Photo: Mick Burgess
PERFORMED ‘I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY’ & ‘CALIFORNIA MAN’
WITH ROY WOOD IN BIRMINGHAM LAST NIGHT
PLAYING THE LAST DATE OF THEIR TOUR WITH DEF LEPPARD AT LONDON’S WEMBLEY ARENA TONIGHT
Legendary rockers Cheap Trick performed a blistering set last night in Birmingham, featuring a guest appearance from Wizzard icon Roy Wood, who joined the band for a festive rendition of their classic ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’, as well as ‘California Man’.
The show followed their amazing one-off date at Liverpool’s iconic and intimate Cavern Club – which saw the band inducted onto the venue’s notable Wall Of Fame – and ahead of tonight’s show at London’s Wembley Arena, the final date of their tour with Def Leppard.
‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ featured on the band’s album Christmas Christmas, released last year – only months after their critically acclaimed album WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT! – and delivered a sleigh-full of rock ’n’ roll Christmas classics, as well as newly penned offerings such as the joyous lead track, ‘Merry Christmas Darlings’.
Their four decade-plus career has seen them play more than 5,000 shows, with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes including ‘He’s A Whore’, ‘California Man’, ‘Dream Police’, ‘Surrender’, ‘I Want You To Want Me’ and the worldwide #1 hit single, ‘The Flame’. 2016 saw the band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, honouring both the band and the pioneering sound that has earned them total record sales well in excess of 20 million and more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications.