Cheap Trick is scheduled to perform Wednesday night August 22nd at 7:30pm on the Main Stage.
Cheap Trick's roots lie in Fuse, a late-'60s Rockford, IL, band formed by Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson, who released an unsuccessful album on Epic in 1969. After the record 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 1972, returning to Illinois in 1973. Upon their return to Rockford, Nielsen and Petersson ended up naming their band Cheap Trick after adding drummer Bun E. Carlos and vocalist Randy "Xeno" Hogan. Hogan left the following year and ex-folk singer Robin Zander joined the group.
Between 1974 and the band's first album in 1977, Cheap Trick toured constantly, playing over 200 concerts a year, including opening slots for Queen, The Kinks, Kiss, and Santana. 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. During the Queen tour, Rick wrote a "journal" for a Japanese music magazine that would familiarize Cheap Trick with the Japanese long before their records would be released there.
Cheap Trick signed with Epic Records in 1976, releasing their self-titled brilliant debut in early 1977. The record sold well in America, yet it failed to chart. However, the group became a massive success in Japan, going gold upon release. Later that year, the band released their second album, In Color.
The band realized that they were virtual superstars in Japan when they toured the country in early 1978. Their concerts were selling out within two hours and they packed the Budokan Arena. Cheap Trick's concerts at the Budokan Arena were recorded for a television program -- which ended up becoming an album that appeared after their third album, 1978's "Heaven Tonight."
Petersson left the group in the summer of 1980 after recording the George Martin produced "All Shook Up," released toward the end of 1980. The album performed respectably, peaking at number 24 and going gold, yet the single "Stop This Game" failed to crack the Top 40. For subsequent tours Pete Comita, and shortly thereafter Jon Brant replaced Petersson.
Petersson rejoined the band in 1988 and under CBS Record's direction the group began working on a new album with the help of several outside songwriters. The resulting album, "Lap of Luxury," was a platinum Top 20 hit, featuring the number one power ballad "The Flame" and a Top Ten version of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel."
Over the course of the 90's the band experienced several new lows when Sony Music, the successor to the band's CBS Records contract, put Cheap Trick's name on several budget compilations including Voices, I Want You To Want Me, Don't Be Cruel, and several others without their prior knowledge, consent, or agreement.
Cheap Trick have been running their own label, Cheap Trick Unlimited, for 10 years now, controlling a substantial inventory of master recordings. Cheap Trick released the highly anticipated new studio album "Rockford" on June 6th, 2006 via Cheap Trick Unlimited/Big3 Records.
For more information on Cheap Trick visit http://www.cheaptrick.com/.