WORDS BY DAVID TAYLOR AND PHOTOS BY PETER AMISANO | Go Venue Magazine
Orpheum Theater was the place to be in Omaha on Tuesday, October 3 as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick made their return to the metro area, performing an Evening With-style show. They have played quite at a few places around town but had never played here in their fifty-year career. Memories were made, and live music was in the air.
Cheap Trick has not played a show in the Omaha metro area in about eight years, so I was so glad to hear they were coming back and playing in such a legendary venue as the Orpheum. They kicked off their set ripping into “Hello There”, as they do with every show. It is pretty remarkable that this band is still out there on the road playing music. I will say I was a little worried about the energy of guitarist Rick Nielsen, but the man is up there in age, and you just have to respect that he is still going out there to perform for the people and still throwing out hundreds of guitar picks and nailing the solos. Lead singer Robin Zander still sounds amazing live and looks pretty good. The band was still in rhythm with each other. I always feel weird with acts that are geared toward an older audience with seated chairs and if there isn’t a song they are not vibing with, they sit down, but once they play one of their popular songs, like “I Want You to Want Me”, it turns into a dance and sing-along party. Bassist Tom Petersson also had a good performance with that signature 12-string bass. It was nice seeing Rick’s kid, Daxx, on drums, and Robin’s kid, Robin, on guitar and vocals, helping out their respective dads’ band. Overall, couldn’t ask for a better Tuesday night with some legends of rock.
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