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I’m In:  Cheap Trick!

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

I’m In!

 

I try to sleep, they’re wide awake, they won’t let me alone. 

They don’t get paid or take vacations, or let me alone.

They spy on me, I try to hide, they won’t let me alone.

They persecute me, they’re the judge and jury all in one….

 

That’s right. The Dream Police are back and while they may not actually find a way inside your brain you ARE going to be singing this tune until your coworkers hide your iPod.

Trust me. I finally found mine buried underneath a bunch of candy wrappers in the company Suggestion Box.

Dream Police featuring Cheap Trick at Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater is one rockin’ good time. Original band members - singer Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson - are joined by The Bombastic Symphonic Philharmonic with The Rhythmic Noise Mind Choir.

Translation? An 18-piece orchestra, horn section and backup singers. Add a slick multimedia production to that and you’ve got one entertaining concert experience.

 At 500 seats, the Northern Lights Theater allows you to get up close and personal with the group who’ve been dubbed “the world’s greatest bar band.” There’s truly not a bad seat in the house. I was totally on board from the moment the lights dimmed and the fog machines enveloped the audience.

Zander proved he can still rock a glam pair of skin tight, white leather pants with the best front men, Nielsen’s too-cute baseball cap and adolescent humor have thankfully survived the last three decades intact and Petersson is stylin’ a crazy, 19th-century-gentleman, Austin Powers meets Andy Warhol vibe that actually really works.

It was almost as much fun to watch these guys having a blast playing the music together as it was listening to the songs that served as a soundtrack to my misspent youth. And they didn’t miss a beat, going straight from The Dream Police album into a second set filled with a steady stream of crowd pleasers.

   Anybody who has been to a Cheap Trick show knows it only gets better when you come away with a coveted Cheap Trick guitar pick. The highlight of MY night happened when Rick skillfully pointed one in my direction and flicked it right at me. At first I wondered why on Earth he was throwing pop corn, but I looked in my lap, saw the pick, and knew I’d struck Cheap Trick gold. Then he smiled at me and for a split second I was 17.

If you’re thinking you’ll wait until the boys from Rockford head this way for festival season, I’d say the show is well worth the price of a ticket now. You don’t have to jockey for standing room only or settle for a warm beer out of a plastic cup and you get all the Bombastic stuff thrown in, too.

When they ripped into Surrender to close the show I was on my feet with the rest of the crowd singing out the words at the top of my lungs. It’s an anthem that hits home way more now than I thought it did back in 1978. And I realized it was pretty cool that the band who took the world by storm from Boise to Budokan. . . was right there with me.

Details: Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. For ticket pricing and availability go to paysbig.com.

 

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