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Aerosmith/Cheap Trick: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA, 12/06/12

“Joe Perry is in the house,” announced wiry frontman Steven Tyler after Aerosmith’s guitar slinger finished up a lead vocal and riff-laden “Combination” from the band’s powerful 1976 classic album Rocks. Perry wasn’t the only one burning down the soon to be Pelicans’ house on a humid Thursday night. Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and the other half of the infamous Toxic Twins were all ready to rock & roll, bluesy-Boston style.

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Storm Destroys Ottawa Bluesfest Stage

A freak hailstorm descended upon the Canadian capital that left the Ottawa Bluesfest’s mainstage in tatters this evening. Midwest rockers Cheap Trick vacated the MBNA mainstage seconds before the stage

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Cheap Trick: Studio A, IP Casino, Biloxi, MS, 5/13/11

It is now 2011 and lo and behold Cheap Trick are still around, still selling out venues, while playing on massive tours with the likes of Def Leppard and Poison. In fact, the gentleman sitting next to me could barely contain himself when they ripped into “Surrender”. The Blotz wasn’t kidding when he said the music would take you back to a time and a place when youth was taken for granted.

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Tour Dates: Matador Turns 21

Started out of a New York City apartment in 1989 by by Chris Lombardi, Matador Records has earned a reputation as one of the most influential indie labels of the last

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Tinted Windows – Round Table With James Iha, Taylor Hanson & Adam Schlesinger

When you throw the term super group around, the tendency is to dwell on the star studded lineup that earned the group its “super” status, and Tinted Windows is no exception. The power pop quartet has been riding high upon the heels of their self-titled freshman debut, but on the surface, the group’s lineup makes for a much better story than the album.

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Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Poison: Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA 7/12/09

Cheap Trick.  Poison.  Def Leppard.  It's an odd billing to be sure.  Poison and Def Leppard seem reasonable enough, with careers that rode the hair metal explosion of the 80s to multi-platinum success, but Cheap Trick, an 80s power ballad aside, were churning out power pop gems (that continue to influence bands today) five to ten years earlier than their tour mates.  Oddly enough, the tour's oldest band chronologically is its youngest spiritually and that is part of the magic that still makes Cheap Trick matter.

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Cheap Trick – Power Pop Pioneers

Cheap Trick were one of the first bands, if not the first, to play what we now know as Power Pop.  Three decades later, you can hear Cheap Trick's sound in countless bands and that could be perceived as gratifying or annoying by someone like Rick Nielsen who did it first, but he sees it as a reflection of the how Cheap Trick operates more than an homage to their sound.

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Bloggy Goodness: Some Free AoD

A couple of months back, we told you about roots-jam-rockers Assembly Of Dust’s new guest-laden album Some Assembly Required which includes appearances from a who’s who of the jam scene.

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