UPDATE (6:02pm) – On Friday, the city announced a two day music festival to honor Cheap Trick, which will be held sometime after their tour ends in September. The city also created a new website, and honorary street signs will be placed on the blocks where the rock starts grew up. Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) also unofficially changed the city’s name to “Trickford.”
The City of Rockford and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a news conference today, celebrating Cheap Trick’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Officials say they will honor the band members with some fun surprises.
Announcements will include ways the community can celebrate Cheap Trick’s legacy and the music that has inspired many.
“Rockford surrendered to Cheap Trick back in 1973. And now they are rockin’ the Hall of Fame in 2016. I suppose some folks just take longer to recognize a good thing,” said John Groh, RACVB president/CEO. “Cheap Trick undeniably defines the ‘Rock’ in Rockford and we want to celebrate their accomplishments and share their hometown with fans from across town and around the world.”
The public is invited to today’s event. It will be held at the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 102 N. Main Street. Speakers will include Mayor Larry Morrissey.
Cheap Trick will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tonight in New York City.