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After a brief hiatus, Cheap Trick will resume their tour with Aerosmith on November 8th in Oklahoma City. For the Illinois rockers, it’s a continuation of a summer of fun.

“It’s cool, because we’re out with a band that we’ve known, and they’re not afraid to have us out with them,” Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander says, laughing. “We’re old friends.”

Guitarist Rick Nielsen agrees. “We don’t sit around and tell war stories, but there is a camaraderie. We’ve all had these ups and downs and downs and ups and left and right, and we’re still all here because we love it.”

The two bands, who’ve both been going strong since the early Seventies, showed their mutual admiration repeatedly on the summer leg of the tour, with Aerosmith members joining Cheap Trick onstage. Brad Whitford was a regular on “Ain’t That a Shame,” and Steven Tyler jammed with Cheap Trick on “I Want You to Want Me.”

While Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterson would love to play on “Back in the Saddle” or “Draw the Line,” don’t expect him to jump onstage with the headliners. “The people are already sick of looking at us – they want to see Aerosmith,” he says with a laugh. READ MORE


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