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Rockford IL, United States (1972 – present)

Cheap Trick is an American / band from Rockford, Illinois that’s played for over four decades. Having gained popularity in the late- centered within the Midwest and within Japan, the band members are Rick Nielsen (guitarist and main songwriter), Bun E. Carlos (born Brad Carlson) (drums), Robin Zander (vocals and guitars), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar). Though they have had only flirtations with mainstream national success such as the multi-platinum smash At Budokan, Cheap Trick has held a substantial following through regular touring and a hard-edged yet blissful pop sound that combines the tunefulness of The Beatles with the speed and energy of , with many musicians and music journalists being fans.

One of the best known American bands, the group’s biggest hits over the years include “I Want You to Want Me”, “Surrender”, “Dream Police”, “Don’t Be Cruel” (a cover of Elvis Presley’s hit), and “The Flame”. Their most recent release, The Latest, has gained critical acclaim. They also wrote and performed the theme song for “The Colbert Report” as well as “That 70s Show”, both tunes being fan favorites.

Nielsen and Petersson originally formed the group as Fuse in 1967, with Carlos joining the group several years later; however, when Zander joined as vocalist in 1972, the group was renamed Cheap Trick. Zander is considered one of the best hard rock vocalists of his era.


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  • Pollepard


    11 Jul 5:58pm Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Rick Nielsen = Mad Evil Genius.

    26 Apr 12:06am Reply
  • jeffisbullshit

    heaven tonight

    10 Mar 5:11pm Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    These guys are like a mix between AC/DC and Big Star.

    27 Feb 1:52am Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    Yeah, but looks like he finally went away. Now back 2 Dream Police

    23 Feb 2:35pm Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Boring trolls are boring

    18 Jan 2:11am Reply
  • promisedeyes

    You don't get two gigantic rock and roll hits that are omni-presently played on the radio as well as RIAA multi-platinum certification for being "bad music".

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ChefBoyardee

    I saw Cheap Trick live and they refused to play good music.

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    If anybody ever gets a chance to see Cheap Trick you will that they refuse to play "The Flame" in concert which was their biggest hit.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    @ChefBoyardee: Yeah your cheap trick is bad.

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • ChefBoyardee

    Thank you, you're right. I'd never listened to At Budokan. I just listened and it changed my life. It confirmed beyond a doubt that Cheap Trick is bad.

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    v Said the 13-year old who never listened to At Budokan.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • ChefBoyardee

    Hey everyone. Did you hear the big Cheap Trick news? They're really bad.

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    less than a 10:1 listeners/scrobbles ratio. that is sad. this band is much more than just two songs. the debut album alone is one of the greatest albums in rock.

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I Love their new song..It sounds very alternative..It reminds me of The Offspring or someone similar..

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    yeah, pretty damn good after over 30 yrs

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kramerfan86

    Criminally underrated band, also rare in that some of their newer material is pretty damn good. Usually once a classic rock band goes down into the crapper they stay down but Cheap Trick has made a nice recovery.

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SignalSongs

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    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ChefBoyardee

    Hi zhimbo. I'm not trolling you. There is no subterfuge. I am not trying to trick you or make you sad. I am telling you straight up that Cheap Trick is bad.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • joecubbie

    One of the best bands ever.

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
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