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CHEAP TRICK – BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO
Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar), the Rockford, IL-born band is set to impact still another era with the spectacular new BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO, their 17th studio collection and first in more than five years. Co-produced by Cheap Trick and GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball), songs like “Heart On The Line” and the turbulent first single, “When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” are deeply connected to the band’s own irrepressible history just as they accelerate their trademark sound and vision into the now. The glorious “Long Time No See Ya” marks another in a long line of salutations spanning “ELO Kiddies” and “Hello There” to “Goodnight” and “Say Goodbye,” while the piledriving “Do You Believe Me” showcases dueling solos from Nielsen and six-string icon Wayne Kramer – a milestone meeting of the long established Midwestern mutual appreciation society between Cheap Trick and the mighty MC5. BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO prove Cheap Trick to be as energetic and idiosyncratically irresistible as ever before, a callback to their classic canon yet somehow as inventive and exciting as a bunch of crazy kids just coming out of the garage.
“We wanted to make something that was new and fresh but also going back to our 70s sound and feel,” Zander says, “this Midwestern rock band that’s got a hard edge but still plays pop music.”
“It’s loud and it’s noisy,” Nielsen says, “which is exactly what we are. It sounds like there’s a lot going on but really it’s just a three piece band with a great singer.”
Cheap Trick are of course a indisputable institution, beloved for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, powerhouse pop rock ‘n’ roll. The constant core of the band remains one of a kind – three guys, four chords, and tunes that will last in perpetuity, from “He’s A Whore,” “California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me” and the worldwide #1 hit single, “The Flame.”
“The songs are why everybody knows Cheap Trick,” Nielsen says. “We have some good songs. ‘I Want You To Want Me” has been around for 40 years but people still love it. And even if you’re sick of it, it’s over in three minutes! The songs are still relevant, they still have the right words and the right emotion to move 99% of all humans.”
Amidst that not inconsiderable demographic, one particular fan served as catalyst for Cheap Trick’s return to the studio. Founder, president, and CEO of Nashville-based Big Machine Records, Scott Borchetta has also been a lifelong supporter of the band. Conversations began in 2012 and were sealed when veteran producer/songwriter Julian Raymond – a longtime Cheap Trick associate and Academy Award nominee for co-writing the GRAMMY®-winning “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” featured in 2014’s acclaimed documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – joined the zeitgeist-defining label as its Vice President of A&R. A multi-album deal was soon struck, a contract as rare as hen’s teeth for any rock band in the modern era let alone one of Cheap Trick’s considerable vintage.
“It’s a pretty big career tool,” Nielsen says. “Much better than putting a bunch of CDs in my car.”
“It’s been great working with Scott,” Petersson says. “He’s such a music lover. It’s rare for the guy that’s running the label to be so musical. Usually we have to battle it out with those guys but he left us alone. He was like, I love your band, you know what you’re doing in there.”
Deal in hand, Cheap Trick and Raymond quickly set to work. Described by all as the band’s de-facto “fifth member,” Raymond has been a friend and sometimes collaborator for three decades, relied upon as both confidante and traffic cop.
“We could produce our own records but we prefer to have Julian there to quell the storms,” Zander says. “You’ve got three writers in the band so there’s a lot of ideas floating around. You’ve got to have somebody that’s outside of the band to help give some direction. Otherwise you just get lost in yourselves.”
“Julian really brings the best out in us,” Petersson says. “He really understands our band and because he’s not us, he can see things that we don’t or can’t see in ourselves. We’re so close to this music, you need somebody else like Julian.”
Sessions got underway in 2015 at Los Angeles’ East West Studio. The band immediately got into their groove by locking into a playful version of “The In Crowd.” Written by Billy Page and made famous in not one, not two, but three distinct chart hits by Dobie Gray, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, and Bryan Ferry respectively, the song was a staple of Cheap Trick’s earliest live sets, a reliable crowd-pleaser as they made their bones at local dives all over the Midwest.
“The feel started there,” Zander says. “We continued writing from that sound.”
