This was the highlight of my month so far for sure! I have been a Cheap Trick fan for years now. The way these guys put together their brand of melodic rock and work with other writers from time to time inspires me as a musician. They continue to ooh and awe their fans and new audiences with one of the best, most recognizable voices of all time in Robin Zander and the bombastic, signature guitar sounds of Rick Nielsen! How could I not mention one of the tightest rhythm sections of all time! Tom Petersson’s raunchy punch of a 12 string bass melodically weaving lines all over Bun E. Carlos and his straight 4 on the floor beat beat beat beat!
Cheap Trick is currently touring with Aerosmith on their Global Warming tour landing in Atlanta on July 26 at Philips Arena!
6/16 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
6/19 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
6/22 Chicago, IL – United Center
6/27 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
7/1 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
7/5 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/7 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest
7/17 Boston, MA – TD Garden
7/19 Boston, MA – TD Garden
7/21 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
7/24 East Rutherford, NJ – IZOD Center
7/26 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
7/28 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
7/30 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
8/1 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/4 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
8/6 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
8/8 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
8/12 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube
Rick Nielsen has a deep history in rock music from his early days playing in bands and working in his Father’s music store in Rockford, Illinois to touring Europe with Tom Petersson in Sick Man of Europe. Few people know that Nielsen was actually the keyboard player/ second guitarist in Fuse, the band that eventually morphed into Cheap Trick. He didn’t become “the official guitar player” until Cheap Trick came together.
Listen to my interview with Rick earlier today as we touched on the tour, his son Daxx who is now the touring drummer for Cheap Trick, and Rick recording with John Lennon on the Double Fantasy album . . .
Rick Nielsen and the Board of the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois, unveiled plans for Rick’s Picks, a state-of-the-art exhibit that tells the story of Rick’s passions for guitars, music and Rock & Roll. Visitors will experience a treasure trove of Rick’s amazing guitars (as well as a selection of his famous friends’ instruments), collectible personal items, stage clothing and Cheap Trick memorabilia, all enhanced by multimedia storytelling support. The exhibit is set to open August 11, 2012. Check it out here.
Robert Earl Keen, One “Happy Prisoner”
Legendary Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen is on tour in support of his latest release, the bluegrass compilation Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone Records). Thirty years since his debut No Kinda Dancer, and twenty-six after taking the roots genre by storm on West Textures, Robert Earl pays tribute to his favorite music and artists with amazing interpretations of bluegrass standards. Joined by the likes of Sara Watkins, Natalie Maynes, Lyle Lovett Robert Earl is in good company on his 12th studio record.
Robert Earl talks with The Backstage Beat about cooking up the title for the album, recording outside of songwriting, advocating for fair artist compensation, his appearance on the Texas Monthly cover with Lyle Lovett, and more.
Be sure to see Robert Earl Keen in concert when he stops by Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this Saturday, July 18. He’ll be joined by Ruston Kelly as well! Get your tickets here.
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adv/ $27.50 Day Of Show
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You Can Go Home Again: Interview with Home by Dark’s James Casto
Today, we bring you a delightful interview with James Casto, creator of songwriter concert series Home by Dark. A regular fixture at Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta, Home by Dark will embark on a new series at the Gwinnett Center for Performing Arts on June 13 to bring the best and brightest in engaging performers to music lovers in an intimate, homey setting. James communicates the Home by Dark experience so eloquently, and it’s a great comfort to know that the music world has such a series to further bridge the gap between performer and audience.
The upcoming show at Gwinnett Center features artists JP Williams and James David Carter, both of whom James sings the praises of as brilliant, captivating talents.
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When: Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center
von Grey with KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
This Thursday, January 8, Atlanta’s von Grey head to Kennesaw State University for a special performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Not only will von Grey premiere new material with a symphonic arrangement, but proceeds from the event will also benefit KSU’s Proctor Scholarship.
TBB spoke with Annika von Grey about the upcoming show, the band’s Loundfund campaign, and the girls’ year ahead.
Catch this amazing concert at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center. Grab your tickets here.
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