Cheap Trick Celebrate 35th Anniversary of “Live at Budokan” with Shows in NYC and LA

Cheap Trick commemorate release of “Live at Budokan” with a pair of dates in NY and LA


By Alex Baker


Classic rockers, Cheap Trick will play a pair of dates to commemorate the 35th anniversary of their landmark live album Live at Budokan. On April 28, exactly 35 years on from the night the band recorded the first night of of the two shows that became their classic live album, the band will perform the same set they played in 1978 at the John Varvatos Bowery Boutique in New York City. Two days later the band will decamp to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles to play the exact set they played on April 30, 1978 at the famed Tokyo indoor arena.


The New York show will be streamed live online and can be viewed at


The Los Angeles show will air live nationally on AXS TV.


Cheap Trick’s Live at Budokan catapulted the Rockford, IL quartet, that consisted of Robin Zander, Tom Peterson, Rick Nielson, and Bun E. Carlos, to international fame. The album contained live versions of hit songs “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender.”


Currently, the band survives in its original lineup although Bun E. Carlos no longer tours, with guitarist Rick Nielson’s son Daxx usually filling in. It’s not yet known if Carlos will dust off his sticks for the commemorative shows.


More info is available at


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