My Post HOF Commentary

We’re finally settling back in after a great week in New York. As I sit back and read reviews, commentary and general press about the Rock Hall event, I just kind of giggle to myself about the wonder of it all. In the internet age, there are certainly a lot of opinions about every little thing. When you’re on the inside looking out, you realize just how misinformed almost all of the internet chatter really is. So and so is really an ungrateful asshole, no the other guy is, no the rock hall organization is, no the entire music industry is. What’s he got to complain about? He’s worth $20 million. The truth is, there’s a little bit of truth and a whole lot of mistruth and misunderstanding in all of it. In other words, don’t dare believe what you read on the internet and anything you say WILL come back to bite you. Tom would say, “You can’t win, no matter what you say. So why say anything?”

Judging from internet commentary, the general public seems incredibly negative. Our daughter was looking around at some chatter about the band last week online, and said “Wow, Cheap Trick fans sure are negative.” If you just read the message boards, that is what you would think. That’s why the band won’t even go there. Would you? It’s pretty sickening. Of course we know Cheap Trick also has a very loyal fan base who has stuck with them for a very long time, but people are very willing to tear people apart from the anonymity of their computer screens.

But honestly, when you sit back and think about all of it - Steve Miller’s rant in the press room, the Black Keys rebuttal, the jabs between the CT and their former bandmate, Gene Simmons’ rant about rap, NWA’s eloquent acceptance, but then bolting immediately after they received their award - there’s nothing to do but laugh. In most cases, I can see some valid points on both sides. It is good entertainment, as it should be. You experience what you make of it. Whether you want to take the opportunity to thank people who helped you along the way or use the platform to call out wrongs, it’s all ok. Everyone has a right to use the platform how they wish. 

It’s rock n’ roll, and things should be shaken up and at least a little controversial. “It is all very Spinal Tap.” is what Tom said, and he’s right. That movie was so funny because it was so ridiculously real. As for me, I got lost in the hallways backstage looking for the exit. There were people everywhere but no one to tell me which direction to go. I was instructed to leave the building during the finale and be waiting on our ride out back. Of course I did, and we still had to wait nearly an hour to leave. In the end, all I could do was laugh at myself and everyone else there. Good times and great memories!




Alison Peterson
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18 Responses

Valeri DeCastris
Valeri DeCastris

April 26, 2016

Sorry to hear that there have been negative comments. Here in Rockford, IL we all LOVE Cheap Trick – all through the years and many incarnations. Its true that I have had issues with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out my opinion piece on April 23, 2016 in the Rockford Register Star (rrstar.com) on more of that and a shout-out to Cheap Trick from Rockford. Couldn’t be a nicer group of men, in my opinion. I’ve been a fan and a friend in music since the 1970s and we have generational ties with Rick’s family. My father Val Eddy was a full-time musician for nearly 70 years and my cousin Morrey Capicotte knew Tom and played guitar with Rick in the early days. I go back with Robin in our little high school group in Loves Park and Rockford, IL. So, we all love our hometown band and their families too! The Rockford Area Music Industry Awards (RAMIs) did a nice tribute to Cheap Trick Friday night at its 25th anniversary awards ceremony. The City of Rockford and its tourism bureau have launched a commemorative campaign – Cheap Trick banners are up around town and in the band’s childhood neighborhoods. Many events to honor the band are in the works. No one had better go negative on “our boys”! Alison, you seem like an awesome mother. God bless you for all of your efforts. We were proud to see your family on ABC’s Nightline tonight. Great cause with much heart – like music.

Teri
Teri

April 19, 2016

Check out this kid with special needs including autism:
Facebook- I’m different, you’re different. Let’s be friends

John Masino
John Masino

April 14, 2016

…This was a great read! …and obviously first-hand accurate. All the years of sticking with it paid off for the guys and they certainly deserve the award, I was a fan from day 1 back in Madison, WI when they played the clubs here and we were both at the same booking agency. I’ve seen only positive posts on the band so it’s all good! Congratulations!!!! Tell Tom John from Chunky Pie/Punch said hello…:)

Jennifer
Jennifer

April 14, 2016

Thank you for this! As a fan for over 30 years—since I was a young teenager—I couldn’t be happier for the best band on the planet. There will always be negative people but those aren’t true fans at all. Congratulations to you all!

Chris Matthes
Chris Matthes

April 13, 2016

Great post! I can’t take the comments on social media seriously – people have WAY too much time on their hands to speculate about things they know nothing about.

Stick to the positive stuff…the negative isn’t worth the time out of our lives.

Stephanie Morgan
Stephanie Morgan

April 13, 2016

It’s great hearing your perspective from behind the scenes. You make us feel like we were there. (And hopefully it will make people think twice before they hit the keyboard.)
If it’s any conciliation, you’re not the only one to get lost! I read the great article on the AV Club written by a comedian who went to the show and he also had a Spinal Tap moment backstage! He ended up back in the same spot as he started LOL!
You know any one of the people writing negatively would probably give their left arm to be at the table you guys sat at, and that’s usually the perspective people will criticise from – envy. You looked like you had a ball there, and Cheap Trick stole the show.
The four current members have shown class with all the messy ex-member business and I hope this is the line in the sand that marks the end of all that. Onwards and upwards. No good can come of living in the past.

