Cheap Trick rocks Hollywood Bowl

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Rockford’s own performs before two sell-out crowds

Historic event marked 40th anniversary of release of Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album

Here’s your ticket: a three-lane highway wraps down a hill to teaming “stack” parking lots. Rows and rows of cars, bumper to bumper, not one can move until the one in front does. More cars stream up the hill from L.A.’s skyscrapered downtown. A platoon of policemen direct the start/stop traffic. Horns honk. People shout. Buses are lined up. Massive throngs of smiling folks trudge up and down the hill to the entrance of a huge outdoor amphitheater, going up a very steep incline that seats 18,000 people—the Hollywood Bowl­—rather like a supersized Sinnissippi Park Band Shell, including all the majestic trees.

The weather in this roughly three-block area of Los Angeles is perfect, 70 degrees, and the Bowl is sold-out for two nights. Not even Tony Bennett sold out the Hollywood Bowl in his recent performance of only one night.

Everyone is ready to hear the Beatles’ music performed by a full orchestra, complete with an Indian music ensemble sitting cross-legged, stage right­—and Rockford’s own Cheap Trick will be center stage—with a “little help from their friends.”

These 40th anniversary celebrations of The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are the first live performances in history of this music—and Rockford’s own Cheap Trick has been chosen by the original producer, Sir George Martin, and engineer, Geoff Emerick, to be The Beatles. Emerick is helping to run the sound boards.

Look at your program. Cheap Trick is on the cover with Baroque music conductor Nicholas McGegan, members of The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Principal Concert Master of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Martin Chalifour and reggae musician Winston Rodney, aka “Burning Spear” of the Wailing Souls.

Here’s the set list for the shows:

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