No, Cheap Trick is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yes, they sure as hell ought to be! Longtime fans have become increasingly vocal on the matter now that Cheap Trick has been named a finalist for the 2016 Hall of Fame class. The band sure as heck put on a hall of fame performance Saturday night at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. Far from the typical “hits” show, Cheap Trick pulled out rare gem after rare gem in a rock ‘n’ roll fueled extravaganza that at times appeared to pay homage to longtime fans for their support and tireless efforts to get the band on the ballot.
Digging deep into their catalogue, Cheap Trick blew the dust off of 1977’s “He’s a Whore” and “Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School.” The two songs alone were probably worth the price of admission for true fans. The band also captivated the audience with “Heaven Tonight” and a rocking version of “Magical Mystery Tour” which naturally had Rick Nielsen blasting his solos on a Beatles graphic wrapped guitar.
As flamboyant as ever, Nielsen received roars of approval from the crowd with each custom-made guitar he brought out including his famed five-neck guitar and a double-neck guitar shaped in the image of himself. (It never gets old watching Nielsen hand his guitar off to an unsuspecting member in the audience.) Not be outdone, bassist Tom Petersson captivated the audience with his gritty version of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man.”
The man most fans were watching throughout the night was lead vocalist Robin Zander. The epitome of cool, Zander’s vocals were spot on throughout the show especially when it came time for the hits. While one would think the radio-friendly single “The Flame” would be out of place on this setlist, Zander’s stunning vocals served as the icing on the cake to a magical and rocking evening.
No, Cheap Trick is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…YET!
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