You may know the basic facts of Cheap Trick‘s live 1979 album At Budokan which effectively started the Rockford quartet on a long road which now travels through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but unless you actually lived through it, there is no way to imagine what such a fluke phenomenon does […]
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Cheap Trick actually delayed their studio follow-up to the brilliant 1978 third album Heaven Tonight , not because of a lack of strong songs written, but because their fluke live in-Japan- only release At Budokan virtually blew up over the Winter 1979. Here’s proof: just before Christmas 1978 Cheap Trick performed the hypnotic “Need Your Love” in […]
Cheap Trick 40th anniversary of “Live at Budokan” US release, with Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander.
If you check out the reviews of Cheap Trick’s first five albums, you will be seeing stars. On a maximum scale of five stars, the 1977 debut by Cheap Trick receives AllMusic.com‘s highest rating, and the even more melodic, better sounding sophomore effort In Color in the same year earns 4 1/2 stars. Then […]
Forty years ago this week, Cheap Trick was poised on the brink, but depending on what continent you were referencing, it could have been the brink of Beatlemania-type mass popularity ( as in Japan that Summer 1978 ), or the brink of disaster here at home, where they had rave reviews for their first three […]
Happy new year from Cheap Trick!
When it’s the REO Speedwagon brand, you’ll be surprised how fresh and tasty forty year old “Tuna Fish” is! Kevin Cronin and Neal Doughty of REO are In the Studio with Redbeard.
If there is a real-life Cinderella story in rock , this is it.Talk about “indie credibility”?These ladies wrote the book . When Heart’s 1976 debut Dreamboat Annie was released in Spring 1976 on tiny Canadian label Mushroom Records, it was simply because not one major U.S.label was interested…(more)
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For over twenty years, my Dallas/Ft.Worth radio station Q102 conducted what grew to become the largest annual radio blood drive in America, thanks to the incredible humanity of our loyal listeners and the free concerts we awarded them with such stars as the late Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bonnie Raitt, […]