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For a long time, since CRB opened, this group description has said, "This band needs to be in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame!!! Enough said."  Now they are.  Trick rules!

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Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd,Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between '60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Led by guitaristRick Nielsen, the band's early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of the Beatles, the sonic assault of the Who, and the tongue-in-cheek musical eclecticism and humor of the Move. Their sound provided a blueprint for both power pop and arena rock; it also had a surprisingly long-lived effect on both alternative and heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s, who often relied on the same combination of loud riffs and catchy melodies.

Cheap Trick's roots lie in Fuse, a late-'60s band formed by Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Peterssonin Rockford, Illinois. The group released an album on Epic in 1969; after it failed to gain any attention, the band relocated to Philadelphia and changed their name to Sick Man of Europe. The group toured Europe unsuccessfully in 1972 and returned to Illinois in 1973. Not long after their return to Rockford,Nielsen and Petersson changed their band's name once more -- this time to Cheap Trick -- and added drummer Bun E. Carlos and vocalist Randy "Xeno" Hogan to the lineup. Hogan was fired the following year, making room for ex-folksinger Robin Zander to join the group. Between 1975 and the band's first album in 1977, Cheap Trick toured constantly, playing over 200 concerts a year while occasionally opening for the likes of the KinksKissSantanaAC/DC, and Queen. During this time, the band built up a solid catalog of original songs that would eventually comprise their first three albums; they also perfected their kinetic live show.

Cheap Trick [1977]
Cheap Trick signed with Epic in 1976 and released their self-titled debut early the following year. The record sold well in America, yet it failed to chart. However, the group became a massive success in Japan, and the album went gold upon release. Later that year, the band released their second album, In Color. It backed away from the harder-rocking side of Cheap Trick, featuring slicker production and quieter arrangements that spotlighted the band's melodic skills instead. Due to their constant touring, the record made it into the U.S. charts, peaking at number 73. It became another gold-seller in Japan, however, where the musicians had become virtual superstars. Their Japanese concerts began selling out within two hours, and they packed the sizable Budokan Arena.

At Budokan
Cheap Trick's concerts at Budokan were recorded for possible release, although the live album didn't appear until the band's third album, 1978's Heaven Tonight, was first released. That third album captured both the loud, raucous energy of Cheap Trick's debut and the hook-laden songcraft of In Color, leading to their first Top 100 single, "Surrender," which peaked at number 62. However, the live performances on At Budokan (1979) captured the band's energetic, infectious live show, resulting in their commercial breakthrough in America. The album stayed on the charts for over a year, peaking at number four and eventually selling over three million copies. Meanwhile, a live version of "I Want You to Want Me" became their first Top Ten hit. Later that year, the group released their fourth studio album, Dream Police, which followed the same stylistic approach as Heaven Tonight. It also followed At Budokan into the Top Ten, selling over a million copies and launching the Top 40 hit singles "Voices" and "Dream Police." In the summer of 1980, the group released an EP of tracks recorded between 1976-1979 called Found All the Parts.

All Shook Up
Following the recording of the George Martin-produced All Shook UpPetersson left the group in the summer of 1980 to form a group with his wife, Dagmar. He was replaced by Jon Brant. Released toward the end of 1980, All Shook Upperformed respectably, peaking at number 24 and going gold, yet the single "Stop This Game" failed to crack the Top 40. One on One, the group's seventh album and the first recorded with Brant, appeared in 1982. Although it peaked at number 39, the record was more successful than All Shook Up, eventually going platinum. Nevertheless, the group was entering a downhill commercial slide, despite the fact that its music was becoming increasingly polished. Next Position Please, released in 1983, failed to launch a hit single and spent only 11 weeks on the charts. Standing on the Edge (1985) and The Doctor (1986) suffered similar fates, as the group was slowly losing its creative spark.

Lap of Luxury
Petersson rejoined the band in 1988 and the group began working on a new record with the help of several professional songwriters. The resulting record, Lap of Luxury, was a platinum Top 20 hit, featuring the number one power ballad "The Flame" and a Top Ten version of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel." Busted, released in 1990, wasn't as successful asLap of Luxury, peaking at number 48 and effectively putting an end to the group's commercial comeback.

Woke Up with a Monster
Cheap Tricksoldiered into the new decade by signing with Warner Bros. in 1994 and releasing Woke Up with a Monster, which peaked at number 123 and spent two weeks on the albums chart. That same year, Epic released a sequel to At Budokan, aptly titled Budokan II. Compiled from the same shows as At Budokan, the record served as an an effective reminder of why the group had become so popular in the late '70s.

