Cheap Trick - The Latest
01. Sleep Forever
02. When The Lights Are Out
03. Miss Tomorrow
04. Sick Man Of Europe
05. These Days
07. Everyday You Make Me Crazy
08. California Girl
09. Everybody Knows
11. Times Of Our Lives
12. Closer, The Ballad Of Burt And Linda
Robin Zander – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Rick Nielsen – lead guitar, background vocals
Tom Petersson – bass, background vocals
Bun E. Carlos – drums
Julian Raymond – arrangements, additional musician
Roger Joseph Manning Jr – keyboards
Bon Harris – programming
George Doering – acoustic guitar
Luis Conte – programming
Bennett Salvay – orchestration
Jason Falkner – additional musician
Todd Youth – additional musician
Linus Of Hollywood – additional musician
The Latest is the sixteenth studio album by the American Hard Rock/power pop band Cheap Trick. The album was produced by Cheap Trick, Julian Raymond and Howard Willing and was released on June 23, 2009. The album was issued on standard CD as well as limited pressings of vinyl and 8-Track tapes. The album was released to retailers on July 21, 2009.
A video for the cover of Slade's "When the Lights Are Out" has been released. The song was released exclusively through iTunes Australia in November 2008. The video is also available for viewing via the band's YouTube page. A video was also made for "Sick Man of Europe".
The track "Sleep Forever" was written in memory of a friend who died, "Miss Tomorrow" was originally a B-side from Robin Zander's eponymous 1993 solo album, taken from the "Show Me Heaven" single, while "Sick Man of Europe" was one of the band names used by Nielsen and Petersson in the early 1970s. "Everyday You Make Me Crazy" was originally written by the band as a Pepsi jingle from 1995 while "Alive" is a re-worked version of "What's in It for You", an outtake from the band's previous 2006 album Rockford.
The Latest is the final studio album by the band to feature original drummer Bun E. Carlos.