Cheap Trick

One of the most enduring and beloved guitar rock bands of all time, Cheap Trick were formed in Illinois in 1975. Founding member, guitarist Rick Nielsen had been playing around the Rockford area for several years in ... Read more »


Music (25)

Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 (Movie)

("I Want You to Want Me" (Live)) (Song Performer)

The Boss 2016 (Movie)

("I Want You To Want Me") (Song Performer)

Pixels 2015 (Movie)

("Surrender") (Song Performer)

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)


Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

("Just Got Back") (Song Performer)

Orphan 2009 (Movie)

("Surrender") (Song Performer)

That '70s Show 2000, 2004 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

The Colbert Report 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Theme Song

Air Guitar Nation 2007 (Movie)

("I Want You To Want Me") (Song Performer)

Daddy Day Care 2003 (Movie)

("Surrender") (Music Producer)

Daddy Day Care 2003 (Movie)

("Surrender") (Song Performer)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

("Surrender") (Song Performer)

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

("I Only Miss You") (Song Performer)

Encino Man 1992 (Movie)

("Wild Thing") (Song Performer)

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

("I Will Survive") (Song Performer)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

("Wherever Would I Be") (Song Performer)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

("You Want It") (Song Performer)

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song Performer)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

("Mighty Wings") (Song Performer)

Spring Break 1983 (Movie)

("Spring Break") (Song Performer)

Up the Creek 1983 (Movie)

("Up the Creek") (Song Performer)

Heavy Metal 1981 (Movie)

("Reach Out" "I Must Be Dreamin'") (Song Performer)

Rock & Rule 1981 (Movie)

("Born To Raise Hell" "I'm The Man" "Ohm Sweet Ohm") (Song Performer)

Roadie 1980 (Movie)

("Everything Works If You Let It" "Gonna Raise Hell") (Song Performer)

Over the Edge 1979 (Movie)

("Hello There" "Surrender" "Downed" "Speak Now") (Song Performer)
Actor (9)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)


Daddy Day Care 2003 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

Reverb 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)


Hard Rock Live 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Rock to Erase MS Concert 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)


Halloween Jam VI 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)



One of the most enduring and beloved guitar rock bands of all time, Cheap Trick were formed in Illinois in 1975. Founding member, guitarist Rick Nielsen had been playing around the Rockford area for several years in groups like The Boyz and The Grim Reapers, before joining bassist Tom Petersson in the rock band Fuse in 1970. After devoting five years to a self-titled album, a European tour, and a number of name changes, Fuse was unable to find success, and the group returned to Rockford. There, they accepted singer Robin Zander and drummer Bun E. Carlos into the lineup and began working on new material. After attending a Slade concert together and Petersson noticed that the glam rockers employed "every cheap trick in the book" during their stage act, the musicians began playing under the cheeky name Cheap Trick. After signing to Epic Records, the band released a self-titled debut in 1977, which they soon followed with <i>In Color</i> and <i>Heaven Tonight</i>. Though these albums made little impact stateside, they proved massively popular in Japan, where Cheap Trick toured in 1978. They met with such rapturous crowds in the Asian country that they opted to record a live album there in 1979, <i>Cheap Trick at Budokan</i>. The popularity of this live album finally put Cheap Trick on the map in the U.S., where singles like "I Want You to Want Me" made them stars of AM radio. They would remain fixtures of the American rock scene for the next several decades, with hit songs like 1988's "The Flame" and 1986's "Mighty Wings," which appeared over the closing credits of the hit film "Top Gun" (1986). Although the hits dried up by the end of the '80s, Cheap Trick's appeal to hard rock, punk and power pop audiences made them a consistent fixture on the touring circuit, and they continued making occasional albums. Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.



Released a self-titled album produced by punk legend Steve Albini


Petersson rejoined the group, prior to the release of the comeback album <i>Lap of Luxury</i>.


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 <i>Next Position Please</i>.


Released the live album <i>Cheap Trick at Budokan</i>, which went triple platinum in the United States.


Released their third album, <i>Heaven Tonight</i>, 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, <i>In Color</i>.


Released their first album, <i>Cheap Trick</i>.


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.

Bonus Trivia


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.