Cheap Trick Takes Sgt. Pepper To Vegas

 

Quite possibly the
best reason to take a trip to Las Vegas since
the legendary “cheap cocaine in the Nevada
desert” incident of several years ago…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

It was forty-three
years ago today, when Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play…
Okay, so
technically it will be 43 years this coming Wednesday – on June 2, 1967, the
Beatles’ epochal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely
Hearts Club Band
was released and nothing was ever the same in the rock
world.

 

Meanwhile, it was exactly a year and one day ago when we
reported the news about Cheap Trick planning to release a live recording of
them performing Sgt. Pepper’s in its
entirety- although that news turned out to be premature, and it took them
several months to get around to issuing the CD and DVD. When it did come out,
however, reviewers were quick to praise the music as well as original Beatles
engineer Geoff Emerick’s work on the sound and the New York Philharmonic’s
orchestral contributions. It also included an Abbey Road medley encoure of “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End.”

 

Now
comes word that Cheap Trick will be doing a limited engagement in Las Vegas at the Paris
Las Vegas Theatre from June 11 through July 31, 20 shows in all, in which they
do the Sgt. Pepper’s album. Emerick
will once again supervise the audio production, while Emmy-award winning
production designer René Lagler designed the sixties-evocative sets that
include a 60′-wide by 12′-high elevated orchestra stage and three turn-table
entranceways. The band, accompanied by an orchestra, will also be doing
“select” originals that “lend themselves” to orchestral arrangements.

 

“We
have created an energetic and spectacular interpretation of an album that was
absolutely groundbreaking when it was released 43 years ago,” said producer
Bill Edwards, in a statement.  “These
songs are known and loved by millions of people and Cheap Trick has captured
the essence of ‘Sgt Pepper’ in their unique style and recreated one of the most
beloved and timeless musical works of modern times.”

 

Added
Emerick, “The album
will come to life in its entirety as never before presented in “Sgt Pepper
Live” at Paris Las Vegas. I’m happy to be a part of this event and to revisit
this celebrated music once again.”

 

More
details, naturally, can be found at the band’s website.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Michael Graham / via CheapTrick.com]

 

 

 

 

 

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