Cheap Trick wants you to want themby jmaloni
Band performs Tuesday at Artpark
Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the '70s members have blended elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and the late 1980s lighter-waving favorite, "The Flame," Cheap Trick is a musical institution.
Oh, and anyone familiar with Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" will note that Cheap Trick wrote and performed the theme song.
With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band was honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for its contributions to the music industry. Cheap Trick also was featured in the John Varvatos Spring 2008 ad campaign.
In September 2009, Cheap Trick performed the classic Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," complete with an orchestra and guest artists Joan Osborne and Ian Ball for nine critically-acclaimed shows in Las Vegas.
The band's most current release, "The Latest" (released on CD, vinyl and 8-track), has garnered glowing reviews worldwide and continues Cheap Trick's reign as power-pop progenitors as the group celebrates its 35th anniversary together.
Cheap Trick headlines the July 19 "Tuesday in the Park" concert at Artpark. Visit Cheap Trick online at http://www.cheaptrick.com.