The 1970s were the decade of the live rock album, with a few concert sets, such as Kiss's 'Alive!' and Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!,' helping trigger massive mainstream breakthroughs. But few were bigger -- or seemed more unlikely -- than 'Cheap Trick at Budokan.'
For nearly 40 years, Rick Nielsen has been the commander-in-chief of one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world. Cheap Trick has been his vision, and as lead guitarist and primary songwriter, Nielsen helped shape the sound, style and attack of the band. More than ably helped by bassist Tom Petersson, drummer Bun E. Carlos and the one and only Robin Zander on vocals, Cheap Trick have been a musical force of few peers since first letting those power chords fly.
Just days after Heart's recent cancellation of their SeaWorld performance in light of the controversial documentary 'Blackfish,' Cheap Trick have joined a growing number of artists who have placed the marine-animal theme park on their s--t lists.
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