Cheap Trick as visible as ever

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117872976513221.jpg’, ‘File photo by James Thompson’, ‘In addition to recently being named the third-most “underappreciated artist ever” by Rolling Stone magazine, Rick Nielsen (pictured) and band mates Bun E. Carlos, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson have a busy summer ahead of them. They will take the Beloit (Wis.) Riverfest stage July 13 and be the house band for a tribute to the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Aug. 10-11.‘);

Local rock heroes to play Taste of Chicago, Beloit Riverfest, Naperville Last Fling and be house band for tribute to Beatles

The newest city vehicle stickers aren’t the only sign Cheap Trick is as visible as ever in 2007. Only a few weeks from the one-year anniversary of the release of their latest studio album, Rockford, the band is announcing the details to a summer bound to turn some heads. Here is the latest list of news and notes:

Next (Stage) Position, Please

The hometown boys will keep in line with their tradition of touring hard and playing long. At press time, the band had 25 shows scheduled, from coast to coast, Canada and all points in between. The three local stops are:

Taste of Chicago—Saturday, July 7: There’s nothing like a Saturday night in Grant Park. The 10-day Taste of Chicago will feature free performances in the famous Petrillo Music Shell every night. Other featured performers during the first week in July include John Mayer, The Black Crowes and Los Lonely Boys. Cracker and Soul Asylum will open for Cheap Trick. For a complete schedule, visit

Beloit Riverfest—Friday, July 13: Taking the stage alongside Blue Oyster Cult, local Trick fans are bound to turn out in droves for the festival, which runs from July 12-15. Other performers already scheduled include Grand Funk Railroad, Saliva and Eddie Money. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Naperville Last Fling—Sunday, Sept. 2: For those seeking an On the Waterfront alternative, a trip to Naperville may be in order. An event sponsored by the Naperville Jaycees, Last Fling is intended to be just that—one last summer party. Incidentally, it is also the last date scheduled on our favorite quartet’s ambitious tour. Cheap Trick is the only headliner announced for the four-day festival, but updates are being posted at

With a little help from their friends

In arguably the most high-profile gigs of the tour, Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson will take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as the house band paying tribute to the Beatles’ masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Trick will be joined for the two-night stint by a number of special performers (most of whom are still to be announced), all of which will guide listeners track-by-track through the classic 1967 album. The shows are slated to open with selected Beatles covers, followed by Sgt. Pepper’s in its entirety. At press time, both Aimee Mann and Joan Osborne had signed on to the bill, and several more are expected prior to the Aug. 10-11 shows. Though the best seats have already sold out, those remaining can be purchased for between $9 and $49. Visit for details.

Underappreciated—and they can prove it

And though they are repeatedly denied admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Trick International bloggers can rest easy knowing not everyone is ignoring their favorite band’s influence. Rolling Stone magazine recently released their list of the “25 most underappreciated artists ever.” Cheap Trick came in at the third spot, with only Tom Waits and The Replacements ahead of them. Also included were artists as wide ranging as Fugazi, Warren Zevon and The Cramps. To view the complete list, check out

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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