Cheap Trick to Perform Saturday Night!
LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 3, 2016) — Just one week after their April 8 induction into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the classic rock band Cheap Trick will celebrate the milestone by starring in the Rock-N-Roar Concert at the April 15-17 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The concert, held on the Convention Center outdoor stage, follows racing activities on Sat., April 16 (approx. 6:45 p.m.) and is free to race ticket holders.
The band has produced a series of timeless classics since their debut, including “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” “Surrender,” and the late-1980s favorite, “The Flame.” Their newest album – “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello” – is also scheduled for release in April on Big Machine Records. It will be the band’s 17th studio album and their first in five years.
Since the 1970s, Cheap Trick has blended elements of pop, punk and even metal in an instantly-catchy and recognizable format that has made the band a musical institution. Cheap Trick has given fans more than 5,000 performances, sold more than 20 million records, produced 29 movie soundtracks and has been awarded with 40 gold and platinum recording awards.
Among its many honors, in 2007 the band — Robin Zander (vocal, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), Bun E. Carlos (drums) and Daxx Nielsen (drums – touring) — was honored by the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) for their long-time contributions to the music industry.
“We are excited to play Long Beach again this year,” said Nielsen, referring to Cheap Trick’s performance in the 2010 Rock-N-Roar Concert. “The band is really looking forward to seeing the great fans at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and playing a few new songs from our new record BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO.”
The standing room-only Rock-N-Roar Concert has become a Grand Prix fan favorite since its debut in 2001. Past performers also include Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, Pennywise and Gin Blossoms. The concert is subject to Fire Marshal capacity restrictions.
Ticket prices for the April 15-17 Grand Prix range from $53 for a Saturday General Admission ticket, which grants access to all the day’s race events plus the Rock-N-Roar concert, to $142 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, Verizon IndyCar Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages.
Fans can select and pay for their 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach seats, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 827-7333. A printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information can be obtained by calling the hotline.
Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.