Cheap Trick

Chicagofest ‘81

  • Artist

  • Location

  • Title

  • Released

  • Genre

  • UPC barcode

  • Format / Region

  • Bassist

  • 12-string bass

  • Songs including the 12

  • Cheap Trick

  • Rockford, Illinois, USA

  • Chicagofest ‘81

  • 1981 (VHS), 2012 (DVD)

  • Pop Rock

  • None

  • Region 0

  • Pete Comita

  • Hamer Zebra Standard, Hamer B12S

  • All except ‘Baby Loves to Rock’

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This concert was held on the Navy Pier in Chicago on August 5th, 1981. The DVD version lists 14 tracks whereas the Laserdisc version only lists 13, the difference being that on the DVD an extended guitar solo is listed as a separate track.

Pete Comita didn’t remain in the band for very long after this show. If you watch closely you’ll see both Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander glaring at him throughout the concert. It has nothing to do with Comita’s musicianship; his playing is solid, driving and precise. Pete is a natural showman and is very animated on stage. He plays a great 12-string bass solo at the end of ‘Gonna Raise Hell’ which then fades into a more sedate Nielsen guitar solo. Pete’s 12-string bass tone is clear and chimey and his backing vocals are spot on.

Pete Comita on stage with Rick Nielsen’s white Hamer B12S 12-string bass.

It is interesting to note that both bassists who followed Comita, Jon Brant and then the returning Tom Petersson, tend to stay firmly in the background and avoid calling attention to themselves.


Live in Australia

  • Artist

  • Location

  • Title

  • Released

  • Genre

  • UPC barcode

  • Format / Region

  • Bassist

  • 12-string bass

  • Songs including the 12

  • Cheap Trick

  • Rockford, Illinois, USA

  • Live In Australia

  • 1988 (VHS), 1997 (DVD)

  • Pop Rock

  • 081227565824

  • Region 0

  • Tom Petersson

  • Two Hamer B12A’s

  • All

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The front cover reads, “13 songs from one of the ‘80’s biggest pop bands” but the show actually includes 14 songs. Petersson played his black Hamer B12A with white binding on every tune except for the song ‘Don't Be Cruel’ on which he played his upright Hamer Checkerboard "Elvis" B12A.

The back cover shows Tom playing his black Hamer B12A. It also displays as many photos of Rick Nielsen as there are of the other band members all put together.


Sessions

  • Artist

  • Location

  • Title

  • Released

  • Genre

  • UPC barcode

  • Format / Region

  • Bassist

  • 12-string bass

  • Songs including the 12

  • Cheap Trick

  • Rockford, Illinois, USA

  • Sessions

  • 2014

  • Pop Rock

  • None

  • Region 0

  • Tom Petersson

  • Gretsch

  • All

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The DVD includes six songs played at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, California. Given that there are no audience shots or crowd noise it’s apparent that no audience was present for the filming. Tom is shown playing a Gretsch 12-string bass on the front cover.

Between each song there is an interview section with Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson. In one section Rick Nielsen is asked, “Is there a guitar than defines Cheap Trick?” His response: “12-string bass. The checkerboard Explorer. If somebody pulls a 12-string bass up in the middle of the auditorium (somebody shouts) ‘Cheap Trick’”.

Tom Petersson with a Gretsch 12-string bass.

Cheap Trick’s association with Guitar Center extends back many years. The band was featured on the front cover of the April, 2003 Guitar Center catalog.


  • Petersson played a Chandler Royale 12-string bass on all songs except ‘Oh Caroline’.

  • The back cover shows Petersson playing a Hiroshigi Kids Dragon 12-string bass instead of the Chandler.

Music For Hangovers


  • Petersson played 12-string bass on 18 songs.

  • The Black Chandler Royale was used on all songs except ‘You're All Talk’ on which he played the green Hiroshigi Kids Dragon 12 with the "E" strings tuned up to "G".

Silver


  • 10 songs include the Black Chandler 12-string bass, with ‘You’re All Talk’ played on a Hiroshigi Kids 12. No bass was played on ‘Just D’ King’.

  • Images of three other 12’s are included on the front and back covers.

Silver - Korean Release


  • This is the Budokan concert from 1978 in a shiny new package.

  • The back cover has a photo of the band from 2010 with Petersson playing the Waterstone “Peacock” 12-string bass.

Live Tokyo 1978


  • The 1978 Budokan concert re-released in 2008 as a box set; it includes one DVD and three CD’s on the 30th Anniversary of the show.

  • Photos from the booklet include no new photos of Tom’s 12-string bass.

Budokan!


  • The Blue Chandler Royale is played on only six songs.

  • In the interview section, Tom Petersson stated that Rick Nielsen played the Tiple. Hamer credits the Tiple as being the model for the 12-string bass.

From Tokyo to You - Live in Japan


  • Various 12’s appear in 13 of the music videos.

  • Only Tom Petersson is credited as the bassist even though Jon Brant appears in 5 videos - he is not mentioned at all.

  • The Hamer “Elvis” B12A 12-string bass is shown on the cover.

Every Trick In The Book