Cheap Trick did something very special and historic for their devoted Maine fans last night. We count 13 shows in Maine from 1977 to 2015. Most of the them in civic centers and auditoriums with the most intimate venue being Portland's State Theatre back in 1994.

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Last night we got as close to one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands ever, as we probably ever will. Show number 14 was at Aura for an audience of around 1000 fans.

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Robin Zander's voice was in terrific shape taking us through a 17 song journey of deep tracks like Long Time Coming and High Roller and killer classics like California Man and I Want You to Want Me.

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Bassist Tom Petersson had a moment in the spotlight for I Know What I Want into a crazy good 12 string bass solo. He followed that with a hypnotic cover of The Velvet Underground's I'm Waiting For My Man.

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Guitarist Rick Nielsen kept the screaming guitars (at one point, one with 5 necks) at full gorgeous roar all night long.

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It was a bit of a family affair as well. Rick's son Dax plays the drums in the Bun E. Carlos seat.

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Robin's son, Robin Taylor Zander supported the Cheap Trick sound with backing guitar and vocals at time's mirroring his dad and blending as one.

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This is one for the books for Portland, Maine Cheap Trick fans and for Aura, who can now forever proudly say...Cheap Trick played here.

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Luckily, our friend and longtime Blimpster, Joe Royland of Gorham was right in front of the stage. He's been a HUGE fan of Cheap Trick since the beginning and his great shots of this beloved band really show that. Thanks for the photos, Joe.

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Cheap Trick continues their tour with ZZ Top tonight at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston.