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I Want You To Squeeze Me: Cheap Trick and Squeeze Come to the Mann Center


On July 16th, two of the cheekiest bands in rock history come to Philadelphia’s Mann Center. Cheap Trick and Squeeze will join together for a night of classic hits and feel good rock ‘n’ roll at what is probably Philadelphia’s best music venue. What’s more, on July 15th, the evening before the concert, Cheap Trick band members Rick Neilsen (the flip-brimmed, oddball genius behind the band’s songwriting) and Tom Petersson will appear at Northern Liberties’ Piazza at Schmidt’s for an autograph signing and alfresco showing of the band’s classic concert movie, Live at Budokan.

Whether you’re six-years-old or sixty-nine, it is hard not to be enamored with the catchiness of so many of these bands’ songs. From Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me”, “Surrender” and “Dream Police”, (not to mention “Mighty Wings”, this blogger’s most inspirational song at seven-years-old, (when it appeared at the end of the movie Top Gun)), to Squeeze’s “Tempted” and “Pulling Mussels From the Shell”, the oeurve of both groups helped keep rock alive during a decade blinded with science.  These guys remind why old wave, while now even older, is usually the best wave.

The pre-concert autograph session is also sure to be quite a treat, as two rock icons grace the land of P.Y.T.-milkshakes-and-honeys with their presence.  Though now in their sixties, Cheap Trick’s sense of humor has likely gotten even better with age; (only the Rolling Stones could possibly get away with seriousness as septuagenarians). The album At Budokan catches Cheap Trick at their absolute musical best, and they have always been a captivating spectacle to look at.

For ticket information, call 215.893.1999, or visit the Mann Center box office at 52nd and Parkside Avenue in Fairmount Park, or buy online at: or  For ticket package information, call 215.893.1955 or visit

*Don’t be ashamed to sing these songs in the shower (while trying your best to confront the flat-spinning reality “that there’s no points for second [place]”):