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So if you haven’t already guessed, Cheap Trick is my favorite band of all time.  The most-played soundtrack to my life, basically.  It all started in 1978 when I got the Live At Budokan album on 8-track.  Fast forward many years later and I’ve seen the band live roughly 43 or so times, met them on many different occasions, had beers with Rick Nielsen at a TGIFriday’s in Amarillo, TX and played several of his guitars in St. Paul, MN in 1995 (or was it 1996).

Anyway…back to the live shows.  Several years ago I started writing down my thoughts – what was left of them – of the various shows, starting with the very first time I saw Rockford, Illinois’ Finest Export.  Without further adieu, here’s chapter 1, with the first two shows…

First Cheap Trick Concert: June 1985 @ Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

Opened for REO Speedwagon.  Went with my best friend Rob…

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