REO Speedwagon has a long relationship with Kansas City, one that goes back to March 1973 and its first of many shows at Memorial Hall.

One show stands out among the more than two dozen shows REO has played , said lead signer Kevin Cronin.

Thursday’s show at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland will be its eighth KC show in nine years.

“I’m 64 years old, but I don’t feel like it. I feel like I’m 24. I’m so used to this. I have the same energy and passion for the shows that I had at any time along the way. Every time I walk onstage, it kicks in.”

“We aren’t playing songs we don’t like that became a hit, songs that a label forced us to record. I have friends who have songs in their set lists that are huge hits and they dread playing them because they never really liked them in the first place. That’s w we’re really fortunate. We play a whole show of songs that we wrote and we chose and we love.”

Richrath rejoined the band for one show in December 2013, a benefit for tornado victims in Bloomington, Ill., the band’s home state.

“We still feel him with us because he was t for everything. He lives on through our shows every night. He either wrote or co-wrote or produced or played guitar on everything. In Kansas City, he will be with us in spirit for sure.”