BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO prove Cheap Trick to be as energetic and idiosyncratically irresistible as ever before, a callback to their classic canon yet somehow as inventive and exciting as a bunch of crazy kids just coming out of the garage.
“We could produce our own records but we prefer to have Julian there to quell the storms,” Zander says.
“You’ve got three writers in the band so there’s a lot of ideas floating around.
It sounds like there’s a lot going on but really it’s just a three piece band with a great singer.” Cheap Trick are of course a indisputable institution, beloved for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, powerhouse pop rock ‘n’ roll.
The constant core of the band remains one of a kind – three guys, four chords, and tunes that will last in perpetuity, from “He’s A Whore,” “California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me” and the worldwide #1 hit single, “The Flame.” “The songs are why everybody knows Cheap Trick,” Nielsen says. ‘I Want You To Want Me” has been around for 40 years but people still love it.
I think that keeps us in top form.” Fast approaching their fifth decade, Cheap Trick is among the most active and successful in music history, with featured appearances on over 20 movie soundtracks, more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications, myriad awards and industry honors, and total record sales well in excess of 20 million.
BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO arrives just as the band are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a long overdue honor that confirms their incredible influence while simultaneously acknowledging the millions upon millions of Cheap Trick fans around the planet. “It wasn’t some goal we were trying to achieve – it’s kind of out of the blue.
And even if you’re sick of it, it’s over in three minutes!
The songs are still relevant, they still have the right words and the right emotion to move 99% of all humans.” Amidst that not inconsiderable demographic, one particular fan served as catalyst for Cheap Trick’s return to the studio.
Carlos retired from active touring and recording with the band he co-founded.