Incredible, isn't it? It's been 40 years since Cheap Trick first emerged onto the world's stage, fusing the melodic majesty of the Beatles to the raw power of punk rock, in the process creating the high water mark for American power-pop.
During that time, the band has had its commercial ups - platinum efforts like "At Budokan" and "Dream Police" - and downs, but artistically, the four men from Rockford, Ill., have rarely made a misstep. In fact, the group's most recent release - 2009's "The Latest" - ranks right up there with its strongest and most adventurous work. Talk about staying power - in vocalist Robin Zander, Cheap Trick boasts one of the strongest, most agile voices in rock history. Amazingly, Zander seems to have lost nothing to the ravages of time in the vocal department.
I've seen Cheap Trick a few dozen times over the past 25 years, and it has never been a letdown. I expect the same when the band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Tickets start at $30 (box office, Ticketmaster).