|Photo from the Cheap Trick website by Ethan Gillikin|
Cheap Trick's first three albums are nigh perfect yet if it wasn't for a fluke live album of a Japanese concert they might never have become famous. Their most popular song is one that sounds the least like them from the '80s. When they got dropped by their major label in the '90s they went in the studio with Steve Albini, and while those sessions haven't surfaced they started down the DIY route and basically never looked back. Decades into their career the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame could no longer ignore them and while that roster surrounds them with many acts who sound like they're treading water—if they're treading at all—the year the band was inducted Cheap Trick went and released an album full of teenage fire.
Robin Zander's voice is still a marvel.
Rick Nielsen's guitars still pound out chords that make the earth shake.
Tom Petersson's bass still rumbles while nimbly punching out rhythms that dance around Daxx Nielsen's drumming. (And all props to the legacy of Bun E. Carlos and his own inventive drumming style that built much of the band's foundation.)
None of this should be happening, yet it does and still is. The band has never stopped.
And may they never stop.
[h/t to this morning's Dig Me Out Podcast for spurring these thoughts today.]