6 Things You Didn't Know About Cheap Trick

April 7, 2016

Photo by Kitty Dunn

A big honor for Cheap Trick, as the Rockford, Illinois band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. You probably know a few things about them, but here are few more to add to your brain's hard drive of useless information.

1. Before Cheap Trick, Rick Nielsen was in a band called the Grim Reapers. That band was supposed to open for Otis Redding the night his plane crashed in Lake Monona in Madison. (Rick Nielsen talks about that here.)

2. Nielsen, Zander, and Carlos all played on John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1980 album Double Fantasy. They are not credited and it is unsure whether the songs they played on have been released. There is a rumor that the three Cheap Trick guys ate pizza with John in a bathroom, so John didn't have to eat Yoko's "health food."

3. Beatles producer George Martin produced their 1980 album "All Shook Up." Rolling Stone described it as "Led Zeppelin gone psycho"

4. While drummer Bun E. Carlos is still in the band, he no longer tours with Cheap Trick or plays on any new records. This was the rest of the band's choice, not his. Drumming duties are now handled by Nielsen's son Daxx.

5. All of the band's gear was destroyed when a violent thunderstorm ripped through the Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada in 2011. That left the band wondering where they could rent a five necked guitar.

6. The band loves Point beer. The band played Stevens Point area bars a lot in their early days and they just loved the taste of that old Blue Bullet. On the gatefold of the Live at Budokan, Rick Nielsen is wearing a Point Beer pin. And when the band was featured in a fake ad for Boy Howdy Beer in Creem Magazine, they had some Point cans intermingled with the prop Boy Howdy cans.