Released a self-titled album produced by punk legend Steve Albini
Petersson rejoined the group, prior to the release of the comeback album Lap of Luxury.
Recorded the song "Mighty Wings" to be played over the closing credits of the film "Top Gun."
Worked with Todd Rundgren as producer on the album Next Position Please.
Released the live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, which went triple platinum in the United States.
Released their third album, Heaven Tonight, which included the song "Surrender," the band's first single to chart in the United States.
Toured Japan to massive crowds, leading to the nickname in the Japanese press, "The American Beatles."
Released their second album, In Color.
Released their first album, Cheap Trick.
Signed a recording contract with Epic Records.
Recorded their fist demo, getting it played in bars and bowling allies around the Midwestern United States.
Performed their future hit "I Want You to Want Me" for the fist time in Milwaukee.
In 2007, the Illinois Senate passed a resolution designating April 1 as Cheap Trick Day.
Cheap Trick participated in the USO project the First Airborne Rock n Roll Division, through which they played concerts for members of the United States Armed Forces.
In an ongoing visual joke, many Cheap Trick records featured the photogenic Zander and Petersson on the front covers, and the quirky-looking Nielsen and Carlos on the reverse.
The band's visual trademarks included Petersson and Nielson playing guitars with multiple necks, Zander's long blonde hair, and Carlos' ever-present sunglasses and cigarette.