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CHEAP TRICK’S RICK NIELSEN TALKS NEW ALBUM AND AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Much-loved and respected American rockers Cheap Trick will soon be on their way to Australia to headline the Under The Southern Stars lineup alongside Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Rose Tattoo, and Electric Mary, beginning on April 30 in Wollongong. They also have a new album ‘In Another World’ coming out on April 9 (while they’ll be in the air en route to Australia).

Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with Cheap Trick’s guitar legend Rick Nielsen in a zoom interview to discuss the upcoming 2021 Under The Southern Stars Australian tour, the new ‘In Another World’  album, and we learned that Rick is heavily involved in a new album by Paul Revere and The Raiders (6os band) singer Mark Lindsay. Rick also shows us the correct way to play Surrender and tells us that John Lennon preferred Rick’s guitar contributions in the studio over Eric Clapton’s because Eric “choked up”!

Cheap Trick are back with another blistering single, “Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll,” in anticipation of the release of their 20th studio album, In Another World, out via BMG on April 9. 

In Another World – which marks Cheap Trick’s first new LP since 2017’s double-header of We’re All Right! and Christmas Christmas, further showcases Cheap Trick at their most eclectic, touching on a myriad of distinct sounds and song approaches, from the swampy Chicago blues number, “Final Days” (featuring fiery harmonica from GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer and Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall) to a timely rendition of John Lennon’s still-relevant “Gimme Some Truth,” originally released for Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 and featuring the instantly recognisable guitar sound of erstwhile Sex Pistol Steve Jones. As irresistible and immediate as anything in their already awesome catalog, In Another World is Cheap Trick at their irrepressible best, infinitely entertaining and utterly unstoppable.

Founded in 1974, Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The band – Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) – are true pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes, from “He’s A Whore,” “California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender,”  “I Want You To Want Me,” and the worldwide #1 hit single, “The Flame.” 2016 saw Cheap Trick inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a long overdue acknowledgement of a nearly five decade career that has earned them more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications, myriad awards and industry honors, featured appearances on over 20 movie soundtracks, and total record sales well in excess of 20 million.

Pre-orders for In Another World are available now https://cheaptrick.lnk.to/InAnotherWorld

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Cheap Trick will be in Australia this April and May! The band join Bush and the Stone Temple Pilots for Under The Southern Stars 

UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS: APRIL – MAY 2021

Friday, April 30: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW
Saturday, May 1: Camp Shortland Field, Newcastle NSW
Sunday, May 2: The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford NSW
Wednesday, May 5: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney NSW
Friday, May 7: Bonython Park, Adelaide SA
Saturday, May 8: Foreshore Reserve, Hastings VIC
Sunday, May 9: Showgrounds, Yarrawonga VIC
Wednesday, May 12: The Timber Yard, Port Melbourne VIC
Friday, May 14: Kings Beach Amphitheatre, Caloundra QLD
Saturday, May 15: Southport Sharks, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday, May 16: Riverstage, Brisbane QLD

To purchase and for detailed information about all shows, visit www.underthesouthernstars.com.au

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Under The Southern Stars Announce Exciting Partnership With The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA)

The Under The Southern Stars spectacular rock music concert series is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA)

The concert series sees 11 events taking place from April 30 to May 16 and features global rock superstars, Cheap Trick, Bush and the Stone Temple Pilots along with Australian rock heritage Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary.

NASCA is an Indigenous governed and led organisation that works in collaboration with schools and communities for meaningful and lasting impact. The organisation works closely with Indigenous communities to strengthen cultural pride & identity, and to build life-skills, personal development and long-term resilience.

UTSS is thrilled to offer NASCA’s young First Nations program participants the opportunity for work experience at selected events, giving them hands-on, backstage insight into the music industry. NASCA will be facilitating a Welcome to Country at selected concert sites, honouring the traditional owners of the land upon which the concerts are staged.

NASCA’s evidence-based programs improve outcomes for young Indigenous people, especially in regards to Year 12 attainment which has a major impact on socioeconomic outcomes.

NASCA works with 19 schools across the country and will introduce another 13 Academies in NSW this year, delivering Indigenous-led, strength based services to over 2500 young people with over 12,000 hours of face-to-face programs. NASCA has supported more than 10,000 young First Nations people over the past 25 years!

DONATE TO NASCA VIA UTSS
Under The Southern Stars ticket buyers have the opportunity to donate to NASCA when purchasing tickets through EventBrite. There will also be various NASCA donations points on site at each concert for people to give on show days.