Cheap Trick will mark the 35th anniversary of their famous concerts at Tokyo's Budokan arena by playing a pair of special shows , on April 28 in New York City and April 30 in Los Angeles. At each event, the veteran power-pop rockers will play the exact set they played at their respective April 28 and April 30, 1978, Budokan concerts, which were recorded for the band's landmark live album, Cheap Trick at Budokan .
The New York City show will a private affair held at the John Varvatos Bowery boutique, which is located in the same space that used to house the legendary club CBGB. The concert will viewable for free online at LiveStream.com .
The L.A. gig, meanwhile, will take place at the El Rey Theatre and will air live on the AXS TV high-def television network. In addition, the AXS TV Facebook page has launched a contest offering the chance to win an autographed copy of Cheap Trick's 2008 Budokan! 30th anniversary box set.
Released in February 1979, Cheap Trick at Budokan peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell more than 3 million copies in the U.S. The album also yielded the band's first two top 40 hits -- "I Want You to Want Me" which peaked at #7, and the group rendition of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" which topped out at #36.
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