Last spring Rick Nielsen was embarking on some extended family time, hitting the road in a van with his musician kids for a tour across the country as the Nielson Trust. COVID quickly shut down those plans.
Over the past year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist has been biding his time with livestream performances. But as the pandemic wanes, they’re picking up where they left off—including show a at the Tally Ho in Leesburg next Thursday night.
Cheap Trick took over American rock radio in 1979, when the recording of a live show in Japan from the year before hit stores. By the time “Cheap Trick At Budokan” launched the band to international stardom, Nielsen had already been writing and performing for 15 years. And he has been on the road ever since.
The Nielsen Trust side project focuses on family talent—the third generation as Nielsen’s parents also performed, featuring his sons—Daxx, who has been drumming with Cheap Trick for the past decade, and Miles, who leads the band Rusty Hearts—along with Miles’ wife, singer/songwriter Kelly Steward.
Concertgoers can expect a more intimate show at the Tally Ho, with the family band performing Nielson’s most popular Cheap Trick hits, including “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender,” but also digging deeper into the band’s catalogue. Songs from Daxx and Miles’ band Harmony Riley and from the Rusted Hearts also make the setlist.
The Leesburg show is just one of nine dates on the tour, which wraps up June 22, just before Cheap Trick hits the road for its summer tour starting July 2.
The Nielsen Trust performs Thursday, June 17 at the Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg. Tickets are $49 and available here. Doors open at 7 p.m.