For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: From 1988, Cheap Trick Plays Fort Worth on Q102

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I've seen Cheap Trick countless times, among them: playing the State Fair of Texas, opening for Meat Loaf at Starplex, at Reunion Arena some time in the '86. No matter when, no matter where, the band never disappoints; there's a reason they're beloved by the likes of Steve Albini, the Toadies and Smashing Pumpkins (both of whom have covered "Auf Wiedersehen"), Colin Meloy (who does an awful nice "Southern Girls") and Green Day, among the multitudes to tackle the immortal "Surrender."

"Auf Wiedersehen" and "Surrender" close out Cheap Trick's May 27, 1988, appearance at the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena, one of its stops along the tour in support of Lap of Luxury. That, of course, was the so-called comeback that happened to become the band's most commercially successful record to date, in large part thanks to "The Flame," which, ironically, is among the rare Cheap Trick song not written by anyone actually in Cheap Trick. (Spyche, for those who've forgotten, did a remarkable cover for the Mike Malinin-assembled 1992 Heaven on a Stick tribute, which also featured, among others, that Toadies track and Course of Empire's "ELO Kiddies" take. Spyche's "The Flame" also ended up on the Observer's first-ever compilation, occasionally found at a Half-Price books near you.)

There's a reason this hits-filled recording sounds transistor-radio fresh: It's a Q102 broadcast, as evidenced by the jock talk at the opening (" ... you can hear the crowd ... Cheap Trick, just about to play live for 14,000 Q102 fans ...") and the fact The Q102 Frontal Lobotomy Boogie Band opened, good God. Which reminds me: As much as I loved The Zoo, I was a huge early-days Q102 fan too -- card-carrying, matter of fact. Can be again too, for a whole $5. But Good Lord, has it really been 13 years?

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14 comments
G_David
G_David

I remember a time in the late 80's/early 90's when you could hardly walk out of your house without hearing a free Cheap Trick show somewhere.  Seems like they played every Freedom Fest and assorted other free festivals.  I didn't really appreciate the greatness I was witnessing until a few years later, when I bought the 4-disc boxed set. 

Roberthff
Roberthff

does anybody remember the greatness of Tempe Lindsey!!!!!!

Dr. D
Dr. D

Opening for Meatloaf? Shudder.

Frank
Frank

What's all this retro "way back when" shit showing up in unfair park lately?  I'm sure some old timers are enjoying it, but cant you create a separate blog?  I come to unfair park to read about current local issues, not to see old posters from concerts my parents might have gone to. 

Blake
Blake

the first time Cheap Trick played Dallas, they opened for Kansas

 they were booed off the stage in the middle of their second song

bigrig_dude
bigrig_dude

I remember when Tempe Linsey used to be on Q102,remembering when,the blood drives and get blood drive concert tickets,Q102,Q102,Q102

Jason
Jason

You should ask for a refund.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh yeah, Schutze sucks.

hammertimez
hammertimez

To read about current local issues, you need Subscriber Content access, F!rank.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Retro is parents that name their kids "Frank".

Steve
Steve

I don't know, man, I just think that Cultural History is Super Gay.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Insolent whippersnapper. I ought to get out of my rocking chair and strike you with my cane!

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

If anyone should be booed off the stage, it's Kansas. Depressing songs that don't even sound decent after a 6-pack of Schaefer and a 2-finger schwag bag.

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