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Cheap Trick

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.

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

Charlie Watts Bun E. Carlos
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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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Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Is Auctioning Off His Guitars

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

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

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Michael Locciasano / Karl Walter, Getty Images

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

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

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Ultimate Classic Rock

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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36 Years Ago: Cheap Trick Release ‘At Budokan’

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Epic

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

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

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

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Larry Marano / Neilson Barnard / Samir Hussein, Getty Images

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 and More to Play Classic Rock Festival

Cheap Trick Fabulous Thunderbirds
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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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Foo Fighters Team Up With Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Again

Foo Fighters Rick Nielsen YouTube

Foo Fighters and Rick Nielsen performed 'Something from Nothing' on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' last night (Oct. 17).

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