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Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 2 December 1978

THE TRICK experience, but hardly cheap at £8.50 a shot. Even so, it's worth it, as is evidenced by the fact that Flyover in Hammersmith ...

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Cheap Trick (1977)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages audio, March 1977

Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander, playing San Francisco for the first time, talk about their whacky image and stage personas, being well supported by record company Epic, and how they should be written about in the Gay press!

File format: mp3; file size: 31.4mb, interview length: 34' 18" sound quality: ****

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Cheap Trick: Cheap Trick (Epic PE 34400)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, April 1977

WHEN A group has a guitarist with Donald Sutherland's face and Huntz Hall's wardrobe, a drummer named Bun E. Carlos who looks like Rod Steiger ...

Cheap Trick: Sight Gags For Simps

Profile and Interview by Ira Robbins, Creem, August 1977

IT ALL STARTED innocently enough. There I was, sitting in the office of an ordinarily credible marketing honcho at Epic Records discussing Marc Bolan and ...

Cheap Trick: In Color (Epic PE-34884)

Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 22 September 1977

Cheap Trick's comical treat ...

Cheap Trick, The Motors: The Spectrum, Philadelphia PA

Live Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, 16 November 1977

WASN'T IT W.C .Fields who had on his tombstone — "Things could be worse. I could be in Philadelphia." ...

Cheap Trick: In Color

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 19 November 1977

ANYTHING BUT a cheap trick, in fact. You may wonder why you keep seeing this bunch mentioned in esoteric magazines like Who Put The Bomp ...

Cheap Trick: Stone Pony, New Jersey

Live Review by Jim Green, Sounds, 10 December 1977

Cheap Trick hit hick city ...

Cheap Trick: Smart, Sleek and Debonair

Profile and Interview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, February 1978

AMERICA'S A FUNNY place for rock music. Just when you assume that the well of talent that unleashed classic outfits like the Velvet Underground, Doors ...

Cheap Trick: Trick or Treat?

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, 11 February 1978

GEOFF BARTON fails to go nuts for 'the first American band to emerge in the seventies that doesn't have a lead singer who looks like ...

Cheap Trick, Johnny Moped, The Stukas: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 8 April 1978

ON SUNDAY night at the Roundhouse, Cheap Trick showed how it should be done. ...

Cheap Trick: Meet Tricky Ricky and the Denim Deliverers

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 8 April 1978

....Ricky Neilsen and CHEAP TRICK, to be more precise, who're currently wowing the Heavy Metal Hordes and MAX BELL (who naturally feels there's a bit ...

Cheap Trick: the Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 8 April 1978

Cheap and tasty ...

Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 27 May 1978

Heaven On The Cheap ...

Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, June 1978

FOR ANYONE COUNTING, this is the third Trick LP to be released in a smidge under fourteen months. In that time, the band has played ...

Cheap Trick Takes a Giant Step

Interview by Jim Farber, Circus, 6 July 1978

Heaven Tonight, Chicago Groups Third LP, Inspires Rock Fanaticism ...

Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight (Epic)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, August 1978

DANIEL AND GLORIA met at a rock flea market when their hands reached for the one over-priced copy of Hackamore Brick's One Kiss ...

Presenting Cheap Trick: A Musical In Eleven Years

Profile and Interview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, August 1978

Without a doubt, Cheap Trick has definite shortcomings as a band. They're certainly not perfect. However, they've now got three albums in their catalogue and ...

Cheap Trick, Fundamental Ache And The Concept Of Divine Effort

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 10 February 1979

SINCE THE onset of 'serious' rock criticism in the late Sixties there seems, for the most part, to have been a parting of the ways ...

Cheap Trick: Live At The Budokan (Epic)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 17 February 1979

GIVE THE Nips their due – when they latch on, they latch on fast, and in teeming multitudes, to boot. ...

Cheap Trick: At Budokan (Epic)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, May 1979

CHEAP TRICK are encouraging evidence of a new fluidity beneath the rigid fragmentation of today's pop music scene; they're proto types of the nouveau ironic ...

Cheap Trick's conquest of Japan

Interview by Wayne Robins, Newsday, 20 May 1979

THE TRADITION of American musicians and artists going to Britain or the European continent in search of more responsive audiences is a venerable one. Spirits ...

