You’ve probably already seen Cheap Trick live. After all, the band from Rockford, Illinois has performed more than 5,000 times. That’s a lot of Cheap Trick concerts.
If you haven’t been in the crowd at one of those 5,000 Cheap Trick concerts you should definitely be in the crowd at the next one.
Cheap Trick rocks. Even after more than four decades in the business, Cheap Trick rocks. They haven’t lost step.
They are also a true rock band. In this day and age of scripted concerts, choreography, and guide tracks, Cheap Trick is anachronism.
They play their own instruments. They play them loud and they play them well. If you’re attending a Cheap Trick tour stop get ready to dance, sing-a-long, and air guitar.
Where Is Drummer Bun E. Carlos?
Cheap Trick consists of lead guitarist Rick Nielsen, lead vocalist Robin Zander, bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer Daxx Nielsen. Daxx is Rick’s son.
Bun E. Carlos, the band’s original drummer, is still in the fray but he hasn’t toured with Cheap Trick until 2010. In 2013, Carlos sued Cheap Trick and the band sued him back.
The two factions have since settled their differences but Carlos has not returned to drumming for the band, either on the road or in the studio. Apparently, he is included in big decisions but nothing else.
How Many Guitars Does Rick Nielsen Play During A Cheap Trick Concert?
Rick Nielsen is famous for his amazing guitar collection. He doesn’t just leave all of his “babies” at home. He brings a bunch on the road with him.
During a Cheap Trick concert, Nielsen may play a dozen guitars. Sometimes, he plays as many guitars as there are songs on the setlist.
Nielsen usually finishes each show playing his five neck guitar. Yes, that’s right. Nielsen has a guitar with not two, not three, not four, but FIVE necks!
What Songs Should I Expect To Hear At A Cheap Trick Concert?
It’s probably easier to list the rock songs Cheap Trick doesn’t play. They are one of those bands whose setlist changes from show to show.
With that being said, you should still expect to hear classics like “Hello There,” “Dream Police,” “I Want You to Want Me,” and “The Flame.” “Surrender” is usually played last or during their encore.
You should also expect a few covers. Since Cheap Trick is known as “The American Beatles” anticipate a Fab Four cover or two.