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 Still Hometown Heroes Amid Rockford Hard Rock Plans
Illinois town continues to embrace rockers with a fan trail and planned casino featuring Rick Nielsen's guitars.
Watch Pearl Jam Close Chicago Show With a Cheap Trick Cover
Band wrapped up the first of two nights at United Center with tribute to local heroes.
Cheap Trick Announces Fall 2023 North American Headlining Tour
Power-pop veterans will also open for Rod Stewart this summer.
45 Years Ago: Cheap Trick's 'Surrender' Offers Wise Teen Advice
Their 1978 single captured the teenage familial perspective.
How Cheap Trick's 'Heaven Tonight' Set the Groundwork for Stardom
Their third album kept the pop shine but added some grit to the mix.
35 Years Ago: 'The Flame' Re-Ignites Cheap Trick's Career
1988 single propelled band back to the charts and gave them their only No. 1.
Rick Nielsen to Miss Cheap Trick Shows After Minor Procedure
Guitarist ordered not to travel but hopes to return soon.
How Cheap Trick Explored New Sounds With 'I Want You to Want Me'
Excerpt from new book shares how producer Tom Werman "made a heavy band sound wimpy."
Rod Stewart Kicks off 2022 Tour With Cheap Trick: Set Lists
These dates might be the last to feature the former Faces singer's catalog of hits.
Boston Calling Weathers Storms, Cancellations: Gallery, Review
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