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i (heart) rick nielsen & cheap trick

May 1st, 2010

“this next one… is the first song… on our new album, which just came out this week! it’s called surrender.” — robin zander

did you know that the first concert i ever saw was Cheap Trick opening for Kiss? that was in Portland. i was 12. my mom let me do whatever i wanted. that was good by me, because i had a lot of friends and a lot of plans.

steve’s first concert was Cheap Trick in Iowa City, when he was 14.

steve: “Doesn’t Rick Nielsen look like Barney Fife here?” (yes.)

no wonder we get along so good, it’s kismet. kissmet!

“When I woke up, Mom and Dad were rolling on the couch
Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my Kiss records out”

our kids can relate to the whole “mommy’s alright/daddy’s alright/they just seem a little weird” part.


  1. Brad says

    I lived in Iowa City for a long time and heard from the guy who owns the Record Collector store there that Cheap Trick opened for the Kinks at Hancher Auditorium in the 70’s. Is that the concert you’re referring to in Iowa City? Love Cheap Trick … favorite band since the late 70’s….


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  2. Steve R. says

    No, they were headlining at the Field House (the athletic facility, not the bar), probably 1980-ish. Saw the Kinks in the 80s at the Five Seasons Center (now US Cellular Center) in Cedar Rapids.

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  3. Out-Numbered says

    Love this post. I can remember listening to Live at Budakon in my dad’s Datsun B210. Forever in my DNA…

    May 4th, 2010 | #

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