Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Talks All Things ‘Rock Hall’ with Scott Shannon

Cheap Trick will be part of a star-studded cast of inductees when they are enshrined in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame on April 8th, joining other luminaries Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, and NWA.

Founding member, lead guitarist, and songwriter Rick Nielsen called into Scott Shannon in the Morning to talk about the Cheap Trick’s induction and more, including their show on July 28th at Jones Beach and September 10th at PNC with Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

While backstage at the Today Show, where the band would be performing twice this morning, Rick called in to chat with Scott Shannon and the Big Show crew about Cheap Trick’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“How about that.” Nielson exclaimed. “That’s pretty cool, hah?”

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Scott, perhaps thinking that the guys all crash in the same Rock N’ Roll hotel, wondered if everyone got all giddy when they received the good news. Rick explained that, since the band doesn’t all live together (sorry if we burst any bubbles there) everyone just called each other to congratulate.

The band’s hometown of Rockford, IL certainly got excited about the induction news — they’re naming a street after Rick! “They’re naming one of the dirty alleys, putting my name on it,” laughed Rick. “So when I’m down and out I got a place to go sleep!”

Cheap Trick, being one of rock’s touring giants, have consistently performed over 300 shows a year, but, as family life takes up more time out of each member’s lives, they have cut back to only doing around 175 or 200 per year –including their show on July 28th at Jones Beach and September 10th at PNC with Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.


Tomorrow night (April 8th) Kid Rock will be on hand to induct Cheap Trick into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “That’s what I heard,” said Nielson about Kid Rock, which begged the question — you didn’t choose him?

Rick’s response was priceless: “I didn’t choose to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!”


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