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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.

Peter Frampton Cheap Trick
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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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Ultimate Classic Rock

Clash of the Titans – ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ vs. ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan’

They're responsible for two of the top-selling live albums in rock history -- and this summer, they're going on tour together -- so it only makes sense that Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick should end up going toe-to-toe in a Clash of the Titans.

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Epic

36 Years Ago: Cheap Trick Release ‘At Budokan’

The '70s were the decade of the live rock album, with a few concert sets, such as Kiss' 'Alive!' and Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!,' helping trigger massive mainstream breakthroughs.

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Peter Frampton Cheap Trick
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UPDATED: Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick Announce Co-Headlining 2015 North American Tour

Two of the most-loved acts of the mid-to-late ‘70s will be hitting the stage together this summer.

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Larry Marano / Neilson Barnard / Samir Hussein, Getty Images

Slash, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick to Appear at Carolina Rebellion Festival

Sammy Hagar and Cheap Trick will play the opening evening of the Carolina Rebellion Festival, held May 2 and 3 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with Slash following on the second day.

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Cheap Trick Fabulous Thunderbirds
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Cheap Trick, Fabulous Thunderbirds and More to Play Classic Rock Festival

The Mexican resort towns of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will soon play host to a festival devoted exclusively to classic rock.

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