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.
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.
Listen to Cheap Trick's Cover of Nilsson's 'Ambush': Premiere
Song comes from upcoming tribute LP to late, great singer-songwriter.
Poison, Cheap Trick Kick Off 2018 Summer Tour: Photos, Set List
Check out our exclusive photos from Poison and Cheap Trick's summer tour kickoff show.
Cheap Trick Celebrate Tour Kickoff With New ‘Summer’ Single
The band returns with a summertime single just in time for its new tour with Poison, and you can hear it now.
Robin Zander Looks Back at Cheap Trick's Rock Hall Induction
We spoke with Robin Zander about the night Cheap Trick were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Robin Zander Says a New Cheap Trick Album Is Coming This Year
After going seven years without a new release, Cheap Trick put out three records in as many years. Singer Robin Zander says even more music is on the way.