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Wed | October 11, 2023
Patchwork & The Rialto Theatre Present
Cheap Trick @ Rialto Theatre
an evening with - no opening act
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Rialto Theatre-Tucson
All Ages
$59.5 - $79.5 Buy Tickets

Doors 6PM | Show 7PM | GA Floor / Reserved Balcony | All Ages | Public On Sale 7/14 10AM




Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between '60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Their sound provided a blueprint for both power pop and arena rock; it also had a long-lived effect on both alternative and heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s (and beyond), who often relied on the same combination of loud riffs and catchy melodies. The band's early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of , the sonic assault of , and the tongue-in-cheek musical eclecticism and humor of . After developing a cult following after three outstanding albums -- 1977's Cheap Trick and In Color and 1978's Heaven Tonight -- and relentless touring, Cheap Trick scored an unexpected hit with 1978's At Budokan, a live album that became their international breakthrough. Glossy production and at times confused creative direction were roadblocks for the band throughout much of the '80s, though they did find commercial success with 1988's Lap of Luxury and its hit single "The Flame." However, after leaving the major labels behind with 1997's Cheap Trick, the band enjoyed a creative second wind, reaffirming the strength of their formula on-stage and in the studio as evidenced on 2006's Rockford and 2016's Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello. Soon after being elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, they kicked off a productive streak that saw them release three albums within 18 months, and while they were mostly dedicated to touring after that, they did return to the studio to produce 2021's In Another World, yet another example of how their timeless sound failed to dim no matter how many years they employed it. Cheap Trick's roots lie in , a late-'60s band formed by and bassist in Rockford, Illinois. The group released an album on in 1969; after it failed to gain any attention, the band relocated to Philadelphia and changed their name to Sick Man of Europe. The group toured Europe unsuccessfully in 1972 and returned to Illinois in 1973. Not long after their return to Rockford, Nielsen and changed their band's name once more -- this time to Cheap Trick -- and added drummer and vocalist Randy "Xeno" Hogan to the lineup. was fired the following year, making room for ex-folksinger to join the group. Between 1975 and the band's first album in 1977, Cheap Trick toured constantly, playing over 200 concerts a year while occasionally opening for the likes of , , , , and . During this time, the band built up a solid catalog of original songs that would eventually comprise their first three albums; they also perfected their kinetic live show. Cheap Trick signed with in 1976 and released their self-titled debut early the following year. The record sold well in America, yet it failed to chart. However, the group became a massive success in Japan, and the album went gold upon release. Later that year, the band released their second album, In Color. It backed away from the harder-rocking side of Cheap Trick, featuring slicker production and quieter arrangements that spotlighted the band's melodic skills instead. Due to their constant touring, the record made it into the U.S. charts, peaking at number 73. It became another gold-seller in Japan, however, where the musicians had become virtual superstars. Their Japanese concerts began selling out within two hours, and they packed the sizable Budokan Arena. Cheap Trick's concerts at Budokan were recorded for possible release, although the live album didn't appear until the band's third album, 1978's Heaven Tonight. That third album captured both the loud, raucous energy of Cheap Trick's debut and the hook-laden songcraft of In Color, leading to their first Top 100 single, "Surrender," which peaked at number 62. However, the live performances on At Budokan (1979) captured the band's energetic, infectious live show, resulting in their commercial breakthrough in America. The album stayed on the charts for over a year, peaking at number four and eventually selling over three million copies. Meanwhile, a live version of "I Want You to Want Me" became their first Top Ten hit. Later that year, the group released their fourth studio album, Dream Police, which followed the same stylistic approach as Heaven Tonight. It also followed At Budokan into the Top Ten, selling over a million copies and launching the Top 40 hit singles "Voices" and "Dream Police." In the summer of 1980, the group released an EP of tracks recorded between 1976-1979 called Found All the Parts. Following the recording of the -produced All Shook Up, left the group in the summer of 1980 to form a group with his wife, Dagmar. He was replaced by Jon Brant. Released toward the end of 1980, All Shook Up performed respectably, peaking at number 24 and going