In a recent interview with Hits Daily Double, Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander shared some excellent news. The band is back in the studio and is busy working away on the first studio album since 2009’s The Latest. Zander is obviously pleased with the results so far claiming that the new album, with the working title Bang Zoom Crazy Hello, is “going to be one of our best records.”
Zander told Hits Daily Double that the band is exploring some new sonic ground on the upcoming album, but insists that that the album will include material that will also please the band’s longtime fans. Zander explained: “I think all of our records are a progression of some sort. There’s three great guys and four great chords. There are three songwriters in the band and we’re all vying for space on the record as we go along on this journey of over 40 years. So it’s going to be diverse, just like all of our records.”
Zander also explained that the upcoming record “has flavors of 1975. It really does. And it’s the same guys in the band, so it sounds like Cheap Trick. I don’t think anyone is going to be very disappointed.”
Incredibly, Cheap Trick’s current lineup still features three of the band’s original members— Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, and bassist Tom Petersson. Keeping it in the family, Nielsen’s son Dax has joined the band and has taken over drumming duties from Bun E. Carlos.
Cheap Trick is among this year’s nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Zander tells Hits Daily Double he feels honored that the band’s even in the running.
“Just being nominated alone makes you feel like you have the respect of your peers after all this time,” said Zander. “And to be honest, I thought I’d probably be dead before anything like that would happen to me. It’s exciting.”
With dates already coming in for next year, Cheap Trick has no signs that it is slowing down any time soon.
Check out the group’s confirmed tour dates below.
12/18 — Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre
12/19 — Stateline, NV, Harrah’s Hotel Casino, Lake Tahoe
12/20 — San Jose, CA, City National Civic
3/5/16 — Plant City, FL, Strawberry Festival