Cheap Trickis an American band which was formed in Rockford, Illinois, in the late 1970's. Rick Nielson (vocals and guitar player) was one of the original members of Cheap Trick. Other members were, Robin Zander (vocals and guitar player), Tom Peterrsson (bass guitar player and vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums and percussion). Rick began playing in Rockford in 1961 and he formed the group called, The Phaetons. They later became the Boyz, then the Grim Reapers, then later the Fuse in 1967. They hired Tom Petersson who was a bass guitar player. Tom was previously from the group called The Bo Weevils. Fuse released their debut album called Fuse, in 1968and they were not successful with it., The group then moved to Philadelphia in 1971 but the band soon split up after that. After that Tom and Rick spent about a year in Europe before returning to Rockford, Illinois, where they regrouped with their drummer, Bun E. Carlos. A short while later they asked Zander ( a folk singer), to join their group which they now called Cheap Trick. Booking agent, Ken Adamany suggested to the group to form a stage show. They did and then began to tour extensively for the next several years in which they played about 250 shows a year. They performed opening acts for KISS, The Kinks, Santana, Boston, and others.
The bass player, Tom Petersson rejoined the band in 1987 and helped record Lap of Luxury, in 1988. The band had a number one single from the album and it was called, The Flame. Tom stayed with the group from then on. In the 1990's the band had some lows when Sony Music put Cheap Trick’s name on several compilations without their knowledge or consent. The group later signed on with Warner Bros. But because of poor performance of their album, Woke Up With A Monster, they decided to go back to the basics and record under independent labels instead of major record companies and also rely on their live performances. They opened for other groups for the next several years. In 1998 the group signed with Red Ant/Alliance label and released their album, Cheap Trick. Seven weeks after the release, the company filed for bankruptcy and the music community pulled the record from the shelves and it almost left the band bankrupt.
In 1998 the group began rebuilding their band and their career and they formed their own record company called, Cheap Trick Unlimited. They also toured to promote their music. From the mid 1990's and to date there music has appeared commercials, video games, television episodes, and movie soundtracks. Former members of the band were, Jon Brant, Pete Comita, Randy Hogan, and Phil Christian, and Tod Howarth ( toured with the band).
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