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Setlist: Cheap Trick and Squeeze in Cleveland, 7/11/10

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For most, Sunday night's pairing of Squeeze and Cheap Trick at the House of Blues (and also coming soon to a city near you) represented one of the greatest ideas for a power pop double header EVER.

For the rest of the crowd, it might have been a head scratcher, figuring out how the two bands wound up on the same bill. (Hell, just observe the musical contrast in the above video!)  In person, as much as I had been looking forward to the night of music, it was indeed quite interesting.  The self-proclaimed (and I ain't arguing this) "best f*cking rock band you've ever seen" (that's Cheap Trick, for those of you that are still trying to figure it out) came on stage at 8pm sharp and delivered a 75 minute set that was blistering.   The Cleveland date offered many the chance to get their first look at the band's new touring drummer Daxx Nielsen, (yes, he's related to Rick) who has been mysteriously planted on the drum stool formerly anchored by the band's iconic drummer Bun E. Carlos.

The band released a short statement in March prior to their appearance at South by Southwest (when the drummer change was made) and said simply that "Bun E. Carlos is not currently the touring drummer for Cheap Trick. Bun E. remains a band member. Everyone is healthy and Cheap Trick will continue to tour as planned." Cheap Trick fans are a passionate bunch, so you might expect them to picket every single show without Carlos, but the word got out early that like his dad, this Nielsen kid can play.


Summer Rock Fun: Catch 10 shows for 10 bucks per show

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Live Nation is pulling out all the stops for the last 10 days of No Service Fees June by offering fans a $10 ticket deal for a new show each day for the next 10 days.  For Cleveland folks, if you're reading this right now (Monday evening), you can grab yourself a pair of lawn tickets to see Styx, Foreigner and Kansas on Saturday night at Blossom.

Tuesday's offer is a fist full of metal featuring The Scorpions (farewell tour, last chance to see these dudes!), Great White (okay, not really metal) and '80s metalers Shok Paris (horns up!).

I don't know about you, but these guys make me nervous.

The remainder of the special $10 discounted shows range from Lilith Fair (definitely worth 10 bucks to see Sarah McLachlan!) to Creed.  Question: Will they be paying us $10 bucks to go see Creed?  No?

For a list of the daily $10 specials nationwide, click here.


Headed to Cleveland: STP with no service fees + Barenaked Ladies

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Scott Weiland and the DeLeo bros will be back in Cleveland on August 22nd at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater.  Cage The Elephant supports, and if you love GA shows, you'll love the fact that all of the tickets for this one are GA.

Barenaked Ladies will also be in Cleveland this summer, back at their old stomping ground, Nautica Stage on August 11th.  For those who are expecting a slight discount on the ticket price with the absence of Steven Page from the lineup?  Keep dreaming.  Tickets for BNL are $59.50 and $47.50 for reserved, and $29.50 for GA.

BNL tix go on sale Friday morning at 10am, and STP tix go on sale the following morning (that's Saturday, for those of you that struggle with calendars) at 10am.  Grab your tix online at or in person at all of the usual Ticketmaster outlets.  Tickets purchased during the month of June will have no service fees.  Awesome.


Everybody Wang Chung Tonight!

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It's time for another 80's music bulletin, this time courtesy of our good pals at The Winchester here in Cleveland:

JUST ANNOUNCED: - WANG CHUNG - Everybody have fun on Sat 7/3!

That's right, if you've been waiting patiently for the chance to "Wang Chung," you'll have the opportunity to do it at The Winchester on July 3rd, one of a number of tour dates scheduled as part of the group's pending Abducted By The 80's summer tour (inspired by the band's new song of the same name), which will make its way through the United States in June and July.

Wang Chung, ya'll

Wang Chung, y'all


Jackson Browne, Public Enemy + more are headed to Cleveland!

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Quite a few show announcements have been hitting our email in the past 48 hours, so I thought I'd share a few of them with you here.  While it hasn't been officially announced by Live Nation, I'm very excited to finally see a Cleveland date confirmed for Jackson Browne and David Lindley (with full band).  Browne has a slew of new dates up on his website, including shows in Detroit on September 18th, and a subsequent Cleveland gig on September 19th at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater (ticket info and on-sale date TBA).

Jackson Browne and David LindleyThe tour is a celebration of a new acoustic live release from Browne and Lindley called Love is Strange, a double CD release recorded live in Spain in 2006.

See more show announcements after the jump:


Yes and Peter Frampton announce tour

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Peter Frampton and Yes, on tour together?  It's actually not as random of a combination as you might think - it turns out that the pair have some past touring history together.  Frampton and Yes played stadium shows together in 1976, and if you think about it, who didn't play together back in those days?

