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Newsletter Issue #7 - January 1998

Welcome to the seventh "unofficial" Cheap Trick newsletter. As well as the latest news, you'll find enclosed a short interview I had with Roy Wood just before Christmas rwinterview.htm, and the latest Trickstuff merchandise list. Hope you all had a good Christmas, and best wishes for 1998. Many thanks to those people who sent me cards !

The band played a special show on New Years Eve at the Hard Rock Cafe, San Francisco. This was part of a special series of new Years Eve shows hosted by the Hard Rock Cafe chain around the US and I gather the show was a great success. During the summer tour, the band have played nearly all of the songs from the CT(97) album live. For interest, the set list of the Dec 31 show was :- I Want You to Want Me, Come On, Come On, She's Tight, Anytime, Ain't That a Shame, I Know What I Want, Wrong All Along, If You Want My Love, Southern Girls, Voices, Heaven Tonight, Don't Be Cruel, Surrender, Auld Lang Syne and Dream Police.

The band are currently taking a well earned break from touring, having been on the road almost non stop since early Dec 1996 ! However, that doesn't mean that nothing is happening ! I understand that they are currently writing material for a new album, as well as preparing for their second "Trickfest".

Trickfest 2 has been confirmed as going ahead February 26-28 at Merrillville, Indiana. The first, held on 24 August 1995 in Chicago was a one day event, but is set to be significantly larger this time around ! The 3 day event is open to Trick International members only, who should already have received notification from TI. I understand it will include a special "members only" all-request show (on 27/2), as well as photo opportunities, autograph session and a charity auction of band memorabilia. One special auction item will be Bun.E's 1979 Lincoln Continental, originally bought with his "Live at Budokan" royalties in the summer of 1979. Bun E will be driving it to Fest, and the lucky buyer gets to drive it home ! The 28 Feb evening will see a concert at the Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville titled "An Evening with Cheap Trick" which is open to the public. A further public show may be arranged for 1 March, location to be announced. Looks to be a hectic long CT weekend !

During December, Cheap Trick amicably parted company with their manager for the past two years, Larry Mazer. Management activity is now being handled by CNP&Z in Madison, Wisconsin. They can be reached via e-mail at

In case you are still looking, Bill McNie tells me that a shop was advertising the "Gift" CD (the 1995 US CD single featuring the tracks Christmas Christmas and Come On Christmas - the latter a reworking of the classic Come On, Come On) in Kerrang megazine in Dec. Cost was 5.99, the shop was Mike Lloyd Music Rock Mail Order, 14-20 Brunswick Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, ST1 1DR, England. Thanks, Bill.

A "new" live video was released in December in the USA, though I'm not aware of any plans to release it in Europe. First released in Australia some years ago, it is a live video of a show at Salina's Club, Sydney, Australia from 10 Feb 1988, on the Lap of Luxury tour.

Note that the mailing address for Trick International has changed. It is now 1957 - 86th Street, Suite 149, Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA . Additionally TI can be contacted via e-mail at Merchandise can still be ordered from Trickstuff, 630 S Whitney Way, # 150, Madison, WI 53711, USA, and a copy of the latest (ie Dec 97) merchandise list is enclosed. Remember that you can get a 10% discount on most orders (other than special offers) if you are a TI member. The Cheap Trick home page on the Internet can be found at

I hope you've found this issue informative. Unless you have already done so, please send an sae (UK) or International Reply Coupon (IRC) (Europe) for the next issue. This will include a report on Trickfest 2, reviewing the event and the various shows, plus any news I pick up whilst there etc. I anticipate Issue #8 being sent out mid-late March, jet lag permitting !

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