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January 3, 1994 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
C heap Trick has sold about a zillion albums since 1977 when it blasted out of Chicago like the Cubs in the World Series of Ernie Banks' dreams. The band also has been on the road a lot, making new fans as it cranks out that melodic arena rock. Songs like "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me" and "Ain't That a Shame" continue to prosper on the radio.
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May 28, 1995
Am I in some sort of time warp or something? I thought I already did my time in the '70s. Then I fire open last Sunday's Calendar and . . . whoa! What rock did some sick promoter turn over? Ads for Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Steve Miller and the Doobie Brothers?!? I dug through my junk drawer for my old Bic Lighter. Yow! REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Boz Scaggs and Earth, Wind & Fire?!? Where are my eight-tracks, man? Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Loverboy--has there ever been a more useless triple-bill in rock history?
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December 30, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cheap Trick has sold about a zillion albums since its 1977 debut, blasting out of Chicago like the Cubs in the World Series of Ernie Banks' dreams. Since then, the band has been on the road a lot and making records and new fans as they crank out that melodic arena rock. Songs like "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me" and "Ain't That a Shame" continue to live long and prosper on the radio.
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January 3, 1994 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
C heap Trick has sold about a zillion albums since 1977 when it blasted out of Chicago like the Cubs in the World Series of Ernie Banks' dreams. The band also has been on the road a lot, making new fans as it cranks out that melodic arena rock. Songs like "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me" and "Ain't That a Shame" continue to prosper on the radio.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1995
Am I in some sort of time warp or something? I thought I already did my time in the '70s. Then I fire open last Sunday's Calendar and . . . whoa! What rock did some sick promoter turn over? Ads for Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Steve Miller and the Doobie Brothers?!? I dug through my junk drawer for my old Bic Lighter. Yow! REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Boz Scaggs and Earth, Wind & Fire?!? Where are my eight-tracks, man? Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Loverboy--has there ever been a more useless triple-bill in rock history?
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December 30, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
"This is our first show with this four-piece band since 1980," Rick Nielsen announced during Cheap Trick's concert Sunday at the Coach House, alluding to the fact that original bassist Tom Petersson has rejoined the group. Petersson's return comes as a surprise--but an entirely pleasant one for the fans and the band, judging by Sunday's show.
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May 24, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
If MTV is where you find what's happening now, then recent MTV kid-of-the-moment Camp represents what's happening now, right? By that logic, MTV should be playing a lot of Twisted Sister and Cheap Trick, since this album (in stores Tuesday) is drenched in that '70s-'80s youth-anthem aesthetic (with Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, as well as Stevie Nicks, among the guests). But Camp's sub-Sid Vicious delivery plays as, well, camp, blocking any potential connection with listeners.
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November 9, 1986 | Craig Modderno
Faye Dunaway joins Mickey Rourke in Cannon's "Barfly," playing an alcoholic lover to his drunken poet-writer who explores the streets of L.A. Scripted by poet-writer Charles Bukowski, it's somewhat autobiographical. It begins shooting in January. . . . Linda Kelsey and Inga Swenson play Lee Remick's sisters in the true life murder mini-series "Nutcracker," now shooting in town. . . .
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December 23, 1986 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Cheap Trick is a much better band than its riches-to-rags tale would suggest: On New Year's Eve eight years ago, the quartet headlined the Long Beach Arena; a few blocks away on Sunday, Cheap Trick played Fender's--a room about one-tenth that size. The diminished popularity isn't a complete mystery. After late-'70s power-pop gems like the "Heaven Tonight" and "Live at Budokan" LPs, the band began releasing hit-and-miss records.
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March 6, 1989 | JANISS GARZA
Cheap Trick's popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years, but the band's playful lyrics and odd melodic twists have won the devotion of a fervent core of loyal fans. Those fans were so intent Friday night at the Universal Amphitheatre in celebrating the band's latest round of good fortune (the current "Lap of Luxury" album has gone gold) that the crowd stayed on its feet the entire concert.
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December 30, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cheap Trick has sold about a zillion albums since its 1977 debut, blasting out of Chicago like the Cubs in the World Series of Ernie Banks' dreams. Since then, the band has been on the road a lot and making records and new fans as they crank out that melodic arena rock. Songs like "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me" and "Ain't That a Shame" continue to live long and prosper on the radio.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
"This is our first show with this four-piece band since 1980," Rick Nielsen announced during Cheap Trick's concert Sunday at the Coach House, alluding to the fact that original bassist Tom Petersson has rejoined the group. Petersson's return comes as a surprise--but an entirely pleasant one for the fans and the band, judging by Sunday's show.
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June 26, 1995 | DENNIS HUNT
Arena rock died a horrible death in the '80s--and not a moment too soon. What killed it? Bands stopped rocking and became increasingly addicted to schmaltzy ballads. Many apparently still mourn the passing of this middle-of-the-road rock, so when three fossils from the arena-rock heyday--Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Loverboy--showed up on Friday for the first of two nights at the Universal Amphitheatre, the place was packed with shrieking fans.
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July 3, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
** 1/2 CHEAP TRICK. "Lap of Luxury." Epic. Call it the Petersson Principle. When original bassist Tom Petersson was aboard, Cheap Trick soared to creative and commercial heights with albums like "Cheap Trick at Budokan" and singles like "I Want You to Want Me" and "Surrender." When Petersson left in 1980, the band went into a nose dive, creatively and commercially. Now with Petersson back in the lineup, the band has returned to form--commercially, anyway.
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