gold, yet the single "Stop This Game" failed to crack the Top 40. One on One, the group's seventh album and the first recorded with Brant, appeared in 1982. Although it peaked at number 39, the record was more successful than All Shook Up, eventually going platinum. Nevertheless, the group was entering a downhill commercial slide, despite the fact that its music was becoming increasingly polished. Next Position Please, released in 1983, failed to launch a hit single and spent only 11 weeks on the charts. Standing on the Edge (1985) and The Doctor (1986) suffered similar fates, as the group were slowly losing their creative spark. rejoined the band in 1988 and the group began work on a new record with the help of several professional songwriters. The resulting effort, Lap of Luxury, was a platinum Top 20 hit, featuring the number one power ballad "The Flame" and a Top Ten version of 's "Don't Be Cruel." Busted, released in 1990, wasn't as successful as Lap of Luxury, peaking at number 48 and effectively putting an end to the group's commercial comeback. Cheap Trick soldiered into the new decade by signing with . in 1994 and releasing Woke Up with a Monster, which peaked at number 123 and spent two weeks on the album chart. That same year, released a sequel to At Budokan, aptly titled Budokan II. Compiled from the same shows as At Budokan, the record served as an effective reminder of why the group had become so popular in the late '70s. In 1995, Cheap Trick asked to leave 's roster after the label's chief executives, Lenny Waronker and Mo Ostin, departed. The band then decided to go back to the basics, and several alt rock superstars who had been influenced by Cheap Trick gave the band opportunities to restore their reputation. had them open their tour in 1995, and the group played several dates on the 1996 Lollapalooza Tour. That same year, the box set Sex, America, Cheap Trick appeared to positive reviews, and the band signed with the fledgling indie label before setting to work on a new album. Early in 1997, the group released a -produced single on , which was followed by the eponymous Cheap Trick, their acclaimed debut for , in the spring. Unfortunately, filed for bankruptcy seven weeks after the album's release, sadly putting a sudden halt on the group's building momentum. On April 30, 1998, the group launched a four-night residency in Chicago, devoting each show to reprising one of their first four albums in its entirety. Those shows later yielded a 1999 live LP, Music for Hangovers, which the musicians issued on their own label. A band-authorized hits collection followed in 2000. By the dawn of the new millennium, Cheap Trick were still without a label, but had retained their loyal following by continually touring the world. Appropriately, another live set saw the light of day in 2001. Entitled Silver, the double-disc album (and companion DVD) documented the band's star-studded, career-spanning 25th anniversary show on August 28, 1999. The band also recorded another studio album, released in 2003 as Special One. It was followed in 2006 by Rockford, named in tribute to the band's hometown, and then The Latest in 2009. Cheap Trick also maintained a heavy touring ethic, canvassing America that summer alongside and releasing their tribute to with Sgt. Pepper Live. In late 2015, Cheap Trick signed with powerhouse country label , and their first album for their new sponsors, Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello, was released in April 2016--the same month the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was the first Cheap Trick release since the departure of drummer . Daxx Nielsen, 's son, became the group's new percussionist in 2010. Wasting no time, they returned with their second album for , the rollicking We're All Alright!, in June 2017. They had barely caught their breath when they were back with their first holiday album, Christmas Christmas, in October 2017. After spending much of their time playing every stage that would have them, the group returned with a studio album in 2021. In Another World conjured up memories of early albums, with both Nielsen and performing with the zeal of men far younger. A much earlier version of the band was trotted out in all their strutting glory on the 2022 archival release Live at the Whisky 1977. Recorded while the band was in the midst of working on In Color, the four complete live shows capture a raucous, guitar-heavy side of the group that their studio albums don't. When it was released near the end of 2022, the band had just finished a U.S. tour.  


To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into our venues, Rialto Theatre & 191 Toole have instituted a clear bag policy as of March 1st, 2022. The policy limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into our venues. The following is a list of bags that will be accepted for entry: Bags that are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12in x 6in x 12in One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar) Small clutch bags, approximately 5in x 7in All bags subject to search. Clear bags are available for sale at the box office.