Cheap Trick will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at a special concert on Saturday night (August 28), with guest appearances anticipated from Slash, Everclear's Art Alexakis, and most likely the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan.The show is taking place in the band's hometown of Rockford, Illinois, which is 90 minutes from Chicago. Management sources for both Slash and Alexakis have confirmed their clients' involvement, while sources close to the production told MTV News that Corgan was also expected. According to the band's publicist, Cheap Trick will likely perform at least one song from each of its albums, and will be backed part of the night by a string section composed of members of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra along with the Rock Valley High School Choir. The show is scheduled to close with a 36-piece Illinois percussion ensemble called the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps backing Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos as he sings a rare lead vocal on "Who Da King."
The concert will cap a three-day fan event, Trickfest3, being held at the Star Plaza Theater in nearby Merrillville, Indiana. The gathering included an auction, acoustic band performances, and a Cheap Trick tribute competition, although a question and answer session with producer Jack Douglas was canceled.In other Cheap Trick news, the group has recorded the theme song for the Fox-TV comedy hit "That 70s Show," according to the official cheaptrick.com Web site. The song, titled "In the Street" is tentatively scheduled to be released around September 28. The band will also be shooting a video with the cast members.
-- Sorelle Saidman