Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon)
How was it to be in Rock of Ages and have "I Can't Fight This Feeling" featured in the movie?
When I did the cameo, the first thing Russell Brand says to me is, "Mate, I think we finally discovered the essence of what you wrote the song about." And of course it's him singing a love song to Alec Baldwin. Not precisely what I wrote it about, but it'll work. I never could quite have predicted this one. The first time I saw the Broadway show, I about shit myself. It was this combination of pride and horror at the same time, but it was great.
How much fun is this for you?
It's very awesome. The Eighties had a lot of different kinds of music. There was us and this kind of thing, but there was also the parallel universe of U2, the Police and all that serious stuff. Our stuff is lighter and it's more, "Have a good time, put the top down and drink a beer." When you see the longevity of it, it does kind of make people kind of go, "You know what? REO Speedwagon didn't suck as much as I thought they did. They still suck, but not as much as I thought."