Rockford Illinois purveyors of clever poprock, Cheap Trick, will drop their new album — no foolin’ — Friday April 01 (in 2007, the Illinois Senate passed a resolution designating April 01 as Cheap Trick Day), with the preorder floodgates swinging open Friday March 04.

Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello is the band’s seventeenth studio album and their first since 2009’s The Latest.  It’s also marks the appearance of their new drummer, Rick Nielsen‘s son Daxx.  In 2010, Cheap Trick issued a statement in which they said that original drummer Bun E. Carlos would not be touring with them, but would remain a member of the band.  While we’re still pondering what exactly that means, we detect a slight whiff of lawyerin’.

The lead single from the album, No Direction Home, is an infectious high-energy number which is at least somewhat reminiscent of some of the band’s classics, and features their de rigeur power chords, hooky melodies, an amped-up lead guitar, and even a spaced-out psychedelic section, man.

Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello will arrive one week before Cheap Trick are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at New York’s Barclays Center.  Later this year, they’ll be hooking up with Heart and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on the Rock Hall Three For All tour, launching Thursday July 14 in Clarkston Michigan and wrapping Friday September 23 in West Palm Beach Florida.  The jaunt has no Canadian shows listed at this point.

Love, Dr. Scott James
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