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Newsletter Issue #42 - Jan 2004

Welcome to the forty second "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter, and I hope you find it of interest.

The following live dates are currently announced on the official CT website as at 23rd January (as always, dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling):

12 Feb 2004 - Sanford FL; 14 - Hallandale FL; (the following dates are all with Aerosmith) 11 Mar - Lubbock TX; 13 - El Paso TX; 15 - Hidalgo TX; 17 - Laredo TX; 19 - Little Rock AR; 21 - Bossier City LA; 23 - Tupelo MS; 25 - Lafayette LA; 27 - Biloxi MS; 29 - Pensacola FL; 1 Apr - Tallahassee FL; 3 - Ft Lauderdale FL; 5 - Orlando FL; 7 - Columbia SC; 9 - Atlanta GA; 14 - Philadelphia PA; 16 - Dayton OH; 18 - Quebec City QC, Canada; 20 - Montreal QC, Canada; 22 - Hamilton ON, Canada; 24 - Green Bay WI; 4 May - Ames IA; 6 - Peoria IL; 8 - Madison WI; 10 - Evansville IN; 12 - Sioux City IA; 14 - Winnipeg MB, Canada; 16 - Saskatoon SK, Canada; 18 - Edmonton AB, Canada; 20 - Calgary AB, Canada; 22 - Portland OR; 24 - Boise ID; 2 Jun - Dallas TX; 4 - Houston TX; 6 - Birmingham AL; 8 - Indianapolis IN; 9 - Buffalo NY; 12 - Atlantic City NJ; 14 - Scranton PA; 16 - Virginia Beach VA; 18 - Pittsburgh PA; 20 - Holmdel NJ; 22 - Long Island NY; 24 - Boston MA; 26 - Hershey PA; 28 - Cleveland OH
(Trick International have announced that Tom will be off the road during the first part of the tour with Aerosmith, and Jon Brant will be filling in for him during that time.)

There have been rumours/internet listings of the band playing some festival shows in Europe with Deep Purple in June/July, but it should be noted that these are unconfirmed.

During November a special promotional CD single was released of "My Obsession" together with "Come On Christmas". Also during that month, Bun E appeared on American TV frequently in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, drumming with Donna C (of The Donna's) in a commercial for the Target store's Thanksgiving Sale.

The New Years Eve show in Orlando went ahead successfully this year, having been rained off last year. Cheap Trick played two 45 minute sets, and at the end of the first were joined by Brian Johnson of AC/DC for a version of "Highway to Hell". Following the NYE and subsequent two shows, the band stayed on in Florida to start working on new material for their next CD.

January 8th saw the band play a special "Grand Opening Party" show at the newly opened Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit, and a small number of Trick International members were able to get tickets for this invitation only event.

The rest of my archive website can be found at All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photos are archived there. The official website is (as always) at, and I understand that the Message Boards there will shortly be re-opened following an increased amount of malicious posting activity by troublemakers in the latter part of 2003. The latest range of official merchandise can be found on the official website,

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 March or April, depending on news.


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