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Still on Top of the World: Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Petersson recalls the early days when the band was playing clubs. “People would come up to us and go, ‘God, I love your band, but you ought to dress your guitar player up like [Jimi] Hendrix.’ Or, ‘We kind of love your band, but when is your drummer going to get

Still on Top of the World: Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson (Part 1)

Time certainly does fly. It was 40 years ago last February that Cheap Trick released its self-titled debut album. While the Rockford, Illinois foursome’s sound – standing on the edge (so to speak) between hard rock and power pop – took some time to catch on with the record-buying public, the band eventually became a

Album Mini-review: Bun E. Carlos — Greetings from Bunezuela!

File next to: Guided by Voices, Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders In the wake of a confusing and bitter divorce from his band of many decades, former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos has put together his first solo album. Carlos (born Brad Carlson) doesn’t sing, and he’s not a songwriter. What he

Album Mini-review: Cheap Trick — Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello

File next to: The Move, Boston, Fountains of Wayne With Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, the Rockford, Illinois, foursome Cheap Trick sticks to what they know: anthemic, melodic rock. The key elements have been in place since their self-titled 1977 debut: Robin Zander‘s powerful lead vocals, often doubled (an octave higher) by guitarist Rick Nielsen; Nielsen’s

Hundred-word Reviews January 2016: Archival Live Albums

It’s time once again to take a stab at clearing out the massive backlog of worthy CDs clogging my inbox. Today, it’s quick reviews of five archival live albums, all previously unreleased. Cheap Trick – Auld Lang Syne By the tail-end of the 1970s (this show was recorded at Los Angeles’ Forum on New Year’s