Cheap Trick have a new album ready to release in 2016 and are “halfway to another record already,” according to the band’s bassist, Tom Petersson.
The forthcoming album—the group’s first since 2009’s The Latest—is “vintage Cheap Trick,” Petersson tells Macomb Daily writer Gary Graff, and he says the group plans to remain prolific in the coming years.
“The thing is we’re going to keep going,” he says. “We want to record a record every year and just keep them coming out, like in the old days when everybody had a record out every six months, us included. We’re writing all the time, so what good is it if those [songs] don’t come out.”
Cheap Trick formed in 1974 after solidifying the lineup of Petersson, guitarist Rick Nielsen, singer Robin Zander and drummer Bun E. Carlos. The band announced in 2010 that Carlos is no longer performing or recording with Cheap Trick, though he still remains a member. Drum duties in the group have been taken over by Nielsen’s son, Daxx.
Cheap Trick have been plenty busy as of late. In addition to cutting their new record and working on the next, the group has toured with Peter Frampton this year.
“We’re a working band,” Petersson says. “We’re not the kind of group that will take two, three years off to go make an album or something. If we have two or three weeks off, it’s a miracle. We work all the time—not non-stop, certainly, but we’re back and forth a lot and we do all sorts of different shows.”
You can catch one of them on any of the tour stops listed below.
Check out the video below for a good look at some of the guitars in Nielsen’s collection that he’s offered for sale on Reverb.com.
And for more information about the group, visit CheapTrick.com.
04 - Arts, Beats & Eats Festival - Royal Oak, MI
06 - Walworth County Fair - Elkhorn, WI
11 - Eastern ID State Fair - Blackfoot, ID
12 - Madera District Fair - Madera, CA
17 - Spokane County Interstate Fair - Spokane, WA
19 - Spyglass Ridge Winery - Sunbury, PA
20 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
22 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
23 - Count Basie - Red Bank, NJ
25 - St. George Theatre - Staten Island, NY
26 - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
22 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood, FL
23 - Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, FL
06 - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
07 - Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
20 - Baxter Arena - Omaha, NE
21 - Coronado Performing Arts Center - Rockford, IL
22 - ISU Hulman Center - Terre Haute, IN
27 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX
28 - Cypress Bayou Pavilion - Charenton, LA
29 - House Of Blues - Houston, TX