12/4/17: Cheap Trick “The Flame” 

Everybody knows Cheap Trick for “I Want You to Want Me,” and maybe for “Surrender,” but mostly they seem to be a the kind of band that’s destined to embody a specific era of music. Whether those groups stay on the radio and stuck in people’s heads is something only time will tell.

Cheap Trick got their start out of Illinois, back in the ‘70s. They’re still out there performing today, decades later, and they’re the kind of group that’s never been afraid to switch their sound up. The song in my head today, “The Flame” was actually Cheap Trick’s only #1 hit. It stuck in the top spot in the US for two whole weeks in the summer of 1998. Cheap Trick had the help of some big-time producers back in the day, and the successful “Lap of Luxury” album was produced by none other than Richie Zito, who helped make Eddie Money a fair amount of the second word in his name. “The Flame” was a love song, though… a ballad, and the sound of it didn’t quite fit with what Cheap Trick was playing at the time. So, Zito approached each member individually, recording lead vocals first and pitching other band members on the song one at a time, recording their vocals individually as well to eventually put them all together into one finished product!

“The Flame” pretty much kicked off the “hair metal” genre in the late eighties, paving the way for bands like Poison, that would eventually become huge. When this song came out, Cheap Trick was already experienced as a band. They had the sound as well as the look, and made some killer music videos to prove it. Watch the video and find out for yourself!

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

School of Rock Grand Opening

AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

Click Here to See Photos of the Grand Opening Celebration!

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