Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen is Still Rockin

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- After almost 40 years in the Rock n' Roll business music lovers still want Cheap Trick.

Cheap Trick Guitarist Rick Nielsen says "We've done more shows than any other band ever.
Next up for the Rockford Rockers is a Summer tour with Aerosmith. And Nielsen tells me there are no plans to slow down.

"Aerosmith asked us. It's not like we begged to go on tour with them. We never set out for any kind of record. When I was in Junior High School I wanted to be in a band. Obviously I haven't' progressed mentally very much because I still want to be in a band," Nielsen said.

Whether Nielsen has progressed mentally is debatable but the fact that Cheap Trick has progressed musically is undeniable and it's helped put Rockford on the map.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey says "He's a Rockford icon. He really loves this community and it's great to know that, while he could live anywhere, he's lived here and his family has really deep roots here."

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen says "Anytime we've asked Rick if he's available in town to come and meet somebody, a business we're trying to recruit. You can't believe the ones who say we're great fans. I can really meet Rick Nielsen, how cool!"

Mike: No one knows where foreigner is from. No one knows where Loverboy is from. But everyone knows where Cheap Trick is from. Why is that?

Nielsen: "Well we' made the mistake of mentioning that years ago, no it's been good. Plus the fact we kept at it and made like 28 albums or something ridiculous like that, plus we named one of our records Rockford, How Bout That! So it's our fault"

So who's fault is it that Cheap Trick has been denied entry into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame?

"We're all flabbergasted you're not in there. What's your take. "There's a guitar at the R&R Hall of Fame that I gave to John Lennon. He thought it was cool enough to get a Guitar from me. If we get in great, If we don't we don't. Playing all those shows and staying relevant for so long. That's the Rock N roll Hall of Fame. It's not some plaque," Nielsen said.

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