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PICS: Cheap Trick at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Some epic rock & roll trickery was afoot when Cheap Trick hit Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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The band -- which originally formed in 1973 in Rockford, Illinois -- has been on tour with fellow classic-rockers Foreigner (be sure to check out our separate photo gallery of them on SoundDiego.com)!
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Their current lineup consists of Robin Zander (pictured), guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and touring drummer Daxx Nielsen (original drummer Bun E. Carlos stopped touring in 2010 but remains a partner in band activities).
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The band was signed by Epic Records in 1976 off the strength of their demo. (Nielsen pictured)
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The Cheap Trick band name was inspired by the group member's attendance of a Slade concert -- where Petersson (pictured middle) commented that the band used "every cheap trick in the book" as part of their act.
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Their first two albums failed to sell well in the states, but in Japan, the singles "I Want You to Want Me" and "Clock Strikes Ten" were huge hits in Japan -- with the latter going to No. 1 on the charts.
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When the band toured Japan for the first time in 1978, they were met with a frenzy reminiscent of Beatlemania. They eventually compiled and released recordings from that tour titled "Cheap Trick at Budokan" that saw release in 1979. It would go triple platinum in U.S. -- finally garnering the band stateside success.
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The band is widely known for their use -- and large collection -- and unusual and vintage guitars and basses. Petersson (right) is known for playing 12-string basses, while Nielsen (left) plays some of the wackiest guitars around (he's got nearly 400)!
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The group has played more than 5,000 shows in more than 40 years, and was rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.
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Cheap Trick played an 17-song set list on Aug. 29, which featured the following songs: "Hello There," "Lookout," "California Man" (The Move cover), "On Top of the World"...
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As well as "Long Time Coming," "You Got It Going On," "Ain't That a Shame" (Fats Domino cover), "Voices," "Baby Loves to Rock"...
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And "Magical Mystery Tour" (the Beatles cover), "Stop This Game," "I'm Waiting for the Man" (the Velvet Underground cover), "The Flame"...
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Followed by "I Want You to Want Me," "Dream Police," "Surrender," and "Goodnight." Come back soon guys!
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