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Cheap Trick Concert Review, San Antonio, TX, November 27, 2015

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Last Friday night I saw Cheap Trick…AGAIN.  I think it was the 5th or 6th time in the last 5 years or so and I am 100% OK with that.  Nothing new or extra special about the show, really, but they put on a great performance.

I scored a 2nd row ticket on the aisle at stage right, Rick’s side.  If you’re within the first 5 rows of a Cheap Trick show, you’re likely to catch one of the 100s of guitar picks that he throws out every show.  Right before the show started, I was already standing up and someone walked by and said something like, “Make sure you don’t block my friend’s view behind you.  She’s in a wheelchair.”  I found a spot I could stand in without being in the aisle that kept her view to the stage open.  About 2 songs in, Rick looks at me and throws a guitar pick which landed at my feet.  I picked it up and handed it to the girl in the wheelchair.  She was pleasantly surprised.  I ended up catching another from him later in the show.

The few photos I took sucked, so my pal, David Castillo, let me use some of his as you see below.

 

On meeting Cheap Trick (Concert Review), May 16, 2014, Austin, TX

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Tonight was the 4th time I’ve seen Cheap Trick in the last 2 years and the 5th time overall.  As always they put on an energetic show and it was a ton of fun.

Earlier this week I took the decision to buy the VIP/meet and greet pass to hopefully get The Book signed.  Immediately after paying for it, I received an automated email stating the details and rules of the meet and greet.  In bold letters, “NO AUTOGRAPHS” was written halfway down.  Wait…what?  It was the WHOLE reason I paid for this.  I honestly didn’t give a rat’s ass about a photo op.  You also get a shirt, VIP laminate, poster and a “special tour gift”, all of which will be mailed.  Upon receiving the email, I fired an email back asking for a refund and got denied.  I please my case one more time and the rep from the company who puts on the meet and greet said, “just bring the book and see what happens.”

Show day arrives and I get to the venue at the stated time and get in the line with the others.  Several folks said, “no autographs, you know” after seeing my bag with the book strapped over my shoulder.  “I’ll take my chances.”  We’re let inside and reform a line by the backstage door and they let us in 5 at a time.  One person at a a time was then let in to stand in front of the band and get a picture taken.  I was the 5th in the first group, walked up to the band, pulled out the book and said, “They said no autographs but I’d forgo the photo if you’d sign this book.”  Rick asks what the book is and I explain that it’s a book about metal bands but they’re listed and pictured in it as a reference.  Robin just smiles and says, “Weird.”  Tom says, “Hey, let’s play one of our metal songs tonight!”  Rick then asks who said no autographs and I told him the rules in the email.  “Well fuck them, they’re not here.   Where’s your pen?”  I hand him the Sharpie and he signs the Cheap Trick page and Robin and Tom sign their picture.  Then Robin says, “Now let’s do this photo, man.”  So we did the photo which I assume will be emailed out.  It was pretty cool.  Before walking away, I asked if they were going to play Southern Girls and Ricck says, “We’re not far enough south for that one.”  I love that song and they’ve played it on the recent tours in just about every city but Austin for whatever reason.  Rick’s son, Daxx (drums), smiled and looked at me and mouthed. “we’re playing it.”  Rick and Tom each hand me a guitar pick and that was it.  Out the back door.  But SUCCESS!  It’s a great addition.

Then the show started.  Austin’s own Ume opened and it wasn’t my thing at all.  I’d seen them before a while back.

Cheap Trick comes on and just does their thing.  They are a well oiled machine that has fun on stage.  Their setlist is different every night and that’s great.  It keeps things a little loose on tour.  They played their hits mixed with other stuff for the hardcore fans as well as a new song from their upcoming album.   The Flame always takes me right back to the 80s.  Tonight one of the Dixie Chicks did a duet with Robin on it.  They’re always a treat and I look forward to the next time I can see them!

 

 

 

Cheap Trick Concert Review, Austin, TX 6/25/13

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Cheap Trick was here again?  You betcha!  This was my third time seeing them since July of last year and the second time at ACL Live/Moody Theater.  I’ll say it again…I love that place!  I ended up with front row tickets on Rick Nielson’s side.  Nothing lengthy to report about this show beside the fact that Cheap Trick is so fun to watch live.  Robin Zander is a rock star.  Forever young and his voice sounded great again.  The whole band was, as expected, rock solid.  They are on a perpetual tour it seems and will play anything, anytime, anywhere.  Rick threw a ton of guitar picks out as always…oddly enough, I didn’t get one.  How the hell does one sit front row and not get a pick?  A friend of mine got 3 and offered one up, so I accepted.   My normal Cheap Trick partner couldn’t make it so I brought my friend, Andrea.  We had a blast.  Dinner at Frank before the show was really good, too.

Can’t wait to catch them again.  Last night’s setlist was pretty similar to last year’s and I was hoping for a little more of a shake up.  If you follow their setlists, you know that every night is different.  No worries.  They rocked.

