Camden, NJ—When the legendary band Cheap Trick took the stage on the last day of July, it was hot. Fans were still imbibing and they didn’t have a full house to play for. By the time they played their second song, “California Man,” the crowd started to fill in and it added to the ambience.
Early on there was an old-style bass solo with Tom Petersson, and drummer Daxx Nielsen (Rick’s son) played some steady drums. Peterson later broke out his 12-string bass.
Midway through lead singer Robin Zander belted out “The Flame” and “I Want You To Want Me” followed. Rick Nielsen was crazy good during that tune.
“Dream Police” and “Surrender” fired up the crowd. Zander was wearing a glittery jack and Rick Nielsen utilized the walkway to the crowd to show off a bit more. He later used the double neck guitar and quadruple neck, because why not?
The show closed out with “Auf Wiedersehen” and “Goodnight.” The band was tight, and they played the new, the old and the forgotten to perfection.
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