Published on February 16th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen On The Upcoming U.S. Tour Of The Nielsen Trust & Future Plans

When it comes to Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, few artists seem to be as beloved by fellow inductees as Cheap Trick. A true rock band’s rock band, the music of Cheap Trick has been covered by dozens of notable artists, including Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Green Day and the Foo Fighters. It has been over 45 years since the group formed in Rockford, Illinois and Cheap Trick remains one of rock’s hardest working touring acts, having played over 5,000 gigs (and counting).

Yet Cheap Trick guitarist and principal songwriter Rick Nielsen still stays busy as a musician in his off-time. During a rare month or so off, Nielsen will be hitting with the roading with The Nielsen Trust. A true “family band,” The Nielsen Trust also features the talents of Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick’s stellar full-time drummer since 2010), Miles Nielsen (frontman of Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts) and singer/songwriter Kelly Steward, wife and frequent musical collaborator of Miles Nielsen.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Rick Nielsen by phone on February 14, 2020 about the upcoming dates for The Nielsen Trust, future recording plans and more, as embedded below; the chat will also air on a future edition of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast. More on The Nielsen Trust can be found online by visiting its official website at

And those announced tour dates:
– March 6 & 7, 2020 – Monk’s – Wisconsin Dells, WI
– March 19, 2020 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
– March 20, 2020 – Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
– March 21, 2020 – Brauer House – Lombard, IL
– March 25, 2020 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
– March 26, 2020 – The Rust Belt – East Moline, IL
– March 27, 2020 – Tanners – Kimberly, WI
– April 1, 2020 – Venue 720 – Flora, IL
– April 2, 2020 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
– April 3, 2020 – Chop Shop – Chicago, IL
– April 4, 2020 – The Apollo Theatre AC – Belvidere, IL

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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