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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.

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

Cheap Trick Fabulous Thunderbirds
Neilson Barnard / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

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

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

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Rick Nielsen Joins Foo Fighters for Cover of Cheap Trick’s ‘Stiff Competition’

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After bringing out Zac Brown, Heart and Tony Joe White to join them for the first three nights of their week-long 'Late Show with David Letterman' residency, the Foo Fighters gave themselves a tough act to follow on Thursday.

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Judge Sides With Bun E. Carlos in Latest Round of Cheap Trick Lawsuit

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Cheap Trick's efforts to convince a judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against the band by exiled drummer Bun E. Carlos have failed.

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Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Has Loaned Guitars to Rock’s Finest

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

He's one of rock's most distinctive axemen, but even when he isn't slinging riffs and peeling off licks, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen is a bona fide guitar hero.

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35 Years Ago: Cheap Trick’s ‘Dream Police’ Becomes a Belated Smash

Epic Records
Epic Records

By the time their fourth studio album 'Dream Police' arrived in September of 1979, Cheap Trick had gone from cult following to mega-stardom -- all within a year.

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Foreigner vs. Cheap Trick – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

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Foreigner take on Cheap Trick in this week's semifinal round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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The Clash vs. Cheap Trick – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

Cheap Trick Vs. Clash

Cheap Trick takes on the Clash in the latest round of UCR Hall of Fame voting.

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Cheap Trick’s First Five Albums – Rock’s Best Hot Streaks

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Epic

The Rockford, Ill. quartet quickly established themselves in the late '70s as the undisputed titans of power pop.

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Fire Breaks Out After Cheap Trick Concert

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Twitter.com

Employees leapt to the rescue, putting out the fire with nearby extinguishers.

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