It really means a lot to our fans.” Surely on any shortlist of rock’s all time greatest live acts, Cheap Trick will take to the road in celebration of their electric new album, traveling as they have for decades, rocking arenas, concert halls, and amphitheatres worldwide more than 150 nights each year.BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO affirms Cheap Trick as an indefatigable going concern, not merely Hall of Fame-worthy legends but a vital and vibrant fact of life. “We’re not cut out for sitting around and watching TV.” “This is what we do,” Petersson says.“We could produce our own records but we prefer to have Julian there to quell the storms,” Zander says.
Conversations began in 2012 and were sealed when veteran producer/songwriter Julian Raymond – a longtime Cheap Trick associate and Academy Award nominee for co-writing the GRAMMY®-winning “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” featured in 2014’s acclaimed documentary, – joined the zeitgeist-defining label as its Vice President of A&R.
“We’re very proud of this record, we have no problem going around the world playing songs from it. That’s what we do.” “We’re not a nostalgia band,” Nielsen says.
“We never stopped making records, we never stopped touring. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
You’ve got to have somebody that’s outside of the band to help give some direction.
Otherwise you just get lost in yourselves.” “Julian really brings the best out in us,” Petersson says.Co-produced by Cheap Trick and GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball), songs like “Heart On The Line” and the turbulent first single, “When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” are deeply connected to the band’s own irrepressible history just as they accelerate their trademark sound and vision into the now.