Cheap Trick finds a great excuse to pull those old Sgt. Pepper uniforms out of the closet
Cheap Trick already recorded with John Lennon ("Double Fantasy" tracks, including a superior "I’m Losing You") and Beatles producer George Martin (the album "All Shook Up") and also covered Lennon’s "Cold Turkey," but now the Rockford rockers are taking the complete Beatles plunge: They’ll perform the landmark 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 10 and 11.
Joining them will be Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, an Indian ensemble (for "Within You Without You") and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among others.
Given that "Sgt. Pepper" was the Beatles’ lavish studio creation recorded after the band had quit touring, seeing (and hearing) the album recreated live could be an ear-opening experience - as well as another welcome affirmation of the album format in this digital age.
"Sgt. Pepper" was praised so lavishly for so long that now it’s often dismissed as overrated and too soft and fussy. I still think it’s great, an album that transcends the sum of its songs, and I’d love to hear Cheap Trick bring the rock. Hearing an orchestra re-create the dizzying climax of "A Day in the Life" should be cool, too.
Any available dates at Millennium Park for an encore performance?