Cheap Trick, an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, officially formed in 1974 with Rick Nielson on guitar, Tom Petersson on Bass, Bun E. Carlos on Drums, and Robin Zander on Vocals. They spent the next few years primarily touring the Wisconsin and Northern Illinois/Chicago areas and recording a pair of well reviewed, but low selling albums.
In 1978 the band released their third album; Heaven Tonight, which contained the song "Surrender." This was the band's first song to make the Billboard singles chart, peaking at #62. As a side note, this album was also the first to use a 12-string bass guitar. During this time, while none of the band's three albums had made it into the top 40 in the U.S. (In Color peaked at #73, while Heaven Tonight peaked at #48), all three albums went gold in Japan.
It was for this reason that the band decided to tour Japan and to do their fans there the honor of recording a live album at one of the most revered sports stadiums in the country.
It was a two night stand at Budokan, and its impact catalyzed the world. Now, three decades later, Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG, has released Cheap Trick â€“ BUDOKAN!: 30th Anniversary Edition, a four disk set that contains one DVD and three CD's, a booklet, and poster.
On the DVD you get the video recording of the second night (April 28th 1978), a one hour 15 song set that was broadcast on Japanese television only once, over 30 years ago. It contains a new studio mix and 5.1 Surround Sound done by the original producer Jack Douglas and engineer Jay Messina.
There are several bonus features on the DVD. One is "Looking Back," a new conversation with the band about their original experience. There is also video of one more song from 1978, "Come On, Come On" and two songs; "Voices" and "If You Want My Love" from their April 2008 30th Anniversary return concert.