Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick

Rockford, Illinois 1974 saw the formation of one of America's well known power-pop bands - Cheap Trick.

They became a success with their self-titled debut, in which they started off their defining sound; the catchiness of The Beatles with the speed and energy of Punk rock. The Los Angeles times is known to have said: "Cheap Trick gained fame by twisting the Beatlesque into something shinier, harder, more American."

Most known for their tracks "Surrender", "I Want You To Want Me", "Dream Police" and "The Flame" - and did a cover of Big Star's "In The Street" for American sitcom That 70's Show (season 2 onwards) and also the theme tune to the American satirical late night television program The Colbert Report.

Surprisingly, for the age of the band the line-up hasn't changed a great deal. Also the Illinois State Senate has declared 1st April to be "Cheap Trick Day". They also took the 25th spot in VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

On July 17th 2011
The band Cheap Trick are "so thankful" to be alive after the sudden collapse of their stage at a festival in Canada. A violent thunderstorm tore through the Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday night, demolishing the main stage and destroying all of Cheap Trick's equipment. As the final notes of I Want You To Want Me rang out, "it just started coming down," recalled manager Dave Frey. "It was like the Titanic or something."
From his vantage point behind the drummer, Frey felt the "still and humid" air change "out of nowhere" at around 8.00pm. "This wind hit that was just huge. The local news sources are saying 96 miles per hour, another one said like a hundred and something. It just blew everything back, cymbals are flying and everything. And we're just like 'get off the stage!'

Current Line-Up

Robin Zander
Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano

Rick Nielsen
Lead guitar, backing vocals

Tom Petersson
1974–1980, 1987–present
Electric bass, backing vocals

Bun E. Carlos
Drums, percussion

Former Line-Up

Randy Hogan 'aka' Xeno
Lead vocals

Pete Comita
12- and 4-stringed electric basses, backing vocals

Jon Brant
1981–1987, special guest and fill-in duties in 1999, 2004-05, & 2007
12-, 8-, 6-, 5- & 4-string electric basses, backing vocals

Cheap Trick Discography


EPC 81917 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick (Album) Epic EPC 81917 Europe 1977 Sell This Version
25 3P 44 Cheap Trick In Color (Album) Epic 25 3P 44 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
PEA 35312 Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight (Album) Epic, Epic PEA 35312 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
AS 518 Cheap Trick From Tokyo To You(LP, Promo) Epic AS 518 US 1978 Sell This Version
25·3P-5 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick At Budokan (Album) Epic 25·3P-5 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
25 3P-50 Cheap Trick Dream Police (Album) Epic, Epic 25 3P-50 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
ELPS 4068 Cheap Trick All Shook Up (Album) Epic ELPS 4068 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
CDN-20 Cheap Trick The White Album(LP, Album, Ltd, Promo) Epic CDN-20 1980 Sell This Version
FET 38021 Cheap Trick One On One (Album) Epic FET 38021 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
EPC 25490 Cheap Trick Next Position Please (Album) Epic EPC 25490 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
EPC 465562 1 Cheap Trick Standing On The Edge (Album) Epic EPC 465562 1 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
E 40405 Cheap Trick The Doctor (Album) Epic E 40405 US 1986 Sell This Version
EPIC 337 Cheap Trick Lap Of Luxury (Album) Epic, Epic EPIC 337 Venezuela 1988 Sell This Version
EK 46013 Cheap Trick Busted (Album) Epic EK 46013 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CT 53308 Cheap Trick Budokan II (Album) Epic CT 53308 1992 Sell This Version
CDW 45425 Cheap Trick Woke Up With A Monster (Album) Warner Bros. Records CDW 45425 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
RA002-2, PROR7-2 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick (Album) Red Ant Entertainment, Red Ant Entertainment RA002-2, PROR7-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
E2K 65527 Cheap Trick At Budokan: The Complete Concert (Album) Epic, Legacy E2K 65527 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
VICP-41256 Cheap Trick Music For Hangovers (Album) Cheap Trick Unlimited VICP-41256 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CTU2001-1 Cheap Trick Silver (Album) Cheap Trick Unlimited CTU2001-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
SPV 97802 CD, 80498 36333 2 9 Cheap Trick Special One (Album) Cheap Trick Unlimited SPV 97802 CD, 80498 36333 2 9 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
SPV 97642 DVD+CD Cheap Trick From Tokyo To You Live In Japan Special One (Album) SPV GmbH SPV 97642 DVD+CD Russia 2006 Sell This Version
SPV 97602 CD Cheap Trick RockFord (Album) Steamhammer SPV 97602 CD Germany 2006 Sell This Version
88697 38171 2 Cheap Trick Budokan! Epic, Legacy 88697 38171 2 US 2008 Sell This Version
CTU 2009 Cheap Trick The Latest (Album) Cheap Trick Unlimited CTU 2009 US 2009 Sell This Version