Tricksters kick off New Year at Coronado

Tricksters kick off New Year at Coronado

By Lisa Palmeno

By Lisa Palmeno

Staff Writer

Our hometown boys, Cheap Trick, will kick off 2002 with three area concerts.

Our most famous rock and roll band returns for two shows at the Coronado Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29 and 30, with openers The Snaggs and another band which promoters have not yet named. Then, they will perform New Year’s Eve at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, 600 W. Grand Ave., Chicago.

When asked why they booked two consecutive nights at the Coronado, Guitarist Rick Nielsen explained that Cheap Trick was asked by Metro Centre and Jam Productions to put on two shows at the Coronado. Nielsen says it’s great to play a smaller venue such as the Coronado.

“I think the Coronado has a lot of history for all of us,” he commented. “I actually had my high school graduation there. One of my first dates was at the Coronado, and then I was on the committee to help get the Coronado finished.”

Drummer Bun E. Carlos also enjoys playing at the historic site. “It is all a lot of fun,” he says. “We have the biggest backstage guest list in the world. It was 300 last time. It will probably be about the same as last time,” he chuckled.

Nielsen said they will continue playing gigs in Rockford. Still touring after 25 years as a band, they finished the last of their concert dates for 2001 in September. In the month of September, they played Hanover Park, Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles, L.A., and San Diego. They also opened for Aerosmith in several cities throughout January. Nielsen said they still book about 150 shows per year, compared with 250-300 in the previous year.

The Tricksters also will return to England to play at All Tomorrow’s Parties on April 20 and 27. They will return to Europe in June and July as well. Their newest effort, Silver, was recently released worldwide and just came out in America last week. They are still working on new material with studio sessions slated for February and March. Although they will be in the studio, Carlos said they will “split some of those sessions up with live dates.”

Local fans of live music may have seen Nielsen playing with his sons Daxx and Miles’ band Harmony Riley the night before Thanksgiving at Kryptonite. Nielsen also sat in with The Seed Band last Saturday night at Mary’s Tavern.

The Navy Pier show is the 93XRT/Korbel New Year’s Eve Rock n’ Roll Ball, also featuring Poi Dog Pondering and Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise.

When asked how he likes playing Navy Pier, Nielsen said, “I think it’s great. We’ve played there before. Navy Pier is a good joint to play.”

Carlos explained, “The band played there with Daxx last summer when I was out with back surgery in July. Daxx went out with the band for a couple of months, taking my place.”

ABC 7 will provide live coverage of the Navy Pier extravaganza, and a fireworks display will be visible from a private outdoor viewing area. The Tom Tom Lounge will be open all night for dancing. Attire is casual, and the show is for ages 21 and up.

For transportation, Metra and RTA are adding extra late trains, and trolleys will be available to and from remote parking lots on Illinois and Grand. There will also be additional cab stands on Michigan Avenue and State Street.

Tickets for the Rock n’ Roll Ball are available by phone at (800)955-5566. VIP and general admission packages are available online through For information, contact the Rock N’ Roll Ball Hotline at (312) 836-4299 or at

The Coronado performances begin at 8 p.m. both evenings, and tickets are $35 and $30 by reservation only. Tickets are available at the Coronado Theatre Box Office, Metro Center Box Office, all Centre Event Ticket Outlets, charge by phone at (815) 968-5222, or online at

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