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Newsletter Issue #19 - January, 2000

Welcome to the nineteenth "unofficial" Cheap Trick newsletter, and welcome to the new Century ! In Trick-speak, we've reached 2000-0 ! This includes a review of the 2 shows just before Christmas in Wisconsin and Chicago, also the interview Bun E kindly gave me during soundcheck in Chicago. {Newsletter Review - appleton.htm/ Interview - ctinterview99.htm}.

The touring schedule is currently brief, due to recording plans. Current live dates are as follows: 29 Jan 2000 - Atlanta GA; 10 Mar - Robinsonville MS; 11 - Gadsden AL; 15 - Macon GA; 17 - St Petersburg FL; 18 - Universal Studios (Main Street Stage), Orlando FL; 1 July - Hollister CA; 2 - San Diego; 3 - Las Vegas. As always, these dates are subject to confirmation and change.

The band appeared on Steve Dahl's radio show in Chicago on the afternoon of Dec 9th, and played some live tracks (in part or in entirity) in the studio - Southern Girls, Can't Stop Falling Into Love, Oh Caroline, Christmas Christmas, The Flame, I'm Losing You, Oh Claire, I'll Be Home For Christmas (just goofing about apparently), Surrender.

Cheap Trick saw in the New Year at Disney, Orlando FL, with fans travelling from around the globe, including Europe and Australia as well as from all over the USA ! They played 2 x 45 minute sets, as part of a music show for the US satellite/cable network DirecTV. Set 1, the untelevised one was: Ain't That a Shame, Come On Come On, She's Tight, I Can't Take It, I Want You to Want Me, I Know What I Want, Wrong All Along, If You Want My Love, That 70's Song, Oh Caroline (electric), Dream Police. Set 2, the televised one, was: Hello There, Big Eyes, Hot Love, Woke Up With a Monster, I Want You to Want Me, Downed, Never Had A Lot To Lose, Voices, Southern Girls, Surrender, California Man (this was the last song but wasn't broadcast). Rick Nielsen and his wife Karen will be featured on a segment on HGTV - Home and Garden Television - in the US, on the evening of February 13, 2000.

The band will spend time in the studio during January, February and late March, working on the new studio album. More information in the enclosed interview.

The Music for Hangovers video/DVD is expected to be released in the USA in February. The DVD will include surround sound, a commentary track and band interviews. The Live in Australia (1988) DVD that was released in the US in October is "zoned" to play on DVD players within the North America zone. If you live outside that zone, I understand it is possible to have your DVD player adjusted to play disks from the USA, but please take proper technical advice on this !

The latest Trick International newsletter reports that the remastered/revised Greatest Hits CD is likely during 2000, and may include a "superior version" of "In the Streets", which was titled "That 70's Song" for that TV soundtrack. They also mention the "Bun E Basement Bootleg" CD series, a follow on from the "Music for Gurms" CD of rarities/outtakes/live songs, given to Trickfest 3 attendees. There are planned to be 1-2 a year, strictly limited to 1,000, and available first to TI members, before the remainder being made available generally. Another good incentive to join TI. Bun E mentions both the remasters and the "Basement Bootlegs" in the enclosed interview.

A third fan tribute CD is planned by fans who frequent the Alt.Music.Cheap-Trick newsgroup. As with the previous two, it's a "tribute" and no money or profit is involved. I understand the closing date is 31 May. Submissions or more details from Mark Brainard, c/o Studio 411, 22647 Ventura Blvd. # 574, Woodland Hills, CA 91364; website

The official fan service, Trick International is at 1957 - 86th Street, PMB #149, Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA. Write to this address for membership details. Additionally TI can be contacted via e-mail at Merchandise is available from Trickstuff, and new merchandise has been added, including new fridge magnets and bucket hat. Orders and enquiries should be sent to Trickstuff, PO Box 1911, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA. The official Cheap Trick home page on the Internet can be found at and the new merchandise can be found there.

All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and some of my photo's are archived on the internet at a new location -

I hope you've found this issue informative. 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. I hope you and Cheap Trick have a very successful new year !


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