Cheap Trick: cool again?

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Cheap Trick seem to have come full circle back to the spirit,energy and creativity of their 70's heyday although it remains to be confirmed by their next studio release which hopefully will be out this year(it's overdue). Have they done their pennance over their 80's output? To me,almost no other band typifies the FUN in rock music(except maybe KISS-but Simmons has finally trashed whatever was endearing about his band,IMO). Every time I see and hear Creed,Nickelback,Linkin Park,Staind...etcetcetc...I bemoan the state we're in. Is it all really so serious? Anyone agree...wanna laugh in my face?(go ahead..i'm a good sport) For those that need confirmation about just how much they still rock go sample some stuff online from their two recent live albums "Silver" and "Music For Hangovers".

robert silverman, Thursday, 18 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Cheap Trick = fun. I've seen 'em live twice in the past two years, and they're better than 90% of the bands half their age. They had a truly astonishing collection of great fun power pop songs, and they have far better taste than most of their contemporaries ever did. They're amazing and I love them loads. Even if Bun E. looks like Chef Paul Prudhomme, and even if Rick is sporting that stupid-ass ZZ Top goatee, and even if Robin can't hit the high notes in "If You Want My Love" anymore (as if anybody else in the world could have in the first place!), and even if Tom Petersson looks like a casualty rather than a hearthrob (looks cooler now, IMHO!), THEY ARE THE BEST 4-PIECE ROCK BAND THAT AMERICA EVER PRODUCED.

J, Thursday, 18 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard any of the most recent stuff -- much as I adore them first few albums -- so I'm beginning to think I may well have missed something here. They are gods without peer in many ways, I freely agree.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Well, that last studio album (1997's Cheap Trick) had some real moments, and that single they sut with Albini is pretty nice. I'm hoping that Rick's songwriting will be in classic territory for the new release, but frankly I'm not holding my breath. Even as a "hits" act, though, they're loads better than any other band of their vintage. No other band even comes close, IMHO

J, Thursday, 18 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

good way to catch back up with early cheap trick is to buy re-issue of live at budokan _remastered_, which is now _entire_concert_ on _2xCD_ (including two videos from that very gig)

George Gosset, Monday, 22 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

good way to catch back up with early cheap trick is to buy re- issue of live at budokan _remastered_, which is now _entire_concert_ on _2xCD_ (including two videos from that very gig)

Surely this is not the same George G. who so recently railed against "easy keys" and "4/4"?!!!

o. nate, Monday, 22 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He's been possessed by demons...of ROCK!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

oh come on, they're called "cheap trick" !! i've always admired that, even though most new zealanders would think we're talking race horses

George Gosset, Monday, 29 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

fifteen years pass...

FB notification just now:
"Cheap Trick added an event near you: Def Leppard: The Hysteria Tour"

mark s, Thursday, 8 February 2018 16:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

say what??? wow...

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 February 2018 16:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

They've been opening for inferior bands for 20+ years now.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 8 February 2018 17:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

I want to say I once saw them open up for Cake!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 February 2018 17:40 (eight months ago) Permalink


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