On a whim, I went to see Cheap Trick at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA this week. While I was familiar with their hit songs from the '70s I wouldn't say I was a die hard fan, by any means. But this was still a fantastic concert. The Mountain Winery is a fantastic open air venue. Every seat is has a great view of the stage as well as majestic views of the surrounding area south of San Jose. If you aren't put off by $20 parking, $18 burgers, and $11 beers, it's quite a special place.
I've posted some photos on PicasaWeb:
We were in the upper section, a bit further than I would like for photos, but I was able to get pretty close to the stage for some photos towards the end. Most importantly, I got some nice shots of Rick Nielsen with his 5 neck guitar. Pretty amazing to see him sling that thing around. I have no idea why you would want 5 necks on a guitar, but then again, nothing succeeds like excess when it comes to rock and roll.
Here are a few HD videos from the show. Unfortunately, the sound overpowers my Sony RX100 and is a bit distorted.
Cheap Trick rocks a lot harder than I would have guessed from their more pop oriented hits. And when they played those hits, like "I Want You To Want Me", "Dream Police" and "Surrender" the audience went completely nuts. This was a great performance by a band that is way underappreciated. The only disappointment was the set lacked an encore; I was hoping to hear a couple of covers or cuts from their most recent album 2009's "The Latest," which is an awesome album. Robin Zander may not have the long flowing locks he had in the 70s, but it was impressive to see the boys from Rockford still rocking.