Cheap Trick: “I hope we’re still obnoxious”

The veteran power-pop group discuss their career in the current Uncut

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Cheap Trick take us through their career, album by album, in the current issue of Uncut, out now.

The group’s Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson discuss their best records, from 1977’s self-titled debut right up to this year’s new Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello.

“I hope we haven’t changed too much,” says Nielsen, “I hope we’re still obnoxious.”


“I like the same things as I did when we started,” adds Petersson. “We always see ourselves as a ’60s band.”

The band’s 1979 live album, At Budokan, which effectively saved the group’s career, still remains their best-selling effort worldwide. “I tell people that we made the Budokan famous and the Budokan made us famous,” explains Nielsen. “It’s a real live recording… it’s not overdubbed. I always tell people, our mistakes are real!”

The May 2016 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring our cover story on PJ Harvey’s new album, Brian Wilson, The National’s all-star Grateful Dead tribute, Jack White and T Bone Burnett’s American Epic, Cate Le Bon, Donovan, Jean-Michel Jarre, Cheap Trick, Graham Nash, Heartworn Highways, Sturgill Simpson and more plus 40 pages of reviews and our free 15-track CD

Uncut: the spiritual home of great rock music.


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