Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cheap Trick to release Christmas album

Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson says the band will release a Christmas album later this year.

“We’ve actually just finished recording a Christmas record about two months ago, which will actually make it three records in two years!,” the bassist tells Orange Amps. “The Christmas record will be released around Halloween, and it came out great! We did one standard, and then all sorts of different songs on there, it’s really cool.

“We’ve got a few originals,” he adds, “and we covered songs from artists that we really like which have done Christmas songs we think are really cool, you know, Roy Wood and that sort of thing.

“The only confusing thing about recording this record, is that every song had the word Christmas in it, so we could never keep it straight during recording, trying to figure out which song was which; ‘Ok guys so let’s do the Christm….. the sleigh song next.’”

The project will follow the Rockford, IL band’s newly-released album, “We’re All Alright”, which was launched with the lead single, “Long Time Coming.”

Name after a lyric from their 1978 single, “Surrender”, the group co-produced the set with Julian Raymond, who also worked on 2016’s “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello.”

“We’re All Alright” marks the band’s second release in consecutive years – something they haven’t done in thirty years – and Petersson expects that pace will continue.

“Yes, absolutely!,” says the bassist. “As long as the label allows it, and they were the ones who suggested it, so there’ll definitely be more new music coming your way.”

Cheap Trick are now playing dates on Foreigner’s 40th anniversary tour of North America and they will join Nickelback for more shows this fall.

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