Every year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival features performances from a wide range of artists across multiple genres. This year is no different. Fans will hear music from newcomers like Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish and veteran rockers Cheap Trick. Formed in 1973, Cheap Trick became famous for their exceptional live performances. Almost into its 50th anniversary, the band continues to tour. But how many original band members are still in the band?
How did the cheap trick become famous?
Cheap Trick was created in 1973. According to ultimate classic rock, Cheap Trick began performing at bowling allies and small concerts around the band’s hometown of Rockford, Illinois. The band’s original lineup consisted of frontman Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersen and drummer Bun E. Carlos was involved.
“I was visiting a relative in Waukesha, Wisconsin,” producer Jack Douglas said. “And this guy said to me, ‘You’ve got to come down the bowling alley and listen to this band.’ And I went to the sunset bowl, I’ll never forget this place. A bowling alley, they had a lounge and the place was full of rafters. And the band was Cheap Trick and they did, like, a show that was part carnival It was part circus and part rock ‘n’ roll show. I was kicked out.”
Douglas called the head of A&R Tom Verman of Epic Records and asked him to see the band. Douglas stated that if he had not taken the band to RCA, Verman would move to Illinois and sign the band. By the time Cheap Trick began recording their debut album, they already had a lot of experience performing live and had written a lot of original material.
Three of their biggest hits, “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender,” were already written when they entered the studio. But none of those songs appeared on their debut album, cheap Trick, released in 1977. His second album, in color, was released later that year and featured “I Want You to Want Me”, but the album failed to chart.
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When they toured Japan in 1978, they recorded two concerts at Nippon Budokan and compiled some of the tracks into a live album called Cheap Tricks on Budokan. The album made the band internationally famous. Since then, Cheap Trick has released 20 studio albums and 8 live albums. He has performed live 3,700 times, sold over 20 million records, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
How many original members of Cheap Trick are still in the band?
As of this writing, only the three original members of Cheap Trick still record and perform with the band. In 1980, Peterson left the band, and was replaced by John Brant. However, he returned in 1987.
According to daily Journal, Ban E. Carlos stopped touring with the band in 2010. Nielsen’s son Dax, who had previously filled in for Carlos, became a touring drummer. Carlos filed a lawsuit against Chip Trick in 2013, saying they were still not allowing him to act as a member. However, they settled the lawsuit, and Carlos still owns one-fourth of Cheap Trick and is a band member, even though he does not record or tour with them.
Zander, Nielsen and Petersen have remained in the band since the birth of the band. Daxx now also records with the band.
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What Will Giveaway Trick Perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival?
Cheap Trick will more than likely perform their hit songs “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender” during their set at the iHeartRadio concert. While he is likely to play other classic cheap trick songs, he will probably play some songs from his latest album, In another world.
The album dropped in January and is their 20th studio album. He also released a new single to go with it, called “Light Up the Fire”. The band is currently touring.
“This band is held together by music,” said vocalist Robin Zander (per ultimate classic rock) “It’s the super glue that keeps us writing and putting out records. The first reason we started the band was to tour and write songs and keep records. If that’s all gone, it wouldn’t make sense, would it?”
We can’t wait to see what one of the best live bands, Cheap Trick, does at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. His performance will be interesting as compared to the rest of the cast.