Cheap Trick At The GRAMMY Museum

Pop/rock band explain the origin of their name and reflect on the 35th anniversary of their classic album, Cheap Trick At Budokan
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    Cheap Trick perform at the GRAMMY Museum
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    Cheap Trick speak with the GRAMMY Foundation's Scott Goldman at the GRAMMY Museum
February 27, 2014 -- 12:53 pm PST

Iconic pop/rock band Cheap Trick recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the quartet discussed the origin of their band name and reflected on the 35th anniversary of their classic live album, Cheap Trick At Budokan, among other topics. Cheap Trick also performed a collection of hits, including "Surrender," "I Want You To Want Me" and "Dream Police."

"When we did 'Ain't That A Shame' one night a girl jumped off the balcony onto the stage and ran up and grabbed me … so the guitar solo was not in there," said lead guitarist Rick Nielsen, reflecting on the recording of Cheap Trick At Budokan. "I remember that because I think she broke her leg, too. It was kind of cool."

Cheap Trick — currently comprising Daxx Nielsen (drums), Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson (bass), and Robin Zander (vocals) —formed in the early '70s in Rockford, Ill., by Rick Nielsen and Petersson. In 1977 Cheap Trick released their self-titled debut album and In Color, the latter of which cracked the Top 75 on the Billboard 200. They followed with two studio platinum albums, Heaven Tonight (1978, No. 48) and Dream Police (1979, No. 6).

In April 1978 Cheap Trick performed two shows at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Recordings from the shows were released as the album Cheap Trick At Budokan, which peaked at No. 4 (their highest charting album to date) and ranked No. 426 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Cheap Trick subsequently released a string of hit albums, including 1980's All Shook Up (No. 24), 1985's Standing On The Edge (No. 35) and 1988's Lap Of Luxury (No. 16), which featured the No. 1 hit "The Flame." The group's most recent studio album, The Latest, was released in 2009.

In September 2013 the GRAMMY Museum launched Cheap Trick: I Want You To Want Me! — a one-of-a-kind exhibit offering visitors an in-depth look at the band's career. The exhibit is on display at the Museum through August. Cheap Trick are currently in the midst of a North American tour, with dates scheduled through August.

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: La Santa Cecilia (March 5), An Evening With John Németh And The Bo-Keys (March 17), Being Dionne Warwick (March 19), and Spotlight: Jon Batiste And Stay Human (March 24). 

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