Call the Dream Police as 70s rockers hitting the stage at Niagara Falls casino


Published February 15, 2023 at 10:11 am

Original Cheap Trick band members, from left, Tom Petersson, Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander are joined by Nielsen's son Daxx on the drums. 

Surprisingly while most would only think of Cheap Trick as late 1970s, early 1980s rockers, they have actually released 20 albums with band members coming and going over the decades.

However, the hits everyone is going to want to hear when they land on the OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino Resort on May 27 are those early classics that everyone can sing along with – I Want You to Want Me, Dream Police, Southern Girls, Surrender – the ones that launched the band into the rock stratosphere.

As mentioned, there’s been some personnel changes over the years as members came and went but the big three – singer Robin Zander, bass player Tom Petersson and guitarist-lyricist Rick Nielsen – remain intact. The drummer from the old days, Bun E. Carlos, has been replaced with Nielsen’s son, Daxx.

Fun fact about the band is that despite their many early hits, they never had a number one song until 1988’s The Flame and it very nearly never got recorded.

When the song was presented to the band in the studio, Nielsen disliked it so much, he ripped the demo cassette out of the player and crushed it with his boots. Their label, Epic Record, sensed the song’s potential (not to mention the waning popularity of the group) and eventually persuaded them to record it.

Shortly after its release, it became the band’s first – and only – number one song on the Billboard charts. The band has performed live more than 5,000 times, sold more than 20 million albums and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Tickets for the show start at $48 and are now on sale. If you’re interested, check it out HERE.

And their only number one song, well, here it is, too…


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