Cheap Trick to play Budokan 35th anniversary shows in NY and LA

April 8th, 2013

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of their legendary show in Budokan, Japan, Cheap Trick are excited to announce they will play the exact April 28, 1978, Budokan set on April 28 at the John Varvatos Bowery boutique in New York City.

As the space that formerly housed the seminal underground music club CBGB’s, the Varvatos store seemed the perfect place to celebrate this historic moment. This legendary band began its relationship with Varvatos in spring 2008 when they starred in the seasonal brand campaign photographed by Danny Clinch.

“I’m proud to host this momentous show for my friends Cheap Trick at my Bowery, store which is celebrating its own fifth anniversary this month,” says designer John Varvatos. Fans around the world will be able to watch the show live via Livestream.com by visiting http://new.livestream.com/CheapTrick/BudokanPopMarket.com will offer 50 VIP ticket bundles on April 4 at noon, which will include entry to this private show, a meet and greet, a signed commemorative poster, the Cheap Trick Complete Epic Albums CD Box Set, plus the Budokan! 3 CD/1 DVD box set.

On April 30, the band will perform the exact April 30, 1978, Budokan set at the El Rey in Los Angeles, CA. This show will air live nationally on AXS TV. Axs TV will also give home viewers a unique concert experience using social media. On Twitter, fans can get connected with the live experience by following @axstv and using the hashtag #axscheaptrick. On facebook, fans can enter here to win autographed copies of the budokan! box set.

Bolstered by the hit singles, “I Want You To Want Me,” and “Ain’t That A Shame,” 1978′s Cheap Trick At Budokan is the album that catapulted the Rockford, IL, quartet to superstardom. The album rocketed all the way to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and went triple platinum, and Rolling Stone has since called it one of the top 500 albums of all time.

Since the ’70s, Cheap Trick have been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With a multitude of timeless classics to their name, Cheap Trick is a musical institution that resonates as much today as they did at the height of their stardom in the ’70s. Anyone familiar with Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will note that Cheap Trick wrote and performed the theme song. They have more than 5,000 performances under their belt, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards.

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