Photo and image courtesy of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The band from Rockford, Illinois that brought you—or your parents— “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me,” and a few prominent song covers, will take the main stage this April at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, event organizers announced today. Race course construction for the event began last month.
Cheap Trick will still be celebrating their April 8 induction into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they perform on Saturday, April 16, at approximately 6:45PM for the standing-room-only “Rock-N-Roar” concert at the Grand Prix. The event is free to Prix ticket holders, according to a release.
“Since the 1970s, Cheap Trick has blended elements of pop, punk and even metal in an instantly-catchy and recognizable format that has made the band a musical institution,” a release issued today by the Grand Prix stated. “Cheap Trick has given fans more than 5,000 performances, sold more than 20 million records, produced 29 movie soundtracks and has been awarded with 40 gold and platinum recording awards.”
Other classics from the band, composed of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, Bun E. Carlos and Daxx Nielsen include “Dream Police” and “The Flame.” In April, they’re set to release their newest album, Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello.
According to the release, it will be the band’s 17th studio album and their first in five years.
Past performers at the Grand Prix include Third Eye Blind, the Goo Goo Dolls, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, Pennywise and Gin Blossoms.
Tickets for the Grand Prix, taking place April 15 through 17, range from $53 for Saturday General Admission tickets (including race day events and the concert), to $142 for a three-day ticket that includes reserved seating for Saturday and Sunday in the grandstand upper levels. Pre-paid parking passes are available, along with handicapped seating, Verizon IndyCar Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and Hospitality Club packages.
To purchase tickets, select seats, parking and paddock passes, call 888.827.7333 or visit gplb.com.
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