5 things you didn’t know about Cheap Trick

12 May

In 1979 the band Cheap Trick burst onto the scene in the United Stares with the single “I want you to want me”. Since that first international hit they have such memorable songs as “Surrender”, “Dream Police” and “The Flame”. In all the band has enjoyed almost 4 decades of fame that has seen over 20 million in record sales and being on dozens of movie & television soundtacks.

Outside of all the fame that Cheap has gained here in the States there is much more to the band. The following paragraphs are just 5 of the those little knows facts:

Fame in Japan

Many fan can probably tell you that Cheap Trick gained fame in Japan before making a triumphant return to the United States but possibly don’t realize how big they were over there. Three years before the song “I want you to want me” hit it big in the States Cheap Trick already had 3 gold records in Japan. The groups fame was so big that when they went there they were meet by mobs of fans that lead to the media over there dubbing them the “American Beattles.”

Cheap Trick day

On April 1 we traditionally celebrate April Fool’s Day but in the state of Illinois that is not the case. Since 2007 April 1 has been knows as Cheap Trick day in honor of the band that started in Rockford, Illinois in the early 1970’s. April 1 is an appropriate day not just for the bands name but because of some of the antics lead guitarist Rick Nielsen does while they preforming on stage.

American Pickers

Cheap Trick lead guitarist/songwriter Rick Nielsen was featured on a March 11, 2013 episode of the show American Pickers. The episode started out with Frank Fritz talked Mike Wolfe into stopping at Rick’s museum know as Rick’s Pick. While there they meet Rick and not only tour the museum but go with Rick back to his warehouse where he has everything from trunks that Cheap took to Japan to some memorabilia. The Pickers ended up buying some of the items and had Rick donate a guitar to be placed on display in their Nashville store.


Marvel once did a comic book based on Cheap Trick. The comic book featured storylines based on some of the groups song lyrics. One of the more bazaar storylines has Rick Nielsen as the son of Ozzie & Hairiet Nelson.

Guitar oddity

Rick Nielsen has an extensive collection with several rare and customized guitars. One of the oddities is a 5 neck guitar that guitar manufacturer Hamer made for Mr. Nielsen in 1981. Mr. Nielsen eventually had three of these customized guitars made but the first oe hangs on the wall of the restaurant that Mr. Nielsen co-owns.


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