Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen To Miss More Shows

Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen will be missing more shows as he continues to recover from a “minor procedure.” The band issued the following statement:

“Six weeks ago Rick had a procedure that has required him to stay off the road until fully recovered. Unfortunately, Rick still needs a little bit more time and will not be out with us this week. Robin Taylor Zander will be moving to lead guitar for the next two shows. We appreciate the continued support.”

Cheap Trick Postpone Immediate Live Dates

Cheap Trick have postponed their immediate live dates to give guitarist Rick Nielsen more time to recover from a recent procedure. This news comes after the group were previously performing with fill-in guitarist Robin Taylor Zander. The group commented:

“Rick has been home recuperating from a minor procedure. While he is recovering nicely, he is being advised by his dr to take a little more time. Rather than perform the shows without him ,the guys decided to postpone the shows this weekend – will announce the new dates shortly.”

Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen To Miss Upcoming Shows Following “Minor Procedure”

Cheap Trick have revealed that guitarist Rick Nielsen recently underwent a “minor procedure.” As a result, he will be missing the band’s upcoming live shows. The group issued the following statement:

“A few days ago Rick had a minor procedure that requires him to stay off the road for this week and not travel. Robin Taylor Zander will be stepping up this weekend. We look forward to Rick rejoining the guys on the west coast later next week.”

New Cheap Trick Book “This Band Has No Past” To Be Released In September

A new Cheap Trick book, titled “This Band Has No Past: How Cheap Trick Became Cheap Trick,” is set to be released on September 6 via Jawbone Press. The effort, which was written by Brian J. Kramp, will explore the band’s early days.

Here’s a synopsis [via Amazon]:

“’This band has no past’ was the first line of the farcical biography printed on the inner sleeve of Cheap Trick’s first album, but the band, of course, did have a past—a past that straddles two very different decades: from the tumult of the sixties to the anticlimax of the seventies, from the British Invasion to the record industry renaissance, with the band’s debut album arriving in 1977, the year vinyl sales peaked.

‘This Band Has No Past’ tells the story of a bar band from the Midwest—the best and weirdest bar band in the Midwest—and how these four baby boomers, having been lucky enough to avoid the Vietnam draft, doggedly pursued a most unlikely career in rock’n’roll and made it on their own terms. It traces every gnarly limb of the family tree of bands that culminated in Cheap Trick, then details how this unlikely foursome paid their dues—with interest—night after night, slogging it out everywhere from high schools to bars to bowling alleys to fans’ back yards, before signing to Epic Records and releasing two brilliant albums six months apart.

Drawing on more than eighty original interviews, ‘This Band Has No Past’ is packed full of new insights and information that fans of the band will devour. How was the Cheap Trick logo created? How did the checkerboard pattern come to be associated with the band? When did Rick Nielsen start wearing a ballcap 24/7? Who caught their mom and dad rolling on the couch? Read on and find out.”

Watch Cheap Trick Perform “I Want You To Want Me” With Stone Temple Pilots’ Jeff Gutt

During Cheap Trick’s March 27 show in Brisbane, Australia, the band were joined onstage by Stone Temple Pilots’ Jeff Gutt for a performance of “I Want You To Want Me.” You can find some fan-filmed footage of that below:

More Dates Added To Rod Stewart & Cheap Trick’s Upcoming Tour

Rod Stewart and Cheap Trick have added more dates to their summer North American tour. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

06/10 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
06/11 Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
06/14 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Bowl
06/17 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
06/18 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
06/21 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/24 Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
06/26 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
07/01 Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
07/02 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/05 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
07/07 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Ground
07/08 Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
07/12 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/15 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
07/16 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/19 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/22 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/23 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
07/26 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/27 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/12 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/13 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
08/16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/19 Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena
08/20 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/23 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/26 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
08/27 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
08/31 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
09/02 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater
09/03 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
09/07 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
09/09 Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
09/10 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
09/14 Saskatoon, SA – SaskTel Centre
09/16 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
09/17 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place

Cheap Trick To Open For Rod Stewart On Summer North American Tour

Cheap Trick will be serving as the supporting act on Rod Stewart’s summer North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/01 Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
07/02 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/05 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
07/12 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/16 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/19 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/22 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/26 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/27 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/12 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/13 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
08/16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/19 Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena
08/20 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/23 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/27 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
08/31 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
09/02 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater
09/03 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Cheap Trick Perform At Baltimore Ravens Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Game

Earlier today (January 9), Cheap Trick performed live during halftime at the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. You can see some fan-filmed footage of that below:

Cheap Trick Announce Las Vegas Residency

Cheap Trick have announced a four-night Las Vegas residency. The shows will take place at The Strat Theater on February 25-26 and March 4-5. Guitarist Rick Nielsen told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the following:

“We’re going to play sort of like what we had done before, when we’ve played a full album, and then extra tracks. We’re going to try to do that in Vegas. We can play the first album, the second album, third album and fourth album over a four-night stand.”

Cheap Trick Bassist Tom Petersson Recovering From Open-Heart Surgery

Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson is currently recovering from open-heart surgery. He said the following about that:

“Hi everyone, You may have noticed that I was sitting down during Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ performance last night. I had to have open heart surgery a month ago and am under doctor’s orders to take it easy. I’m currently recuperating and slowly but surely getting stronger every day. Can’t wait to get back to see all of you again soon.”

[via Blabbermouth]