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Cheap Trick Turned Down the RNC’s $100,000 Offer

By Brian Ives

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick are still very much a working band, but they won’t work for just anybody.

In a new interview with England’s Guardian, frontman Robin Zander said that “The Republican National Committee called our office and offered us $100,000 to play at their convention in Cleveland [this summer]. We turned it down. Then we had second thoughts. Maybe we should have accepted it – but we would all have got swastika guitars made.”

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Bassist Tom Petersson added, “We thought better of it.”

Cheap Trick, of course, were just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — ironically, they were presented at the event by noted Republican Kid Rock.

In any case, the band have a lot of other paying gigs coming up: they’re co-headlining the Rock Hall Three for All tour with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart. That tour kicks off in July.


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