Peter Frampton - Thank You Mr. Churchill

Frampton will be promoting his new album Thank You Mr. Churchill (out April 27th via Universal on both CD and vinyl). Frampton and Yes will play 90 minutes each, co-headlining a total of 25 shows this summer.

The tour dates will start in early June and run through the middle of July.  Here's the initial list of dates (more to be added):

June 16 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
June 18 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
June 19 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
June 20 Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Meadow Lands, PA
June 23 Wolf Trap Foundation for Performing Arts, Vienna, VA
July 4 Lake Forest Venue, Blue Ash, OH
July 7 Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, NM
July 9 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
July 10 Harrah’s Rincon-Open Sky Theater, Valley Center, CA

I haven't seen Frampton (come alive) in a few years, so if this tour ends up coming somewhere near Cleveland (perhaps closer than Blue Ash), I would love to see it.  The last time that I saw Frampton was probably about 10 years ago, touring with Journey and John Waite.  I really enjoyed his 2004 solo release Now.

The Yes lineup will once again feature Benoit David touring in place of Yes vocalist Jon Anderson.

Of special note - Frampton's new album will be out two weeks early on vinyl, hitting the shelves on April 13th.


Iron Maiden and Dream Theater touring North America this summer!

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As long as we're on the metal tip, I should share the following details with you. Thanks to my buddy Rob for the heads up on this one! Horns up!

(Extra special thanks to Iron Maiden for NOT skipping Cleveland!)

Iron Maiden


Prog rock/metal institution DREAM THEATER will spend their summer supporting Iron Maiden on the band's month-long tour of major US and Canadian markets. The tour launches on June 9 and runs through July 20, and includes a stop at the storied Madison Square Garden in NYC, marking the first time in a lengthy and respected career that Dream Theater have played the world's most famous arena.

This tour will mark another milestone in Dream Theater's history, which continues to expand and evolve twenty-five years deep.


Concerts, Concerts, CONCERTS!

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Before we get going, I'd like to give a quick blog shoutout that is actually more of a public service announcement: John Gorman's Buzzard Blog has a great piece online now detailing the infamous early history between WMMS and Rush that played a big part in launching the now-legendary Canadian trio. People always want to know "the Rush story," and Gorman's piece does a nice job of putting it out there.

Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton

While Rush might not be out on the road this summer, there are plenty of other groups that will be jockeying for your hard earned concert dollars. I've already got commitments for Bonnaroo, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood in Columbus, and probably the annual MixFest in Dayton, OH, which is always a good time. And before you even ask, Virgin Festival is a safe bet as well.

Oh shoot, and U2. Dang, this is going to be an expensive summer. Again.

I was a bit grumpy yesterday in regards to a couple of shows that are skipping Cleveland this summer.

The first one is the "Can't Stop Rockin'" tour with Styx, REO Speedwagon, and .38 Special. If you've read this blog for a decent amount of time, you'll know that I'm a big fan of all three bands. It's been a few years since I've seen REO and .38, and when I heard about this tour, I was stoked. Now, apparently I will be road-tripping with no Cleveland date on the schedule. Styx and REO hit the studio recently to record a song together for the tour, titled appropriately enough "Can't Stop Rockin'" that will be available as a digital download. Check out tour dates for the tour that Styx mainman Tommy Shaw calls "a rock and roll stimulus package."

Next subject: Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction. A little birdie told me early in the day that Cleveland was getting skipped on a tour date for NIN/Jane's. And then a set of tour dates slipped out from with a June 21st show at Blossom on the schedule. But now, there's this announcement that the tour dates are "incorrect." I guess we'll have to wait and see for the final outcome on this one.

Speaking of Jane's:

From NME:


In addition, Rhino has announced that it will release 180-gram vinyl versions of Jane's Addiction's landmark albums 1988's 'Nothing's Shocking' and 1990's 'Ritual De Lo Habitual' to celebrate Record Store Day on April 18.

Andrew Dice Clay and Spinal Tap:

Some interesting shows that ARE coming to Cleveland and other parts of the U.S. - Shock comedian Andrew Dice Clay is out on the road for a set of tour dates that will bring him to Cleveland on May 2nd for a show at the State Theatre. I think that I remember Dice playing a gig at Richfield Coliseum at the height of his popularity...can someone back me up on that one?

The principal members of Spinal Tap - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer are hitting the road for an "unplugged" tour - Unwigged & Unplugged. Cleveland gets a show at the State Theatre on May 19th, and the other tour dates can be found here at the newly launched website.