Chuck Lutz
Chuck Lutz

April 13, 2016

Hi Ms. Alison, Negative Cheap Trick fans….you’re kidding, right?! Can’t figure out that one, been a CT fan since the early 70’s, my wife has been converted for almost as long as our marriage (30 years-YIKES!), and my “not so young anymore” daughters Sasha and Carly, have been rockin’ to CT since we all went to the CT 25th anniversary in Rochford when they were little Munchkins. Even my parents, who were in their late 60’s in 1988 and went with my wife and I to see the guys rock at the Rivieria in Chicago on New Years Eve, they became lifelong CT fans throughout their entire lives! Don’t buy into the negativity, it does not apply to this band.

Kathy Koza
Kathy Koza

April 13, 2016

We were also at the induction ceremony. Tom’s speech, like so many of the others, was eloquent and thoughtful. We couldn’t have been prouder as a fan of music and Cheap Trick in particular. Attending a show like this has been on our bucket list and it didn’t disappoint. Sure, there was a little drama, but creatives can be dramatic. We appreciated the voice Tom have to children with autism and the power of music in their lives. I cannot imagine a world without music, it mean that much and adds so much color to our lives.

Stacey Ehlers
Stacey Ehlers

April 13, 2016

I guess I’ve only surrounded myself with other positive Chesp Trick fans, since there are so many of us, I just ignore those rude trolls that are out there. As far as I’ve known and experienced, Cheap Trick has the most amazing fans, they’re the best band ever and the new album is so insanely good, one of their best! I’m so happy to see that they are finally getting the recognition they deserve and so proud to be a fan for the last 35 years. I’m glad you’re able to have such a good attitude about it all. You’ve been there through so much with the band, we all know behind every good man is an even better woman. Rock on, Alison. Peace, love, Cheap Trick!

Lynn Orange
Lynn Orange

April 13, 2016

Alison, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been a fan of Cheap Trick for about as long as they have been in existence and met and talked with them several times. I try to stay out of the opinions and just enjoy the music they work hard to make. Tom did an awesome job talking about Rock Your Speech and it really showed in his speech how much it means to him as well.

Alex Zander
Alex Zander

April 13, 2016

Alison,

Thanks for posting this. It’s nice to red your take. I shared it with my friends on Facebook. You’re right on point for sure.

Myself, I was near giddy watching everything develop last week and then all of the press, especially how much Rolling Stone reported on CT. Long overdue. I thought they stole the show.

All the best

Alex (no relation) Zander
Chicago

Dean
Dean

April 13, 2016

You nailed it!

Susan
Susan

April 13, 2016

It really saddens me that your daughter feels CT fans are a negative bunch. Unfortunately, there’s some truth to that. There are many, many great fans who completely support the band in all that they do and I have many friends in that category. I hope with time you can all look back and have joyful memories about last week – it was awesome and long overdue!

Dean Treadman
Dean Treadman

April 13, 2016

Geez already, come on people.
It’s a business the 4 lads are running.
Their decisions on how to run their business is their business. It’s not like they’re from Liverpool or something!

Nancy
Nancy

April 13, 2016

So very proud of the guys. You wives and children deserve major kudos for all your sacrifices through the years. How sad that Lilah has to see some of the negativity on the internet

Much love and respect to all of you!

Danny Williams
Danny Williams

April 13, 2016

Alison, that was nicely stated. As a fellow musician and autism parent, I have to say I felt more than a little pride seeing Tom on the stage during the acceptance. It’s like “one of us” was being honored, and as you know, other people have no idea of the difficulties that come with being an autism parent – on top of all of life’s everyday trials.

I had to laugh at the Spinal Tap references, because you know well that musicians and those in the business are the ones who appreciate the absurd accuracy of that film. The part about the fans is par for the course; many fans project what they want to see onto their idols, without knowing anything about the people themselves. It is just baggage that comes with being in the public eye.

Everyone has to be a P.R. expert these days, with every statement subject to scrutiny by millions and permanently recorded. This makes it very hard to share your honest thoughts without running them through a dense filter first. Laughter really is the best coping mechanism there is.

As they say, sometimes we have to laugh just to keep from crying! :)

Elaine Fenz
Elaine Fenz

April 13, 2016

The Induction Ceremony was the best concert event I ever attended. So sorry you had to wait like that! We had a hard time finding out how to get upstairs to our seats. We were told 4 different ways until we finally made it. We commented it felt like being in a Seinfeld episode or that bad dream you have when you are right there but keep going into the wrong door! It was a fabulous and memorable night! Congratulations to all!

Pamela Bertrand
Pamela Bertrand

April 13, 2016

Thank you Alison clapping here, and Congratulations to you also because we all know behind every man is a woman ? There were so many great and positive posts last week it was like a dream and I admit there were actual tears. sorry for whoever feels that need to bash anyone.

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