A musical polymath who has played with artists spanning Dick Dale to Brandi Carlisle, the younger Nielsen was the obvious choice when the seemingly irreplaceable Bun E.
Carlos retired from active touring and recording with the band he co-founded.
“We wanted to make something that was new and fresh but also going back to our 70s sound and feel,” Zander says, “this Midwestern rock band that’s got a hard edge but still plays pop music.” “It’s loud and it’s noisy,” Nielsen says, “which is exactly what we are.
It sounds like there’s a lot going on but really it’s just a three piece band with a great singer.” Cheap Trick are of course a indisputable institution, beloved for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, powerhouse pop rock ‘n’ roll.
“We start something and the songs take on a life of their own,” Petersson says. It’s not like one person had to think of everything for 40 years straight.