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Cheap Trick tours again with stop at Wolf Trap, and guitarist Nielsen plans to keep on rockin’

Power pop legend Cheap Trick still wants fans to want them as the band returns to Wolf Trap on Thursday night to play a jukebox full of hits — including “Surrender” and “Dream Police” — spanning a four-decade career.

For founding member and guitarist Rick Nielsen, the visit means a continuation of a celebrated musical career that has featured nearly nonstop touring to connect with fans.

“Performing live is always the bread and butter for any band. We tour quite a bit, and we always have,” Mr. Nielsen said from Minneapolis.

This rigorous rock lifestyle was an easy choice for a man now known for dressing like a modern-day Bowery Boy onstage, flicking picks like darts at the audience and showcasing a museum’s worth of guitars.

Born to opera-singing and music-store-owning parents in 1946, Mr. Nielsen grew up in Rockford, Illinois, playing drums before switching to guitar.

He knew early on that his musical ambitions could lead to success

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