All three original members cite drummer Daxx Nielsen as the most significant contemporary influence on Cheap Trick’s current creativity. A musical polymath who has played with artists spanning Dick Dale to Brandi Carlisle, the younger Nielsen was the obvious choice when the seemingly irreplaceable Bun E. Carlos retired from active touring and recording with the band he co-founded. Daxx’s innate virtuosity and spirited musicianship were propulsive in more ways than the usual, inspiring fresh energy while also keeping the band in touch with its roots.
“Daxx is so talented,” Petersson says. “He’s so into it, he can play all of our songs on any instrument. We’ll pull something from our back catalog and he’ll tell us how the bridge goes.”
“We have to recall stuff,” Rick says. “Daxx remembers.”
After more than half a decade away from the studio, Cheap Trick was fired up and ridiculously prolific, cranking out close to 30 new tunes over two pair of sessions in Los Angeles and Nashville. Tracks like “No Direction Home” hit hard as a teenage crush’s kiss, affirming the eternal strength of Cheap Trick’s smart, sly, sometimes sarcastic songcraft. Each member has skin in the songwriting game, contributing elements – a riff, a chorus, a hook that won’t stop – which are then jammed into three-and-a-half minute pop perfection by the entire unit, ensuring everybody’s respective two cents are represented in every finished tune.
CHEAP TRICK CELEBRATES ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
AMIDST WIDE-RANGING SUCCESS OF LONG-AWAITED NEW ALBUM
LEGENDARY BAND CLOSES SPECTACULAR EVENT WITH CLASSIC SET AND SUPERJAM
BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO MAKES TOP 3 ROCK CHART DEBUT
FIRST SINGLE, “WHEN I WAKE UP TOMORROW,” TOPS CLASSIC ROCK CHART
WITH 10 ADDITIONAL CHEAP TRICK TRACKS DOMINATING FORMAT’S TOP 15
(New York, NY) Cheap Trick is celebrating a wide range of high profile activity including last Friday’s long awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction honors the legendary band and the pioneering sound that has earned them total record sales well in excess of 20 million featured appearances and more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications.
Cheap Trick were the final inductees at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held Friday, April 8th at Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center and filmed for broadcast later this month on HBO. The one and only Kid Rock officially inducted the band with a classic speech, hailing Cheap Trick as “a garage band in sheep’s clothing. They had a punk soul, a pop heartbeat and Beatles ambitions…They’ve been knocked down, but they’ve never stopped and they’re still out there racking up the miles and playing every show like it’s their first.” The Rockford, IL-based band’s original lineup of Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Bun E. Carlos (drums) each accepted the honor.
“What an honor, what a memory, what an event!” said Nielsen. “What an incredible night. We are honored to now be included members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016, and now forever. Seeing first hand how some of the other artists felt and dealt with their musical, personal, and personnel obstacles, I’m really proud we were able to put our differences aside for an evening, and truly honor the legacy we’ve worked so hard to create and maintain.”
The only inductees to perform in their complete original lineup, Cheap Trick closed the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with a show-stealing performance of “Surrender,” “Dream Police,” and “I Want You To Want Me,” prompting Rolling Stone to rave, “Their smoking three-song set was played to perfection, with Zander hitting all the notes he hit at Budokan back in 1978. The performance was extra special since it was probably the final time the original lineup will ever play together.” The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs April 30th at 8pm ET, exclusively on HBO (Check local listings).
Cheap Trick’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction comes just as their Big Machine Records debut, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello, makes a spectacular chart entry following its release on April 1st- officially designated “Cheap Trick Day” in their beloved hometown of Rockford, IL. The collection arrived at #3 on Billboard’s “Top Rock Albums” chart while also entering the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #30.
“When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” the album’s powerful first single/video, is proving a major league multi-format smash, spending more than 15 consecutive days at the top of the Classic Rock airplay chart while fast approaching the top 20 at Active Rock. As if that weren’t enough, last week saw Cheap Trick ruling the Classic Rock chart with a stunning 11 tracks in the format’s top 15, including new songs from Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello as well as tracks recently recorded at a special iHeartRadio ICONS concert in New York City.
Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello is also among 2016’s best-reviewed releases. Kerrang! noted how Cheap Trick’s “ability to write sugar-coated riffs that stick in your head as though made of golden syrup has not diminished” while Classic Rock’s Paul Lester applauded “the consistency and urgency of this, their 17th studio record.” “The album “swings at the kind of big-riff, mutant-guitar rock and near-falsetto, multi-layered vocal melodies that have long been a part of the band’s 40-year repertoire,” raved The AV Club as Ultimate Classic Rock noted, “Really, they haven’t sounded this strong in years.” “A guns-blazing reinforcement of classic tropes,” declared MOJO with Uncut praising the album as “the band’s most consistently thrilling long-player since the Carter administration.” “A rugged, uncompromising platter that will satisfy existing fans and might find new ones to add to their cultish following,” exclaimed American Songwriter, further praising the album’s 11 “swaggering selections, any one of which could have come off albums recorded decades ago in their prime… Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello is everything anyone would want from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers at this late stage, and likely far more than even their staunchest fans expected. Here’s to another 40 years.”
Well-known for having played over 5,000 shows in their four decade-plus career, Cheap Trick — Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Daxx Nielsen (drums) — are already on the road supporting Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello and celebrating their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Highlights include this Saturday’s “Rock-N-Roar Concert” at Long Beach, CA’s 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 13th annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit,” slated for Friday, May 6th at Cleveland, OH’s Cleveland Public Auditorium; and this summer’s “Rock Hall Three For All Tour” with Heart and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, beginning July 14th at Clarkston, MI’s DTE Energy Music Theatre and then travels through a September 23rd finale at West Palm Peach, FL’s Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre. For a full schedule, updates, and ticket information, please visit www.cheaptrick.com/tour-dates.
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“NO DIRECTION HOME”
Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello
Set for Worldwide Release on April1
2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “Rock Hall Three For All” U.S. Tour
Kicks Off July 14 with Heart & Joan Jett
(NASHVILLE, TN) Legendary power-pop collective Cheap Trick set a new course with “No Direction Home,” from their upcoming album Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello, due out April 1, their first on Big Machine Records. Pulsating riffs intertwine with the anthemic chorus in this first taste of new music in over five years from the iconic four-piece from Rockford, IL. Fans can pre-order the album beginning March 4 and listen to the first track here.
Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello follows the recent announcement about the band’s forthcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The long-awaited news celebrates the pioneering sound that has lead to sales in excess of 20 MILLION and more than 40 international GOLD and PLATINUM certifications for their multi-award winning back catalogue. Cheap Trick’s music has also been featured on more than 20 major feature film soundtracks.
Now into their fourth decade of recording, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello marks Cheap Trick’s 17th studio album and was produced by GRAMMY award-winning producer Julian Raymond. Firmly cemented as one of the most important bands in music history, the quartet will continue their reign as the top progenitors of power-pop through 2016 and beyond with the release of Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello.
Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe since 1974 for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The band – Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Daxx Nielsen (drums) – are truly one-of-a-kind pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes such as “Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me” and “Dream Police.”
Famous for having played over 5,000 shows in their career, Cheap Trick will hit the road again this summer in support of Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello and to celebrate their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The band will kick off the “Rock Hall Three For All” tour of the US alongside Heart and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, beginning July 14 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Michigan. The 30-date tour will culminate at Florida’s Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre on September 23. Full Cheap Trick tour dates can be found at cheaptrick.com/tour-dates.
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CHEAP TRICK CELEBRATE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
BY INKING NEW DEAL WITH BIG MACHINE RECORDS
LEGENDARY POWER POP BAND ENTERS CLASS OF 2016
FOLLOWING THEIR FIRST NOMINATION
HONOREE CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 8, 2016
HUGELY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM
BANG ZOOM CRAZY… HELLO DUE IN 2016