American rock band Cheap Trick started in 1973 out of Illinois. Current members include Rick Nielson, Bun E. Carlos, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander. They have released sixteen studio albums, seven live albums, 13 compilation albums, and one EP throughout their career. 17 of their singles h... More
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American rock band Cheap Trick started in 1973 out of Illinois. Current members include Rick Nielson, Bun E. Carlos, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander. They have released sixteen studio albums, seven live albums, 13 compilation albums, and one EP throughout their career. 17 of their singles have ranked in the US Billboard Hot 100, including #7 “I Want You to Want Me,” #4 “Don’t Be Cruel,” and #1 “The Flame.” Other big singles are “Surrender” and “Dream Police.”
After attempting a run of different bands, Nielson found one that stuck with former band-rival Carlos and the rest of the members. Originally known as Fuse but turned to Cheap Tick after signing with Epic Records, the band released a self-titled debut album in 1977. Though not a huge commercial hit, the band started gaining attention in Japan and Europe. They released their album, In Color, later that year. It was a huge hit in Japan and Rolling Stone would come to name it #448 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.
Their third album, 1978’s Heaven Tonight, certified them Japanese superstars and their single “Surrender” charted them on the US Billboards. It was their 1979 live album, Cheap Trick at Budokan, that earned them international success, including in the US. With 1980’s All Shook Up, Cheap Trick was headlining their own tours.
Petersson left the band shortly before the release of the album and was replaced by Pete Comita. After the tour, Comita left and was then replaced by Jon Brant. Their 1986 song, “Mighty Wings,” played at the end of the huge film Top Gun. In 1987, Petersson rejoined and the band released Lap of Luxury in 1988.
They continued to have steady success, but left Epic Records for Warner Bros. Records in 1994. They didn’t stay with the label long and instead worked on performing live shows and making independent releases. Red Ant Records signed them in 1997 for the album Cheap Trick, which regained them both commercial and critical success.
Through the late 90’s and early 00’s, they continued to perform. In 2003, they released a new album, Special One. In 2012, Cheap Trick announced a summer tour. They will embark on the Global Warming Tour along with Aerosmith on June 16 in Minneapolis, MN. The tour will take them through the US and Canada, including a show in Boston at the TD Garden on July 17.