Illinois band Cheap Trick being honored by state Senate

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- It may sound like an April fool's joke, but it's true -- state senators might declare April 1st to be "Cheap Trick Day" in Illinois.

Rockford Senator Dave Syverson (SEE'-ver-son) has introduced a resolution that would set aside every April 1st to honor the band. Cheap Trick began in Rockford and still has strong ties to the state.

The band formed in the mid-70s and became a national success in 1978 with the album "At Budokan" (BOO'-duh-kon). Cheap Trick has sold more than 20 (m) million albums and performed five-thousand concerts.

Guitarist Rick Nielsen got a warm welcome when he visited the state Senate today. He told lawmakers that the band's achievements include not being convicted of a felony within the past ten years.

The Senate has not yet voted on the resolution to establish Cheap Trick Day.

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