer below for all the details, and then follow the BUYNOW link below the flyer to order yours today! I'd also like to point out that GROOVE-Music for Youth is a program sponsored by Crime Stoppers. It's all for a good cause ... and it all rocks! No doubt you will love the poster ... here ya go:

The poster order campaign is now closed. Thanks to you the fans for making it a huge success!


 

July 19, 2014 SUMMER AND REO ARE HOT AT WWW.BRYANHITT.COM!

Hey Guys:

Well we all know Bryan and REO are on the road touring now, but I wanted to give a quick rundown on other rocking' things that have come to my attention since my last post:

First off, to get you even more pumped to see the band ... check out this great review of the June 20, 2014 SOLD OUT Penn's Peak PA show.

Second, Bryan wanted me to tell you he was pretty excited about being a judge in a national drumming contest called Drumerica.

Here is the scoop: "This summer, Bryan along with other top players, Will be judging Drumerica which is the National Competition For Young Drummers where boys and girls can post videos of themselves to be discovered and win more than $25,000 in drum prizes. Check-out www.drumerica.us, and download one of the free play-along tracks and start working on your entry." Pretty neat huh? So if you are a drummer check out the website, apply, and Hitt 'em Hard!

Third. It's fan email time! I received a really cool email from fan David Hestand in which he sent and inquiry to Bryan about Alan Gratzer "messing" with him (in a good kind of way of course) when Bryan first joined the band. Well ... as it turns out ... we don't know exactly how Alan "messed" with Bryan, but I thought Bryan's response was cool and it really shows the respect that these two iconic drummers have for one another.

Finally ... I just received this email from Bryan yesterday and he writes, "Here's a pic of the band in a 1905 REO car at our show last night at the Chippewa Falls Rock Fest. Not quite sure if it's REO Speedwagon or The Beverly Hillbillies! lol" Click here to compare REO with the Beverly Hillbillies and let me know what you think!

You guys rock. Best fans in the world. No doubt. 100% Guarantee. TL ... Self Proclaimed Greatest Rock Drummer Webmaster in the World;)

Could REO (above) pass

as the Beverly Hillbillies(below)?

 

 

June 4, 2014 PLENTY OF BIG THINGS TO TALK ABOUT FOR YOU BIG SPEEDWAGON FANS AND HERE THEY ARE:

REO HEATS UP SUMMER 2014 WITH A BIG SCHEDULE OF ROCK, BRYAN APPEARS ON THE SOAPS, AND BRYAN ... THE HISTORY BUFF!

Hey Guys ... How are ya! I know you are doing great 'cause you just got done listening to some Speedwagon! Plenty has been happening with Bryan so let's get up to full REO speed:

1. First and foremost; REO is heating up this summer with a whirlwind of BIG tour dates so be sure to check www.speedwagon.com for times and places and other BIG stuff!

2. Bryan made a cameo appearance with Player on ABC's General Hospital ... check out Bryan on the BIG bad drums in this poignant version of the Player classic: Baby Come Back!

3. And finally, I live in the Washington DC area and I'm also a BIG history buff. No doubt there is plenty to see history wise here. With that said I am an especially BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG Civil War history buff!

AND LIKE YOU ALL, I happen to be a BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG REO buff!

So by combining all this BIGNESS together you can just imagine how pumped I was when Bryan was in town and wanted to get together on his family vacation and see some sites.

So to continue, one thing we try to do here at www.bryanhitt.com is give you that EXTRA BIG bit of special information on Bryan that you can't get anywhere else ... and here it is:

BRYAN, CINDI, DAKOTAH, AND CINDI ARE BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG HISTORY BUFFS. THEY CAN TOUR HISTORY SITES NON STOP. AND TRUST ME ... IF YOU THINK HISTORY IS BORING ... IT AIN'T WHEN THE HITTS ARE IN TOWN ... THERE IS MUCH TO BE LEARNED ... SO CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS AND HISORY TIDBITS ... I REALLY THINK YOU GUYS WILL DIG IT. Keep on rollin! TL

Bryan with Civil War Drum at Manassas Battlefield

 

Bryan with Player on ABC's General Hospital

 

February 25, 2014 A MESSAGE FROM BRYAN'S FREEZING COLD AND HIGHLY CAFFEINATED WEBMASTER:

Spring is on its way ... really ... I'm not kidding.

You know what that means?

It means it's time to warm up this party and start spring early!

It means that right now you need to put on some REO Speedwagon, turn it up as loud as possible, and break all previous decibel records that you have set in the past! It's a new year and you know the band will be better than ever ... that means we have to be better than ever! So, welcome spring loudly! Do it! Do it for me ... do it for Wagonheads everywhere ... but most importantly ... do it for yourself! Engulf yourself in the band we know and love as REO Speedwagon and in no time at all you'll be feelin' good ... feelin' good ... feelin' good! Keep on rollin' ... your bud. TL

 

December 23, 2013 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BRYAN, CINDI, DAKOTAH, KAYLA , AND "FROSTY THE SNOWHITTMAN!" Click here to see the Hitt family Christmas card 2013 edition!TL

 

August 3, 2013 ENERGIZING "DRUM VIEW" FOOTAGE OF BRYAN IN MOLINE, IL! Check it out ...

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Guys ... Did you all like the video! Does it get you pumped to see Bryan and the band! I thought so!

I have to say, I not only liked the shots of Bryan having a great time and rockin' out, but I also liked how the camera was positioned to give us a view of what Bryan sees during the show. Totally REO INSPIRING!

This GoPro video was shot on April 20th of this year by Boneyard Film Production so everybody stand up at your computer or your newest internet connecting device and give a big REO shout out to Boneyard for this awesome footage of Bryan! Keep on rollin' Boneyard!

Also ... before you head out to see the band ... make sure you visit Bryan's facebook page and leave a comment there. And of course ... DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT AFTER THE SHOW TOO! REO FANS AND BRYAN ENJOY READING WHAT YOU WROTE AND LOVE TO HEAR THAT YOU HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE SHOW! Keep pushin' everybody! TL

 

February 14, 2013 ROCK N ROLL EXPRESS SET TO KICK OFF THE 2013 EDITION!

Be sure you check WWW.SPEEDWAGON.COM for the just announced ROCK N ROLL EXPRESS TOUR DATES with STYX and Ted Nugent! Last year was too much fun for everybody so they just had to do it again!

And you in the mood for the ROCK N ROLL EXPRESS, I have something special for ya ... the little (soundless) video clip to the right was shot by me at the York Fair show. Before the show I was able to get some close up photos of that drum kit including a photo of Bryan's snare drum engraved by his drum tech John Aldridge. Also, the fan known as the "REO Fantom" was at the show too, and he took some great action photos of Bryan on the kit that night. Click here to see the photos!TL

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December 18 , 2012 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE HITT FAMILY!

Click here to see the Hitt Family Christmas Card ... 2012 Edition ...

 

August 7, 2012 THIS SUMMER REO & THE PHANTOM-REO-FANTOM: PUSH ON WITH VENGEANCE!

I'm looking. I'm hearing. I'm reading. I'm seeing. I'm believing. I'm feeling.

Here is what the above comes down to: REO Speedwagon is pushin' on with vengeance on a course to make this the best summer of ROCK ever! Check www.speedwagon.com for tour dates and I'll see you at the show! We are gonna have a ball!

But before you head out to the show check out this amazing set of photos of Bryan sent in by "THE PHANTOM-REO-FANTOM!" I don't have time to explain: just trust me on this ...he remains anonymous ... he wants to be the Phantom ... so we'll let him be the Fantom;) Click here to see photos! TL

 

May 4, 2012 BRYAN INTERVIEWS WITH ONLINEDRUMMER.COM!

Bryan just completed an interview with onlinedrummer.com. Bryan gives some inspiring views on training, drum study, finding the right teacher, managing a successful career, his influences, his passion and love of drumming, and more! Thanks to everyone at onlinedrummer.com for setting this up. Click here to read the article! TL

 

April 28, 2012 GET READY TO ... EXPRESS YOURSELF ... WITH REO ... STYX ... AND UNCLE TED!

