I’m always tempted to put the near-Beatlemania that Cheap Trick experienced in Tokyo in 1978 down to front man Robin Zander being such a handsome bastard, but the music is just too good to ignore and I’ve met a few Japanese women who have very good taste in music. So maybe it’s not improbable that all those screeching school girls really were digging Rick Nielsen’s wonderful songwriting and guitar playing.
Sound Opinions, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis’s wonderful weekly music magazine, celebrated the 35th anniversary of At Budokan last month. They had the band in studio as guests, and in between playing a few tracks off the album they discussed the freak nature of it becoming one of the most celebrated live recordings of all time. It really is the dog’s bollocks and I suppose what I’m actually trying to say is that if you’re going to get tinnitus you may as well get it listening to At Budokan rather than listening to rubbish like Coldplay.