The Hampton Beach Ballroom was SOLD OUT, and no one could wait to see Cheap Trick and their 2017 "We’re All Alright! Tour.
Kicking the evening off was Watts, an exceptionally popular Boston rock band who delivered some sweet old-school rock ‘n roll to the masses. Band members Dan Kopko (vocals, guitar), John Blout (guitar, vocals), Tim McCoy (bass, vocals), and John Lynch (drums, vocals) are a very edgy and engaging rock band. I’d like to see more of these guys again very soon!
After a short intermission and the roadies rearranging the stage, the house lights dimmed... Opening their set with the 1977 hit “Hello There” from the album In Color, out came Cheap Trick!
“Hello there, Ladies and Gentlemen. Hello there, Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you ready to rock? ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?”
Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, vocals) the primary songwriter and founder of the band, played various custom Hamer guitars throughout the show, throwing bunches of customized guitar picks into the crowd (that he has been designing himself for years). Tom Petersson (bass, vocals) (original bassist and co-founder of CT) jammed on one of his signature Gretsch 12-string basses, and sang backup as well. He is actually the inventor of the 12-string bass, and is admired worldwide for a tone created exclusively by him. Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his phenomenal stage presence and vocals have been a major influence on many rockers since the ‘80s. Rick usually introduces him at every show as his “favorite lead singer in the whole wide world.” Robin Taylor (drums) (also Robin Zander’s son), is a talented musician in his own right, who taught himself to play drums, guitar, and piano at a very early age. Keep an eye on this guy for sure!
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 9, 2016; with 18 studio albums, 6 live albums, 17 compilation albums, 7 music videos, 2 EPs, 64 singles, and 20 soundtrack albums, the guys are doing what they love! What a fantastic evening and pleasure to rock out with such an iconic group. Check out their setlist and tour schedule below. Get your tickets NOW (if they’re not already sold out)!
01. The Blackheart of Rock N Roll
02. Up All Night
03. She’s So Electric
04. All Done With Rock ‘n Roll
05. Stage Fright
06. Flash of White Light
07. 20 to 12
08. Strut Like a Champ
Cheap Trick Setlist:
01. Hello There
02. Big Eyes
04. California Man
05. On Top of the World
06. He’s a Whore
08. Ain’t That a Shame (Fats Domino cover)
09. Long Time Coming
10. You Got It Going On
11. Bass Solo
12. I’m Waiting for the Man (The Velvet Underground cover/Tom Petersson on lead vocals/with a bit of ‘Heroin’)
13. The Flame
14. I Want You to Want Me
15. Dream Police Encore:
17. Goodnight Now
Cheap Trick 2017 Tour Dates:
12/02 - The Rock Your Speech Concert - Los Angeles, CA
12/06 - Tecnopolis - Buenos Aires, Argentina
12/08 - Movistar Arena - Santiago, Chile
12/12 - Pedreira Paulo Leminski - Curitiba, Brazil
12/13 - Allianz Parque - Sao Paulo, Brazil
12/15 - Jeunesse Arena - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
12/31 - Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Years Eve @ The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park - Nashville, TN