"Bang Zoom Crazy... Hello"
Some classic rock bands limp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the basis of past reputation. On the other hand, Cheap Trick -- the hard-charging, melodic rockers from Rockford, Illinois -- is racing full speed ahead into the Rock Hall, fueled by its best album in decades.
“Bang Zoom Crazy... Hello” kicks off with a blast of feedback and a classic guitar-bass-and-drum roar on “Heart on the Line,” which would make a great concert opener if they ever tire of the traditional “Hello There.”
There are at least four potential hit singles on this album: A remake of the ’60s Dobie Gray track “The In Crowd,” “Long Time No See Ya,” the clap-happy “Blood Red Lips” and “No Direction Home.”
As they have since the ’70s, Cheap Trick infuses their songs with Beatle-esque harmonies, dramatic chord changes and progressions, and guitarist Rick Nielsen’s quirky, minimalist solos, all atop a pounding beat that makes these songs easy to listen to and hard to forget. And Nielsen’s son Daxx provides a shot of new energy replacing drummer Bun E. Carlos. (AP)