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Cheap Trick formed in the mid-’70s in Illinois with a bag of power-pop tricks cribbed from bands like the Beatles and Badfinger. But guitarist Rick Nielsen was also a fan and student of the era’s guitar heroes, so the power in Cheap Trick’s power-pop was just as prevalent as the pop. After three albums slowly expanded their increasing fan base, a fluke live album, ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan,’ originally released only in Japan, became a Top 5 hit in the U.S. They scored only one more Top 10 album since that 1979 classic (‘Dream Police,’ also released in 1979 and actually all set to hit shelves when it was delayed to give ‘Budokan’ time to grow) but have remained a popular live act.

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Epic Records

35 Years Ago: Tom Petersson Leaves Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick split with their founding bassist on Aug. 25, 1980.

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Epic Records

32 Years Ago: Cheap Trick’s ‘Next Position Please’ Album Released

Cheap Trick's 'Next Position Please' came out on Aug. 15, 1983..

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Bun E. Carlos Comments on Cheap Trick Lawsuit: ‘The Way I Was Treated Was Really an Insult’

Bun E. Carlos summed up his recent disagreements with the other members of Cheap Trick, who threatened to send the former bandmates in front of a judge before Carlos ultimately decided to settle.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Watch Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick and Gregg Allman Cover Lynyrd Skynyrd

Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick and Gregg Allman were just a few of the artists on hand for Lynyrd Skynyrd's all-star concert recording One More for the Fans.

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Epic

25 Years Ago: Cheap Trick’s Comeback Gets ‘Busted’

Cheap Trick's 1988 album Lap of Luxury sparked an unlikely comeback for the veteran band, giving them their first No. 1 single with "The Flame." Sadly, their newly regained commercial success would prove to be short-lived.

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Peter Frampton Expands Joint Cheap Trick Tour, Adds Solo Dates

Peter Frampton has put together a summer tour schedule that would exhaust many artists half his age.

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Bun E. Carlos Vs. Charlie Watts: March Drum Madness

Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos battles Rolling Stones legend Charlie Watts in round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Drum Madness.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Is Auctioning Off His Guitars

Rick Nielsen's guitars -- up to and including that crazy-cool five-necked one -- are as much a part of Cheap Trick lore as their power-pop hits.

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Michael Locciasano / Karl Walter, Getty Images

Steven Adler Vs. Bun E. Carlos: March Drum Madness

Eighties hard rock squares off against '70s power pop in the opening round of our new March Drum Madness competition.

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Robin Zander
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Robin Zander Says Spilled Beer Helped Revive Cheap Trick, Discusses Bun E. Carlos Lawsuit

Sharing a round of drinks can often create the bonds of friendships needed to form a band (or, for that matter, lead to the arguments that break them up).

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