This Day In Rock. CHEAP TRICK
Richard Alan "Rick" Nielsen was born on December 22, 1948 in Elmhurts, Illinois. He was born into a musical family, with both parents being opera singers. His father, Ralph Nielsen, also directed symphonies, choirs and recorded over forty solo albums. During Rick's teens, the family owned a music store in Rockford, Illinois, and he learned to play a number of instruments. After playing drums for six years, Rick changed direction, learning how to play guitar and keyboards.
His first school band was The Phaetons, which mutated into The Grim Reapers. The Grim Reapers became Fuse which released one poorly received studio album before disbanding in 1970. Nielsen joined the Nazz for a short time (replacing Todd Rundgreen), before forming the short-lived Sick Man of Europe in Philadelphia in 1972 with Tom Petersson . In 1973, Nielsen, together with Carlos formed CHEAP TRICK.
Rick Nielsen is an avid collector who has over 400 guitars in his possession. In April 2016, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.