In 1995, Cheap Trick asked to leave Warner's roster after the label's chief executives, Lenny Waronker and Mo Ostin, departed. The band then decided to go back to the basics, and several alt rock superstars who had been influenced by Cheap Trick gave the band opportunities to restore its reputation. The Smashing Pumpkins had the band open their tour in 1995, and the group played several dates on the 1996 Lollapalooza Tour. That same year, the box set Sex, America, Cheap Trick appeared to positive reviews, and the band signed with the fledgling indie label Red Ant-Alliance before setting to work on a new album. Early in 1997, the group released a Steve Albini-produced single on Sub Pop, which was followed by the eponymous Cheap Trick, their acclaimed debut for Red Ant-Alliance, in the spring. Unfortunately, Red Ant-Alliance filed for bankruptcy seven weeks after the album's release, sadly putting a sudden halt on the group's building momentum.

Music for Hangovers
On April 30, 1998, the group launched a four-night residence in Chicago, devoting each show to reprising one of their first four albums in its entirety. Those shows later yielded a 1999 live LP, Music for Hangovers, which the musicians issued on their own Cheap Trick Unlimited label. A band-authorized hits collection followed in 2000. By the dawn of the new millennium, Cheap Trick were still without a label, but had retained their loyal following by continually touring the world. Appropriately, another live set saw the light of day in 2001. Entitled Silver, the double-disc album (and companion DVD) documented the band's star-studded, career-spanning 25th anniversary show on August 28, 1999. The band also recorded another studio album, released in 2003 as Special One. It was followed in 2006 by Rockford, named in tribute to the band's hometown, and then The Latest in 2009. Cheap Trick also maintained a heavy touring ethic, canvassing America that summer alongside Def Leppard and releasing their tribute to the Beatles with Sgt. Pepper Live. In late 2015, Cheap Trick signed with powerhouse country label Big Machine Records, and their first album for their new sponsors, Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello, was scheduled for release in April. It was the firstCheap Trick release since the departure of drummer Bun E. Carlos from the band. Daxx Nielsen,Rick's son, became the group's new percussionist in 2010.

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 9, 2013 at 7:22am

That would have been nice.  I'd like to see the other two as well, especially Huey.

Comment by Mike Pell on August 9, 2013 at 12:46am

RJ, been meaning to tell you, Cheap Trick did a FREE concert here in Brooklyn on July 12th!

Coming up, freebies by Huey Lewis & Chicago.

One of the benefits of the big city, lol!

Here's the link to the schedule:

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 24, 2013 at 5:56pm

I'm not on his side...yet.  I'd like to know why he was asked to step down from touring.  Maybe he couldn't cut it anymore?  I don't know.  If they replaced him just to get Rick's son in the band, that's BS.  But I just don't know.  

I would like to hear new music though.

Comment by Niels (Mod) on July 24, 2013 at 4:05pm

I'm on Bun E's side. Another band, that should call it a day, since a key-member isn't in the band anymore. 

Comment by Niels (Mod) on July 24, 2013 at 4:03pm

Bun E Carlos sues Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick

Sidelined: Bun E Carlos with Cheap Trick

Estranged Cheap Trick drummer Bun E Carlos has sued the rest of the band for hundreds of thousands of dollars, saying they have no right to keep using the band name without him.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 24, 2013 at 2:21pm

Cheap Trick Documentary:

Trickfest by Matt Kissane from Matt Kissane on Vimeo.

Comment by Mike Pell on July 11, 2013 at 11:22pm

Although Odds & Ends by Bob Dylan and The Band was obviously a better choice, I almost started that show with a Cheap Trick song.

I will someday.

Wonder which one it is that fits an Odds show, LOL?

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 11, 2013 at 3:24pm

Niels, how do you like the Complete Albums box set?  I just ordered it for $43.  I need all of the remasters (except for In Color) and the Found All The Parts EP as well.  I also ordered the box set Sex America Cheap Trick for $24.  This will pretty much complete my CT collection until something new is released.

Comment by Niels (Mod) on April 6, 2013 at 6:04pm
I think a box like that, with the best ( and worst, Jon?!) albums is cool. I need especially the remastered Dream Police, All Shook Up, One on One, Next Posision Please and Standing On The Edge, and for that, it's a fair price. I have similar boxes with my two favorite Danish bands, Gasolin' and Shu-Bi-Dua.
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on April 6, 2013 at 4:04pm

I don't need it either, I was just curious if you had it.


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