Cheap Trick- At Budokan 45th- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander 2-5

Rockford, Illinois’s Cheap Trick proved to be no joke on the live, Japan-only At Budokan, but the story of how the rest of the world ever got to hear it in February 1979 is a total fluke.

” ‘I Want You to Want Me’ and ‘Big Eyes’ were pleasant in their original form, but seemed more like sketches compared to the roaring versions on this album,” notes’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine. “Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s, and it was ‘At Budokan‘ that captured the band in all of its power.” Lead guitarist/co-writer Rick Nielsen and singer/co-writer Robin Zander tell the gleeful story on its forty-fifth anniversary here In the Studio the week of February 5. -Redbeard