Cheap Trick - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 10/16/13
A few Bic lighters flew high for that one (isn't there an app for that, yet?) And truthfully, as much as many diehards don't dig that tune, it is probably responsible for getting them noticed by plenty of folks who never had 'em on their radar.
The guys wrapped it up with "Dream Police," before coming back out for encores "Never Had a Lot to Lose," the brilliant "Surrender," "Clock Strikes Ten," and "Gonna Raise Hell." The encore set was full of high energy, solos -- including an extra-long breakout on the drums -- that kept the crowd's excitement at a maximum.
If there's one sad thing to be said about last night, it's that it is always a bit of a bummer to not see Bun E. Carlos behind the drums. No offense, though, to Rick Nielsen's son Daxx, who is currently filling that slot. He is pretty outstanding and he seemed truly happy to be there, a smile hardly left his fact the entire night.
The whole damn arena, in fact, was lit up with grins for the extent of this good time soiree. Nielsen said at one point during the set, "We are the one and only -- accept no substitutes -- Cheap Trick." Yep, we got just what we wanted!
For the setlist and more photos, click to Page 3.