Lincoln Middle School faculty, staff and the entire student body will celebrate Lincoln alumnus Rick Nielsen on Thursday, Nov. 12, and encourage all to vote for his band, Cheap Trick, to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
Nielsen, a Capstone Award winner and member of Lincoln's Hall of Fame, had a storied and somewhat controversial career as a Lincoln band member. As a seventh grader in 1962, he was expelled from the Lincoln Junior High School band and banned forever from music programs in the district for comments deemed insubordinate by his Lincoln band director.
In 2012, at the grand opening of "Rick's Picks: A Lifelong Affair With Guitars & Music," a 6,000-square foot exhibition at Burpee Museum about Nielsen's successful life in music, the error was corrected and he was reinstated "as a member in good standing of the Lincoln Middle School Band and all Rockford Public Schools from now to perpetuity" by Principal Jason Grey and Interim Superintendent Robert Willis. Upon receiving a ceremonial plaque, members of Lincoln's band serenaded the rock legend with a rendition of Cheap Trick's classic, "Surrender."
Every April 1 is Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois, by proclamation of the Illinois General Assembly in 2007. Now, in 2015, Principal Grey wants to make sure students know their Lincoln Middle School history – and some major rock and roll history as well. On Nov. 12 -- a special Cheap Trick Day at Lincoln – students will vote during social studies classes, learn Cheap Trick history trivia and more. And, yes--Rick Nielsen himself will make an appearance!
For more information, please email Principal Jason Grey: firstname.lastname@example.org.