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Rockford, Illinois 1974 saw the formation of one of America's well known power-pop bands - Cheap Trick. They became a success with their self-titled debut, in which they started off their defining sound; the catchiness of The Beatles with the speed and energy of Punk rock. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed: "Cheap Trick gained fame by twisting the Beatlesque into something shinier, harder, more American." They have often been referred to in the Japanese press as the "American Beatles". Most known for their tracks "Surrender", "I Want You To Want Me", "Dream Police" and "The Flame" - and did a cover of Big Star's "In The Street" for American sitcom That 70's Show (season 2 onwards) and also the theme tune to the American satirical late night television program The Colbert Report. Surprisingly, for the age of the band the line-up hasn't changed a great deal. Also the Illinois State Senate has declared 1st April to be "Cheap Trick Day". They also took the 25th spot in VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Current Line-Up Robin Zander 1974–present Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano Rick Nielsen 1974–present Lead guitar, backing vocals Tom Petersson 1974–1980, 1987–present Electric bass, backing vocals Bun E. Carlos 1974–present Drums, percussion Daxx Nielsen 2010-present Drums,percussion Former Line-Up Randy Hogan 'aka' Xeno 1974 Lead vocals Pete Comita 1980–1981 12- and 4-stringed electric basses, backing vocals Jon Brant 1981–1987, special guest and fill-in duties in 1999, 2004-05, & 2007 12-, 8-, 6-, 5- & 4-string electric basses, backing vocals