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Tour Stories: Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Excited to Hit the Road with Pals Joan Jett and Heart


Credit: David McClisterCheap Trick took part in a special event at New York City’s Irving Plaza on Tuesday celebrating Live Nation’s National Concert Day, which promotes the various summer tours that will be taking place this year. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be hitting the road in July with Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on the Rock Hall Three for All Tour.

At the event, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen told ABC Radio that he was looking forward to the trek, noting that he and his band mates have known Jett and Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson for many years.

“We knew Joan when she was in The Runaways,” he explained. “She was the first famous person we knew that wore a Cheap Trick shirt, back in 1975 I think it was. And then, we’ve known…Ann and Nancy for a long time. I mean, [we’ve] just been friends.”

Nielsen also shared his favorite summer tour highlight, which he said was getting to hit the road with KISS for three months back in 1977.

“That was a big boost to our career, and it was a nice long tour,” he explained. “We were kind of basically pretty unknown, but we got great reviews. But KISS sold the tickets.”

Meanwhile, Nielsen revealed to ABC Radio that by the time Cheap Trick heads out on the Rock Hall Three for All trek, his seventh and eighth grandchildren will have entered the world. He said that his son Dax, who also happens to be Cheap Trick’s drummer, is expecting a baby with his wife within the next day, and his daughter Scarlet is due to give birth in June.

The Rock Hall Three for All Tour kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan, and is mapped out through a September 23 show in West Palm Beach, Florida. You can check out all of Cheap Trick’s upcoming concerts at CheapTrick.com.

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