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Newsletter Issue #36 - December, 2002

Welcome to the thirty sixth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter! This includes a review of the shows on the West Coast in October {Review cal_octo.htm} which I hope you find of interest. My apologies for this newsletter being much later than scheduled, but I had been waiting to see if any more European dates would be announced. Nothing as yet, so rather than delay this further, I've decided to mail this out and I'll follow up when there's more CD or Europe news.

The following live dates are currently announced on the official CT website as at 15 Dec:
27 Dec - Atlanta GA; 28 - St Petersburg FL; 29 - Ft Lauderdale FL; 31 - Orlando (Universal Studio's). 18 Jan 2003 - Temecula CA; 20 - San Francisco; 21 - San Francisco; 24 - Portland OR; 8 Feb - Ardmore OK; 14 - Laredo TX; 15 - Fort Worth TX; 21 - Robinsonville MS; 13 Mar - Royal Albert Hall, London; 29 - Tacoma WA; 1 Apr - Eugene OR; 25 May - Little Rock AR; 19 Jul - Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Please note the London date has changed from 12th to 13th March. Additionally, the Tacoma and Eugene dates have just been put back from January to March, so my guess is that the 24 Jan date in Portland might also change. As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling.

The band played two terrific shows at Anaheim's "House of Blues" in early October, playing a number of the new songs. The shows were recorded by Westwood One for broadcast at a later date. However, the following three shows, at Fresno, Coachella and Bakersfield were all cancelled at short notice due to Robin having an abdominal complaint. Medical advice was that he rest, hence those shows were cancelled. I understand that Robin is doing fine, and the Coachella CA date was rearranged for mid November.

No more news as yet on release date(s) of the new studio CD in the US or Europe, though the HMV chain in Japan have listed a Spring release for the CD there. But at the time of my writing this, no official release date in Japan is confirmed. HMV Japan note that the tracks include Low Life, Special One, Too Much, My Obsession, Pop Drone, If I Could, Scent of a Woman, Best Friend, Sorry Boy and Words, plus a bonus track of Special One sung in Japanese. Again, I have no official confirmation of this info. Some of these songs have been performed live over the past 18 months, but there are a couple of songs that will be new to everyone! No title for the CD was given.

Robin performed the national anthem at the Kansas City Chiefs v Miami Dolphins football game on Sun Sept 29. The band had played at nearby Bonner Springs, Kansas the night before. And on 30 Sept, the band spent a day filming a cameo scene for the upcoming movie "Daddy Daycare" which stars Eddie Murphy. Rick's "Uncle Dick" guitar also features, apparently somewhat more than the band do!

Sadly, the band did not make the nomination shortlist for induction into the 2003 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. However, a number of well known artists will be inducted in next years ceremony, including The Police, Elvis Costello and AC/DC.

"Bun E's Basement Bootleg #4" is now available to purchase. The limited edition double CD set comprises of "Semi Acoustical" with the bonus CD being "Cheeseland 76". An order form can be printed off from the official website, and I enclose an order form for those receiving this newsletter by regular mail.

The fifth fan tribute CD (Alt.Tribute.Cheap Trick #5) is complete and available to buy (it is a non profit making CD). For those not online, I enclose an order form. For those online, ordering details can be found at . Order soon, the limited stocks are going fast I hear!

As always, the current range of official merchandise can be viewed on the official website, and orders/enquiries should be sent to Trickstuff, PO Box 1911, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA. The official fan service, Trick International is at 1957 - 86th Street, PMB #149, Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA, e-mail at and the official website is at All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photos are archived on my internet site - I'm currently having problems updating the website so the last review is temporarily at (plus ca2.html and some general London info on the same site at londoninfo.html - Thanks Lisa J!). I'm looking for a new website host, and I'll let you know if/when I move the website elsewhere.

I hope you've found this issue informative, and again I apologise for delaying this issue. 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. And as ever at this time of year, I wish everyone a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2000+3! Hope to see you at a CT show next year!


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