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Emmy-winning comedian Tiffany Haddish coming to Wind Creek Event Center; new wave rockers Cheap Trick back again

Allentown Morning Call logo Allentown Morning Call 12/6/2019 By John J. Moser, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Emmy Award-winning comedian Tiffany Haddish, who plays Shay on the TBS series “The Last O.G.” and is best known for her breakout role of Dina in the hit 2017 comedy movie “Girls Trip,” will perform at Wind Creek Event Center, it has been announced.

Also, new wave rock group Cheap Trick will return to the center – making it the third time in less than 20 months the band has played in the Lehigh Valley.

Haddish, just premiered a new Netflix special and also is host of ABC-TV’s new revival of “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 27.

And Cheap Trick, which had its first hit with “Surrender” in 1978 and the follow-up hits “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “Ain’t That Sands a Shame,” then 10 years later had its biggest hit with “The Flame” and another with a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel,” will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

Tickets, at $49.50-$99.50 for Haddish and $49.50-$69.50 for Cheap Trick, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the event center box office at 77 Wind Creek Event Center at www.windcreekeventcenter.com and at 800-745-3000.

Haddish has appeared on “The Last O.G.” with star Tracy Morgan for two seasons, and the show has been renewed for a third year.

She also is host of “Kids Say The Darndest Things,” which premiered Oct. 6 on ABC-TV. Her new hour comedy special, “Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah,” debuted Dec. 3 on Netflix.

She will star with Salma Hayek and Rose Byrne in the film “Like A Boss,” set for released Jan. 10.

But her breakout was as the scene-stealing Dina alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall in “Girls Trip.” Her other film and television appearances include “The Kitchen,” “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” “Tuca & Bertie,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and more.

In June 2018, Haddish was host of the MTV Movie and TV Awards, and in November 2017, she made history as the first black female stand-up comedian to host “Saturday Night Live,” for which she was an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.”

Also in 2017, Haddish released the memoir “The Last Black Unicorn,” which made the New York Times Best Sellers List. Its audio book was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album.

Cheap Trick last played the event center on Feb. 17. It also performed at Allentown’s PPL Center with Poison and Pop Evil in June 2018, and also played the event center, then known as Sands Bethlehem Event Center, in 2015 and 2012.

The group first hit the charts with “Surrender,” full of new wave imagery with guitarist Rick Nielson playing checker-board designed guitars in a baseball cap with a flipped-up brim, long-haired singer Robin Zander wailing away and balding drummer Bun E. Carlos beating away with a cigarette dangling from his lip.

Starting with its 1977 platinum album “In Color,” the band produced five straight gold or platinum albums through 1982. Its 1979 album “Dream Police” went to No. 6.

But bassist Tom Petersson left the band in 1982, and Cheap Trick didn’t have another Top 40 hit or platinum album until he rejoined in 1988. Cheap Trick then had the platinum album “Lap of Luxury,” which included “The Flame” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Its most recent album of new music was 2017’s “We’re All Alright,” which peaked at No. 63 on Billboard’s Albums chart and produced the Top 40 Rock chart hit “Long Time Coming.” Cheap Trick also released a Christmas album, “Christmas Christmas,” that year.

The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Carlos no longer tours with Cheap Trick. He has been replaced by Neilson's son Dax played drums.

Morning Call Lehigh Valley Music reporter and columnist John J. Moser can be reached at 610-820-6722 or jmoser@mcall.com

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