Cheap trick again it runs in the family, as a guitarist Rick Nielsen will step off the road this coming week due to undergoing “a minor procedure.” But in his place Robin Taylor Zander will sit in on guitar for the group.
The band delivered the news via a post on social media, saying: “A few days ago Rick had a minor procedure that requires him to stay off the road this week and not travel. Robin Taylor Zander will be stepping up this weekend . We look forward to Rick joining the guys on the West Coast later next week.”
The dates affected appear to be the Port Huron, Michigan show tonight (November 4) as well as Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday (November 5), with the band’s next show having taken place this coming Thursday (November 10) in Auburn, Washington.
As you might be able to tell from the last name, Robin Taylor Zander is the son of vocalist Robin Zander. But this is not the first time he has stepped into the group, as he has previously played drums, bass and lead guitar when asked to be in place.
In a Rolling stones this past summer dubbed him the band’s “secret weapon,” Robin Taylor Zander talked about filling in for Rick Nielsen during a previous residency, saying, “If anyone knows about this band, they know a lot of the personality is through Rick. He is the main entertainer. He’s the one running across one side of the stage to the other. I’ll never be because I’m standing. I’ll be singing most of the night. I won’t be running around throwing guitar picks into the audience like Rick. I just had to focus on getting the guitar parts right. All I could do was my best.”
Zander isn’t the only offspring associated with the group, as Nielsen’s son Daxx has been the band’s drummer since Bun E. Carlos left the band in 2010. So for a few shows, core members Robin Zander and bassist Tom Petersson will be joined on stage by Daxx Nielsen and Robin Taylor Zander, keeps things in the family.
The group is currently wrapping up a North American tour leg and will wrap up 2022 with dates in late November and early December in Japan along with two more West Coast shows. As for 2023, they’ve already paired up with legendary singer Rod Stewart for dates in August. See all their scheduled stops and get information about the tour here.