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Newsletter Issue #38 - May 2003

Welcome to the thirty eighth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter! This includes a review of the Royal Albert Hall, London show in mid March  {Review europe-m.htm } and three shows in the Pacific Northwest  {Review vancouve.htm }, both of which I hope you find of interest.

The tour schedule is getting busier, and the following live dates are currently announced on the official CT website as at 22 May:

24 May - Manhatten KS; 25 - Little Rock AR; 6 Jun - Merrillville IN; 7 - Stevens Point WI; 12 - Altoona IA; 13 - Columbus OH; 14 - Niles OH; 17 - Burlington IA; 27 - Morton MN; 28 - Fargo ND; 30 - Milwaukee WI; 4 Jul - Pennsauken NJ; 11 - Calgary, Canada; 12 - Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada; 18 - St Joseph MI; 19 - Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; 20 - Little Falls NJ; 24 - Stillwater MN; 25 - Jefferson WI; 27 - Winter Park CO; 2 Aug - Tokyo, Japan (Festival show); 3 - Osaka, Japan (Festival show); 28 - Oshkosh WI; 29 - Marshfield WI; 31 - Rockford IL; 25 Sep - Kelowna, BC, Canada; 27 - Yakima WA; 2 Oct - San Diego CA; 5 - Bakersfield CA; 6 - Fresno CA; 7 - Redding CA. As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling.

In a news release on April 23, it was announced that Cheap Trick Unlimited had signed a worldwide licencing deal with BIG3 Records. The deal will include the release of the new studio CD (North American release is now scheduled for July 22) plus the previous CD titles:- Cheap Trick (97), Silver, Music For Hangovers, Woke Up With a Monster and In Color. The news release also confirms that the new CD, titled "Special One" includes the following tracks:- " Scent Of A Woman", "Too Much", "Special One", "Pop Drone", "My Obsession", "Words", "Sorry Boy", "(I’m My) Best Friend", "If I Could", "Low Life In High Heels", "Hummer" with the Japanese release having the bonus track of "Special One" in Japanese. The likely artwork (along with an interesting recent interview with Rick) can be found at .

At the end of March the band returned to the Pacific Northwest to play some shows postponed from January, and whilst there Bun E took part in a world record attempt. In a charity event, 262 drummers played a rock drum pattern in unison for six continuous minutes, smashing the previous world record. More information and pictures can be found on and that site also includes a number of short video clips of the event for download. The official website and Photo Gallery 5 of my website also includes a couple of pictures of Bun E at the event.

For those interested in drums, Bun E recommends the recently released "Ludwig Book" by Rob Cook. A comprehensive history, the book also includes some quotes from Bun E as well as pictures of a few items from his large collection. The book retails at $40, details can be found at . In addition, Bun E will be the subject of the cover feature in the Jun-Aug issue of "Vintage Drummer" magazine.

My archive website can be found at All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photos are archived there.

As always, the current range of official merchandise can be viewed on the official website, and orders/enquiries should be sent to Trickstuff, PO Box 1911, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA. The official fan service, Trick International is at 1957 - 86th Street, PMB #149, Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA, e-mail at and the official website is at

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 newsletter is planned for July or Aug.

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