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Cheap Trick perform “Dream Police” on DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions

Not the best performance, and they definitely seem to be phoning it in a bit, but what would you do if you’ve been performing the same songs for 30+ years?!

So, who cares? I love this song. And besides…

12-string bass!

Played 30 times

Cheap Trick - “You're All Talk” (In Color: The Unreleased Steve Albini Sessions)

Don’t Give Yourself Away

Frightened Rabbit offers up an acoustic cover of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” for A.V. Undercover 2013

OK, I must be experiencing a touch of Old Man Syndrome, or maybe I’ve been living under a rock for a few months, but I didn’t realize the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover had started up for 2013. Add to that the fact that I’ve never heard of most of the artists they have invited to perform so far, and I feel like I need to be yelling at some kid somewhere to pull up his damn pants.

There have been 16 songs covered as of today—everything from The Supremes and the Faces to Radiohead and Weezer, and just about everything in-between, and quite a bit left to choose from that looks pretty interesting. Gone is the round room (boo!), but never fear, 2013 is sure to bring us a few hits, a lot of misses, more than a couple of ironic covers, and more hipster facial hair, greasy-disheveled-bed-head hairdos, trucker caps, and I-really-spent-hours-picking-out-what-I’m-wearing-but-I-want-you-to-think-I-really-don’t-care outfits than you can shake a stick at.

Early in the series, the brothers Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit (one of those bands I’ve heard of but have had absolutely no exposure to) thankfully passed over Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” to bring us their take on Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” (with a nod to Robin Zander’s At Budokan introduction), an acoustic, low-key version that is just different enough from the original to breath a little new life into it.


Biters perform Cheap Trick’s “He’s A Whore”

Happy Birthday, Tom Petersson!

Anthrax covers Cheap Trick for their Anthems covers EP.

Happy Birthday, Robin Zander!

Sound City: Real to Reel - “From Can to Can’t”

Dave Grohl has released this sneak peek at the Real to Reel album from the Sound City Players. This track features Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour, and Kyuss and Obsessed bassist Scott Reeder.

You can pre-order the album at or on iTunes.

Happy Birthday, Rick Nielsen!
Photo © Robert Matheu