The American rock band Cheap Trick was formed in 1974 in Rockford, Illinois. Their style of power pop music with a hard-edged melodic pop gained them a devoted fan base. The Los Angeles times commented on Cheap Trick’s sound by saying, that “Cheap Trick gained fame by twisting the Beatlesque into something shinier, harder, more American.” Some of Cheap Trick’s biggest hits include “Surrender,” “Dream Police,” and “I Want You to Want Me.”
The Illinois State Senate has made April 1 “Cheap Trick Day” in that state. Cheap Trick also ranks #25 on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.