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Newsletter Issue #39 - Jul 2003

Welcome to the thirty ninth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter! This includes a review of three shows (and a rain loss) in the Midwest in the first half of June {Review Midwest03.htm }, and an interview that Tom kindly gave me in Wisconsin during that trip  {Tom interview  tom_jun03.htm}. I hope you find both of interest.

The following live dates are currently announced on the official CT website as at 9th July:

11 Jul - Calgary, Canada; 12 - Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada; 18 - St Joseph MI; 19 - Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; 20 - Little Falls NJ; 24 - Stillwater MN; 25 - Jefferson WI; 27 - Winter Park CO; 2 Aug - Tokyo, Japan (Festival show); 3 - Osaka, Japan (Festival show); 4 - Sendai, Japan **; 6 - Sapporo, Japan**; 23 - Palmer AK; 28 - Oshkosh WI; 29 - Marshfield WI; 31 - Rockford IL; 25 Sep - Kelowna, BC, Canada; 27 - Yakima WA; 2 Oct - San Diego CA; 5 - Bakersfield CA; 6 - Fresno CA; 7 - Redding CA.

As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling. (Please note that the two Japanese dates marked ** are not yet listed on cheaptrick.com but are understood to be confirmed).

As well as the Japanese shows listed above, I understand that the band will be playing at half time during the "NFL Tokyo" game on August 2nd at the Tokyo Dome between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the band will be performing at the Virgin Megastore at New York's Times Square at 6pm on July 22nd, to coincide with the release of "Special One" (see below). In addition, the band are apparently listed as appearing on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on July 25th, though they are currently scheduled to play in Wisconsin on that date.

The main news of the summer is the release of "Special One". The CD and LP releases in the USA on July 22nd, and the first 75,000 copies will include a bonus DVD containing the following video's - one song from "Silver," one song from "Music For Hangovers," the "Say Goodbye" video, "He's a Whore" (1976) and the "Woke Up with a Monster" video. The release date in Japan was July 9th, but as yet I've heard no release date in Europe. However, the HMV chain in the UK list the CD as being available from them afterJuly 21st - both online and in some stores, priced at UKú14. My local HMV store in Leeds say this is the US import copy and should include the bonus DVD. American online retailers such as www.cduniverse.com or www.amazon.com offer international shipping for orders from outside the USA. The Japanese release will feature the bonus track of "Special One" in Japanese, though I do not know if it will have the bonus DVD.

The first single from the new CD will be "Scent of a Woman", which is already getting extensive airplay across the USA. I don't as yet have a release date for it, nor do I have any single release information for Europe or Japan though "Too Much" appears to be the likely first single in Japan.

On July 1st the band played a short acoustic set at the new Apple store in Chicago as part of Apple's "Made on a Mac" series. They played four songs - "Too Much", "I Want You To Want Me", "Scent Of A Woman" and "Goodnight Now" which were recorded onto an Apple laptop using Pro Tools. Producer Harry Witz then took over to demonstrate editing and mixing the songs on the laptop.

Don't forget that Bun E is the subject of the cover feature in the Jun-Aug issue of the American "Vintage Drummer" magazine, which can be found in Tower Records amongst other retailers.

My archive website can be found at www.ctnewseurope.co.uk All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photos are archived there, and some new photo's have been added to Photo Gallery #5 which include Rick's new guitar.

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 TRICKINTL@aol.com and the official website is at www.cheaptrick.com.

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 September.


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