Cheap Trick featured band for Sgt. Pepper’s 40th anniversary

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Rockford’s own Cheap Trick has the privilege of performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and other artists at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ historic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The sold-out concert will begin at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Calif.

Participants include: Edwin Outwater, conductor; Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, Ian Ball and Rob Laufer, special guest vocalists; Al Jourgensen, special guest guitarist; Danny Louis, keyboards; and Bill Lloyd, guitars.

Additional musicians are: Aloke Dasgupta, sitar; Satnam Singh Ramgotra, tabla; Gingger Shankar, double violin; Christopher Smith, bass tanpura; Mohiuddin Ahmed, swar-mandal and sitar; Mark Power, treble tanpura.

Relive the excitement of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which changed music history, as Cheap Trick and special guest vocalists perform the album in its entirety—from “When I’m Sixty-Four” to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” plus other Beatles favorites.

From Hollywood Bowl’s Web site: “The Beatles’ musical and technical collaborators on this project were Sir George Martin, who provided orchestral arrangements and produced the album, and Geoff Emerick, who engineered the project. Thirteen years [later], Cheap Trick released their sixth album, All Shook Up. Heralded by critics as ‘America’s answer to the Beatles’… the band this time worked with none other than George Martin and Geoff Emerick, who again provided orchestral arrangements as well as producing and engineering the album. As a tribute to Cheap Trick, Martin recreated in the studio the famous drone that ends Sgt. Pepper’s and used it as the intro to All Shook Up, thereby forever linking the two bands and the two albums.

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios over a four-month period… Critic Kenneth Tynan labeled the album’s release ‘a decisive moment in the history of Western civilization’ in The Times of London, and it was the top-selling album in the UK for the next 23 weeks. It was the first rock album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.” (info contributed by Sir George Martin)

Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick recalls that he first worked with Sir George Martin in 1979 at a studio in Madison, Wis., for what would be the release of their sixth album, All Shook Up. They also recorded some movie soundtrack music with him. Nielsen says: “In August of 1980, Bun E and myself were requested to work on a ‘secret’ project which ended up being two of the tracks on Double Fantasy with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Producer Jack Douglas…felt we could really add to the musical chemistry of John’s comeback album. What a thrill!… We’re touched to have been chosen to be your electrical musical interpreters of some great, great music.”

The City of Rockford proclaimed Aug. 10-11 to be “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—Cheap Trick Days” in Rockford.

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