Cheap Trick is commemorating the 35th anniversary of their landmark “Budokan” shows. The band launched their two-night event with a performance at the John Varvatos Bowery boutique in New York City on Sunday.
The show featured the exact same 19-song set the group played at the Japanese venue on April 28th, 1978. RollingStone.com says the band really delivered for the intimate New York crowd, which included Andrew W.K. “I Want You To Want Me” was among the songs receiving the biggest response. The studio track failed to chart in the U.S. when it was released as a single back in 1977. But two years later the live version became Cheap Trick’s breakthrough hit, peaking at number seven on the chart.
Cheap Trick will continue their “Budokan” celebration Tuesday on the West Coast. The band will take the stage at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles to perform the same set they played at Budokan on April 30th, 1978. The show will also air live on AXS TV starting at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.