Cheap Trick Rock New York City Gig to Celebrate 35th Anniversary of ‘At Budokan’
Cheap Trick took their arena-friendly sounds to an intimate setting in New York City on Sunday night (April 28) to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the performances that were recorded for their landmark live album ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan.’
In fact, it was 35 years to the day that the band performed the first of two Tokyo gigs that were chronicled for the multiplatinum live disc. The setting Sunday night was the John Varvatos clothing store, better known to rock fans as the former site of CBGB, the famed club that gained prominence during the same time Cheap Trick themselves first rose to fame.
Stepping onto the stage after an introduction by store owner and fashion designer John Varvatos himself, Cheap Trick kicked off the set with the 1-2 punch of ‘Hello There’ and ‘Come On, Come On,’ which led to the assumption that the band was going to play the 10-track ‘At Budokan’ album front to back.
However, fans were in for a bigger treat once Cheap Trick launched into ‘ELO Kiddies’ as the third tune of the evening, letting the audience know that they’d be playing the entire two-disc ‘Complete Concert’ that was issued in 1998.
With guitarist Rick Nielsen as engaging as ever and singer Robin Zander’s voice in fine form. Cheap Trick electrified the intimate crowd with tracks such as ‘Need Your Love,’ ‘Surrender’ and ‘I Want You To Want Me.’ The band sounded tight as bassist Tom Petersson and drummer Daxx Nielsen (in place of Bun E. Carlos) provided a solid rhythm section throughout the night.
An iBook version of Cheap Trick’s ‘Budokan’ is out today. It features 85 minutes of video from the 1978 Japan concert, newly remastered audio clips of all tracks featured on ‘At Budokan: The Complete Concert’ + much more. Pick up a copy here.
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