April 1st is here again! For the first time in nearly seven years of blogging, I haven’t prepared an April Fools’ Day prank post for my readers. Chalk it up to the many hours I’m spending behind the scenes working on updating and upgrading the design of this blog –hopefully within the next week or two you’ll see the results of all my hard work!
Instead of trying to play a trick on you today, I’m celebrating the greatest Trick. Did you know it’s Cheap Trick Day in the state of Illinois? It’s true! Back in 2007, Illinois’ senate declared April 1st of each year Cheap Trick Day by a unanimous, bipartisan Senate vote. (Who says our state can’t get anything done?)
Many of my longtime readers know I’m a huge KISS fan, but I am also a loyal, longtime fan of Cheap Trick. They are one of the hardest-working bands in rock and are known for touring continually since the 1970s. Cheap Trick was born out of working-class roots in Rockford, Illinois, and if you grew up an avid music fan in this area, chances are you’ve probably saw them more than a few times. (And if you haven’t, just check their website… there are always Illinois dates on their calendar!)
In the decades I’ve been seeing this band live, I’ve never, ever been disappointed by a Cheap Trick performance. Every year I celebrate that my favorite bands are still out touring the world — at ages when most people are content to retire, rest, and relax. My definition of what it means to be a “senior citizen” continues to be delightfully redefined by many of my favorite bands, many of whose members are well into their 60s and haven’t even come close to growing up yet.
Happy Cheap Trick Day, guys. I can’t wait to dig out my checkerboard dress for some more shows this summer. (Really the only place a dress like this is appropriate is at a Cheap Trick concert… or a NASCAR race.)
Now, for those who love April Fools’ Day posts and pranks, make sure you check out:
- Google Maps: Enter any address and you’ll see a new map view in addition to “Street View” and “Satellite View” — Pac-Man View. My kids have already gotten a kick out of “eating” their way around our neighborhood streets… and around Walt Disney World.
- Amazon Dash: Amazon’s launching branded buttons you can stick around your house. Need some more Tide? Press the Dash button and Tide will be delivered to your door. Amazon Prime members get it free!