Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen: I’m not as pretty as Lemmy or Sting

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This interview was conducted to mark the 300th issue of Classic Rock magazine, which launched in 1998. The magazine is available to purchase online, and also features interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Geddy Lee, Slash and many more.

It has become something of a cliché: hugely successful artists saying they’d do it all regardless of the renumeration or acclaim. And when Rick Nielsen quips that Cheap Trick are simply too dumb to quit, he surely understands the disservice he’s doing himself and his band. 

But when the songwriter and guitarist talks of how his dreams have been made simply by being able to make music for so long, you can tell there’s absolutely nothing contrived about it.


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