When I heard that REO was teaming with STYX and Ted Nugent this year (starting soon!) for the Midwest Rock N Roll Express ... I thought to myself ..."Pandemonium will ensue." Then I thought, "No. Bandemonium will ensue!" You see bandemonium is a word used specifically to describe many legendary bands coming together to cause hysteria and a darn good time. You won't find this word in an ordinary dictionary ... it's in the REO Speedwagon Dictionary of How To Rock! It is just after the word "back" ... which is a word most commonly used to describe REO Speedwagon as being back out on the road again! And ... it's right before the word express; a word with dual meanings used to describe a fast-touring-rock-band-train and an audience having an awesome time and expressing themselves at an REO Speedwagon show! It's also before the phrase Hitt 'em Hard ... and let me tell you ... I talked to Bryan and he wanted me to tell ya ... he can't wait to get started and is looking forward to seeing you all soon! You know ... it all comes together in this dictionary ... Webster eat your heart out.

I can't wait for this train to hit town and see whatever it brings ... and let me tell ya ... the way this train has been packed the last few weeks ... with these three legendary acts ... be ready for anything!

The train is rollin' out soon ... be sure to check www.speedwagon.com for details and to find a stop near you! I love you guys! TL

 

December 5, 2011 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM WWW.BRYANHITT.COM!

Hardcore REO fans already have this wonderful Christmas album and love it. In fact, I'm getting ready to listen to my copy right now. Tis the season! So for the new fans ... pick up your copy at Speedwagon.com and I know your season will be full of good Speedwagon cheer! TL

P.S. The album is so good that I heard Santa installed what they call an Ultra-Premium-HD-iCompatible-3D-1090P-Surround-5G-Lazer-Plazma-Sound-Guided-LCD-ABC-Music-Listening-System in the sleigh just so he could blast it LOUD while he and the Elves are delivering toys on Christmas Eve! And you know Santa ... he only uses the best equipment with the longest names ... and he only listens to the best in Christmas music;) SO KEEP ON ROCKIN' AND HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON!

From the Hitt family to yours have a Merry Christmas and Joyful Holiday Season; Bryan, Cindi, Dakotah & Kayla...click here to see the Hitt family Christmas card.

 

August 29, 2011 NEW PHOTOS: HITTMAN AT NAAM ... AND MORE!

Pro photographer Michael Hacala took some awesome shots of Bryan mingling at the NAMM trade show earlier this year. Lots of smiles for sure. Click here to check out the photos of Bryan and the happenings!

I also received some spectacular shots of Bryan taken at the REO show in Erie, PA earlier this year. These photos were snapped up by pro photographer Adam Wilson. Wow! Click here to check them out!

And last but not least: What a scene it was as REO took the stage on a perfectly crisp cool summer night along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley! I got a chance last night at the Woodstock, VA show to open the hood and look at the insides of the amazing machine we know and love as REO Speedwagon. I saw it all from stage left and watching the band and crew work together in perfect sync from beginning to end was a mind blowing ... jaw dropping ... mesmerizing REO-experience! And as for the fans ... you guys rocked as usual! What a great time it was at the Speedwagon show! TL

 

June 26, 2011 PRACTICE HARD! MORE ON BRYAN AT THE CHICAGO DRUM SHOW!

Hey Everybody ... I heard from Bryan recently and he was really excited about performing at the Chicago drum show. He wanted me to thank all of you that were able to attend. If you were unable to attend or want to relive some of the shows great Bry-moments click here to check out Bryan's Chicago Drum show page. Special thanks to pro photographer Alex Kluft and super fan Michael "Kelbut" Kelley for providing the photos. TL

June 15, 2011 WHEN HITTING BASEBALLS OR DRUMS ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HITT 'EM HARD!

