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Cheap Trick Releases ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello’ Today

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Out today (April 1st) is Cheap Trick’s 17th studio album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy . . . Hello. The album, which marks the first without drummer Bun E. Carlos, who left the band in 2010 — and with guitarist Rick Nielsen’s son Daxx Nielsen occupying the drum stool — comes exactly one week before Cheap Trick’s long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Frontman Robin Zander explained the need for Cheap Trick to stay an active recording unit, unlike many bands who after decades have focused all their energies solely on roadwork. Zander told The Chicago Sun-Times, “We wouldn’t be a band if we weren’t writing and recording music. We couldn’t just go out and do the same thing over and over again. That’s actually one thing that started to bother us about six years ago, so we decided to clean house as far as management and agency and everything else is concerned, and start over again. It took some time, but in five years we had enough material to go in and record the new album.”

Rick Nielsen revealed that some of this material has been around for years awaiting the right time to finally see the light of day: “There are maybe three tracks on the new record that we never recorded,. Or they were never recorded correctly or the tempo was wrong or the drum part wasn’t what we wanted. But when we cover songs or resurrect old things into new ideas, it’s all new to us.”

Nielsen told us that Cheap Trick is just one of those bands that was so unhip, they actually became cool: “What we did was the total antithesis of everything, of what was going on. We didn’t wanna be like anybody else, but we didn’t know what we wanted to be. So, it’s like, I was always kind of a jerk and a class clown — so why change into being some charming person? We were being ourselves. At the time, there were so many bands that they tried to look like their mother’s and y’know, get their hair done with the same hairspray as their mother’s had. And everybody wanted to be the lead singer or the guitar player — look at me — I was never gonna be Jimmy Page or, y’know. . . It was all about the music.”

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