They gave the world one of the greatest ballads of all time in the 1990s.
Now, Cheap Trick will not only perform The Flame, which sold millions of copies globally, but countless other hits when the band takes to the stage at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on Thursday 29 February.
Following the announcement of nine shows as part of the Red Hot Summer Tour, the American quartet is also scheduled for six separate gigs with legendary Aussie rockers The Angels.
With more than 5,000 performances spanning four decades and 20 million records sold worldwide, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are undoubtedly one of the most influential groups in the music industry.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary next year, Cheap Trick was formed in 1974 by guitarists Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson and drummer Bun. E Carlos.
Twelve months later, vocalist Robin Zander joined the band.
The current line-up consists of Nielsen, Petersson and Zander.
Daxx Nielsen, the son of Rick, is now the group’s drummer and Robin Taylor Zander, the son of Robin, joins as a member when the outfit tours.
While it has evolved throughout the years, Cheap Trick’s continued to reach mainstream and critical success.
Tracks such as The Flame, Dream Police, I Want You To Want Me and Surrender have cemented the band as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll acts of all time.
They released their 20th studio album, In Another World, in April 2021.
Meanwhile, crowd favourites The Angels will see former drummer Nick Norton taking centre stage as vocalist.
With a set-list of catalogue classics that are ingrained in the hearts of every Australian rock fan, it is no wonder that the famous American critic David Fricke called them “a guaranteed great time anywhere”.
As Ian McFarlane, the author of The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop, noted:
“The Angels helped re-define the Australian rock tradition,” he said.
And, now, John Brewster, Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster, Tom Brewster and Norton are giving it another twist.
General public tickets are available from noon on Thursday 14 December at www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au
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