Exactly one week before their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8th, Cheap Trick will release their long-awaited new album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy … Hello. It’s their first LP since 2009’s The Latest (the longest break between albums of their entire career), and right now you can watch the video for the second advance single, “When I Wake Up Tomorrow.” (Click here to preorder the album).
“This song always reminds me of a sultry David Bowie song,” says Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. “I liked it from the first time we attempted to do it. It’s just a moody, interesting piece with some heavy guitars in the middle. The last line is ‘Are you gonna be here when I wake up tomorrow,’ and then Bowie passed away after we recorded it.”
Bang, Zoom, Crazy … Hello is Cheap Trick’s first album since original drummer Bun E. Carlos was replaced by Nielsen’s son Daxx. Carlos left the group in 2010 due to long-simmering personality conflicts, but he will reunite with them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The group continues to tour at a grueling pace, though Nielsen says he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’ve taken all the mirrors out of my house because when I’m playing onstage, I feel like I’m still in high school,” he told Rolling Stone in December. “I feel like that kid that wanted to play in his first band, and then I look in a mirror and it’s like, ‘Uh-oh!’ It ain’t pretty.”