The excitement began with four-time Grammy Award winner Pat Benatar and guitarist husband Neil Geraldo. Pat told the sold-out crowd this past weekend at the Pearl at the Palms that because her band and Cheap Trick had just started a new tour together, the audience would be “guinea pigs” for the set list and running order.
She explained she wanted to play as many of her hits as possible but was trying to play one from every era.
“Either you’ll drop dead or we will,” she said, referencing the group’s long history in the rock world. The couple told stories from the road and their recording sessions in between such memorable songs as “Heartbreaker,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “We Belong.”
Following a quick set change which transformed the stage into a blur of checkered patterns, Cheap Trick took over with a full pumping energy. They played “The Flame,” “On Top of the World” and “I Want You To Want Me.” To satisfy the audience, which didn’t want them to stop playing, they performed their reworked version of Big Star’s “In the Street” — more popularly known as the theme song for the hit television program “That ’70s Show.”
Both sets of musicians proved that rock ‘n’ roll, like fine wine, ages better through the decades — and will never die.
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