By Annie Reuter

What’s better than a showboat dinner cruise with some of country music’s top talent performing? A surprise appearance by Cheap Trick.

Last night (Feb. 26), Sony Music Nashville invited a select number of those attending the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Tenn. to a boat ride on the General Jackson for a show and dinner cruise. Highlights during the evening included Trisha Yearwood‘s moving cover of Linda Ronstadt‘s “Blue Bayou,” Jake Owen‘s powerful new single “What We Ain’t Got” and Brad Paisley‘s impressive cover of Van Halen‘s “Hot for Teacher,” with guitar licks that inspired a standing ovation from the largely industry crowd.

Once Paisley finished “Hot for Teacher” he went into another familiar cover, this time Cheap Trick‘s “I Want You To Want Me.” Midway through the song, Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander walked out on stage to critique Paisley’s guitar playing.

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“You’re pretty good on Van Halen stuff,” Zander said. “The Cheap Trick, you need to work on.”

So, the rest of the band entered the stage to show Paisley how it’s done, and they didn’t disappoint. After performing the rest of the song together, Paisley left the stage to give the spotlight over to Cheap Trick. The band played several of their hits, including a rousing rendition of “Surrender” with guitar riffs that had the crowd cheering, an energetic throwback to Fats Domino with “Ain’t That a Shame” and the psychedelic “Dream Police.”



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