Tuesday, May 27, 2003 @ 4:33 PM
Cheap Trick Live at the House
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REVIEW BY: No Baloney Homosapien
Doors were opened at 5pm and around 6pm was when Magnify (the rock band
that's formerly known as The Szuters) warmed up the eager crowds at the
Guitarmageddon 2003 Grand Finals presented by Guitar Center. About a half dozen unsigned guitarists shredded away for judges of the
"We are the one, the only, Cheap Trick. Accept no substitutes!"
...finally the main headliner, Cheap Trick took to the stage at 9:15pm
on Friday night (May 2nd) at the House Of Blues located inside of
Mandalay Bay Casino on The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.
They played many popular & classic hits as well as a few numbers from
Special One, (their newest album which is due to be released on July 8th.)
House Of Blues can hold a capacity of 500 people upstairs and 1300
downstairs, and the place seemed pretty full. Tickets for this concert went on sale during April Fool's Day and only cost $20.00 general admission (downstairs) and $30.00 for reserved seating (upstairs).
The group appeared to be in good spirits, interacting heavily with the
crowd & each other. Band consisted of original members: Robin Zander
(vocals & guitar) / Bun E. Carlos (drums) / Tom Petersson (bass &
vocals) / Rick Nielsen (lead guitars).
Songs performed on this evening include: Hello There / Big Eyes / If You
Want My Love / Wrong All Along / I Know What I Want / I Want You To Want
Me / Best Friend / Never Had A Lot To Lose / Words / Downed / Tonight
It's You / Heaven Tonight / Ain't That A Shame / Surrender
Tom Petersson sang "I Know What I Want (And I Know How To Get It)" and
Rick Nielsen even played a five-neck during "Surrender." The band played an unusually fast version of "I Want You To Want Me" and also offered a couple of new numbers from the upcoming album, featuring "Best Friend" and a ballad "Words."
Despite the sound being a bit distorted, it seemed as if a really good
time was had by all!