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Newsletter Issue #21 - May, 2000

Welcome to the twenty first "unofficial" Cheap Trick newsletter.

Current live dates announced on the official CT website are as follows: 27 May - Charlotte NC; 30 June - Saratoga CA; 1 July - Hollister CA; 2 - San Diego; 3 - Las Vegas; 6 - Milwaukee; 7 - Dayton OH; 8 - Hagerstown MD; 14 - Minneapolis; 15 - Chicago**; 22 - Hillsboro MO; 26 - Huntingdon WV; 28 - West Bend WI; 29 - Maumee OH; 3 Aug - Pocatello ID; 4 - Cardwell MT; 5 - Sturgis SD; 11 - Santa Fe NM; 15 - San Mateo CA; 17 - Eugene OR; 18 - Sacramento CA; 20 - Darrington WA; 26 - N Vancouver Island BC, Canada; 30 Dec - Mt Pleasant MI. As always, these dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling. (** This date is unconfirmed)

The 20 live tracks (from the '98 Chicago Metro shows/'99 Rockford 25th Anniversary Show) and which were announced as being available during April to download or order from have not yet appeared on that website. I don't know the reason for the delay, but I expect them to be available for me to give details in the July newsletter. If you're internet connected, keep an eye on the Musicmaker website for these tracks.

More snippets of news:-
- The band have continued work on material for the new album in between tour dates, and had some studio time in Texas following two shows in Amarillo and Richardson (north Dallas) in late April.
- The band played an hour long set at the opening of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's prestigious "Rock Style" exhibition in Cleveland on 12 May. This included the exhibition sponsor Tommy Hilfiger joining the band on stage.
- The US DVD/video release of Music for Hangovers continues to be delayed, still due to the technical problem with the DVD format as far as I know.
- The band's recent 29th April show at Richardson, Texas has been archived on the internet at Yahoo's Broadcast channel at and both audio and video are available. I have to note that the audio quality is variable.
- Bun E's Jukebox on the official website has recently been restocked with 12 tracks from a live show in New York in Nov 95, including California Man and Fire Brigade with Roy Wood guesting on guitar and vocals.
- The remastered first three albums on CD have now been released as a "box set" in the USA, though there are no extra tracks beyond what were on the original releases of these Remasters late in 1998.
- It seems that a (commercial) Cheap Trick tribute album is due to be released on May 23 in the USA. 'Cheap Dream: Tribute To Cheap Trick' features members of bands such as Warrant, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat and Dramarama and the track listing reads pretty much like a Greatest Hits list. According to Mark in Glasgow (thanks!), import copies should be orderable from Virgin (and other major music stores in the UK) at around UKú18.50. Samples of the tracks can be heard online at - search for the album title "Cheap Dream".

Last chance for submissions for the third fan tribute CD is now June 16. Submissions or more details from Mark Brainard, c/o Studio 411, 22647 Ventura Blvd. # 574, Woodland Hills, CA 91364; website

Belgian fan Walter De Coninck is looking to make contact with other fans. If interested, please send letters to me and I'll forward them to Walter.

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 One incentive for joining might be the occasional and limited edition "Bun E's Basement Bootleg" rarities CD's that Bun E has said are planned to be released (see the interview with the Jan 2000 Newsletter). These are likely to be initially made available only to TI members. Given the limited numbers to be produced, it is likely that they won't be available to the general public. Merchandise is available from Trickstuff, and 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 some of my photo's are archived on my internet site at - . 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 will be in mid-late July. I'll be seeing shows in California in late June/early July, so hope to pick up more news for you then. And on this 21st issue, thanks for your continued support!

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