Hey Guys ... I received some really cool photos from Jules Follett taken of Bryan and REO after the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game on April 30, 2011. The Rays beat the Angels 2-1 that day with each team having seven hits. The box score did not show how many hits Bryan laid on his drum kit that day but I bet there were a lot and I know they were hard! Kinda makes you wonder how many times Bryan strikes his kit for an average show doesn't it? Oh well, that's a project for another day! So click here now to see the Rays photos and read more interesting hitt-stuff!TL

 

May 22, 2011 BRYAN PERFORMS TODAY AT THE CHICAGO DRUM SHOW!

Hey Everybody ... Bryan gave a drum clinic today at the Chicago drum show. My bud and REO Speedwagon fan extraordinaire Michael "Kelbut" Kelley was live on the scene. Kelbut reports that Bryan did two songs and a long solo and it was awesome! He had front row seats and snapped the photo to the right of Bryan and his kit.

Stay tuned to www.bryanhitt.com for more details of today's show as they become available!

Thanks for the report Kelbut! TL

 

April 17, 2011 BRYAN AND REO SET TO APPEAR ON LOPEZ TONIGHT; TOMORROW NIGHT!

Everybody ... set those DVRs and get ready to watch REO Speedwagon on Lopez Tonight on TBS ... tomorrow night April 18, 2011 at 12 Eastern 11 Central!

I heard from Bryan today and he was very excited about last night's show in the great state of Arizona. He was equally stoked for the Majestic Fox Theatre show tonight in Bakersfield, CA and he was pumped about the taping of Lopez Tonight tomorrow. From what I'm hearing ... the band has a mash up of six or so REO hits put together for Lopez. Bryan said the arrangement was "intense" and he also said it was "fun to play!" We don't always see REO playing mash ups of their hit tunes, so this will be cool to see what the boys have in store. You guys rock!TL

 

February 24, 2011 REVELATION OF THE DAY: REO TIGHT LEADS TO REO RIGHT!

Guys ... after I heard from Bryan today this thought came into my head: it never ceases to amaze me all the little things that have to come together to make the drums sound tight to help make the REO show go right! If I may expand:

One thing you need for tight is ... technique ... and what better place to learn about technique than personal instruction! So I'm thrilled to let you know that Bryan will be giving a clinic at the Chicago Drum Show on May 22, 2011. If you are in the area ... stop by! This is the country's oldest and largest vintage & custom drum show and it is sponsored by the fine folks at "Rebeats" which is a business specializing in vintage and custom drum related items and activities. Click here to read the Press Release on the drum show.

OK ... another thing you need for tight is some COOL equipment. So I thought I'd let you know that Bryan is stoked to now be endorsing Evans Drum Heads and Gon Bops Cowbells and Percussion. Click here to visit evansdrumheads.com and GonBops.com to see all the puurrrrdy stuff! He is also now endorsing the Drumsetter Drum Rug made by American Recorder. So, click here to see what this high tech carpet looks like and get more information! Of course be sure to visit Bryan's endorsements page by clicking on the stick to the left to see all the equipment approved by the Hittman! Isn't it amazing how it all fits together ... to make us rock! You guys rule!TL

 

January 15, 2011 ABBEY ROAD LIVE PROVIDES US FANTASTIC RECORDINGS OF RAW REO!

Guys: I picked up the two recently released Abbey Road live recordings of REO Speedwagon. The shows were recorded on December 16, 2010 in Bloomington, IL and December 18, 2010 in Milwaukee, WI. Each package contains two CDs in a very sharp looking CD case. I even got a very nice letter from "M. Zach Bair, Jr." President of Abbey Road Live and a real nice hand written, "Thank You" from "Lynnai" on my receipt. What can I say ... I felt real REO special. No doubt I was feeling some of the love and care that went into creating these recordings. I'd like to give a big "thank you" back to Abbey Road Live because these recordings are a real REO treasure. From what I'm hearing ... you are getting the entire shows pretty much uncut. It's RAW REO and the band is captured at its best! In addition to all the standard REO hits we love like Time For Me To Fly and Roll With The Changes, I especially liked hearing and obtaining the songs, Golden Country, Poor Man, Gloria, and Like You Do, because these songs have not been released in any kind of CD format with Bryan on drums and Dave on guitar.

