2021, Features, Interviews — April 9, 2021 at 8:47 am

Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick (Video Interview)


“I tell people we haven’t progressed, it’s like I like what we were doing early on, we’re not trying to go out of our way…”

From Release: Founded in 1974, Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The band – Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) – are true pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes, from “He’s A Whore,” “California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender,”  “I Want You To Want Me,” and the worldwide #1 hit single, “The Flame.” 2016 saw Cheap Trick inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a long overdue acknowledgement of a nearly five decade career that has earned them more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications, myriad awards and industry honours, featured appearances on over 20 movie soundtracks, and total record sales well in excess of 20 million.

In Another World – which marks Cheap Trick’s first new LP since 2017’s double-header of We’re All Right! and Christmas Christmas, further showcases Cheap Trick at their most eclectic, touching on a myriad of distinct sounds and song approaches, from the swampy Chicago blues number, “Final Days” (featuring fiery harmonica from GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall) to a timely rendition of John Lennon’s still-relevant “Gimme Some Truth,” originally released for Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 and featuring the instantly recognisable guitar sound of erstwhile Sex Pistol Steve Jones. As irresistible and immediate as anything in their already awesome catalog, In Another World is Cheap Trick at their irrepressible best, infinitely entertaining and utterly unstoppable.

Cheap Trick release their new album ‘In Another World’ today, and recently we had the chance to chat and have a laugh with the legendary Rick Nielsen from the band to tell us all about the album, their upcoming shows in Australia, collecting guitars, 2020, license plates, and more…

Check it out below.


Friday, April 30: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW

Saturday, May 1: Camp Shortland Field, Newcastle NSW

Sunday, May 2: The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford NSW

Wednesday, May 5: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney NSW

Friday, May 7: Bonython Park, Adelaide SA

Saturday, May 8: Foreshore Reserve, Hastings VIC

Sunday, May 9: Showgrounds, Yarrawonga VIC

Wednesday, May 12: The Timber Yard, Port Melbourne VIC

Friday, May 14: Kings Beach Amphitheatre, Caloundra QLD

Saturday, May 15: Southport Sharks, Gold Coast QLD

Sunday, May 16: Riverstage, Brisbane QLD


Essential Information

From: Rockford, Illinois, USA

Band members: Robin Zander – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Rick Nielsen – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, Tom Petersson – bass, backing vocals, Daxx Nielsen – drums

Website: http://www.cheaptrick.com

Latest Release: In Another World (Out Now)

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