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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1978 (Volume 10, Number 7) 

The Glimmer Twins, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, made their triumphant return to the cover of Creem for the December 1978 issue. Keith Richards discussed the “Some Girls” album, the medical process he went through to kick heroin, and avoiding the death wish fates of Brian Jones and Gram Parsons. It’s a fine interview, if not a particularly revealing one.  

The death of Keith Moon was noted with a one-page photo collage of the celebrated drummer, who clearly enjoyed wearing Monty Python style costumes.  

Features: 

“Aerosmith: Beats the Clock! Wins Big Prizes! Test Tube Teen Tells All!,” by Robert Duncan 

“Keef: I’ve Only Fallen Over Twice in 15 Gigs!,” by Roy Carr 

“A Hard Day’s Night with Cheap Trick,” by Rob Patterson 

Robert Duncan conducted a lengthy interview with Joe Perry who (a) wasn’t a fan of the Bee Gees and (b) really didn’t have anything interesting to say. After reading how uninspired he was at this time, it’s not surprising that he left the band the following summer.  

Rob Patterson did a fantastic job on the Cheap Trick feature, expertly capturing the excitement the band created in that era. Patterson was clearly stunned by Rick Nielsen – “No doubt Rick’s fusion of Huntz Hall and Pete Townshend into a single being is what sets Cheap Trick apart from anyone else in rock ‘n’ roll – forever, which isn’t a bad thing.” 

Quotable Quotes:   

Simon Frith, “(Bruce) Springsteen still believes in rock with the passion that inspired rock writers to become rock writers in the first place.” 

Simon Frith, “The Boomtown Rats are good because they know what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to do; they aren’t great because they don’t really believe it can do it.” 

Joe Perry, “When you get your first start you’re always saying, ‘Wow, when are we gonna make it?.’ There’s always something that you reach for, but there’s no point at which you feel you’ve made it.”

Joe Perry on working with the Bee Gees on the “Sgt. Pepper’s” movie, “What we were gonna do was mess up their hair in the fight scene instead of beating them up and totally fuck ’em up!” 

Keith Richards, “I really cannot talk candidly about Canada…I’ve never had trouble with drugs, only with policemen.” 

Rob Patterson on Cheap Trick, “Members of the rock ‘n’ roll generation, meet the band of your children’s wildest dreams.” 

Rick Nielson, “I had a Russian wolfhound and it died in January of last year. Her name was China and she wrote great songs. I couldn’t stand the competition in the family so I killed her. Chopped her to bits.” 

Joe Fernbacher, “The whole internal beauty of Kiss is simple – they would’ve been the perfect back-up band for Alice Cooper in his prime.” 

Summary: Rob Patterson carried the day with his Cheap Trick piece, the best feature I’ve read about the band during their climb to fame period. 

Grade: B+ 

Latest price on eBay: $14.99 to “Buy It Now.” 

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