Classic rock is about heavy hooks, power chords, and tight harmonies, but it’s also about letting loose and enjoying the good times — and there’s no better time than Friday evening, when we pick up our paycheck, punch out of work, and enjoy a couple days of much-needed rest and relaxation.
With a cachet like Cheap Trick has, it's not frequent that they open for other bands, but the group just signed on for another leg of dates supporting Aerosmith and that suggests that camaraderie has eclipsed billing in terms of importance for the veteran rockers.
While Cheap Trick's original drummer hasn't been seen on the road with the band in a couple of years, he insists he's still very much a part of the band. So Bun E. Carlos was shocked when he wasn't included when his band was invited to record a song for the next 'A Very Special Christmas.'
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen isn't ready to be relegated to relic status just yet. Still, fans will be happy to know that the man, his legendary band -- and yes, all those guitars -- are the subject of a special exhibit at the Burpee Museum Of Natural History, located in the band's hometown of Rockford, Ill.
When you're a headliner, you're awarded certain privileges. When you're playing your hometown, you probably even get more favorable treatment. And if you're a band as big as Aerosmith and your opening act is the equally impressive Cheap Trick, you've got to take advantage of the situation to guest on a classic song.
Odds are pretty good that if you're going to see Cheap Trick, you'll see them on a very specifically-sized stage. The band requested in their tour rider that their stage be professional and level: no less than 40 feet wide by 40 feet deep and four to five feet high off the ground.
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