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Newsletter Issue #55 - July 2006

Welcome to the fifty-fifth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter, and I hope you find it of interest. It includes a review of the bands two shows in England last month { england_06.htm   }.

The following live dates are currently listed on the official CT website ( as at 2 July. Check online regularly as shows for 2006 are being added. As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change so please check before travelling, and check the website for further additions:-
5 Jul - Interlochen MI; 7 - Milwaukee WI; 14 - Lansing MI; 21 - Hammond IN; 22 - St Louis MO; 26 - Bala ONT, Canada; 28 - Toledo OH; 4 Aug - Darrington WA; 5 - Kelowna BC, Canada; 7 - Sturgis SD; 18 - Beaver Dam WI; 2 Sep - Rockford IL; 3 - Highland Park IL; 9 Muncie IN; 6 Oct - Lake Havasu AZ; 10 Nov - St Petersburg FL; 11 - Orlando FL

With the new CD "Rockford" being released in North America and Japan on 6 June and in Europe on 26 June (on the SPV label), the past few weeks have been understandably busy for the band. As well as continuing to play scheduled live shows (including the two in England on 17 & 18 June with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Def Leppard), the band have carried out a large number of media engagements. Most have been in the USA and it's difficult to list everything, but they include:-
(TV) - two appearances on the "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" show - on May 9th, playing "Surrender" and on June 29th playing "Perfect Stranger". Also, Rick took part in a video shoot at Lake Buena Vista, Florida on 13 June with a number of other musicians for the opening credits for "Monday Night Football".
(Radio) - numerous radio and online interviews, including "The Bob & Tom Radio Show" broadcast on May 12 (the songs played live were "Perfect Stranger", "Oh Caroline", "Surrender" and "Auf Wiedersehen" and were available to download by those who pre-ordered the "Rockford" CD through the official website). The band also appeared on the syndicated "Rockline" show on 7 June, playing "Perfect Stranger", "If It Takes a Lifetime", "I Want You To Want Me" and "Surrender". Additionally they appeared on Howard Stern's radio show amongst many others, also on BBC Radio 6 in the UK on the Phil Jupitus show. Whilst in the UK they were also interviewed by the following online stations - Mojo Radio, ARfm, PlanetRock, Metal Express Radio,TotalRock, but I haven't found any interviews archived on the stations websites yet.
(Magazines/Press/Online) - There have been a large number of reviews of the "Rockford" CD, and the front page of the official website ( includes a long list of links to many of these. In addition, Rick appears in the August issue of the American "Guitar World" magazine, and Tom is the cover artist in July's "Bass Player" magazine. The band are also featured in the current issue (August 2006) of the British "Classic Rock" magazine. On June 19th the band held a media day in London, England, so European fans should look out for both reviews of the 17th and/or 18th June shows in UK magazines as well as CT features and/or interviews in the following - Guitar Part/Guitar Collector, Red Hot Rock (Sweden), Rock Tribune (Belgium), UP Magazine (Netherlands), HMM (Romania), Rock Hard Magazine, Classic Rock & Metal Hammer (UK), Fireworks magazine, and Crossroads (France). The band can also be found featured on the Major League Baseball website, which features some exclusive live performances for those ordering "Rockford" via The weblink for that page is

To confirm one piece of information from the last newsletter, the Japanese release of "Rockford" does feature the bonus, instrumental track "Mondo Ragga".

If you're likely to see Cheap Trick live in the next few weeks and months, Rick has two new guitars to particularly look out for. One is a square shaped, yellow custom guitar featuring the "Rockford" artwork; the second is Rick's latest 5 neck guitar (his third), first seen in Chicago in Aug 2004 but I believe played for the first time in Atlantic City NJ on 30 June.

As always, the official website ( has the most up to date tour dates. It also includes a number of new photographs from shows in June, and the merchandise store continues to add new items on a regular basis. It should be noted that the mailing address for Trick International changed on 9 June, and is now 8225 5th Avenue #803, Brooklyn, NY 11209, USA.

I hope you've found this latest issue informative. 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. The next newsletter is planned for Sept/Oct depending on news.

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