When: Wed., May 4, 8 p.m. 2016
Cheap Trick is America's greatest exponent of power-pop, no argument. You could argue, but no one would hear you over the sound of the crowd cheering for "Surrender." Few people outside of Japan recognized the band's gift for writing songs with big guitars, catchy hooks and sing-along choruses until 1979, when the band's live album Cheap Trick at Budokan was released domestically. The disc immortalized the band's tour of Japan, opening America's eyes to the raucous power these four Midwestern boys were capable of generating. You have the album (Don't you?); Now see a remastered version of the actual concert that was broadcast on Japanese TV (collectors, it's the same show that was included on DVD in the 30th anniversary, four-disc edition). Cheap Trick: Budokan wants you to want it tonight at 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series). Admission is $5.