You can click on the image to the right to visit the Abbey Road (Also known as; Disc Live Network)website, find out more information, and order your copy! Rock on. TL

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November 17, 2010 REO SPEEDWAGON'S RE-RELEASE OF NOT SO SILENT NIGHT WILL HAVE YOU ROCKIN' IN A WINTER WONDERLAND!

Guys ... what can I say ... after taking in the sounds of the first release last Christmas and listening to the additional songs of the re-release; this is truly a wonderful Christmas album. The guys packed this CD with songs; it overflows just like the toys in Santa's sack! And as I discovered this week for myself; it goes down great with slinging up the holly and puttin' up the tree! For the past few days I've been trying to come up with the right words to describe this joyous rockin' masterpiece and I think this sums it up for me:

REO played their best for Him PA RUM-PUM-PUM-PUM!

You can order a wintry cool autographed copy from speedwagon.com by clicking the album to the right or here. This is what I did and I received it fast. Thank you Speedwagon.com! You can also order from amazon.com if you so choose or your favorite store. Anyway you order it ... it does not matter ... 'cause you guys rock! Enjoy time with family and friends this Holiday Season ... and enjoy this album! To read further details of the re-release click here.TL

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August 29, 2010 NEW PHOTOS: FUN ON THE RUN AT LOVE ON THE RUN!

I hear the band is having a great time on tour with Pat Benatar and crew ... and they are meeting up with some really cool folks along the way! Click here to see some neat Love On The Run tour photos! You make it happen! You guys are awesome! See you at the show! TL

 

July 1, 2010 LET US SIT BEHIND THE 2010 DRUM KIT OF BRYAN HITT! Click here to see photos of Bryan's new drum kit! TL


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June 13, 2010 THE OH SO SILENT HITTMAN MOVIE!

To the left we have an intense collage of images and video related to the HITTMAN. I thought it would be neat to bring into one video some of the cool images and video of www.bryanhitt.com as well as other rockin' images and video not on the site to date; but exclude any audio. Some of the footage is quite rare and is from Bryan's early days with REO ... and since this film is only focusing on images and video ... check out what I call "THE OH SO SILENT HITTMAN MOVIE" .... enjoy it ... and Hitt 'em Hard!

Thanks to the not so silent rockin' fans and everyone else that made this possible!TL

 

 

Click here to see all the Hittman videos!

 


March 27, 2010 EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: BRYAN AT THE HOLLYWOOD DRUM SHOW!

We have a little surprise for you for being such great fans! We have uploaded three exclusive videos of Bryan at the Hollywood Drum Show filmed on October 18th 2009. The videos include Roll With The Changes, Everything You Feel, and a drum solo. In the Roll With The Changes and Everything You Feel videos, Bryan plays with recorded tracks of the band which do not include a drum track. And because the band likes to focus on playing all your favorite REO hits at live shows, this drum solo video provides a rare glimpse of the HITTMAN playing what many of you have also called for ... a Bryan Hitt drum solo! For the fans ... you'll love it. And if you are a drummer ... no doubt this will make you want to play your drums and Hitt 'em Hard!

So everybody ... click here to check out Bryan's video page ... and Keep on rollin'! TL

Click here to see the three Hollywood Drum Show videos

 


March 12, 2010 COME ON ... HITT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

Did you all hear the big news! The stage is set for REO to team with Pat Benatar this summer for a tour entitled "Love on the Run!" When I picture Bryan and REO touring with Pat Benatar the thought that comes to mind is "HITT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT ... and I do mean "HITT!" I caught up with Bryan this past week and he seemed calm ... cool ... collected ... and very pleased with how the recent shows had gone with .38 Special in Kentucky and Ohio, and STYX in Mexico, and he was eagerly looking forward to rockin' with PB and company and seeing you all ... the greatest fans in the world ... soon!