Here's some more info from the press release, including this quote from the guys themselves:

“With this being the 25th Anniversary of the film This is Spinal Tap, we thought this would be a fun and at the same
time, a little challenging, as we have never performed as ourselves. Think of the evening as three old friends playing songs in your living room. As opposed to OUR living rooms; we won’t be home.”

Unwigged & Unplugged will feature songs from the original soundtrack This Is Spinal Tap (1984), the studio album Break Like The Wind (1992), and A Mighty Wind (2003) along with some special surprises and rarities thrown in.

Cleveland tix for Unwigged & Unplugged go on sale Friday morning at 10am and the Dice show tickets will be available Friday morning as well, one hour earlier at 10am. Get 'em at,, and the Playhouse Square box office.

The Mac is Back (Kind Of):

If I can get a 2nd mortgage on my house, I'd love to check out Fleetwood Mac when the "Unleashed" tour hits Cleveland on April 17th at Quicken Loans Arena. Thing is, it's a bit expensive. I saw the Mac for the first and only time on "The Dance" tour....back when Christine McVie was still with the group. I've always thought that that would be a good place to leave the memories....but then I saw this review, and the setlist. Definitely looks good.

Motley Crue and their White Trash Circus:

Motley Crue are hitting the road for a 2nd round of CrueFest dates this summer, dubbed "The White Trash Circus." My ears perked up big time when I heard that the band will be performing the entire Dr. Feelgood album. Dammit, they found the hook I've been looking for. For Clevelanders, the show hits Blossom on July 21st.

That Def Leppard is Poison, Yo:

And now here's the show that originally inspired this post. You've probably heard about Def Leppard and Poison hitting the road this summer with Cheap Trick in the opening slot, right?

Yesterday, I got the extremely quotable press release announcing a Cleveland area date at Blossom on June 25th, which includes this headline:



With combined sales of 100 Million albums worldwide, 65 million from Leppard alone, fans can expect hits like “Photograph,” “Rock Of Ages,” “C’mon C’mon,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak, “Nine Lives,” and countless others creating an evening of rock ‘n’ roll unlike any other this summer.

Was "Nine Lives" a hit? Are there any Leppard fans that want to hear it?

Let's continue,

The tour, which kicks off on June 23rd in Camden, N.J, promises an unprecedented night for those in attendance. The show will highlight three decades of music from three of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest bands for a four-hour interactive concert experience that will begin the moment that the doors open. It will feature Bluetooth technology and delivery, text communications prior to and during performances and a host of interactive offerings. This in addition to an arsenal of nearly 60 Top 40 hits including Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Ride the Wind,” “Somethin’ To Believe In,” and “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” as well as Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender.”

60? Holy crap, that's a lot. Plus, they got to use the word "arsenal."

“I'm very pleased that we are coming back to Cleveland,” said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. “We're gonna be touring with some new friends and some old friends and can guarantee it will be the Rock Tour of the summer.”

Thanks Joe, we're looking forward to seeing you too. Remember a couple summers back, when Journey kicked your ass on that same Blossom stage?

Nevermind that....we remember that kick ass show a few years before that at the Gund, where you guys opened up with the entire first side of High n' Dry. That was KICK ASS. Do that again, and Poison will whimper for mercy, every night of the tour.

"There is nothing better than an epic summer concert and this tour is a dream come true for rock 'n' roll fans. It will be a night of a thousand hits with three hard-charging rock bands on the road together," said Poison front man and star of VH1’s top-rated “Rock of Love Bus” reality show Bret Michaels.

Whoa. Hang on now....I just remembered something. Don't you guys hate Def Leppard....and vice versa?

Money talks, I guess.

And you're right, I'd love to see Cheap Trick again!

P.S. For all of you Canadian Music Lovers in Cleveland:

Tragically Hip return to the House of Blues on Sunday, May 31st. Tix are 25 bones and go on sale Friday morning at 10am. T-Hip shows have a habit of selling out quickly here in Cleveland, so don't delay on that purchase if you wanna go.

One final bit for you all:

Saving Abel just scored an opening slot alongside Seether, opening a bunch of shows for Nickelback. The tour began late last week in Nashville and will hit a bunch of cities. Check here to see if your city made the cut. I'd certainly go out to check out Saving Abel (a bright spot in radio last year,imo) and Seether. I caught Saving Abel at last year's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, and they were great. So you're wondering if I would stick around to see Nickelback? I don't think so....

That's all for now....go see some rock and roll, won't you?