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Carlos retired from active touring and recording with the band he co-founded.Daxx’s innate virtuosity and spirited musicianship were propulsive in more ways than the usual, inspiring fresh energy while also keeping the band in touch with its roots. “He’s so into it, he can play all of our songs on any instrument.Co-produced by Cheap Trick and GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball), songs like “Heart On The Line” and the turbulent first single, “When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” are deeply connected to the band’s own irrepressible history just as they accelerate their trademark sound and vision into the now.The glorious “Long Time No See Ya” marks another in a long line of salutations spanning “ELO Kiddies” and “Hello There” to “Goodnight” and “Say Goodbye,” while the piledriving “Do You Believe Me” showcases dueling solos from Nielsen and six-string icon Wayne Kramer – a milestone meeting of the long established Midwestern mutual appreciation society between Cheap Trick and the mighty MC5.Founder, president, and CEO of Nashville-based Big Machine Records, Scott Borchetta has also been a lifelong supporter of the band.Conversations began in 2012 and were sealed when veteran producer/songwriter Julian Raymond – a longtime Cheap Trick associate and Academy Award nominee for co-writing the GRAMMY®-winning “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” featured in 2014’s acclaimed documentary, – joined the zeitgeist-defining label as its Vice President of A&R.A multi-album deal was soon struck, a contract as rare as hen’s teeth for any rock band in the modern era let alone one of Cheap Trick’s considerable vintage. “Much better than putting a bunch of CDs in my car.” “It’s been great working with Scott,” Petersson says. It’s rare for the guy that’s running the label to be so musical.
BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO affirms Cheap Trick as an indefatigable going concern, not merely Hall of Fame-worthy legends but a vital and vibrant fact of life. “We’re not cut out for sitting around and watching TV.” “This is what we do,” Petersson says.
“He really understands our band and because he’s not us, he can see things that we don’t or can’t see in ourselves.
We’re so close to this music, you need somebody else like Julian.” Sessions got underway in 2015 at Los Angeles’ East West Studio.
You’ve got to have somebody that’s outside of the band to help give some direction.
Otherwise you just get lost in yourselves.” “Julian really brings the best out in us,” Petersson says.