Cheap Trick Concert History

Cheap Trick is an American power pop/rock n roll band from Rockford, Illinois that's played for over four decades, and in 2016 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Having gained popularity in the late-70s centered within the Midwest and within Japan, the band members are Rick Nielsen (guitarist and main songwriter), Bun E. Carlos (born Brad Carlson) (drums), Robin Zander (vocals and guitars), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar). Though they...

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Aug 04, 2023 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick    Upcoming Footprint Center Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Nov 10, 2022 Cheap Trick  Upcoming Muckleshoot Event Center Auburn, Washington, United States
Sep 30, 2022 Cheap Trick  Upcoming Boiler Shop Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Sep 17, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Rogers Place Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sep 16, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sep 14, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming SaskTel Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sep 09, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sep 07, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 03, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Amalie Arena Tampa, Florida, United States
Aug 31, 2022 The Hits-North American Tour  Upcoming
Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA, USA
Aug 27, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, Maryland, United States
Aug 26, 2022 Rod Stewart with special guest Cheap Trick  Upcoming PNC Pavilion Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Aug 23, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, New York, United States
Aug 20, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Hershey Stadium Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 16, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, New Jersey, United States
Aug 13, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Aug 12, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Xfinity Center Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
Aug 06, 2022 Clark County Fair (Ridgefield, WA)  Upcoming
"Clark County Fair" (Ridgefield, WA) / Cheap Trick
Clark County Fairgrounds Ridgefield, Washington, United States
Jul 27, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Pine Knob Music Theatre Clarkston, Michigan, United States
Jul 26, 2022 Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick  Upcoming Budweiser Stage Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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2022 75 concerts
2021 62 concerts
2020 15 concerts
2019 86 concerts
2018 80 concerts
2017 89 concerts
2016 69 concerts
2015 93 concerts
2014 76 concerts
2013 75 concerts
2012 67 concerts
2011 80 concerts
2010 94 concerts
2009 80 concerts
2008 90 concerts
2007 45 concerts
2006 57 concerts
2005 63 concerts
2004 42 concerts
2003 53 concerts
2002 29 concerts
2001 25 concerts
2000 9 concerts
1999 17 concerts
1998 27 concerts
1997 70 concerts
1996 19 concerts
1995 14 concerts
1994 25 concerts
1993 11 concerts
1992 5 concerts
1991 9 concerts
1990 14 concerts
1989 32 concerts
1988 61 concerts
1987 19 concerts
1986 35 concerts
1985 44 concerts
1984 17 concerts
1983 25 concerts
1982 47 concerts
1981 30 concerts
1980 49 concerts
1979 44 concerts
1978 47 concerts
1977 63 concerts
1976 4 concerts
1975 3 concerts
1973 1 concert
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Richard Binder Nov 04, 2021

There is a date that needs added. My first concert was New England, UFO and Cheap Trick. Prairie Capital Convention Center. February 6th , 1981. I remember New England's drummer came down from the riser and having the longest hair I'd ever seen. Michael Shenker was playing lead guitar and his Marshall amp head quit working. He shoved the stack and it fell over. Roadies had another whole Marshall stack put in place quickly. Not just the head. My older friend's girlfriend was pulled up on stage along with quite a few others for Bun E. Carlos drum solo. They gave them Bun E. masks to wear. My friends are amazed I remember long term so well. Considering all the partying we did.

Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is Cheap Trick?

Cheap Trick is a pop-metal-punk fusion band that has endured a great legacy from the 1970s to the present day, having sold over 20 million records. Despite the lineup changing several times over the decades, Cheap Trick has developed a cult following.

What genre is Cheap Trick?

Primarily a pop band with a real 1960s and '70s spirit, Cheap Trick also conveyed elements of rock and embraced elements of philosophic absurdism in their lyrics while their instrumentation blended power chords with pop-fused beats.

When did Cheap Trick start?

When Cheap Trick first started in 1967 by Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson, it was called “Fuse,” but in 1972, the band assumed a new name: “Sick Man of Europe.” On August 15, 1973, the band changed its name a third time to “Cheap Trick,” performing their first concert with the new name in Wisconsin in 1974.

The following year, Cheap Trick recorded its first demo and began performing at small venues in the Midwest, gaining the attention of Epic Records, which signed Cheap Trick in 1976. Cheap Trick released its self-titled debut album with Epic on February 3, 1977 followed by In Color just seven months later.

Who were the original members of Cheap Trick?

The original members of Cheap Trick who are credited on their 1977 debut album are:

  • Frontman Robin Zander on lead vocals and rhythm guitar
  • Rick Nielsen on lead guitar, mandocello, and backing vocals
  • Tom Petersson on bass guitar and backing vocal
  • Bun E. Carlos on drums

Why did Bun E. Carlos leave Cheap Trick?

Bun E. Carlos left Cheap Trick in 2010 after 37 years with the band. Though there were several reasons for his departure, it primarily came down to a dispute between Carlos and Zander about the number of shows the band would perform in Las Vegas, which led to Carlos’s dismissal from the band. On March 9, 2010, the band issued a statement to the effect that Carlos was no longer recording, touring, or acting as a member of the band in any capacity.

That might have been the end of it, but in 2012, Cheap Trick stopped paying Carlos and refused to include him in any further business decisions, so Carlos sued the band for $600,000. On February 26, 2015, the case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum with Zander announcing that Carlos was now a non-touring member of the band who would be involved in business decisions going forward.

What is the song "Surrender" by Cheap Trick about?

"Surrender" is about the intergenerational relationship between Baby Boomers and Gen. X. Released in 1978 on the album Heaven Tonight, it's a song engaging the adolescents of the 1970s and how they begin to question the generation that raised them. It contains themes about sex, coming-of-age, drugs, and most of all, a "surrender" to loosening inhibitions and garnering a kind of youthful, zestful freedom.

What Elvis Presley Song did Cheap Trick remake?

On July 13, 1956, Elvis Presley released the single “Don’t Cruel,” a B-side track that managed to defy the norm and become one of the biggest and most influential rock songs of history. The song would be covered by many artists over the next few decades including Cheap Trick, whose version of the song peaked at number four on the Hot 100 chart in the US in 1988.

How many concerts has Cheap Trick had?

Cheap Trick has had 2,187 concerts.

When is the next Cheap Trick concert?

The next Cheap Trick concert is on July 08, 2022 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. The bands performing are: Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick.

When was the last Cheap Trick concert?

The last Cheap Trick concert was on July 05, 2022 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The bands that performed were: Rod Stewart / Cheap Trick.

What songs does Cheap Trick play live?

The songs that Cheap Trick performs live vary, but here's the latest setlist that we have from the July 05, 2022 concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, United States:

  1. Stop This Game
  2. In the Street
  3. Dream Police
  4. Ain't That a Shame
  5. Light Up the Fire
  6. Heaven Tonight
  7. Downed
  8. I Know What I Want
  9. The Flame
  10. I Want You to Want Me
  11. Surrender
  12. Goodnight