Cheap Trick fans can gear up to ring in the holiday season with a brand-new Christmas album, per a recent OrangeAmps.com interview with Tom Petersson. The legendary bassist dished that the band finished recording it “about two months ago” and it’s slated to be released this year around Halloween.
The impending holiday collection notably marks the third record Cheap Trick has released in the last two years. They released Bang, Zoom, Crazy … Hello last April, a week before their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. The LP became a Billboard 200 Top 40 album, peaking at No. 31. Their 18th studio album, We’re All Alright! followed with a June 16 release this year.
Petersson teased a few intriguing details about the Christmas project. The LP will serve up a sweet mix of songs, including “one standard” and “a few originals.” He added, “We covered songs from artists that we really like which have done Christmas songs we think’s really cool, you know, Roy Wood and that sort of thing. The only confusing thing about recording this record, is that every song had the word Christmas in it, so we could never keep it straight during recording, trying to figure out which song was which; ‘Ok guys so let’s do the Christm….. the sleigh song next.”
Diehard fans probably remember the beloved American rockers’ 1996 tracks “Come On Christmas” and “Christmas Christmas." They also recorded an altered “holiday” version of their 1977 smash hit “I Want You to Want Me” called “I Want You For Christmas.” It was part of the 25th Anniversary edition of a critically-acclaimed Christmas album series called A Very Special Christmas which benefited the Special Olympics. The official music video for the track (attached here) features cute Cheap Trick marionettes which should even tease a grin from the grouchy, green Mr. Grinch.
Cheap Trick has churned out 18 studio albums across four decades. Dropping a full-length Christmas album this year should be a fun holiday treat (and great gift idea) for rock fans far and wide. Further details, including a title and track list, have yet to be released.
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