On April 28, legendary American rockers Cheap Trick played an invitation only, packed to the gills performance at the John Varvatos boutique in Manhattanâ€™s Lower East Side. The occasion: a tuneful recreation of the bandâ€™s debut concert at Tokyoâ€™s Nippon Budokan arena, 35 years to the day of that historic gig.
Originally recorded for a Japan-only live album (where the band enjoyed a Beatles-like following at the time), Cheap Trick at Budokan was released in the U.S. the following year, igniting the bandâ€™s popularity at home. It remains their best-selling album at over three million copies sold, and hits like â€œI Want You to Want Meâ€ and â€œSurrenderâ€ remain classic rock staples.
Held at the former site of another storied rock venue, CBGB, and hosted by Varvatos himself, Cheap Trick was in fine form throughout the 90-minute set. Sponsored by Sony, the entire show was professionally filmed and posted on Livestream.com. Original members Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson (with Nielsenâ€™s son Daxx providing the beat) still continue to radiate the energy, chemistry and charisma that make them one of the best live acts among their â€™70s peers.