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    AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet 1979 Rockford, IL Concert Poster. This is a wonderful (and very on-brand) Cheap Trick poster from 1979, headlining a Fourth of July extravaganza at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds near their hometown of Rockford, Illinois. It's made of light card stock.

    For the time and place the band was in their career for this show, they were in the middle of what made them legends.

    Fronted by Robin Zander (with his incredibly high-reaching vocals), guitarist/principal songwriter Rick Nielsen (who loved the Beatles, the British Invasion, and the blues, equally), the 12-string bass theatrics of Tom Petersson, and the loose (but solid) grooves of Bun E. Carlos, Cheap Trick was a band that could play with the hard rock bands and pop bands. Zander would say in the late 1990s that his band has always had an identity crisis. But they made that work in their favor, as evidenced by the billing on this poster.

    Supported by AC/DC, Molly Hatchet, the Babys, and Climax Blues Band, this might sound like an odd lineup for other headliners. Not for Cheap Trick. They delicately balanced pop hooks with raw power from the blues and a little bit of humor thrown in. So for acts like the aforementioned ones, they had a place in front of Cheap Trick's audience.

    Unlike a version of this poster we sold earlier in 2020, this version does not have a mention of "The Babys & Climax Blues Band" on a beige sticker/masking tape, put over the words underneath: "Also Starring Very Special Super-Star Guest."

    Cheap Trick was in between Heaven Tonight (which had been released only a few months before) and Dream Police (which was released in the fall of 1979), their biggest-selling studio albums early in their career. By then, songs like "Surrender," Auf Wiedersehen," and "I Want You To Want Me" were the band's calling cards. Given the surprise success of the live collection At Budokan released earlier in 1979 (and propelled by the hit live version of "I Want You to Want Me"), the band had finally found success in their home country.

    The band never hid they were from Rockford, Illinois, a town in the far north portion of the state. Many bands are branded as from the closest big town they are next to. Like how Nirvana has been called a Seattle band, even though they formed in a town hours away from it. But for Cheap Trick, they were proud to be from a small town, away from the pressures of being a big city band. That was a major factor in making them such a unique band then, and now.

    Interesting tidbits about the support acts: AC/DC was only a few weeks away from releasing their classic album, Highway to Hell, which would also be their final album with vocalist Bon Scott. The Babys were fronted by John Waite, who later had solo success with "Missing You" in the 1980s and with Bad English in the late 1980s (which reunited him with two members of the Babys).

    Measures 17" x 25 ¼" and grades to Very Good condition with a large fold mark through the center which does break the blue color, plus some soiling. ERRATA: We had previously stated that this poster was restored, but that is not the case. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2021
    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 24
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