When: Fri., Nov. 27, 8 p.m. 2015
How good is Cheap Trick live? Consider the live audience at Budokan arena in Tokyo, recorded for the gold-selling single “I Want You to Want Me,” who not only lose it big time over a song that wouldn't successfully burn itself into the public consciousness until the release of the very recording they're being captured screaming on, but also sing backup for it. The enthusiasm that met Cheap Trick on their first tour of Japan in 1978 (as opposed to the relative indifference the band had received so far in its native U.S.) was famously compared to Beatlemania in the States. But where the screaming masses eventually led the Beatles to quit touring altogether, Cheap Trick turned their boisterous Budokan gig into the best-selling album of their careers. Their recent well-received touring of 1979's excellent followup Dream Police in its entirety shows Cheap Trick is still committed to giving their fans the world over exactly what they want, which isn't really a cheap trick at all.