Cheap Trick Covers David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” – Listen
Cheap Trick covers David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" - Cheap Trick / Youtube
Cheap Trick reveals their own rendition of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”.
The rock act’s last original album was 2017’s We’re All Alright!, while the holiday-themed Christmas Christmas came out the same year as well. Moving forward, Cheap Trick has released several singles like 2018’s “The Summer Looks Good On You”, 2018’s “Ambush” of Harry Nilsson, and John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth”.
Even before “Rebel Rebel”, Cheap Trick had already referenced Bowie in 2016’s “When I Wake Up Tomorrow”, Rick Nielsen saying it was more about feel. He said that the cut “always reminds me of a sultry David Bowie song. I liked it from the first time we attempted to do it. It’s just a moody, interesting piece with some heavy guitars in the middle.” The band recorded it just before Bowie’s passing.
The band meeting Bowie was rather awkward, as Robin Zander dared Tom Petersson to approach him. In a 2016 interview with Howard Stern, Petersson revealed: “I had a bet going with Robin. [Bowie] was over there talking to Annie Lennox. I said, ‘I think I can get David to talk to me.’ He goes, ‘He’s not going to talk to you.’ … So I just went over and held his hand. He didn’t really see me, so he kept talking to her. For like five minutes, I’m standing there, and then he finally turns around, he looks at me and goes, ‘Oh … you must have the wrong person.'”