An Afternoon Of Reality Therapy With Rick Nielsen & Cheap Trick

Report and Interview by Richard Riegel, Creem, July 1979

"IT'S LIKE I always tell people," says Rick Nielsen, "'I'm not a conservative, I'm a realist'." ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic) ****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 8 September 1979

IT'S NO mere coincidence that Dave Edmunds openly admires Rick Nielsen, has dinner with him and appears onstage alongside Cheap Trick at the drop of ...

Cheap Trick: Wake Up, Rick – You're The First Superstar of the '80s

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 8 September 1979

LET'S NOT mince words. The basic premise here is the why, wherefores and whatevers backing up the simple contention that within the next 12 months ...

Cheap Trick: Portrait of a Tragic Figure

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 15 September 1979


Cheap Trick Meet The Dream Police

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, L.A. Weekly, 21 September 1979

IN THE conference room of Epic Records in Century City, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen is good-naturedly taunting the group's producer, Tom Werman, who can't ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 22 September 1979

IT'S IRONIC that Cheap Trick, having recorded a song called 'ELO Kiddies' on their debut album almost three years ago, should now be setting themselves ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 22 September 1979

BRIEFLY, THIS is the fifth time in four years that Cheap Trick have vented their prodigious energies. Dream Police was made before Live At The Budokan made Cheap Trick ...

Cheap Trick: Dream Police

Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 29 November 1979

IN THE BEGINNING, Cheap Trick was lovable because they tried to pull off the toughest trick in the book: making rock that was both bonehead-hard ...

Cheap Tricksters Deny Plans For Global Conquest

Report and Interview by Richard Riegel, Creem, December 1979

Term Mass Invasion A "Dream Police Action" ...

Cheap Trick: Greetings From Rockford, Ill.

Interview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, December 1980

Rockford, Illinois (population 140,000) has made two notable contributions to the entertainment world: John Anderson and Cheap Trick. While there is little similarity between the ...

Hard Pop, Suburban Rock

Report by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1981

Band like REO, Styx and Journey have taken the details of the rock sound and made the medium the whole message, capitalizing on the rock ...

Cheap Trick: One on One (Epic FE38021); Van Halen: Diver Down (Warner Bros. BSK3677)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, August 1982

Wherein two highly anticipated albums refuse to be what was expected of them, proving neither fans nor skeptics correct in their assumptions. ...

Mötley Crüe, Cheap Trick: Odeon, Birmingham

Live Review by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, 1 March 1986


Cheap Trick: Lap of Luxury (Epic) **½

Review by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 2 June 1988

EMPLOYING A variety of producers and stylistic retreads, Cheap Trick has spent the Eighties in a vain attempt to regain commercial and creative momentum. The ...

Cheap Trick: Busted

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Vox, October 1990

CHEAP TRICK ARE THE champions of the FM pop/rock ditty, a position they have proudly hung onto, through the great American punk apocalypse right to ...

Cheap Trick

Sleeve notes by Ira Robbins, Sex, America, Cheap Trick (Sony Legacy), May 1996

AT A TIME WHEN AMERICAN ROCK'N'ROLL was sinking under the commercial weight of glitter-ball beats, arena bombast and California no-cal, Cheap Trick blew out of ...

Cheap Trick: Cheap Trick

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 1997

Cheap Trick: meta-metal power pop ...

Cheap Trick: Light of the Trick

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, August 1997

 The return of the pioneering power-pop band. ...

Cheap Trick: Cheap Trick At Budokan: The Complete Concert

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, August 1998

NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED, full version of the candy-coated metal superheroes' finest hour ...

Cheap Trick: Roxy Theatre, Atlanta

Review and Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, March 2001

THE GUY next to me is in his late thirties. He has a mullet and he's about one beer away from being legless. When he ...

Cheap Trick: 'Surrender'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, June 2003

Vital statistics on Cheap Trick's 'Surrender' ...

Cheap Trick

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Monster Cable, 1 May 2006

ONE OF THE mid-1970s' (not to mention Homer Simpson's) most beloved "Power Pop" bands, Cheap Trick is still going strong, hitting dates this year on ...

The Sound City Players: Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC

Live Review by Alan Light,, February 2014

"THAT ROCK fantasy camp shit?," screamed a shirtless Taylor Hawkins. "This is it right here!" The Foo Fighters drummer – taking a rare turn standing ...

The 30 best live concert albums of all time

Guide by Ian Winwood, Daily Telegraph, 22 April 2020

LAST WEEK, A STORY appeared in the New York Times that predicted that live music would not return to the world's stages until the autumn ...

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