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June 26, 2013 at 8:15 am

Aerosmith & Cheap Trick Concert Review, Austin, TX 11/16/2012

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Having just seen Cheap Trick a few months ago and having had such a great time at that show, when the second leg of Aerosmith’s Global Warming Tour was announced, I knew I had to go.  This was not a cheap show by any stretch of the imagination and I think partially because this show was sponsored by/centered around the Formula 1 (F1) race that is in Austin this weekend.  Thousands of people from around the world have come to town to watch cars go fast at a premium price.  More power to ’em, I say.

I bought 2 tickets to the show as I figured it would be pretty easy to have a friend tag a long.  For various and sundry reasons ranging from work, lies, sickness etc, it was difficult finding someone to come with.  Finally my friend’s girlfriend stepped up and came with me.  Perfect.  She’s a good friend and we’re almost related.  haha.

We walked to the Erwin Center, checked out the shirts and found our seats.  We were a little higher in the stands than I would have liked, but that’s what I got in the ticket presale.  No biggie.

Cheap Trick hit the stage promptly at 8PM to their standard opener of Hello There and went right in to Come On, Come On.  The band sounded great and Robin’s voice was crystal clear as it was a few months ago.  Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) came out and played guitar with them on Ain’t That A Shame which was super cool.  A few songs later and right after Sick Man Of Europe (great song!) they announced that they would do a Beatles song.  Steven Tyler (Aerosmith – duh) came out and split vocal duties on Golden Slumber/Carry That Weight/The End.  While I’m no Beatles fan, it’s blatantly obvious that both Cheap Trick and Aerosmith are.  It was a cool thing to see them on stage together.  They closed with I Want You To Want Me, Dream Police and Surrender.  I was hoping to hear She’s Tight again but no biggie.  Cheap Trick changes their set up every night which is quite impressive.  The crowd left a lot to be desired.  It wasn’t even half full for most of their set.  Either way, Cheap Trick sounded great again and I can’t wait to see them for a 4th time, whenever that may be.

After about a 30 minute set change, Aerosmith hits the stage with Mama Kin.  On the first leg of this tour they had been opening with Draw The Line.  Unfortunately that song fell from the setlist for this leg.  It’s my fave!  They went right in to Love In An Elevator (gag) and that was my cue to go to the bathroom.  I really dislike that era of Aerosmith in general, save for a few songs.  As my buddy put it last night, “they played the soccer mom setlist.”  No truer statement could be told.  It was cool to hear Movin’ Out and Last Child, which was my brother’s (RIP) favorite song by them.  Hearing that one definitely sent a little wave of emotion up through me.  What It Takes sounded great and that’s probably my favorite song from that era of the band.  There were a few songs from the new album played and of course they did Come Together (I detest the Beatles in general), Dude Looks like a Lady (gag),  Walk This Way (heard too many times to enjoy), Dream On and Sweet Emotion.  Right before Dream On, a piano was to rise up out of the runway portion of the stage.  It seemed as if there was a Spinal Tap moment about to happen as the piano wouldn’t move.  But it finally did and they played through the song perfectly.  While I’ve heard that song too many times in a lifetime, I still like it.

Tyler’s voice sounded great and the energy that the man has is practically unparallelled by any rock singer.  His interactions with the crowd and just overall gender bending charm are unmatched.  I think he’s a freak of nature to have done the things to his body that he has done and still be able to perform at that level.  It’s impressive.  Perry played well but I’ve always thought of Whitford being the unsung hero of that band.  That guy is a killer guitarist but gets zero credit.  Joey Kramer, as always, played flawlessly.  I love seeing him live.  Let’s not forget Tom Hamilton.  Talk about unsung.  He’s a lot like Bill Wyman in that he’s seemingly the quiet one in the band but lays down low end perfectly.  He and Joey are definitely in tune with each other as they should be after playing together for 40 years.

It was a great show and was my 3rd time seeing Aerosmith (’89 and ’93 previously).  It was also my 3rd time for Cheap Trick (’99 and ’12).

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November 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

Tons of upcoming shows…

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Outside of the local stuff that I see every week, I’m seeing a lot of national acts coming up.
9/27 – Smashing Pumpkins – I’ve never seen them before and I like their first 2 albums quite a bit.  While I’ve not liked everything they’ve done, I’ve always like Corgan’s attitude of “my way or the highway.”

9/30 – Kreator/Accept – Two more bands that I’ve never seen.  More excited about Accept but will surely be happy to see both.  Hopefully I can get the book signed as well…and my TT Quick CD!  ;)

11/11 – Styx – Another band I haven’t seen.  No DeYoung but I’m OK with that.  Looking forward to seeing Tommy Shaw live.

11/16 – Aerosmith/Cheap Trick – Saw Aerosmith twice (89 and 93) and Cheap Trick twice (99 and 2012).  That last Cheap Trick show blew me away and Aerosmith’s recent setlist is good enough to make me see them one last time.

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September 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm