There was nothing cheap about Cheap Trick …
Cheap Trick is an American rock band formed in Rockford, Illinois, in 1973. The band’s classic lineup consisted of frontman Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer Bun E. Carlos.
Cheap Trick released its self-titled debut album in 1977. Later that same year, the band became a huge success in Japan with the release of its second album, In Color. The group achieved mainstream popularity in the US with its breakthrough album Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan, released in 1979. Cheap Trick reached the Top 10 in the US charts in 1979 with the Budokan live version of “I Want You to Want Me.”
I Want You to Want Me (Live from Budokan)
Cheap Trick topped the charts in 1988 with “The Flame.”
The Flame (Live Dayton, 1988)
Cheap Trick performed live more than 3,700 times and has sold more than 20 million albums. Throughout their career, Cheap Trick has experienced several resurgences of popularity.
One of my favorites in the late 1970s was Surrender. I had a college roommate who could jam this song on his fender Strat!
Surrender (Live From Budokan)
Cheap Trick toured Japan in April 0f 1978. The band was welcomed with a hysteria that hadn’t been seen since The Beatles. During the tour, Cheap Trick recorded two concerts at the Nippon Budokan. Ten tracks selected from both shows were compiled and released as a live album entitled Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan. This album was intended to be exclusive to Japan. Thankfully, sales were not limited to Japan.
Ain’t That a Shame (Live, 1980)
While perhaps you could classify Cheap Trick as a pop rock group, they did branch out into several other styles over their career.
Don’t Be Cruel (Live, 1988)
The band even danced on the fringes of heavy metal with songs like Gonna Raise Hell.
Gonna Raise Hell (Capitol Theatre, 1980)
On April 8, 2016, Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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