Today (September 13th) marks the third anniversary of the death of former REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath who died at age 65 of undisclosed causes. Richrath, who joined the band in 1970 and recorded 12 albums with the band before splitting with the group in 1989, is best known for writing REO’s second Top 10 hit, the Top Five Hi Infidelity classic, "Take It On The Run," and the band's early favorite "Ridin' The Storm Out." Richrath, who had long battled alcoholism, released one solo album, 1992’s Only The Strong Survive, and to the delight of die-hards, had reunited with frontman Kevin Cronin and REO for a charity gig in 2013.

A while back we had asked Cronin about the chances of he and Richrath joining forces again and him returning to REO: "It’d be hard for me to foresee, y’know, Gary gettin’ in the. . . just in the kind of shape -- in a number of ways -- to be able to do it. But, if Gary came to me and we sat down and talked and things were cool, y’know, then we’d have to think about it, then we’d have to figure something out. I can’t even spend too much energy contemplating that because the chances of it happening at this point, I don’t think they’re very good."

REO Speedwagon plays will next perform on September 20th in Torrington, Connecticut at Warner Theatre.

AUDIO: KEVIN CRONIN ON MOURNING GARY RICHRATH
AUDIO: KEVIN CRONIN ON PLAYING TRIBUTE TO GARY RICHRATH
AUDIO: KEVIN CRONIN ON POSSIBLE GARY RICHRATH REUNION