And get this ... I hear Bryan met the real "Sister Christian" ... well ... sort of ... so be sure to check out the new fan photos and stories recently posted. Thanks much to Cindi "Rawkin" Carter, Jeanette Schmitz, and Jose Jenaro for your submissions! Click here to see these photos!

OK ... now everybody stand in front of your computer and shout ... Keep on rollin'! TL

Bryan at the Hollywood Drum Show
Click here to see the latest photos

 

 


February 5, 2010 BRYAN AND FRIENDS HAVE A "NAMM GOOD TIME!"

Check out this photo of Bryan from the January 2010 winter NAMM show in Anaheim. I hear a "NAMM good time was had by all" and the smilin' faces in this photo back it up! The photo was taken at the Vic Firth booth autograph session and pictured from left to right are: Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge and Rod Stewart) Steve Smith (Journey and Vital Information), Vic Firth(legendary drummer/percussionist and company founder: Vic Firth), Bryan, and Mark Drubay (Survivor).

Rock On! TL

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January 13, 2010 BRYAN APPEARING AT THE NAMM SHOW IN ANAHEIM, CA THIS WEEKEND!

Bryan will be at the NAMM (National Association of Musical Merchants) Show in Anaheim, CA on Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th. The NAMM show is the largest convention of new musical products in the United States so if you want to see Bryan and all kinds of really cool music gear ... this is the place to be! Bryan will be signing autographs at the Vic Firth booth on Friday at 1:00 pm and he'll be at the Ludwig booth Friday and Saturday at 2:00 pm. Word is also that he will be at the Zildjian booth on one of the days at 3:00 pm. So if you are in the area ... get out there and give the Hittman a high-five!

REO fans are simply the best ... looking forward to rockin' with ya in 2010!TL

Click to visit the NAMM website
 
 


December 3, 2009 REO FINDS THEIR OWN WAY INTO A COOL NEW VIDEO GAME AND ON NBC, ABC, AND THE HALLMARK CHANNEL FOR CHRISTMAS SPECIALS ... HO-HO-WE-GO- WITH-REO! A new video game featuring REO Speedwagon entitled “Find Your Own Way Home” is out! I was hoping Santa would bring it to me for Christmas, but I don’t think I can wait that long so I plan on buying it now and acting surprised when Santa gives it to me on the 25th. Check bigfishgames.com for more information.

ALSO, click here to check out this December 1st article about the game appearing on the New York Times website.

AND DON'T MISS THIS ... REO Speedwagon will be featured promoting their holiday album on ABC's Holiday of Stars. The holiday special airs on ABC across the country at 5pm(EST),4pm(CST),2pm (PST) on Sunday, December 6th.

AND IF YOU MISSED IT … Bryan wanted me to specifically mention that there will be a re-airing(originally aired on NBC on December 1) of Holiday Celebration on Ice on the Hallmark Channel. Click here or the show images to the right to visit the Hallmark Channel website for airing time and other information. TL

 

November 3, 2009 NOT SO SILENT NIGHT NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ON THE WEB!

I asked Bryan if he could provide us a few thoughts on the new Christmas album. Check out the Hitt-bit:

The "Not So Silent Night" CD is better than I thought it could ever be. The band, and especially Joe Vanelli, the producer, arranger and engineer, did an incredible job. I went in and laid down my tracks and then everyone else did their things later. Have to understand this has been fit into our schedule around touring the last year. My personal favorite is Silent Night. I love how it turned out. The intro sounds like "Wish You Were Here." I hope you enjoy the new album ... Bryan

Click here to order your copy from www.speedwagon.com! REO Fans: Get ready for a rockin' joyous Christmas! You rule!TL



October 9, 2009 HITTMAN ENDORSES LUDWIG'S NEW "EPIC" LINE OF DRUMS!

I heard from Bryan and he is stoked to be endorsing Ludwig's new "EPIC" series of drums. A full page advertisement appears inside the front cover of this months issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. In case you have not made it to the magazine stand yet, we here at www.bryanhitt.com wanted to give you a look at it. You can see the ad in full by clicking on the image to the right. Rock on! TL

 

 

September 27, 2009 PA RUM-PUM-PUM-PUM ... HITTMAN ON THE DRUM!

