Cheap Trick To Play Minneapolis Block Party

The power-pop legends of Cheap Trick will kick off Minneapolis' annual Hennepin Avenue Block Party with an outdoor performance on its main stage on July 14.

The band's appearance at the event, described as one of the biggest free summer concerts in the Midwest, will officially begin the Minneapolis Aquatennial's "Ten Best Days Of Summer" celebration, which runs from July 14 to July 23 and is expected to draw 50,000 attendees.

Last year, the band's original lineup of singer Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer Bun E. Carlos Carlos released the live album "Music For Hangovers" on its own label, Cheap Trick Unlimited.

After promoting the album on such Web sites as, the four men went on to share stages with Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and the Foo Fighters, among others (see "Cheap Trick Gets Help From Smashing Pumpkins And For Live Album").

The group can also be heard performing the theme song (a version of Big Star's "In The Street") to the Fox TV series "That '70s Show."

Cheap Trick's July 14 performance at the Hennepin Avenue Block Party will begin at 6:00 p.m. (ET).