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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 ( 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 surgery.

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 ( 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.


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