Rockford to be Renamed ‘Trickford’
It's official, the city of Rockford will soon have a new name. Welcome to "Trickford".
WREX-TV is reporting that in honor of our hometown band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night, Mayor Larry Morrisey announced on Friday Afternoon that Rockford will be 'officially, unofficially' renamed to "Trickford".
The city is even going so far as erecting signs that say "Welcome To Trickford'.
Cheap Trick was formed in Rockford back in 1973, and to this date, several members of the band still live in the Stateline Area.
The Rockford Register Star reports that a two-day music festival downtown is being planned by the Rockford Area Convention and Visitor's bureau set for early fall.
The tributes will include billboards and banners recognizing the world-famous musicians, as well as honorary street signs to commemorate the streets where each band member grew up. A website honoring the band is also part of the "Cheap Trick takeover" beginning today.
Also, if you are driving around town look for four streets around town to be named after the members of the band. These are streets the guys lived on in Rockford when they grew up.
- Parkview Avenue will be now known as "Bun E. Carlos Avenue"
- Spring Creek Road will become "Rick Nielsen Parkway"
- Buckingham Drive will be called "Tom Petersson Terrace"
- Waterview Road will become "Robin Zander Place" (Technically Machesney Park, but close enough)
The website gotrickford.com has been set up to honor the band.
Congratulations to Cheap Trick on being inducted into the hall of Fame. It's well over due!