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Newsletter Issue #22 - July, 2000

Welcome to the twenty second "unofficial" Cheap Trick newsletter.This includes a review of my recent trip to 3 shows in California and Las Vegas, including an incredible all acoustic show at Saratoga CA, and I hope you find it interesting. {Newsletter Review - cal_vegas.htm}

Current live dates announced on the official CT website are as follows: 14 July - Minneapolis; 15 - Chicago; 20 - Hammond IN; 21 - Pittsburgh; 22 - Hillsboro MO; 25 - Louisville KY; 26 - Huntingdon WV; 28 - West Bend WI; 29 - Maumee OH; 4 Aug - Cardwell MT; 5 - Sturgis SD; 7 - Lincoln NE; 9 - Denver; 10 - Colorado Springs; 11 - Santa Fe NM; 15 - San Mateo CA; 17 - Eugene OR; 18 - Sacramento CA; 22 - Edmonton CAN; 23 - Calgary CAN; 25 - Vancouver CAN; 26 - N Vancouver Island BC, CAN; 14 Sep - Pomona CA; 15 - Tulare CA; 30 Dec - Mt Pleasant MI. As always, these dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling.

Twenty three live tracks from the '98 Chicago Metro shows became available on MusicMaker in early June, to download or order custom CD(s). All the tracks from the "Music for Hangovers" CD are available there too and the website URL is . I understand that further live tracks (from the Rockford 25th Anniversary Show) will be made available at a later date.

The first limited edition "Bun E's Basement Bootleg" rarities CD' #1 was offered to Trick International members late in May, and some copies (of the 1,000 disk run) are now available to the public (at the time of writing, 13 July). The order form can be found on the official website (follow the link on the "News" page). For those receiving this newsletter on paper, I have enclosed a copy of the order form. Hurry to order, no further copies will be pressed after they sell out. The disk features 12 rare live tracks, including performances with various well known musicians, and many of the tracks were recorded at shows in the UK. Recommended.

The re-mastered "Authorised Greatest Hits" CD is due for release on the Sony label, in both the USA and (I understand) the UK, around late August. The 16 track compilation has not only been re-mastered but also re-compiled, and I understand the likely track listing to be:-
I Want You to Want Me, Ain't That a Shame, Southern Girls, Surrender, Stop This Game, Dream Police, If You Want My Love (alternate version), Tonight It's You, Everything Works If You Let It, Mandocello, I Can't Take It (live 98), She's Tight, That 70's Song (In The Street), Walk Away, Can't Stop Falling Into Love, The Flame (live 88).

The DVD of the Rockford 25th Anniversary Show is apparently due for US release late in August. The whole two hour plus show will be included, and it's fitting that its planned release is almost a year to the day of the show. No news of this being available in European format though. I understand that negotiations are ongoing as to a distribution deal for the the long awaited DVD/video of the 1998 Chicago Metro (Music for Hangovers) shows. Again, it is likely to only be released in the US initially, and I'm not aware of any plans for Europe at this stage.

Cheap Trick have been voted as being in the top 25 "greatest hard rock artists" in a poll conducted amongst the music industry by VH-1 (USA). As such they will feature in one of 5 one hour long programmes to be aired in the US in November 2000. The working title for the series is "100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists". I'll try to find out if this series might also air on VH-1 in Europe and let you know.

The third "Alt.Music.Cheap-Trick newsgroup" fan tribute CD is available for order from 12 July and features 19 tracks from amateur musicians/bands ranging from the USA and Japan to Sweden and Scotland. I was lucky enough to hear all the songs whilst I was in LA and ithis collection is as impressive as the first two. This is a non-profit venture, so the charge is purely to cover costs. The order form can be found online at (as can the sleeve design and track listing) and for those not online, you can order by mail (order form enclosed) from Studio 411, attn: Mark Brainard, 22647 Ventura Blvd. #574, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, USA (money order payable to "Mark Brainard"). The cost for one CD, including mailing to Europe or Japan is US$10. For costs to ship elsewhere in the world or to order multiple copies, contact Mark at the address above or by e-mail at Again, recommended.

Though this is meant to be an impartial newsletter, less recommended is the "Cheap Dream" "tribute" CD that was commercially released in the USA in May. Try to listen to the CD if possible before ordering, the electronic backing to many of the tracks do make them extremely different to the original versions by Cheap Trick. Import copies of this CD can be found or ordered from places like Virgin, and online through such suppliers as or Samples can be heard online at some of the suppliers websites.

Two brief items: The "Heart - Greatest Hits 85-95" CD has been released in Europe and the USA, and includes the Robin Zander/Ann Wilson duet "Surrender to Me". Belgian fan Walter De Coninck is still looking to make contact with other fans. If interested, please write to him at Veldstraat 134, 2930 Brassschaat, Belgium.

As always, 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 some new items can be viewed on the official website (see below). Orders/enquiries should be sent to Trickstuff, PO Box 1911, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA. The official Cheap Trick internet website internet is at .

All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photo's are archived on my internet site - And the "Cheap Trick Global Webring" link on the Entry page will take you to a list of great fan sites around the world!

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 issue is planned for early September.


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