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Cheap Trick joins the party at Carolina Rebellion

Cheap Trick performs Saturday at Carolina Rebellion in Concord.
Cheap Trick performs Saturday at Carolina Rebellion in Concord. CHEAP TRICK

May Day! Actually, the merry month of May is ushering in a profusion of live music events presenting something for everyone..

At the top of the concerts list is the fifth annual two-day staging of Carolina Rebellion live Saturday and Sunday at the Rock City Campgrounds adjacent to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

High profile legends, metal acts, classic rock, hard rockers, buzz bands, fringe favorites, more all packed together at this yearly touring season kickoff. The 2015 lineup touts a ‘full spectrum” including Korn, Marilyn Manson, Sammy Hagar, Scott Weiland, and Jackyl, to Slipknot, Godsmack, Slash, Queensryche, Testament, Exodus, and much more.

Among this bonanza of bands find a standout legend of classic rock Cheap Trick live Saturday. Popular since the early 70s for their complex fusion of melodic hard rock and power pop, these natives of Rockford, Ill. remain quintessential rebels, forever rock ‘n’ rollin’ with a signature sound delivered by the cheeky pic-tossing guitarist Rick Nielsen with his parade of unusual guitars; contrasted by the epic vocal prowess of front man Robin Zander; backed by the bass clout of Tom Petersson; along with drummer Daxx Nielson, replacing the original drummer Bun E. Carlos.

All things to all ages and genders, Cheap Trick makes it all look easy, but it took a live album made in Japan to drive their power home. Often called the “American Beatles” by the Japanese press, their live concerts set off Beatlemania-level hysteria.

While ‘Live in Budokon,’ recorded in Tokyo in 1978, was not Cheap Trick’s first album, it is the record that made them stars abroad and in the USA.

With so many classic Cheap Trick hits, it’s hard to know which to list, but standouts certainly include ‘California Man,’ ‘Heaven Tonight,’ ‘Big Eyes,’ ‘Dream Police,’ ‘I Want You To Want Me,’ ‘The Flame,’ ‘Gonna Raise Hell,’ ‘Clock Strikes Ten,’ ‘Southern Girls,’ and the perennial 70’s anthem “Surrender,” among others.

Behold the ‘High Priests of Rhythmic Noise’ – Cheap Trick, live Saturday at The Carolina Rebellion, Rock City Campgrounds adjacent to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, 7301 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord. For a complete listing of all the fifth Annual Carolina Rebellion artists, show times, ticket info, maps, etc. live Saturday and Sunday go to, and For more on the music, visit


Friday: Gin Blossoms, Fastball, Natural Wonder, Leslie & Friends, Hymn For Her, Carolina Rhythm Band at SC Strawberry Festival, Fort Mill; Roulette at Friend’s Sports Bar & Grill, Belmont; The Offspring at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Houndmouth at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Sirsy, Jeremiah Wilde at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Gameface at Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, Charlotte; Black Lodge Brouhaha with Sam the Lion, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Buffalo Buffalo, Outta Gas, Glimpses at Milestone, Charlotte; Corey Hunt Band at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; ZOSO at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Downlink, Dieselboy, KJ Sawka at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Outlaw Country Tribute with Chris Cook, The New Familiars, Amigo, Jim Avett, Funky Geezer, more at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; The Black Cadillacs, Pullman Strike; Elephant Revival at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Campground Carolina Rebellion Party with 21st Century Goliath, Failure Anthem, Brown Sabbath at

Saturday: Hoodwinked at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill;Khaos Kings’ Acoustic at Scooter’s, Chester; Rockaholics at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Trial By Fire, Da Throwback Band, Zach Ludlam Band, Legendary Briarhoppers, more at SC Strawberry Festival- Fort Mill; McGroover at Beef O’ Brady’s-Baxter, Fort Mill; Roulette at Friend’s Sports Bar & Grill, Belmont; 10th Anniversary with Below The Belt, Crashbox, Lipstick on A Pig at Mac’s Speed Shop-South Blvd.,Charlotte; Michael Tracy, Dallas Moore Band, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Truckstop Preachers at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Wavy Train at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Tantrum at Stooge’s Pub & Grub, Charlotte; Jody Edwards & Co. Acoustic at Yellow Rose-Touchstone, Charlotte; Rinaldi Flying Circus, Jennifer Millis, Taylor Centers at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Movement, Of Good Nature, more at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; The Spin Doctors, Skinny Velvet at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Young and In the Way, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Holy Ghost Tent Revival at US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; AuxiliA, Graves of Valor, more at Milestone, Charlotte; The Fairlanes at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Divine Love Mission; Seth Glier; at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Bucky Covington, Cody Purvis at Bootlegger’s-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Carolina Rebellion with Korn, Marilyn Manson, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Cheap Trick, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, Jackyl, more at Carolina Rebellion-Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte.

Sunday: Bluegrass Open Jam with Greg Clarke at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; The Relationship, Gringo Star at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Charlotte Blues Society with Scaldcat Blues Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Rich Homie Quan at the Fillmore, Charlotte; Fmlybnd at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Mandolin Orange, The Dead Tongues at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Carolina Rebellion with Slipknot, Godsmack, Slayer, Slash f-Miles Kennedy, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorn. The Pretty Reckless, Queensryche, more at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte.

Monday: Tiger’s Jaw at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Knocturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.

Tuesday: The Doobie Brothers at Belk Theater, Charlotte; Brave Baby, Chief Scout at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Shy Girls, Young Ejecta at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Chris O’Leary Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Dickens at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Dollar Signs, Corporate Fandango, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Midnight Ghost Train at Milestone, Charlotte; John Fogerty at Uptown Amphitheatre-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Tosco House Party at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Thursday: PJ Brunson at White Horse, Rock Hill; Mushroomhead, Righteous Vendetta, Killer Bee, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Nita B at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Ryan Montbleau at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Shack Band at US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; Delta Rae, Greg Holden at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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