Cheap Trick to Release Christmas Album

07/14/2017

Cheap Trick to Release Christmas Album

–Joe Lund

No one can say Cheap Trick isn’t prolific. Fresh off the release of their latest album, We’re All Alright!, the veteran rockers are now preparing to issue a Christmas album. Bassist Tom Petersson broke the news during a recent chat with Orange Amps.

“We’ve actually just finished recording a Christmas record about two months ago,” said Petersson, “which will actually make it three records in two years. 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.”

Petersson declined to specify which holiday standard the band interpreted, but he did reveal that the remaining material is a mix of original songs and covers. He also hinted that one track is most likely a cover of Roy Wood’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday,” a song Wood recorded with his band, Wizzard, in 1973.

“We’ve got a few originals, and we covered songs from artists that we really like,” explained Petersson. “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 …. [It was like], ‘Okay guys, so let’s do the Christm… the sleigh song next.’”

When asked about Cheap Trick’s unflagging enthusiasm and prolific artistry, Petersson replied that “there’s always room for improvement and change.” Indeed, that hunger to be ever more creative serves as a prime motivator.

“It just seems very natural for us,” he said. “I can’t really explain it. People will ask for advice, and I just don’t have any. We love recording and writing together, and we always search for that perfect record which you can never achieve. I guess that might be one of those things that keeps us going.”

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