REO Speedwagon's new Christmas CD "Not So Silent Night" is set for release on October 27, 2009! Click here to visit speedwagon.com for details. We hope to provide you with a little incite on this finest gift from the little drummer boy himself ... soon!

Click here to order the new REO Speedwagon Christmas CD from Amazon.com!TL

 

September 13, 2009 BRYAN HERE ... BRYAN THERE ... BRYAN EVERYWHERE!

In 2008 Bryan filmed an interview for the Vic Firth website, and it was recently published there. Click here to visit the Vic Firth Bryan Hitt Artist Page and to see the video. It's cool! Thanks VF!

Bryan has addressed more of your questions. I must say, I really enjoyed reading your questions and Bryan's answers. Excellent job HITTFANS! Click the "Ask Bryan" drumstick to the left to read them.

BryanHitt.com Web Advisor Ken McGee took your awesome photos and came up with this eye-thrilling-jaw-rocking collage of Bryan. See photo to the left and click it to enlarge. You the man Ken!

Last but not least we received some fan-reo-tastic photo submissions from Mike Tyler, "Amanda," and Jeanette Schmitz .... so ... click here to see these images. You all rock! Thanks! TL

 


August 26, 2009 BRYAN SET TO APPEAR AT THE HOLLYWOOD DRUM SHOW!

Bryan will perform at the Hollywood Drum Show being held October 17th and 18th at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. Along with Bryan, this event also features other drumming greats such as Todd Sucherman, Cindi Blackman, Bernie Dresel, Joe LaBarbera and Nick Rich.

A better time would be hard to "beat" ... so if you can make it, get out there and see the HITTMAN!  

 

June 30, 2009 BRYAN APPEARS AS FEATURED ARTIST ON LUDWIG DRUM WEBSITE AND CLASSIC DRUMMER MAGAZINE HAS "HITT" THE STANDS! The folks at Ludwig drums recently interviewed Bryan for their website. This is a fantastic interview and Bryan talks about things ... as Bryan/Speedwagon fans ... you are going to want to know about. Trust me on that. Click 'em hard here to read about the new guy in REO Speedwagon ... make that twenty years new.

As mentioned in April, be sure to pick up your copy of Classic Drummer Magazine which features Bryan! It's well written and Bry-formative! Click here to get it! TL

 

August 3, 2009 NEW PHOTOS POSTED: Click here to see two pages of cool photos submitted by John Powers! TL

June 19, 2009 BRYAN'S BIO NOW COMPLETE: Click here to read Bryan's Career Biography! TL

June 16, 2009 BRYAN RESPONDS TO YOUR QUESTIONS: Click here to read the latest "Ask Bryan" question/answers! TL

June 4, 2009 NEWS AND UPDATES: I received word that the Bryan Hitt issue of Classic Drummer Magazine goes to the printer "next week" and will then be shipped out from there. Look for it in your mail box after that. Meanwhile, the Can't Stop Rockin' tour has gathered a head of steam with stops this week in Kansas City, MO, Thackerville, OK, Oklahoma City, OK, and Houston, TX. Check www.speedwagon.com for tour details. Also, I hope to provide you with a tour update from Brian's perspective including the answer to everyone's question since the May 31, 2009 news brief (below): What kind of ice cream is Bryan eating on tour this year? Stay tuned for that and more! TL

 

May 31, 2009 NEWS: We hope to have Bryan's Bio page updated soon thus completing the construction phase of bryanhitt.com. In the meantime, if you have not done so already, check out the photos page for all the great images submitted by the fans. Let's face it ... you are the best. Last but definitely not least you have to check this out: REO Fan Extraordinaire Nancy Yohe told me about this video on YouTube in which we have a very brief "Bryan sighting." And if you ever wondered what healthy food Bryan eats to stay in shape on the road, this video will lend some insight. It looks like Bryan's eating the "ever healthy" soybean ice cream in a flax seed cone. I'll try to verify that with Bryan. Click here to check out the video! We need to obtain more REO video like this! TL

 

April 19, 2009 BRYAN ON THE COVER OF CLASSIC DRUMMER MAGAZINE!

