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Cheap Trick

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Power pop superstars teaming hard rock guitars with sublime Beatles-esque melodies

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Cheap Trick are the band that put the power in power pop. With British Invasion melodies, razor-sharp guitars, a knowing sense of mischief and Robin Zander’s angelic poster boy looks, the quartet delivered enduring classics from I Want You To Want Me, Surrender and Southern Girls.

The band came together in 1975 when longtime friends and serial bandmates Rick Nielsen (guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass) teamed up with Robin Zander (vocals, guitar) and drummer Bun E. Carlos. A flurry of activity in 1977 and 1978 produced three studio albums, Cheap Trick, In Colour and Heaven Tonight, all of which have been retrospectively viewed as classics and, at the time, were massively successful in Japan.

Most notably, 1978 brought their unexpected US breakthrough with the live album At Budokan. The live version of I Want You To Want Me became the band’s first US Top 10 single and remains one of the band’s best known songs.

Cheap Trick’s hot streak continued through 1979 with Dream Police but the ’80s found them hitting the skids. All Shook Up was commercially successful but Petersson left the band soon after, replaced by Jon Brant. One On One saw the band become ever more polished but over the next three albums, Cheap Trick began to slide further down the charts.

In 1988, Petersson rejoined Cheap Trick for their next album Lap Of Luxury. Thanks to the huge No.1 hit single The Flame, the album went Platinum and returned the band to the higher echelons of the charts. However, the follow-up Busted failed to capitalise on its predecessor’s success and Cheap Trick were finally dropped by their label in 1995.

Buoyed by a new generation of bands influenced by their work in the late ’70s, Cheap Trick weren’t gone long. In 1997, they recorded the Baby Talk single and another eponymous album with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) and their cover of Big Star’s In The Street was used as the theme song for the sitcom That ’70s Show.

It would be six years before another studio album, Special One, in 2003. Rockford in 2006 saw Cheap Trick back on top form again, kickstarting a steady stream of new music and regular touring. Bun E. Carlos stopped playing with the band in 2010, with Rick Nielsen’s son Daxx filling in on drums both live and on record. His first album with Cheap Trick was 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello. We’re Alright and Christmas Christmas followed in 2017.

In 2021, Cheap Trick released their 20th studio album In Another World. That June, they announced a Cheap Trick UK tour scheduled for February 2022.

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Cheap Trick have announced UK tour dates for February 2022.

Cheap Trick have announced gigs in:

  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Wolverhampton
  • London
  • Bristol

Tickets for Cheap Trick's UK dates are on sale now.

No, Cheap Trick have rescheduled their 2021 UK tour to February 2022.