LIMA — The Veterans Memorial Civic Center received a large final push for Cheap Trick ticket sales in the closing week prior to Wednesday night’s concert.
Chief Executive Officer Abe Ambroza said in the closing hour, they were nearing the 1,200 range for sales. The capacity of Crouse Performance Hall is just over 1,700. That crowd enjoyed the band’s show Wednesday night.
“We’ve had very good last-minute sales. We’ve sold a couple hundred tickets in the past four or five days,” Ambroza said. “We do our best to get the best night we can. A lot of times, we get some of these mid-week shows because they are in larger markets on the weekends. We try to get the best night we can, and here we are tonight on a Wednesday with a great show, and what better way to spend a great day.”
For father-son duo Troy Kliesch and Braden Cramer, it was perfect timing for Cramer, 11, to experience his first show to start his summer break.
“I was 11 when I saw my first show, and now he’s 11 seeing his first,” said Kliesch, whose first concert was Ted Nugent in 1981 in Toledo.
Cramer said even though he doesn’t know much about Cheap Trick, he was most excited to get a tour of the bus with their meet-and-greet passes following the show. Unfortunately, they were just minutes late to the pre-show meet and greet, but the two hoped to run into the band members during the tour.
“We’ve introduced him. He knows the pictures, the songs on Spotify — he knows the hits,” Kliesch explained. “They’re a good American rock band for his first show; they’re not too offensive or anything.”
Cheap Trick performed many of those hits, and also sprinkled in some music from newer records, which lead guitarist Richard Nielsen reminded fans of between his ever-changing guitar lineup and pick throwing. Nielsen and front man Robin Zander joked during the set that though only four or five of their 19 albums really stuck, the remainders make for great wallpaper.
Kliesch has had the opportunity to tour with Cheap Trick himself in the band Watershed.
“We’d done shows with them, and I was a touring PA mixer myself … they’re good guys,” Kliesch said. “(Cramer) has seen my shows before, so he knows what to expect. But I’m looking forward to him getting to see the lights and the sounds.”
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