Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2016, the band currently consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass) and Daxx Nielsen (drums).Their biggest hits include “Surrender”, “I Want You to Want Me”, “Dream Police” and “The Flame”.
They have often been referred to in the Japanese press as the “American Beatles”. In October 2007, the Illinois Senate passed a resolution designating April 1 as Cheap Trick Day in the state. The band was also ranked No. 25 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. In April 2016, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cheap Trick had a huge breakthrough with their 1979 live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, which brought “I Want You To Want Me” into the Top 10.
Trivia: Nielsen, Zander, and Carlos all played on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1980 album Double Fantasy. They are not credited and it is unsure whether the songs they played on have been released.
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