Apr 242013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Every Midwestern city has garages full of four local teenagers playing rock ‘n’ roll and dreaming of the big time … but Rockford, Ill., boasts the few that made it. Rick Nielsen formed Cheap Trick with three of his friends back in 1973 in Rockford and since then they’ve traveled the world and put out more than 16 albums.

Since Nielsen was in a band called Cheap Trick, we’ve invited him play a game called “BAAAAAAAA.” Three questions about sheep tricks.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And now, the game where we take famous people and we treat them infamously. Every Midwestern city has garages full of four local teenagers playing rock and roll and dreaming of the big time. But Rockford, Illinois boasts of one of the few that made it. Rick Nielsen formed Cheap Trick with three of his friends back in 1973.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right here in Rockford. Since then, they’ve traveled the world. They’ve put out more than 16 albums. And Rick Nielsen still lives right here in his hometown. Rick Nielsen, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

RICK NIELSEN: Thank you, thank you.

SAGAL: It’s a great pleasure to have you.

(APPLAUSE)

NIELSEN: I’m happy to be here.

SAGAL: So that story is true. You grew up in Rockford. Your father ran a music store.

NIELSEN: He ran a music store and he was also an opera singer, and he was choir director and he had one child.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I understand. Well, he was busy with all those other things. When you founded, you had been in a band called Fuse that put out a record and then you came back to Rockford and you got a new singer, who you had to wait until like his contract with a Wisconsin resort was up.

NIELSEN: Wisconsin Dells. Yeah, that’s true. Robin Zander was at the Wisconsin Dells. He didn’t want to quit his $100 a week gig to work with us.

SAGAL: Sure, well, those are hard to come by.

(LAUGHTER)

 

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