Cheap Trick : Southern Girls (live in 1975)
We were struggling. We were just a rock band in the Chicago area from a little town trying to make a living. We didn't really think about how long our band was going to last or if we were going to record anything that would be released. We played for ourselves. We'd play shows to three people.
In August of 1976, years of touring and playing three to four sets a night finally paid off for a Rockford, Illinois quartet when Epic Records signed Cheap Trick. There were far easier ways for a band to make money than to play originals in suburban bars, as bassist Tom Peterson noted in a Chicago Reader oral history about the Cheap Trick's early days: