Cheap Trick released their debut album in 1977 and first found success in Japan with the release of their second album, In Color, later that year. The band didn’t achieve mainstream popularity in the U.S. until 1979 with their breakthrough album Cheap Trick at Budokan. Over the course of their career the band has experienced several resurgences of popularity and has toured consistently, playing over 5,000 shows. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
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While the band’s early work was mainstream progressive rock, they would enjoy greater commercial success when they incorporated more conventional and radio-friendly elements into their work in the mid-1970’s, going on to sell more than 60 million albums. They reached their commercial peak with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.