Cheap Trick (1974-)
Robin Zander (vocals) 1974-
Tom Petersson (bass) 1974-1980; 1986-
Rick Nielsen (guitar) 1974-
Bun E. Carlos (drums) 1974-
Pete Comita (bass) 1980-1981
Jon Brant (bass) 1981-1986
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Some of Nielsen's previous bands include: the Boyz, the Grim Reapers, and the Phaetons. Nielsen and Petersson were in Fuse together and the two of them joined Carlos in Sick Man of Europe. The singer of that group was Robert "Stewkey" Antoni, formerly of Nazz (Todd Rundgren's early group). Rundgren would later produce for them.
Their manager, Ken Adamany, had played with Steve Miller in high school.
Some of the bands Cheap Trick opened for: The Kinks, Kiss, Boston, and Santana.
Their first 3 albums did significantly better in Japan than in the US (their home country). After they recorded Live At Budokan, they broke through at home.
Nielsen, Zander, and Carlos all played on John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1980 album Double Fantasy. They are not credited and it is unsure whether the songs they played on have been released.
During Petersson's departure, he played minor league baseball in Florida, in addition to forming a band with his wife as vocalist.
Nielsen has an extensive collection of guitars. He even released a book featuring some of the wackier models, some valued upwards of 100 thousand dollars. He tours with more then 25, but really uses only four or five.
Nielsen had Hamer build him a guitar with 5 necks. It is very heavy, but Nielsen says the guitar will get "more applause than I ever will." (thanks, Jeff - Seaville, NJ)
They created the theme song for That 70's Show, and then made the full version. It's called "Hangin' Out." (thanks, jeff - glendale, AZ)
The TV series That '70s Show
got Cheap Trick to do a version of their theme song ("In the Street," originally recorded by Big Star in 1972) before the show's second season. A notable addition was the "we're all alright" chant borrowed from their song "Surrender
." (thanks, Mike - San Francisco, CA)
The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Cy Curnin of The Fixx
The man who brought us "Red Skies" and "Saved By Zero" is now an organic farmer in France.