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Cheap Trick is a U.S. rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the
late 1970s. The band members are Rick Nielsen (guitarist, main songwriter), Bun E. Carlos
(drums), Robin Zander (vocals, guitars), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar).
Though they have had only brief flirtations with mainstream success, Cheap Trick has held a substantial following through regular touring and a hard-edged yet blissful pop sound that combines the tunefulness of The Beatles with the speed and energy of punk rock. Cheap Trick arguably is one of the first bands that crossover between new wave and Hard Rock.
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Cheap Trick's biggest hits over the years include "I Want You to Want Me", "Surrender", "Dream Police", "Don't Be Cruel" (a cover of Elvis' hit), and "The Flame". Their most recent release, Rockford, has gained critical acclaim.
Bassist Tom Petersson is generally credited for having the initial idea for a 12-string bass. The first 12-string bass was designed by Jol Dantzig and custom made by Hamer Guitars following a request from Petersson. Petersson had used a Hagstrom 8-string bass, and then asked Hamer Guitars to make him a 12 string bass. The company were doubtful that the neck of a 12-string bass would stay in one piece, due to the massive tension the strings would exert and so they initially made him a 10-string bass. Following the successful trial use of that bass, the prototype 12-string bass (The Hamer 'Quad') was produced. Petersson is a somewhat fanatical bass collector and has also used 12-string basses made by Kids (a Japanese guitar maker), Chandler, and Waterstone, as well as an impressive array of 4, 5 and 8 stringed basses from other manufacturers.