For nearly 40 years, Rick Nielsen has been the commander-in-chief of one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world. Cheap Trick has been his vision, and as lead guitarist and primary songwriter, Nielsen helped shape the sound, style and attack of the band. More than ably helped by bassist Tom Petersson, drummer Bun E. Carlos and the one and only Robin Zander on vocals, Cheap Trick have been a musical force of few peers since first letting those power chords fly.
Just days after Heart's recent cancellation of their SeaWorld performance in light of the controversial documentary 'Blackfish,' Cheap Trick have joined a growing number of artists who have placed the marine-animal theme park on their s--t lists.
Two years after the stage collapsed in the middle of Cheap Trick's concert at the Ottawa Bluesfest, the band has filed suit against multiple parties involved in the festival, seeking $1 million in compensation.
In a span of less than six months, Cheap Trick released one of the all-time great debut albums and its terrific follow-up. The group then delivered a rock and roll triple play with the release of 'Heaven Tonight' in May of 1978.
Cheap Trick took their arena-friendly sounds to an intimate setting in New York City on Sunday night (April 28) to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the performances that were recorded for their landmark live album 'Cheap Trick at Budokan.'
The '80s were not kind to bands that were holdovers from previous decades. Changing styles in both sound and vision made for a bumpy ride for those who sprang from a grittier template. But '70s rockers Cheap Trick beat those odds with 'Lap of Luxury,' which they released on April 12, 1988 -- even if the album is a bit of a musical compromise.
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