Bryan has made the cover of classic drummer magazine! I had a chance to preview the article ... and let me tell you ... it is fantastic! The article was written by Bryan's drum tech John Aldridge. John has toured with Bryan over the past few years and with his inside track; really gets to the gist of what it took ... and what it takes to be the drummer of REO Speedwagon. The folks at Classic Drummer Magazine always do a superb job with this publication and this is no exception. This is a must read for all of us ... the Hittman/REO faithful! Click on the cover photo to the right or click here to find out more and GET YOUR COPY! TL

 

April 12, 2009 HELLO FROM THE WEBMASTER

Hello my fellow REO Speedwagon family members and on behalf of Ken McGee and Bryan ... Happy Easter! This is Terry Lacny and I’m really excited to be working on Bryan’s site!  After hearing from some of you while working as photo editor on Dave Amato's site and seeing you rock out at the REO shows ... I have to say you are simply the best! No Lie! You make it happen! You make it fun! I look forward to hearing from you.

As for Bryan, to say the least, he is very enthused about the site! We will have “everything Bryan” for you here at this little rockin’club.  If  you are a fan of REO … this is the place to go when you are not at the show for all the latest on REO’s beat keeper. If you are a musician, drummer, drum collector, sound engineer, or just plain curious about how Bryan's drum kit works … we got ya covered. If you want to see some cool photos and video of Bryan and REO in action … we have it. If you want to pick up some cool tidbits and read some neat stories about Bryan and REO … we got it. One more thing: I'd like to say special thanks to Ken McGee (see Ken's writing below); for his creative energy in getting this site going! You rock Ken! TL

 

Late March 2009 News:    BRYAN HITT WEBSITE RETURNS!

March 23, 2009  The new staff of BryanHitt.com have been working hard to get this site up and worth looking at. We're off to a good start!  Everything is subject to change as we experiment with various formats. Your Webmaster is none other than the infamous Terry Lacny, who for 6 years has been the photo editor of DaveAmato.com. Terry is taking on a big responsibility in retaining his photo editor duties and adding Webmaster to his resume. Terry has a lot of ability & enthusiasm and is a huge REO fan. I'm sure he can handle it. Terry plays guitar and also took several years of drum lessons so he has a head start on familiarity with the world of the drummer, which seems to be a world of its own.  I, (Ken McGee, webmaster DaveAmato.com for 10 years) will be assisting Terry for the initial start-up.

A couple of other good people have offered to assist with information and photos: Bryan and Cindi Hitt will be contributors, and will verify what we post to be accurate.  Thanks Bryan and Cindi!

We also want to include all the great REO fans out there. Many we know from the Dave Amato site, and the new friends we will meet by presenting Bryan's Drummer site. Later we will be asking for photo contributions. So start looking through your old albums for some really great and unique photos.
Last but not least... I thank Jordan for her assistance in transferring this domain name.  Thanks Jordan!

 * The new song "Can't Stop Rockin'" is now available for download for a buck from iTunes. This song was a collaboration between REO and their buddies STYX. Kevin and Tommy Shaw wrote it and both bands play on the tune. There are lots of hard pounding drums with a prominent beat. (I gotta believe this is due to Bryan's heavy-handed percussion work.) Check it out at iTunes. A great deal for only 99 cents!
 
Bryan has contributed several professional photos by photographer Marco Soccoli of Vic Firth company. This photo is from the Jones Beach Amphitheater, Long Island show late last year. Stay tuned for more great photos from Marco Soccoli.
Also worth mentioning is that www.VicFirth.com has a couple of full length REO videos on their website. Just look up Bryan Hitt when you get there and click on the video links. Excellent! Thanks Marco!
Awaiting official permission to release details... but I'll stick my neck out to say that Bryan is about to receive special recognition from a drum publication. Stay tuned for details!KM