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Newsletter Issue #61 - June 2008

Welcome to the sixty-first "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter, and I hope you find it of interest. It includes a review of the show at the Budokan in Tokyo { Budokan - 2008 }which I hope you find entertaining.

The following live dates are currently listed on the official CT website ( as at 14 June. Check online regularly as new shows are added occasionally. As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change so please check before travelling, and check the website for further additions:-

June 28 - Hollywood, CA (this is a "Sgt Pepper revisited" and not a Cheap Trick show); July 3 - Peoria IL; 4 - Manistee MI; 5 - Milwaukee WI.

The following dates are all triple-bill shows, with Cheap Trick opening, then Heart, and with Journey headlining:
July 9 - Denver CO; 11 - Salt Lake City UT; 12 - Lake Tahoe NV; 15- San Diego CA; 16 - Irvine CA; 18 - Las Vegas NV; 19 - Tucson AZ; 22 - Council Bluffs IA; 23 - Oklahoma City OK; 25 - San Antonio TX; 26 - Houston TX; 27 - Dallas TX; 30 - Tampa FL; 31 - West Palm Beach FL; August 2 - Charlotte NC; 3 & 4 - Atlanta GA; 6 - Orange Beach FL; 7 - Nashville TN; 9 - Birmingham AL; 10 - Raleigh NC; 12 - Virginia Beach VA; 14 - Jones Beach NY; 16 - Scranton PA; 17 - Uncasville CT; 19 - Boston MA; 21 - Holmdel NJ; 23 - Syracuse NY; 24 - Saratoga NY; 26 - Camden NJ; 27 - Washington DC; 28 - Hershey PA; 30 - Bethel Woods NY; September 3 - Manchester NH; 5 - Toronto Canada; 6 - Cleveland OH; 7 - Cincinatti OH; 9 - Detroit MI; 10 - Indianapolis IN; 12 - Chicago IL; 13 - St Louis MO; 16 - Minneapolis MN; 19 - Seattle WA; 21 - Portland OR; 24 - Concord CA; 26 - Sacramento CA; 27 - Mountain View CA; 30 - Los Angeles CA; October 3 - Phoenix AZ; 4 - Albuquerque NM

The following shows are supporting Def Leppard in Australia:
October 31 - Perth; November 3 - Melbourne; 5 - Sydney; 7 - Newcastle; 8 - Brisbane; 10 - Wollongong; 11 - Canberra

As announced in my last newsletter, the band returned to Japan to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the original Budokan shows, and performed at the Nippon Budokan on 24th April. The official website is carrying lots of great photo's (and a short video snippet) from the show. In addition, the band attended a press conference at Sony Music the day before, and audio and video of parts of the conference can also be found via links on the opening page of the official website. And do visit the official merchandise store via, as it is currently taking orders for a special package of the event t-shirt, programme and keychain that were only sold at the Budokan show. I understand stocks are limited so don't delay!

The band played a full set at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago on May 7th, to celebrate the re-opening of that Cafe. In addition, Rick and Robin were at Myrtle Beach SC on 31st May/1st June to compete in a celebrity golf tournement that was part of the Grand Opening celebrations of the Hard Rock Park.

Before the encore of their show at De Kalb, IL on 29 March, the band were presented with the official proclamation of Cheap Trick Day by Illiinois State Senator Dave Syverson. A picture of the event can be seen on the official website.

There are a couple of CD releases for collectors to note. on April 23rd, Sony Japan re-released the "Complete Budokan" double CD set together with a short DVD of previously released video clips/songs. And in the UK, Sony will be releasing a 5 CD set on 16th June, comprising of the first three studio albums plus "All Shook Up" and "Next Position Please". As far as I can tell, the albums are all original releases without any bonus tracks.

As ever, the official website is worth checking regularly, and not only for details of
confirmed tour dates. Several sets of new photos can be found. In addition, the merchandise store continues to offer a wide range of Cheap Trick goodies

The mailing address for the official fanclub, Trick International is 8225 5th Avenue #803, Brooklyn, NY 11209,

I hope you've found this latest issue informative and don't forget my archive website at 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.

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