Cheap Trick   Palace Theater, Greensburg, Pa. Nov. 9, 2021

There was no concert fill or opener. Cheap Trick simply walked onto Greensburg Pa’s Palace Theater stage while the speakers blared “Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls please welcome to the stage the best fg#%ing rock band you’ve ever seen. Well, the best can be debated, but Cheap Trick has a pretty solid resume to vie the position. Their accomplishments include membership in the  the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, and an album in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 greatest albums of all time. They began with their perennial opener “Hello There” “from 1977’s “In Color”

Of course, the band’s iconic back catalog is its bread and butter but judging by judging by the crowd that sang along to “Boys &Girls & Rock N’ Roll, it was clear fans were familiar with the new material on the band’s 20th studio album, “In Another World “One of the best things about a Cheap Trick show is Rick Nielsen’s custom Hamer guitar collection. Famous for his five-neck model and checkerboard designs, he switched up continuously throughout the evening, matching each one with the texture of the songs. It added up to an impressive shred fest with the highlight being a torched version of Fats Domino’s “Aint That a Shame.” The greatest hits block began at the halfway point with the instantly recognizable intro of their No.1, “The Flame “Robin Zander’s vocals on the power ballad were as strong as when the band’s core demographic of 50+ first heard in on the radio 40 years ago. From there they rattled off the rest of the blockbusters in succession. “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “Surrender” capped off a blistering two hours where the audience never sat down.

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