Cheap Trick Wows Wellmont

Cheap Trick is no stranger to the stage, and they proved it when they rocked the crowd at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair.

Cheap Trick rocks the crowd.

The stage for Cheap Trick was fully decked out in a racing checker flag pattern which the band is well-known for. There were several fans that lined the front row, dressed in eccentric attire that mimicked the set. They were dressed in bandannas, shirts and pants, fully checkered in black and white. Though those brave fans probably shouldn’t dress like that in any other public place, this venue was the perfect place to show off their outfits because they were among friends who understood their passion for rock and roll. And that seems to be why so many older bands have taken the stage in their golden years. Cheap Trick was able to unite so many people.

 The snow made it extremely difficult to find parking, but the weather didn’t seem to stop these fans from seeing Cheap Trick. The theater was packed with an array of excited fans ranging from all ages, including several children that were invited on stage to play with the band. Although sources have not confirmed it, the keyboardist from Bon Jovi, David Bryan, may have been in attendance (or just a really good look-a-like).

Silhouettes of concert crowd
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Cheap Trick performed for nearly two hours, saving their more popular songs like “I Want You to Want Me,” “The Flame” and “Dream Police” for the later part of the show. The lead singer, Robin Zander, wore a metallic captain hat to match his shiny silver jacket and pants. He changed at least three times throughout the concert.

There were very few patrons sitting during this electrifying performance from Cheap Trick. The sheer amount of noise pulsing through the historic Wellmont Theater walls made it difficult to not get up and move to the music. When the show ended, the crowd desperately screamed for more and the band went on to play for about 30 minutes more. This included their other popular tune, “Surrender,” during which a little boy in a tuxedo and top hat came out and sang with them.

The lead guitarist also came out with a five-armed guitar that seemed like something out of a science fiction movie. Overall, their sound has not changed from their prime and neither has their energy. They’ll be continuing their tour to Massachusetts then Indiana, as well as several other locations in the U.S..

Be sure to check out the upcoming performances this month. Bob Weir & Ratdog, APB and Emblem3 will be taking the stage over the next two weeks. Bringing such different vibes at such affordable prices it makes it hard not to explore all of their unique sounds.

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