Cheap Trick has just posted four Las Vegas dates for February and March. The band will hit The Strat Hotel & Casino over two weekends — February 25th & 26th and March 4th & 5th.
The band will be on the road though the fall opening for either ZZ Top or Rod Stewart. The group’s last album, 2021’s In Another World, peaked at Number Two on Billboard’s Top Tastemaker Albums chart.
Guitarist and chief songwriter Rick Nielsen spoke to us about Cheap Trick’s recent album, In Another World, and explained that it’s yet another case of ‘if it ain’t broke — don’t fix it’: [“I’ve made this quote (laughs) for years now. I said, ‘I don’t think we ever progressed’ — in a good way. Y’know, we never tried to be something that we weren’t. Changing for the sake of change — it just didn’t make any sense. We like what our roots were — and Robin (Zander) says we wear ’em on our sleeve — well, we do. I still like the Yardbirds, I still like the Who, I still like the Rolling Stones, I still like the Beatles. Sure, I like other things, but, it’s like — I still think that stuff is cool.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . stuff is cool)
UPDATED: Cheap Trick tour dates (subject to change):
January 15 – Key West, FL – Rokisland Fest
February 25, 26 – Las Vegas, NV – The Strat Hotel & Casino
March 4, 5 – Las Vegas, NV – The Strat Hotel & Casino
April 23 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
April 24 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre (with ZZ Top)
April 26 – Kamloops, BC – Sandman Centre (with ZZ Top)
April 27 – Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre (with ZZ Top)
April 29 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre (with ZZ Top)
May 1 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
May 6 – Niagara Falls, ON – Fallsview Casino’s Entertainment Centre (with ZZ Top)
May 8 – Laval, QC – Place Bell (with ZZ Top)
July 1 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena (with Rod Stewart)
July 2 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (with Rod Stewart)
July 5 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena (with Rod Stewart)
July 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center (with Rod Stewart)
July 16 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (with Rod Stewart)
July 19 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center (with Rod Stewart)
July 22 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (with Rod Stewart)
August 26 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage (with Rod Stewart)
August 27 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (with Rod Stewart)
August 12 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (with Rod Stewart)
August 13 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena (with Rod Stewart)
August 16 – Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center (with Rod Stewart)
August 19 – Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena (with Rod Stewart)
August 20 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium (with Rod Stewart))
August 23 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (with Rod Stewart)
August 27 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion (with Rod Stewart)
August 31 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (with Rod Stewart)
September 2 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater (with Rod Stewart)
September 3 – Amalie Arena Tampa, FL (with Rod Stewart)
September 16 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi
September 17 – Lake Charles, LA – L’Auberge Lake Charles
- Cheap Trick‘s signature album — Cheap Trick At Budokan — was recorded on April 28th and 30th, 1978 at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo. The album was released in October 1978 in Japan and February 1979 in North America.
- The album, which peaked at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album charts, remains Cheap Trick’s highest charting set, with the album’s lead single, “I Want You To Want Me” peaking at Number Seven on the singles charts, marking the band’s first Top 40 single.
- The album’s second single — a cover of Fats Domino‘s “Ain’t That A Shame” was loosely based on John Lennon‘s 1975 arrangement from his then most recent album, Rock N’ Roll, and peaked at Number 35.
- Cheap Trick At Budokan was certified triple platinum status by the RIAA in 1986.
- FAST FORWARD A DECADE: “The Flame” — which was written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham — hit Number One on July 8th, 1988, knocking Michael Jackson‘s “Dirty Diana” from the top spot for two weeks before it was replaced by Richard Marx‘s “Hold On To The Nights.”
- The single helped propel their Lap Of Luxury album to Number 16 on the Billboard 200 album chart, marking Cheap Trick’s highest charting album since 1979’s Dream Police peaked at Number Six.
CHECK IT OUT: Cheap Trick’s 1982 video for “She’s Tight”:
CHECK IT OUT: Cheap Trick on September 25th, 2021 performing “Dream Police” live in Camden, New Jersey: