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A Day On The Green Wineries & indoor shows in Melbourne & Sydney
An infectious power-pop rock band with a flair for the absurd and one of Australia’s most treasured rock icons – that‘s the dynamic double happening when The Angels and Cheap Trick reunite for an Australian tour early next year.
They will co-headline a day on the green wineries nationally in a ripping rock’n’roll bill with Baby Animals, The Superjesus and the Choirboys, then get all hot and sweaty with intimate shows at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre and Melbourne’s Forum Theatre (with the Choirboys opening).
Cheap Trick and The Angels first crossed paths in 1980 playing some shows together in Europe and the U.S and a decade later, renewed their friendship on a huge Australian tour in 1990. The bands had instant simpatico, occasionally joining each other on stage and from all reports, one helluva good time was had by all. Not surprisingly they both jumped at the chance to re-unite once more for this tour. It will be Cheap Trick’s first visit to Australia since 2008.
John & Rick Brewster from The Angels said: “Our association with Cheap Trick began in 1980 when our truck was stolen in Chicago after supporting them in Detroit the night before. All our guitars, brand new PA and our tour manager’s washing went with it. Rick Nielsen turned up at our gig later that same day at the Park West Club with a car full of guitars and offered them for the tour. The gig was a sell-out, we played with borrowed guitars, amps and drums and Rick stayed for the show, joining us for the encore jamming on ‘Can’t Shake It’.
“Since then we’ve toured England and France together in 1980 and Australia in 1990. Great band, great songs and great guys… can’t wait to do it all again!”
Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen adds: “We’re really looking forward to the 2015 Angels Cheap Trick tour and being back in Australia again. Maybe we can finally get back all the guitars, amps and gear I loaned them!”
A DAY ON THE GREEN SHOWS:
The Angels, Cheap Trick, Baby Animals, Superjesus, Choirboys*
Sat Feb 7 ANNIE’S LANE, CLARE VALLEY SA
Sun Feb 8 KINGS PARK & BOTANIC GARDEN, PERTH WA *no Choirboys
Sat Feb 14 ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY VIC
Sat Feb 21 BIMBADGEN WINERY, HUNTER VALLEY NSW
Sun Feb 22 SIRROMET WINES, MT COTTON QLD
For event information: http://www.adayonthegreen.com.au
INDOOR SHOWS (co-presented by Frontier Touring)
The Angels, Cheap Trick, Choirboys
Frid Feb 13 FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE
Thur Feb 19 ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY **
For event information: http://www.frontiertouring.com
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19 AT 9am.
From ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100
**except Enmore Theatre from Ticketek.com. au & 132 849
Thanks to the Lancaster Fire Department for their quick response at the American Music Theatre last night. The incident happened after the band finished their performance and was contained to some in-house equipment. No guitars, drums, gear, band or crew were were affected.
Photo courtesy: Rick Nielsen
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Special thanks to Kim Gisborne (fact checker) and Darran Prosser (graphics), and Tom Petersson (tiebreaker question).
- Side 1
- What was the title of the bonus track on the Japanese release of the Rockford album?
“Mondo Ragga” (“Mando Ragga” was also accepted)
- Name the band and title of the 45/single on which Rick made his vinyl debut (though he was uncredited).
The Yardbirds – “Ha Ha Said The Clown”
- What was the original title of “Way of the World”?
“See Me Now”
- Who headlined on the Mountain Stage at Summersonic Tokyo in 2013, playing after Cheap Trick had performed?
.Stereophonics (Beady Eye was listed on the schedule, however, they canceled.)
- In which city did Cheap Trick make their British debut?
Manchester on 3/27/78. (Jim Capaldi opened for Kansas in London on 3/25/78 though CT did all their other Europe/UK dates.)
- Who briefly played keyboards with the band on tour in 1985, between Steve Walsh leaving and Tod Howarth joining?
- Name the song that Cheap Trick contributed to the movie soundtrack Another Way.
“Stop That Thief”
- On the Live in Australia DVD, how many cars did Ken Harris say were in the band’s caravan to a Tokyo radio station during the first tour in Japan?
- Who is the 117th entry thanked by Cheap Trick in the credits of the S.A.CT box set? (Hint: the answer is the same whether you start from A or Z)
What bass did Tom play on the studio version of “Wrong Side of Love”?
Rickenbacker 4008, 8 String Bass
Christian Josi Washington, DC-based Columnist
Cheap Trick Frontman Opens Up About His Current Club Tour, Family & The Future
So you know how sometimes you don’t realize how much a cultural phenomenon that’s kind of been on your radar forever means to you until it’s staring you in the face? That totally happened to me this weekend when I figured out that Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander was scheduled to play at a small but brilliant club called The Birchmere less than one mile away from my home just outside of Washington, DC.
Of course I bought tickets immediately. For instinctively, I have been in varying degrees of awe of the guy since I was a teen. That’s like 30-plus years. But it’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking about because I don’t hear about him much.
It is strangely easy to forget how awesome — and important — Robin Zander and Cheap Trick are when you’re talking rock ‘n’ roll — or just Things That Are Cool. And it’s similarly easy to forget that Robin himself is arguably the greatest, most perfect rock star ever. EVER, people…
JANUARY 15, 2014 9:00 A
It always sounded as though Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander was taking a little vocal shortcut on the band’s bubblegum classic “I Want You to Want Me.” For some reason, the phrase “didn’t I” wouldn’t roll off the tongue the way he wanted, so he seemed to be singing, “Oh-oh, deedle-I, deedle-I, deedle-I see you cryin’?” …
Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen’s extensive and impressive guitar collection is documented in coffee table tome Guitar Aficionado: The Collections – The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World — and, with good reason.
“I’ve been collecting since the 1960s,” he says. “Some people collect this or that. I’m a musician; I collect guitars.”
But,”new pretty shiny ones” never attracted Nielsen, who turns 67 on Sunday, and grew up surrounded by instruments at his dad’s band and orchestral rental store in Northern Illinois.
“I always bought used ones because I could afford them,” says the self-taught musician. “People used to trade their guitars to get new ones; I never traded anything. It’s like the new phones today, there’s always something about the one you got rid of that the update is missing, it’s an easy way to describe why I never got rid of anything.”
CHEAP TRICK will perform on Guitar Center Sessions on Directv’s Audience network channel 239 on January 17, 2014. More info will follow. Check out http://sessions.guitarcenter.com/ for updates.
Exhibit to feature artifacts from the private collection of the iconic power-pop band
On Sept. 12 the GRAMMY Museum will launch Cheap Trick: I Want You To Want Me! — a one-of-a-kind exhibit offering visitors an in-depth look at the more than 35-year career of power-pop progenitors Cheap Trick.
Cheap Trick taped a segment for NPR’s “Sound Opinions” with Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis on 7/22/13. It is a Budokan anniversary retrospective interview with 4 songs performed in the studio. Air date will be in approximately 6-8 weeks.