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Newsletter Issue #63 - February 2009

Welcome to the sixty third "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter, and I hope you find it of interest. I sincerely apologise for the long gap since the last newsletter issued in Oct 2008, the delay has been due to personal circumstances.

The following live date is currently listed on the official CT website ( as at 23 Feb. As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change so please check before travelling, and check the website for further additions:-

4 April - Scottsdale, AZ

It is believed that more dates will be added in the near future so be sure to check the official website regularly.

The band were well received when supporting Def Leppard in Australia in November 2008, and if you'd like to read a review of some of those shows, please go to . In addition, the band played a "Sgt Pepper at 40" show at St Petersburg, FL on 21st Nov 2008, together with Donovan and the Florida Rock Symphony. The band were joined onstage by Pat Travers at their Orlando show on 28 Dec 2008. The band also played for 3 successive nights in mid-January at the Potawatomi Casino in (very cold and snowy!) Milwaukee.

As reported last time, a deluxe 4 DVD/CD set was released in the US on 11 November 2008 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original "At Budokan" LP release. This featured the first commercial DVD release of the 75 minute show that was broadcast on Japanese TV in 1978. Bonus video features include a documentary with the band, as well as a bonus live track from the 1978 tour and two tracks from the 30th Anniversary show at the Budokan in April 2008. The set also features 3 audio CD's, replicating the audio of the DVD as well as the newly remastered "Complete Budokan" double CD set.This set was also released in Japan on 26 Nov 2008 and in Europe on 23 Feb 2009. A "Blu-spec" audio CD of the original "Live at Budokan" was released in Japan on 21 January 2009. However, the 180 gram audiophile vinyl pressing of the original 10 track LP that was due for release in the USA on 28 Oct 2008 sadly never materialised.

The newly-restored Budokan concert film from 1978 was premiered at cinema's across the USA at special screenings on 4th December 2008, with Jack Douglas attending the screening in Los Angeles and doing a Q&A.

The band appeared on the US "Rockline" radio show on 3rd December 2008.

A new download is exclusively available from iTunes Australia, a cover of the Slade song "Lights Out", and a video can be viewed via the official website in the "video" section. In addition, the band now have an official YouTube channel which can be found at - this includes rare video footage from 1975, 1979 and 1980.

One of the bands signature songs, "Hello There" is featured during the opening sequence of the "Rock Band 2" game. This can be viewed at

Following signature versions of other band members instruments in the past, Ludwig have just released a Bun E Carlos model snare drum. The Cheap Trick drummer is currently involved in a side project called "Tinted Windows" with James Iha, Taylor Hanson and Adam Schlesinger. A little more about that is included in a new, short interview between Bun E and Cheap Trick's tour manager Carla Dragotti that has just been posted onto the official website.

Further to the last newsletter, the new "Tour Date" archive on my website (at has been regularly updated with helpdful information from many Cheap Trick fans around the world. If you have firm information or details of any missing shows, please let me know. In addition, I also continue to update the "Collectors" pages on my website (at with the section on cassettes (remember them?) just significantly updated. Again, please do let me know of anything I'm missing from the worldwide discography.

As ever, the official website is worth checking regularly - not only for tour dates, but new photo's, merchandise and fan club details. The mailing address for the official fanclub, Trick International is 8225 5th Avenue #803, Brooklyn, NY 11209, USA.

I hope you've found this latest issue informative and don't forget my archive website at If you receive this by paper mail, I'd be grateful you could send a stamped envelope 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 or e-mail me.

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