“We’re very proud of this record, we have no problem going around the world playing songs from it. That’s what we do.” “We’re not a nostalgia band,” Nielsen says.

“We never stopped making records, we never stopped touring. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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“He really understands our band and because he’s not us, he can see things that we don’t or can’t see in ourselves.

We’re so close to this music, you need somebody else like Julian.” Sessions got underway in 2015 at Los Angeles’ East West Studio.

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 wanted to make something that was new and fresh but also going back to our 70s sound and feel,” Zander says, “this Midwestern rock band that’s got a hard edge but still plays pop music.” “It’s loud and it’s noisy,” Nielsen says, “which is exactly what we are.

He was like, I love your band, you know what you’re doing in there.” Deal in hand, Cheap Trick and Raymond quickly set to work.

Described by all as the band’s de-facto “fifth member,” Raymond has been a friend and sometimes collaborator for three decades, relied upon as both confidante and traffic cop.

You’ve got to have somebody that’s outside of the band to help give some direction.

Otherwise you just get lost in yourselves.” “Julian really brings the best out in us,” Petersson says.

Co-produced by Cheap Trick and GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball), songs like “Heart On The Line” and the turbulent first single, “When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” are deeply connected to the band’s own irrepressible history just as they accelerate their trademark sound and vision into the now.

The glorious “Long Time No See Ya” marks another in a long line of salutations spanning “ELO Kiddies” and “Hello There” to “Goodnight” and “Say Goodbye,” while the piledriving “Do You Believe Me” showcases dueling solos from Nielsen and six-string icon Wayne Kramer – a milestone meeting of the long established Midwestern mutual appreciation society between Cheap Trick and the mighty MC5.

Each member has skin in the songwriting game, contributing elements – a riff, a chorus, a hook that won’t stop – which are then jammed into three-and-a-half minute pop perfection by the entire unit, ensuring everybody’s respective two cents are represented in every finished tune.