After a hiatus of 18 years, Canberra’s Vicious Kitten Records has been relaunched. The first release is a 7” single by NYC punk legend Kevin K - who has teamed up with Ricky Rat (Trash Brats / Dead Boys) on a hard hitting Ramones-like anthem called ‘Identity Crisis’. The first 100 singles comes with a … Continue reading Vicious Kitten Records relaunched
On show #139 of the Australian Rock Show, we crank more hot new tunage from around the planet. We pay tribute to Swedish guitarist Michael Thimren, blast through some song requests and talk all things rock. If it's amped-up and delivering the goods, you'll hear it here. Tune in, play very loud ! Music by: … Continue reading Australian Rock Show podcast #139 out now: Raising Ravens, Cheap Trick, Michael Thimren, Temtris + more
I love Cheap Trick. Have done since 1980. I saw Cheap Trick live on Wednesday night in Sydney for the umpteenth time. The music was good. Its power pop perfection with a tenure of forty something years. How can it not be good? Zander was, as always, great. Yet I’m left with a few unanswered … Continue reading Cheap Trick: Enmore Theatre, Sydney 17 Oct 2018: Phoning it in with a nostalgic celebration of 45 years of rock.
If you have ever seen Cheap Trick over the years and not caught a Rick Nielson guitar pick, you can probably count yourself as pretty unlucky. He must have thrown thousands of the things out to the crowd over the years, probably more so than any other guitar player ever, and it was a marketing … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: BUN E CARLOS (Cheap Trick) Drumstick (1988)
I had this on a vinyl single back in the day. I think it is as close to power pop perfection as you can get….and let's face it, Cheap Trick have made a career of crafting fine pop/rock. This band have always had everything you need - satisfaction guaranteed. Cheap Trick have to be one … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Cheap Trick – Tonight It’s You
I was recently contacted by a Rockbrat reader regarding the poster for this gig, Cheap Trick at Jindabyne Hotel in the NSW Snowy Mountains back in August, 1990. So I fished out out the bootleg cassette I made of the show, I honestly havent listend to this tape since that time in Winter 1990..I blew off the … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: Cheap Trick Live At Jindabyne Hotel, NSW 18 August 1990
To escape the continuning aftershocks and radiation worries, Mr Rockbrat was recently gazing over some nice axes recently in a recycle store here in Japan. From a distance, the guitar which first caught my eye was an orange hamer. 'Looks similar to one which Cheap Trick's legendary Rick Nielsen uses' I thought and lo and … Continue reading Rockbrat Introduces You To: The Rick Nielsen Signature Hamer
I was watching some old video tapes of Cheap Trick the other day, in particular a Hard Rock Cafe session they did in Vegas in 1997. As well as tired sounding standards like ‘Surrender’ they played a bunch of tunes off their then current album, 1997’s self titled CD ’Cheap Trick’. It reminded me just … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: What Is The Most Under Rated Cheap Trick Album?
Now this brings back memories. Saturday 18 August, 1990, the Jindabyne Hotel in the heart of NSW ski fields – the middle of winter, still, the opportunity to see Rockford’s finest in a small pub was too good to pass up. A two hour drive to the venue, but it was well worth it. The … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Cheap Trick 1990 Australian Tour Poster – Jindabyne Hotel
I picked this item up in a record store in the Czech Republic back in the early 90s. I was a massive Cheap Trick fan and this was indeed a find. A promotional only, record company issue comic book about Rockford's finest! Intended as a promo gimic for the band's 1990 'Busted' album, I've had it stored away … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Cheap Trick ‘Busted’ comic book (1990)
What: Rick Nielsen Guitar Picks At a guess, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick tosses 50+ of his signature plectrums into the crowd at each show. If you multiply the amount of shows Cheap Trick have performed since the early 70's - it would be a fair assumption to say he has chucked THOUSANDS of his picks … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Rick Nielsen Guitar Picks
What: Cheap Trick Set-List - Rick Nielsen 1988 From the previous posts related to Cheap Trick, you can assume correct in saying the Rockbrat is a massive fan. Today, whilst rummaging through the Treasure Chest I locate gold ! Gold made out of paper at least. This is guitarist Rick Nielsen's original set-list obtained on the … Continue reading Lifting The Lid On The Rockbrat Treasure Chest: Cheap Trick Set-List