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I overheard a great comment about Cheap Trick at their Fillmore Silver Spring show Sunday night: “If you ever blew up the venue that Cheap Trick plays in any city, you’d lose all of that city’s best local musicians.” Rock music fans have long adored their giant guitar hooks, and musicians still adore their rock ’n’ roll chops (and guitarist Rick Nielsen’s mammoth guitar collection, of which a new one was used on every song at this show.)
The 90-minute set pulled from all the eras in their 40-year history. Vocalist Robin Zander, looking suave in a white suit and hat, still has that solid, unmistakable voice. The audience even got to hear bassist Tom Peterson take lead on an interesting cover choice, Velvet Underground’s “Waiting for My Man.” Wrapping up with night with great sing-along songs like “Surrender” and “Dream Police” (complete with three blonde-and-busty dancers dressed as cops cavorting onstage with Nielsen), it’s no surprise that bands like The Hold Steady and Foo Fighters hold Cheap Trick as their rock beacon of light.
Oh, and some of D.C.’s best local musicians were in attendance last night, including members Ex Hex, The Shirks, Tommy Keene, and Dog Eat Dog.
See photos from the show in the Gallery.