Posted by Steve Lettau on Dec 12, 2019
Tickets go on sale Friday

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MEQUON — Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cheap Trick will perform in Mequon Saturday, July 11 as the classic rock headliner for Gathering on the Green’s annual event.

The festival in Mequon’s Rotary Park will include the American rock band with special guests 52nd Street – The Music of Billy Joel, for its 26th anniversary of the music festival that is a much-celebrated summer event in Ozaukee County.

Gathering on the Green’s Executive Director Rob Kos said Cheap Trick has been on the “wishlist” for several years.

“This is the year everything aligned to make it possible,” Kos said. “Once we found out they were interested, we moved quickly to get the deal done. They had many other offers in our area and we’re thrilled that they chose us.”

Kos said confirming bands on this type of level is something he wants Gathering on the Green to be known for.

“We want to get it to the point that people are excited to go before they even know who the artists are,” he said. “It’s often a challenge due to intricacies of the touring business, but we work hard at it as it is very important to us to continue top level artists.”

Cheap Trick is frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Daxx Nielsen (drums) and Tom Petersson (bass guitar).

The rock band has toured around the world with over 5,000 shows in the last four decades. Their classic tunes range from “Surrender” to “I Want You To Want Me” and “Dream Police”.

Tickets for Cheap Trick will go on sale Friday. Tickets for reserved seats range  from $50 to $125 and general admission tickets are $40. You can purchase tickets and find out more information at www.gatheringonthegreen.org. The show will also include music from opening act 52nd Street – The Music of Billy Joel, a band from southeast Wisconsin.

Attendees for this year’s festival can also check out country music legend Trace Adkins’ show on Friday, July 10. Gathering on the Green decided to present a country headliner for a second year after Lee Brice proved much success last year. Attendees can also expect multiple food trucks and the third year of Battle of the Bands.

“We are very grateful to the support of the community in our 26th year and the growth of our Music Together program,” Kos