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 and Sons Play First Post-Pandemic Concert
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Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson ‘Much Better’ After Heart Surgery
Despite improved health, bassist admits he experienced "post-traumatic stress" following the procedure.
Underrated Cheap Trick: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
This band certainly knows what to do when the red light is on, as this deep dive into their catalog reveals.
Cheap Trick Won National Honor Via Rick Nielsen Family Friend
Local librarian put wheels in motion to have 'Budokan' live album added to Recording Registry.
Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson Recuperating After Open-Heart Surgery
Clarifying why he stayed seated during band's 'Late Show' performance, bassist wrote that he's "slowly but surely getting stronger every day" after procedure.
Hear Cheap Trick's New Song 'Boys and Girls and Rock N Roll'
Track previews band's upcoming 20th LP, 'In Another World.'
Cheap Trick Announce New Album, ‘In Another World’
Listen to lead single “Light Up the Fire” ahead of 20th LP’s release in April.
Listen to Cheap Trick Cover David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel'
Band again turns to history for inspiration.
How 'I Want You to Want Me' Almost Didn't Get a Second Chance
Robin Zander said song's response from audiences had been tepid before breakthrough Tokyo concert.
Rod Stewart and Cheap Trick to Tour North America Together
Summer road trip runs from July 21 to Sept. 5, with tickets on sale this week.