Went out the The Sands in Bethlehem PA last night to catch Cheap Trick. I’ve been seeing this band since around 1981 when I used to go see them co headline with UFO. CT is another band that defies father time. They still sound amazing and look pretty much the same. Robin Zander another one of those total freaks that looks like he stepped off the cover of Budokan and more importantly still sings that well! Rick is one of the most unique players out there. Watching him and his array of guitars is truly amazing. Tom is as cool as ever with that innovative 12 string bass he developed. And Dax does a phenomenal job on drums for Bun E who no longer tours. Cheap Trick tour constantly and are currently on a co headline with Peter Frampton (who also sounded great the little I got to see of his set). It’s baffling why they aren’t a way bigger band than they are now. Especially when you consider the hits they have and the fact they are still so damn great. They also appeal to a very wide range of rock fans, metal, hard rock, rock, pop. In many ways they are the ultimate power pop band. Really good guys who just love to play and can play their entire catalog at any second. I know this because for the second time they let me pick the bulk of their set list last night! Imagine how cool that is? If you could ask a band you love to play 10 songs from their history and they actually do it?! Cheap Trick did that last night for the second time for me. Of course I picked a ton of deep tracks and they know them all. You see they don’t rehearse. They always plays and just get up and go for it. It’s remarkable really and so rare. Raw, live and real. You can see photos of the set and from the show on my Instagram or Twitter feeds. Long live Cheap Trick, another band that is a HUGE oversight for the HOF! Thanks to the guys and the crew for letting me take over the show haha. Rick once again introduced me to the crowd and said if they didn’t like the set to blame me.. priceless!

Headed to FL tomorrow. I’ll be in S FL for a week. This Friday I am at the Culture Room with Don & Jim in Ft Lauderdale for our live show. Live music as well and some special guests. Tickets and VIP tickets on sale now and at the door. Then I’ll be hosting Whitesnake 8/5 at Hard Rock in Hollywood and Alice In Chains there 8/11. After Whitesnake meet me in front of the Hard Rock Cafe in the casino. Books and merch for sale.

New podcast tomorrow with Corey Taylor. Free on Itunes or www.podcastone.com

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  • Chuck Nowakowski on

    Eddie, I notice your coming to buffalo with the guys. I might be behind a little bit here, but what kind of show do you three put on?

    • Mark Ellis on

      Seen the show twice. It’s basically a laugh-riot, with the audience drunk as skunks, Florentine doing protracted fellatio jokes, Don’s hair taking on a life of its own, and Eddie trying to hold the s–t together with a Stump segment.

      It’s a bit like TMS but, as Dylan once sang, everybody must get stoned. Party on, Wayne!

      Cheap Trick has always been awesome, like a talented send-up of the majesty of hard rock. Don’t forget the Scorps for the HOF though, they are every bit as qualified as the bands mentioned.

  • Michael B on

    I love Cheap Trick. Easily one of the best American rock bands of all time. The RROF is irrelevant in my book, just like the Grammy’s. Elitist dudes in ivory towers deciding who gets what. No thanks.

    I think that if American rock/metal scene hadn’t died, like it has, they would have been much bigger. The rest of the world gets it, but us Americans are a little dense.

  • Ben Owen on

    Hello Eddie
    I stood side stage with you at Cheap Trick in OKC back in 2012 at the Aerosmith show. Yes they are a great band that plays live and not to tape and I have seen them more than any other band.
    My fav album is Next Position Please
    There the best for just having a good time watching and hearing them !!


  • Ben Owen on


    I must really be a CT fan cause i didn’t see one (deep cut) on your set list Eddie.

    Woke Up With A Monster
    Welcome To The World
    Next Position Please

    Those are my deep cuts !!!

    Rock On Brother Eddie !!!

  • elliot goldberg on

    “up the creek” and “spring break”…in whatever order you choose.

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