Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the '70s they've been blending 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 '80s lighter-waving favorite, "The Flame," Cheap Trick are a musical institution. They released Rockford (named for the band's hometown) on their own imprint in June 2006. 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, two gold records, and four platinum records, the band was honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for their contributions to the music industry.