Newsletter Issue #53 - Mar 2006
Welcome to the fifty-third "UNOFFICIAL"
Cheap Trick newsletter, and I hope you find it of interest. It includes a review of the
bands appearance at the Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood last month as well as
the following nights show - hollywood06.htm
The following live dates are currently listed on the official CT website
(www.cheaptrick.com) as at 26 March. 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:-
21 & 22 Apr - Lincoln City OR; 24 & 25 - Anaheim CA; 28 -
Laughlin NV; 29 - Valley Centre CA; 5 May - Las Vegas; 2 Jun
- St Petersburg FL; 17 - Sheffield UK; 18 - London UK; 7 Aug - Sturgis
SD; 18 - Beaver Dam WI; 3 Sep - Highland Park IL.
The shows in England in mid June will be with Def Leppard and The Sensational Alex Harvey
Band, and tickets have just gone on sale for both shows.
The band were scheduled to support Aerosmith in the USA from early March to mid April, but
only one show was actually played, at Miami. Shows were cancelled after that on an almost
show-by-show basis because of Steven Tyler's health, and the rest of Aerosmith's tour
(with Cheap Trick and beyond) was cancelled on 21 March because Tyler required throat
The band attended the latter stages of the Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood CA in
February. They visited the camp and gave a Q&A session as well as playing a couple of
acoustic songs (including "Lookout"). On the final night of the camp (Monday
20th), a public show was held at the House of Blues in Hollywood, where the 12 groups of
camp attendees each performed two songs on stage. Two of the bands performed Cheap Trick
songs ("Surrender" and "I Want You to Want Me") and Rick and Robin
joined each band on the crowded stage for the first verse of each. After the camp's bands
had all played and received their awards, Cheap Trick took to the stage to play
"Dream Police". Robin then left the stage, to be replaced by Roger Daltrey who
performed "Summertime Blues" with the rest of Cheap Trick.
It has been announced that the long awaited new studio CD will be released on 6th June
2006 (6.6.06!) and will be titled "Rockford". The first single for airplay was
released early in March, titled "Perfect Stranger". This and two other new songs
have been made available on the official website for advance listening. The other songs
are "Welcome to the World" and "Come On Come On Come On" and links to
listen to these can be found within the "News" section of the Bulletin Boards at
The "Expanded" editions of the "Dream Police" and "All Shook
Up" CD's were released in the US and Europe on 6 March, both containing bonus tracks
as previously reported. The "Authorised Next Position Please" was also made
available on 6 March, but for download only. Despite my efforts, it has proved impossible
to get information from Sony Music in either the UK or USA, but at present this seems only
available to US based consumers. It is available on the US version of iTunes but iTunes
subscribers in Europe are not able to access or download this album. I am sorry that so
far I have been unable to find out from Sony if this will later be released on CD.
As always, the official website (www.cheaptrick.com) has the most up to date tour dates,
also photo's and the merchandise store where new items include 2006 tour t-shirts.
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 May/June depending on news.