Cheap Trick Want You To Want Them Tomorrow At MSG
"Can you honestly tell me that you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen? How about the tunes? 'I Want You To Want Me.' 'The Dream Police,' da-na-na-na-na-na-na." Thus spake sleazebag ticket scalper Mike Damone in 1982's iconic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, hard-selling the iconic appeal of Cheap Trick. Thirty years hence, the fab foursome from Rockford, Illinois, have, if possible, become even more beloved, influential and rockin'--if underrated.
Cheap Trick plays Madison Square Garden November 20th, with Aerosmith.
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The band's return to New York City, opening tomorrow for Aerosmith at MSG, may be slightly bittersweet for bassist Tom Petersson, who was an appreciative New Yorker for a decade. The current Nashville denizen misses his favorite neighborhood haunt, The Pink Teacup; not so much seeing Sigue Sigue Sputnik at Studio 54, though he still loves his Mets.
Cheap Trick's romance with the Big Apple began in 1976, when they recorded their self-titled debut at The Record Plant. Several of those tunes are still likely to show up on current setlists--perhaps "Mandocello," "He's a Whore" or "ELO Kiddies." But it's a crapshoot, as Petersson explains: "We have so many records out; we forget what the hell we've done. We just go in and wing it. We don't have a set list 'til about 15 minutes before we go onstage. It drives our crew crazy," he laughs. "We'll be like "ok, do you remember this?"