- Michael Ethen
Rock group founded in 1972 in Rockford, Illinois. Its lineup has remained consistent, comprising Robin Zander (b Beloit, WI, 23 Jan 1953; vocals), Rick Nielsen (b Rockford, IL, 22 Dec 1946; electric guitar), Tom Petersson (b Rockford, IL, 9 May 1950; bass), and Bun E. Carlos (Brad Carlson; b Rockford, IL, 12 June 1951; drums). After signing a contract with Epic Records, the band developed a polished style of power pop with punk underpinnings and a modicum of studio effects, suffused with driving riffs and inviting choruses. Cheap Trick played an important role in defining the arena-rock genre. Energetic live shows of the 1970s complemented lyrics that hailed audiences, and idiosyncratic costumes provided image stability while the band explored new musical directions.
Although initially overlooked by American audiences, Cheap Trick ascended quickly from local band to intercontinental sensation. They were enthusiastically received in Japan, where their second album (...