Fresh off being named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, Cheap Trick celebrated their induction by unveiling a new song titled “No Direction Home,” the first single off their upcoming LP Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello. The track boasts many of the power-pop hallmarks that propelled the Rockford, Illinois group into the Rock Hall: signature riffs courtesy of guitarist Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander’s powerful vocals and an arena-ready, anthemic chorus.
Cheap Trick are offering up “No Direction Home” as a free download to mark not only their Rock Hall induction but also their new deal with the Big Machine Label Group, the home of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, the Band Perry and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. The band recorded Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello, their 17th studio album and first since 2009’s The Latest, with Julian Raymond. Cheap Trick’s new LP is due out April 1st, just one week before they’ll be enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena.
“Usually I’m a man of many words, but this has got me in a tizzy here. I’m verklempt. I don’t know what to say. It’s very exciting,” Nielsen told Rolling Stone soon after finding out Cheap Trick made the Class of 2016. Nielsen also talked about where the Rock Hall ranks in his career achievements. “Live at Budokan wasn’t too bad. Getting our first record wasn’t too bad. Doing 5,000 shows, not too bad. Having Thanksgiving dinner with Dave Clark, not too bad. Talking to you, not bad. It’s all good. This might get moved right to the top of our résumé, though. We won’t write this at the bottom.”
Cheap Trick will be joined by N.W.A, Chicago, Steve Miller and Deep Purple at this year’s induction ceremony.