Cheap Track
Japan's Foremost Cheap Trick Tribute Band

The band that has been described as "Cheap Trick's favorite tribute band" is Japan's Cheap Track. From left to right the band includes: Guitarist Mitsuru "Sushiman" Kanaida, bassist Kinko Kenichi shown here with a Hamer B12S 12-string bass, drummer Tomonari "Shige" Imaizumi, and guitarist / vocalist "Tokyo Zander" with a very cool Rickenbacker Lightshow guitar. This photo was taken in 1994.

    

These photos of Cheap Track were taken when they opened for Cheap Trick in Merrillville, Indiana on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000. Kinko Kenichi played his Hamer B12A 12-string bass.
 

Kinko uses a stand and plays his 12-string like an upright bass on the song Don't Be Cruel, just like Tom Petersson does with the "Elvis" bass on this song. All songs are sung totally in Japanese.

The Cheap Track set list for this show:

Just Got Back
Clock Strikes Ten
Big Eyes
Woke Up With A Monster
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece
Stop This Game
Oh, Candy
Don't Be Cruel
California Man

 

The kick drum head with the Cheap Track logo was custom made by 12-string bassist Jeff "Smakutus" Tally of Flint, Michigan and presented to the band before the show. After the successful evening the band got a few short hours of sleep before the long flight back to Japan. Talk about a long after-gig commute!

 

If I didn't know better I'd swear these guys were Cheap Trick!

 

Cheap Trick and Cheap Track had previously played together in 1999 during Trickfest-3. Rick Nielsen even brought out his "Uncle Dick" double-necked guitar for Sushiman to use. Very cool!

These photos are all by and courtesy of Junko. K      Thanks Junko!