Cheap Trick’s Zander speaks up at SXSW

By Chris M. Junior

Summary
It was Cheap Trick
singer Robin Zander who made some of the most interesting and humorous statements at SXSW wednesday afternoon

Cheap Trick's Robin Zander speaking at SXSW wednesday afternoon (photo by Chris M. Junior)

 Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander speaking at SXSW wednesday afternoon (photo by Chris M. Junior)
Rick Nielsen usually does all the talking during a Cheap Trick concert. And while the guitarist spoke the most during the band’s South by Southwest interview Wednesday afternoon, it was singer Robin Zander who made some of the most interesting and humorous statements.
 
When asked about “The Flame,” a song not written by the band that became one of the biggest hits of Cheap Trick’s career, Zander recalled Nielsen smashing the cassette demo after hearing just a few seconds of the song.
 
Producer Richie Zito talked Zander into listening to it, and in turn Zander had drummer Bun E. Carlos check it out.
 
“Then we decided that we could probably pull this off,” said Zander, who added that the entire “Flame” experience proved “we can turn s**t into something.”
 
Speaking about At Budokan, the band’s breakthrough album, Zander said, “We thought it was crap. We didn’t like it at all. Our manager was [saying], ‘Don’t worry about it. Nobody’s ever going to see this. The Japanese love it; they want it, so we’re going to give it to them.’ A year later, it was the biggest [selling] album we ever made.”

During the interview with journalists/radio hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, Zander also said that Cheap Trick is thinking of doing another run of concerts where the band plays entire albums from start to finish.
 
Speaking of Cheap Trick albums: The band also talked about having a re-recorded version of In Color in the can that may be commercially released in the future.

Cheap Trick, along with Cracker and the BoDeans, will perform a free SXSW show Friday at Auditorium Shores.

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