CHEAP TRICK Guitarist RICK NIELSEN - "I Don't Know That I Thought Anybody Would Be In A Rock Band After 50 Years"
April 7, 2021, 2 weeks ago
Cheap Trick will release their new album, In Another World, via BMG this Friday, April 9 digitally as well as on standard black vinyl and CD.
Ahead of the release, guitarist Rick Nielsen spoke with Forbes' David Chiu about the upcoming release and the band's upcoming 50th anniversary.
“I don't know that I thought anybody would be in a rock band after 50 years,” says Nielsen. “All the bands that we grew up with it, the Rolling Stones were in their 20s. When I saw them, I was like ‘Holy shot.’ So I never thought about it. We had an album called Silver, which it was our 25th anniversary. Then it's our 30th year [in 2008] that we go to Budokan again. I look forward - I don't look backwards. I don't look in the mirror anymore. ‘I'm 30, but I feel like 16’ - that was a lyric from a song ["Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School"] on the first album. I'm 130 but I feel like 16.”
Read the complete interview at Forbes.com.
A limited edition blue and white splattered vinyl of In Another World will be available at independent record stores nationwide. In addition, a limited edition picture disc will be available exclusively via Target. Pre-orders are available now.
Produced by longtime associate Julian Raymond, In Another World sees Cheap Trick doing what they do better than anyone - crafting indelible rock ‘n’ roll with oversized hooks, mischievous lyrics, and seemingly inexorable energy. Trademark anthems like “Light Up The Fire” and “Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll” are countered by more introspective - but no less exuberant - considerations of times past, present, and unknowable future on such strikingly potent new tracks as “Another World” and “I’ll See You Again.”
In Another World - which marks Cheap Trick’s first new LP since 2017’s double-header of We're All Alright! and Christmas Christmas – further showcases Cheap Trick at their most eclectic, touching on a myriad of distinct sounds and song approaches, from the swampy Chicago blues number, “Final Days” (featuring fiery harmonica from Grammy Award-nominated singer and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall) to a timely rendition of John Lennon’s still-relevant “Gimme Some Truth,” originally released for Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 and featuring the instantly recognizable guitar sound of erstwhile Sex Pistol Steve Jones.
As irresistible and immediate as anything in their already awesome catalog, In Another World is Cheap Trick at their irrepressible best, infinitely entertaining and utterly unstoppable.
In Another World tracklisting:
"Here Comes the Summer"
"Quit Waking Me Up"
"Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll"
"So It Goes"
"Light Up The Fire"
"Here’s Looking At You"
"Another World" reprise
"I’ll See You Again"
"Gimme Some Truth"
"Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll":
"Light Up The Fire":
Founded in 1974, Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The band - Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) - are true pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes, from “He’s A Whore,” “California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me,” and the worldwide #1 hit single, “The Flame.” 2016 saw Cheap Trick inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a long overdue acknowledgement of a nearly five-decade career that has earned them more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications, myriad awards and industry honors, featured appearances on over 20 movie soundtracks, and total record sales well in excess of 20 million.
Cheap Trick - Zander, Nielsen, Petersson along with drummer Daxx Nielsen - are of course one of rock’s hardest working live acts, lighting it up at arenas, concert halls, and amphitheatres worldwide more than 150 nights each year. Alas, recent events have forced the band off the road for perhaps the longest hiatus of their storied history. Cheap Trick plan to return to the endless highway later as soon as they can, including North American and U.K. tour dates – for updates and pre-sale information, please visit cheaptrick.com/tour-dates.html.
“This band is held together by music,” says Robin Zander. “It’s the super glue that keeps us writing and putting records out. The reason we started the band in the first place was to tour and write songs and put records out. If all that went away, there would be no point then, would there?”