Last year, they returned to USANA after a 5-year absence to open for Def Leppard. This year, they’re back as headliners!
Poison returns on Tuesday with their party, high-energy show. One of the openers is Cheap Trick, who lately have been pumping out albums like it was the late 70s again. Robin Zander and crew have also become summer regulars in the Beehive State.
Some concert-goers have noted there are about ten bands that seem to be part of the USANA concert series every summer. Trent Falcone, with Live Nation, said the reason in simple: fans keep coming out in droves every summer to see them.
“Rock fans love to come out on a summer night and hear the songs they grew up with. Some of these groups still really connect with people because they always put on a great show and play the hits that people love. The classic groups want to play SLC because the crowds respond and are very supportive,” he said. “Bottom line, we’ll keep booking them if people keep buying tickets to see them.”
Last year, I talked to Rikki Rockett before Poison played at USANA. You can read his interview here——>http://concertconnection.blogs.deseretnews.com/2017/06/17/rikki-rockett-back-on-the-road-after-beating-cancer/
And my interviews with members of Cheap Trick date back nearly 20 years to the old Wolf Mountain/Park West Amphitheatre. Here is my talk in 2016 with Tom Petersson, who is using music to do great things outside the concert arenas——>http://concertconnection.blogs.deseretnews.com/2016/08/28/cheap-tricks-petersson-using-music-therapy-to-help-autistic-children/