Led by guitarist Rick Nielsenthe band's early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of the Beatlesthe sonic assault of the Whoand the tongue-in-cheek musical eclecticism Cheap Many Tricks Usher humor of the Move.
A canny student of '60s rock, Nielsen first worked with bassist Tom Petersson Cheap Many Tricks Usher the band Fusewho released one album in before dissolving. Nielsen and Petersson continued working Cheap Many Tricks Usher in several formats until they teamed with drummer Bun E. Carlos and vocalist Robin Zander to form the definitive lineup of Cheap Trick in After developing a cult following after three outstanding albums -- 's Cheap Trick and In Color and 's Heaven Tonight -- and relentless touring, Cheap Trick scored an unexpected hit with 's At Budokana live album originally issued only in Japan that became their Cheap Many Tricks Usher breakthrough.
Glossier production and fuzzy creative direction sapped the band's spirit on most of their work of the '80s, despite the commercial success of 's Lap of Luxury and its Number One single "The Flame. Their sound provided a blueprint for both power pop and arena rock; it also had a surprisingly long-lived effect on both alternative and heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s, who often relied on the same combination of loud riffs and catchy melodies.
The group released an album on Epic in ; after it failed to gain any attention, the band relocated to Philadelphia and changed their name to Sick Man of Europe. The group toured Europe unsuccessfully in and returned to Illinois in Not long after their return to Rockford, Nielsen and Petersson changed their band's name once more -- this time to Cheap Trick -- and added drummer Bun E.
Carlos and vocalist Randy "Xeno" Hogan to the lineup. Hogan was fired the following year, making room for ex-folksinger Robin Zander to join the group.
During this time, the band built up a solid catalog of original songs that would eventually comprise their first three albums; they also perfected their kinetic live show. Cheap Trick signed with Epic in and released their self-titled debut early the following year. The record sold well in America, yet it failed to chart.
However, the group became a massive success in Japan, and the album went gold upon release. Later that year, the band released their second album, In Color. It backed away from the harder-rocking side of Cheap Trickfeaturing slicker production and quieter arrangements that spotlighted the band's melodic skills instead. Due to their constant touring, the record made it into the U.
It became another gold-seller in Japan, however, where the Cheap Many Tricks Usher had become virtual superstars. Their Japanese concerts began selling out within two hours, and they packed the sizable Budokan Arena.
Cheap Trick 's concerts at Budokan were recorded for possible release, although the live album didn't appear until the band's third album, 's Heaven Tonight. That third album captured both the loud, raucous energy of Cheap Trick 's debut and the hook-laden Cheap Many Tricks Usher of In Color, leading to their first Top Cheap Many Tricks Usher, "Surrender," which peaked at number However, the live performances on At Budokan captured the band's energetic, infectious live show, resulting in their commercial breakthrough Cheap Many Tricks Usher America.
The album stayed on the charts for over a year, peaking at number four and eventually selling over three million copies. Later that year, the group released their fourth studio album, Dream Policewhich followed the same stylistic approach as Heaven Tonight.
Following the recording of the George Martin -produced All Shook UpPetersson left the group in the summer of to form a group with his wife, Dagmar. He was replaced by Jon Brant. Released toward the end ofAll Shook Up performed respectably, peaking at number 24 and going gold, yet the single "Stop This Game" failed to crack the Top One on Onethe group's seventh album and the first Cheap Many Tricks Usher with Brantappeared in Although it peaked at number 39, the record was more successful than All Shook Upeventually going platinum.
Nevertheless, the group was entering a downhill commercial slide, despite the fact that its music was becoming increasingly polished. Next Position Pleasereleased infailed to launch a hit single and spent only 11 weeks on the charts. Standing on the Edge and The Doctor suffered similar fates, as the group were slowly losing their creative spark. Petersson rejoined the band in and the group began work on a new record with the help of several professional songwriters.
Cheap Trick soldiered into the new decade by signing with Warner Bros. Compiled from the same shows as At Budokanthe record served as an an effective reminder of why the group had become so popular in the late '70s.
The band then decided to go back to the basics, and several alt rock superstars who had been influenced by Cheap Trick gave the band opportunities to restore their reputation. The Smashing Pumpkins had them open their tour inand Cheap Many Tricks Usher group played several dates on the Lollapalooza Tour. That same year, the box set Sex, America, Cheap Trick appeared to positive reviews, and the Cheap Many Tricks Usher signed with the fledgling indie label Red Ant before setting to work on a new album.
Early inthe group released a Steve Albini -produced single on Sub Pop, which was followed by the eponymous Cheap Cheap Many Tricks Ushertheir acclaimed debut for Red Ant, in the spring. Unfortunately, Red Ant filed for bankruptcy seven weeks after the album's release, sadly putting a sudden halt on the group's building momentum. On April 30,the group launched a four-night residency in Chicago, devoting each show to reprising one of their first four albums in its entirety.
A band-authorized hits collection followed in By the dawn of the new millennium, Cheap Trick were still without a label, but had retained their loyal following by continually touring the world. Appropriately, another live set saw the light of day in Entitled Silverthe double-disc album and companion DVD documented the band's star-studded, career-spanning 25th anniversary show on August 28, The band also recorded another studio album, released in as Special One.
It was followed in by Rockford Cheap Many Tricks Usher, named in tribute to the band's hometown, and then The Latest in Cheap Trick also maintained a heavy touring ethic, canvassing America that summer alongside Def Leppard and releasing their tribute to the Beatles with Sgt.
Pepper Live. Hellowas released in April It was the first Cheap Trick release since the departure of drummer Bun E. Carlos from the band. Daxx NielsenRick 's son, became the Cheap Many Tricks Usher new percussionist in Wasting Cheap Many Tricks Usher time, the Cheap Many Tricks Usher returned with their second album for Big Machine, the rollicking We're All Alright!
They had barely caught their breath when they were back with their first holiday album, Christmas Christmasin October