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

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. Hear the story In the Studio from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen.

Cheap Trick- Big Eyes- 12-78 Passaic NJ

Cheap Trick has been consistently  excellent live for decades, as proven by this white hot performance long ago at Capital Theater  in Passaic, NJ. Broadcast live in December 1978.

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

Lead guitarist/co-writer Rick Nielsen and singer/co-writer Robin Zander of Cheap Trick tell the gleeful story of the fluke live album "At Budokan" on its forty-fifth anniversary here In the Studio the week of February 5.

Cheap Trick- Essential- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

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 Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson, and Bun E. Carlos wrote and recorded the  masterpiece "Heaven Tonight" in May 1978, yet again scoring a critics' perfect five star rating. So in hindsight it would appear that recording the Rockford IL quartet's set while performing the strongest material from these three killer studio albums, in front of an adoring audience in one of the world's premiere venues, would be as obvious as a sumo wrestler in your shower stall.