About The Artist
Legendary rockers Cheap Trick have been on the scene for four decades, continuously growing their repertoire of hits and power pop music.
Consisting of Robin Zander (vocals), Rick Nielsen (guitar), Tom Petersson (bass) and Bun E. Carlos (drums), their hits “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “The Dream Police,” and “The Flame,” are timeless pieces of work that only begin to describe the extensive list of songs in their catalog. The band that is constantly touring and in the studio, Cheap Trick expanded their fan base in the 90’s by providing the theme song to the hit show “That 70’s Show.”
Upon the release of 10 albums and DVD’s on Big 3 Records throughout the 2000’s, Cheap Trick took their fans, and homage to The Beatles, to the next level with the 2009 release of “Sgt. Pepper Live” which was a live recording of The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album in its entirety, engineered by The Beatles original engineer, Geoff Emerick. Following the release of “Sgt. Pepper Live” was the Las Vegas spectacle of the same name produced by Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. featuring Cheap Trick performing the album in its entirety with The Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, an Indian Ensemble, a full orchestra, and also performing Cheap Trick hits as an encore.
Sgt. Pepper Live – CD/DVD
American pop group Cheap Trick, in a reprisal of their wildly successful sold-out concerts, salute the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album with a dynamic track-by-track rendition that features an orchestra, an Indian Ensemble and an array of several very special guests. At the helm is none other than the legendary Geoff Emerick, who engineered the Fab Four’s definitive album in 1967, and brings an exciting authenticity to the celebration. Cheap Trick genuinely infuse their brand of Beatlesque power pop into a live tribute that pays homage to their musical influences, by capturing the essence of an album that changed music history. Never performed live in its entirety by the Beatles, this footage is an exclusive opportunity to hear the complete Sgt. Pepper album performed live by Cheap Trick, bringing the band full-circle in a chilling tribute to their musical heroes. Available in CD and DVD.
The combined talents of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E Carlos continue to resonate with generations of musicians and fans alike. Rockford concentrates these formidable strengths into 12 stellar songs that, together, form an album which can stand beside any of the band’s prior releases. In the words of Tom Petersson, “This record has all the best elements of our entire catalogue. It’s by far our best work.”
On August 21, 2003 at AOL’s Los Angeles studio, this five track E.P. captures the band’s live performance as part of the promotion of their CD, “Special One.
From Tokyo To You – DVD
A quarter of a decade after their infamous Live at Budokan concert, power-pop act Cheap Trick returns to Japan with this concert and documentary from 2004. Filled with stories throughout their career, Cheap Trick: From Tokyo to You – Live in Japan shows the band onstage and off while delivering quieter moments in the form of various unreleased acoustic performances and intimate interviews. Song highlights include Dream Police, “Surrender”, and the fan-favorite “I Want You To Want Me.”
Originally released in 2003, was the band’s first new studio album in six years. Produced primarily by Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Super Furry Animals), the album also features tracks produced by Dan the Automater, Jack Douglas and Steve Albini. About the album, Robin Zander say, “This is probably the most musically diverse record we’ve ever recorded.” We love all sorts of music and there is a little bit of everything on this record.”
Following the 1999 Cheap Trick fan convention, Trickfest, Cheap Trick performed their celebratory ‘Silver Anniversary Homecoming Concert’ at Davis Park in Rockford, Illinois. This release is that comprehensive performance of 29 songs that marked the 25-year point in their career. The three hour show featured a song from every record, members of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Harlem High School Choir, the Phantom Regiment Drum Corp, Nielsen and Zander children, Jon Brant, Slash, Billy Corgan and Art Alexakis (Everclear). Songs such as ‘The Flame’ and ‘Dream Police’ with a full string section, or ‘Just Got Back’ with 3 drummers and Billy Corgan on guitar were among the standout moments on this double disc album.
Music For Hangovers – CD/DVD
is a live album and DVD by the rock band Cheap Trick. The album is a compilation from the band’s four nights at The Metro in Chicago, Illinois in 1998. On each of the four nights, Cheap Trick played one of their first four albums in their entirety to open the show, coinciding with the reissues of the albums.
This album is commonly referred to as Cheap Trick ’97, the band has stuck closely to the simplicity of two guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, and it works superbly. The songs are some of the strongest Cheap Trick have written instantly hummable and brimming with fine pop hooks. Robin Zander’s voice is flawless, and the simple, sparkling recording gives him the spotlight without overshadowing Rick Nielsen’s fine guitar work and the understated rhythm section of drummer Bun E. Carlos and bassist Tom Peterson. Cheap Trick return to writing the caliber of songs, some light, some serious, that made them rock & roll icons in the ’70s.
Woke Up With A Monster
The style of music is more on the “grunge” side, due to producer Ted Templeman’s much criticized heavy-handed production, and unlike several albums that preceded it, it lacks the electronic instruments. Also, Rick Nielsen grew a once trademark goatee, and Robin Zander’s voice also grew noticeably deeper. There were two videos shot for this LP; “Woke Up With A Monster” and “You’re All I Wanna Do.” The band later released a CD only ‘cutout’ that also featured a live performance of the title track.