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Cheap Trick to play State Fair on Sept. 11

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on June 3, 2013 at 10:36 am |
June 3, 2013 11:27 am

FairLogoThey still want you to want them. Venerable rockers Cheap Trick will play the Washington State Fair on Sept. 11. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Cheap Trick will perform two of their classic albums with an orchestra: At Budokan and Sgt. Pepper Live at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Tickets are $55, $45, $35, and $25 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission, unless noted. You can find tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the fair’s website, or by phone 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the fair’s box fffice at 9th Ave. SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Here’s more from today’s announcement:

While the term “overnight success” would not be accurate to describe Cheap Trick, they’ve shown that perseverance and commitment has created longevity. When they first started in 1973 in Illinois, Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos could have never imagined that they would tour and perform for four decades.

The band’s second album, In Color included hit single, “I Want You To Want Me.” The song ended up No 1 on the charts in Japan, starting the country’s four-decade love affair with Cheap Trick. The band’s third album, Heaven Tonight was regarded by fans and critics in the U.S. as their best to date. “Surrender” was their first single to chart in their home country, and became one of the band’s signature songs.

They decided to record two concerts in Japan at Nippon Budokan. A song on that live album, “I Want You to Want Me” reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became their best-selling single.

By the start of the 80s, Cheap Trick was headlining in arenas around the world. Several years later, when the band’s commercial success declined, a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” reached the Top 10. That album, Lap of Luxury went platinum and became recognized as the band’s comeback album.

Over the years the band bounces back with new popularity and flourish. They have ranked #25 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Visit

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