Back in 1979, I got my first Cheap Trick album, “Live at Budokan.”
I actually got it by accident. I was working at my ex-step-dad’s roller disco and found the album.
Although I didn’t have a Cheap Trick album at that time, I was familiar with the band’s songs, thank to radio and friends. So, I pulled out the vinyl album and put it on one of the turn tables. After cuing up “Surrender” (still my favorite CT song), I let it rip.
The response on the floor was incredible. It turned into an free-for-all speed skate that spilled onto the lighted dance floor.
After the song ended, my boss came to the DJ consul and told me to reserve that song for future speed-skate segments. But, he added, “be sure you announce a the song would be a speed-skate and to have all those who didn’t want to skate fast or get hurt to clear the floor.”
After a few weeks, I decided to take the album home. And I still have it – on vinyl.
Tonight, Cheap Trick opens the Heart and Journey show at the USANA Amphitheatre. You can bet when the band kicks into “Surrender,” I’ll be right there thinking about that old roller disco.