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 Joe Perry's New Song With Robin Zander of Cheap Trick
"Aye, Aye, Aye" is actually one of a trio of upcoming solo tracks featuring the Cheap Trick singer, something Joe Perry calls a dream come true.
AC/DC's Cheap Trick Connection: Malcolm Young Was the 'Main Man'
Some of the memories are funny, while others are outrageous, but all of them point to the deep connection shared by AC/DC and Cheap Trick.
Cheap Trick to Headline Rock Your Speech Autism Benefit Concert
Cheap Trick's typically crowded concert calendar is as packed as ever between now and the end of the year.
Cheap Trick to Release ‘Christmas Christmas’ Album
Seasonal LP includes original tracks plus classics by the Ramones, Chuck Berry, Slade, Wizzard and more
40 Years Ago: Cheap Trick Polish Their Sound and Make a Power Pop Classic With 'In Color'
Cheap Trick's second LP, which arrived just seven months after their debut, proved they had a pop side.
Cheap Trick Reportedly Releasing a Christmas Album
Cheap Trick are reportedly releasing a Christmas album later this year.
How Cheap Trick Took on the '80s With 'One on One'
This band was at a crossroads as the decade began.
Why Cheap Trick Rebooted With a Self-Titled Indie Release
This album harkened back to their debut – but, again, external forces went against them.