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Newsletter Issue #40 - Aug 2003

Welcome to the fortieth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter! This includes a review of the week long tour of Japan in early August {Review japan2003.htm }which I hope you find of interest.

The following live dates are currently announced on the official CT website as at 28th August:

28 Aug - Oshkosh WI; 29 - Marshfield WI; 31 - Rockford IL; 2 Sep - Atlanta; 4 - Washington DC; 5 - Philadelphia; 6 - New York City; 7 - Boston; 9 - Columbus OH; 10 - Chicago; 11 - Minneapolis; 13 - Denver; 16 - Seattle; 17 - Portland OR; 19 - San Francisco; 21 - Los Angeles; 25 - Kelowna, BC, Canada; 27 - Yakima WA; 30 - Modesto CA; 2 Oct - San Diego CA; 5 - Bakersfield CA; 6 - Fresno CA; 7 - Redding CA; 31 Dec - Orlando FL.

As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling. Please note that the shows from 2nd through 21st September are part of Cake's "Unlimited Sunshine Tour", and Cheap Trick will be one of several bands performing on each date. The band are also reported to be part of a 5 band Festival show at Irvine CA on Sat 4th October, though this is unconfirmed at the time of writing.

The main news of the summer has been the release of the "Special One" CD in Japan on July 9th, and in the US on July 22nd. However, the CD has not been released in either Europe or Australia, and I have been unable to find out if there are any plans to do so. Fans in both areas will need to purchase the CD on import. As previously reported, the first 75,000 copies of the US release have included a bonus DVD containing rare video's. In addition, the album has also been released on vinyl in the US, available in 5 different colours (yellow, red, green, white, blue). Any (or all) of these these can be ordered (subject to availibility) from Music Today (1-800-543 0028, 9am through noon Mon-Thurs EST, 9am through 8pm Fri;; P.O Box 1911, Charlottesville, VA 22903).

To tie in with the "Special One" release, the band have undertaken a number of media appearences around the world (in between performing live shows). The band played a short set at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square, New York on July 22nd. The following day Tom and Bun E appeared on the phone-in "Rockline" radio show which is broadcast across the US, and on 24th July the band performed "Scent of a Woman" on TV's "Late Show with Conan O'Brien".

The band carried out a number of media interviews and events during their week long tour of Japan at the start of August. These included a brief acoustic performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tokyo's Roppongi district, and the Half Time performance at the "NFL Tokyo" game at the Tokyo Dome. (You can read about both in my Japan review.) On 16th August, Tom gave a live telephone interview to Phil Wilding on Britain's BBC Radio 6. Some artist interviews are archived, so it may be worth keeping an eye on to see if Tom's interview becomes available at a later date. August 20th saw the band perform "Scent of a Woman" for broadcast on the "Late Late with Craig Kilborn" show in the US on Sept 15th. On Aug 25th the band performed a 40 minute set at Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP), their show being filmed for future broadcast on American VH1's "Live from the Sky Church" series (I've seen two possible broadcast dates - 16th Sep or 14th Oct. Check listings for confirmation).

In addition, band members currently feature in a number of music magazines. "Classic Rock" in the UK has a full page review of "Special One". In the US, I understand that the June-Aug issue of "Vintage Drummer" featuring Bun E as the cover story is still available. The band are also the cover feature of the current issue of "20th Century Guitar" and can also be found within "Guitar World".

Most of the bands Epic back catalogue was re-released in Japan in early August, with the first 5 albums available in special cardboard CD covers. In addition, the "Found All The Parts" EP was released on CD (for the first time anywhere in the world) in Japan in early August as well.

My archive website can be found at All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photos are archived there, and some new Japan tour photo's have been added to Photo Gallery #5. The official website is (as always) at and has gradually been upgrading various pages over the summer.

I hope you've found this issue informative. If you receive this by paper mail, I'd be grateful you could send a sae (or more) or IRC for the next issue. If you (or any other Trick fans you know) would prefer to receive this newsletter by e-mail in future, please write to or e-mail me. The next newsletter is planned for October or November.


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