Tuesday, Cheap Trick will reenter the music market with a new album called The Latest. Not coincidentally, Tuesday, June 23rd, is also the day Cheap Trick hits the road with Def Leppard and Poison. Now, from a straight musicianship point of view, some purists would argue Cheap Trick should headline that bill versus Def Leppard - but I digress.
The Latest features 13 tracks, including "When the Lights Are Out." The Slade cover gives Robin Zander a chance to really use his voice, proving once again he has one of the best sets of pipes in the business. Apparently this tune was in the Cheap Trick vaults since 1976 or something equally crazy. Slade + Robin Zander's voice = Glam happiness.
The band's first official single from The Latest is "Sick Man of Europe." The video is below. Have a listen and I think you'll agree the track is very good, especially the guitars. I like the punch.
The cover art amuses me: the members of Cheap Trick, hanging out on a beach with metal detectors, trying to strike gold. The subtle implications in that cover shot are great: who isn't trying to search for hidden gold these days?
You can pre-order The Latest now, or just wait a few hours until Tuesday rolls around. Push comes to shove, Cheap Trick sure sound like summer to me.
"Sick Man of Europe"
"When the Lights Are Out"
Thanks to Bring Back Glam! reader Brennan for the tip!