Cheap Trick to Release New Studio Album, We’re All Alright!


Cheap Trick to Release New Studio Album, We’re All Alright!

–Joe Lund

Forty years into their career, Cheap Trick are getting downright prolific. A new studio album from the band, titled We’re All Alright!, is set to hit record stores on June 16, just a little over a year after the group issued their 2016 comeback LP, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello. The new album’s title, of course, makes sly reference to Cheap Trick’s 1978 classic rock gem, “Surrender.”

“We always write, but it’s more fun to write for a project and write for a reason,” guitarist Rick Nielsen recently told Billboard. “We have a company that believes in us, and they like the work and they’re letting us make more records, which is cool. Making records is one of the ambitions we’ve always had. I don’t think the desire has ever gone away.”

The acclaimed band, who were honored recently with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are partnering with PledgeMusic on a pre-order campaign. Fans who pre-order the new record through PledgeMusic will be among the first to hear new tracks, and will have access to limited-edition Cheap Trick merchandise.

The group also recently premiered the album’s first single. Titled “Long Time Coming,” the song pays loose tribute to some of Cheap Trick’s primary influences. “It’s our interpretation of Slade and MC5 and AC/DC and Aerosmith — a lot of riffs that are reminiscent of the Move, but they’re not steals,” explained Nielsen. “It’s just, like, all the bands we like.”

Concurrent with the release of We’re All Alright!, Cheap Trick will hit the road this summer for a tour with Foreigner and John Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. Meanwhile, Nielsen says yet another studio album may be in the pipeline for 2018. “Starting in May we’re going back in the studio,” he says. “There’s stuff around and there’s some ideas that never did get fleshed out, which we hope to. It’s exciting.”