To be fair, Cheap Trick does not have nearly the amount of hits that Foreigner and Styx has. It goes without saying then, that their concerts might be less stimulating than Foreigner and Styx.
On August 24th, 2012, at Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond, Indiana, they made the audience wait until the end of the show before playing their 3 major hits “Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me” and “Dream Police.” That actually makes sense because you don’t want the show to be anti-climactic. But they should have played one of them towards the beginning to give the audience hope.
Familiarity is the strongest component in music, which was evident in the crowds’ reaction-for the first time in my life I saw attendees leaving by the droves in the middle of the concert. I was almost embarrassed for Cheap Trick.
The reason they were leaving is because Cheap Trick insisted on playing exclusively new material in the beginning and through the middle of the concert. I understand that any band has the right, and, in fact, should create new music, but it almost seemed a blatant disrespect to the fans that have remained fans based on those familiar hits.
For the few who remained until the end of the show, there was a pay-off, as they did their three big hits for the finale. I think a better alternative would have been to play one of their hits earlier on to give the fans hope. It seemed that Cheap Trick was rebelliously making a statement throughout the show, as if to say that they are not obligated to play their hits just to please the fans.
I see that both sides have a point. As artists, Cheap Trick certainly should be allowed to create new music. That said, I think they do owe the fans the satisfaction of hearing the songs that they made famous, which, incidentally, made Cheap Trick A LOT of money over the years.
Overall, having an appreciation of music, I thought that there lesser-known songs were pretty good and I did enjoy the show. I certainly do not want my analysis of the concert to be misinterpreted as a poor musical performance. Cheap Trick is a very talented band.
Fun fact: In the beginning of the live-recorded radio version of “I Want You To Want Me” lead-singer Robin Zander says rather cheesily and slowly “I want you… to want… me.” The reason he said it in that manner is because it was recorded at a concert in Japan and Zander wanted to be clear that the message of the song was getting across to the audience. As he said “you” he pointed to the crowd, and as he said “me” he pointed to himself.