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Newsletter Issue #24 - November, 2000

Welcome to the twenty fourth "unofficial" Cheap Trick newsletter, which is being sent out a little early (in mid October), although it's the November issue! The early circulation is so I can inform you that the Authorised Greatest Hits is just out in Europe.  {Ed note: A review of the two September shows in Illinois was not sent out with this newsletter, but can be found at  illinois.htm}

Current live dates announced on the official CT website are as follows: 10 Nov - St Petersburg FL; 11 - Fellsmere FL; 30 Dec - Mt Pleasant MI; 31 - Merrillville IN. As always, these dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling.

The New Year's Eve show has been confirmed as taking place at the Star Plaza Theatre, at Merrillville, Indiana. A familiar venue for many fans, this was where Trickfest's 2 and 3 were held. Various packages are available for Trick International members from the connected Radisson Hotel, or tickets can be bought seperately. The front rows have been reserved for TI members, seating is dependent on the package purchased. For details of the hotel/ticket packages, call the Radisson Hotel on 219-769-6311 or 219-769-6600, quoting the password "Surrender" and stating your TI number. Tickets for the show are available from the usual ticket agencies.

On Oct 1st the band played an overseas show in front of around 10,000 people at the Estadio Nacional in Panama City, Panama.

The "Authorised Greatest Hits" CD was released in Europe on Monday October 9th, at a UK price of £10-11. This includes the 16 tracks listed for the US release (listed in issue 22), plus California Man and Voices. The two previously unreleased tracks, on this very different package to the 1991 Greatest Hits, are "That 70's Song" (with the original lyrics) and a live, 1988 version of "The Flame", apparently the first time it was played live. The US release has been delayed, the planned release date is now apparently October 24th.

On September 11th, Sony released a "box set" of the remastered "Cheap Trick" (77) and "In Color" CD's in the UK (and Europe?), at a price of UK£16-17. The CD's are the same as were released in 1998. However, the initial sets distributed contained a packaging error. The CD's actually packaged were "In Color" and the "Complete Budokan" CD's. Since the double CD "Complete Budokan" retails at £15 on its own, a costly error! I understand that Sony were recalling stocks to correct this mistake.

After their 23rd September show in New Orleans, the band were flown by private jet to Massachusetts, to play at Aerosmith's Joe Perry's 50th birthday party! Cheap Trick played two sets, both closen by Joe. Set 1 comprised "On Top of the World, Come On Come On, Voices, 70's Song, Clock Strikes Ten, Flame, Southern Girls and Dream Police. Joe played with the band for the whole of Set 2, which was "Hello There, Big Eyes, I Want You to Want Me, You're All Talk, If You Want My Love, I'm Down (w/ Steve Tyler and Joey Kramer on drums), Ain't That a Shame, Day Tripper (w/Steve), It's All Over now (w/ Steve, Joey on drums), Train Kept a-Rollin' (w/Steve, Joey on drums), Surrender (w/Steve).

Thanks to Craig Smith for pointing out that I hadn't informed you that the "Bun E's Basement" CD #1 contains other material in addition to the audio tracks. If you have a PC, you'll also find a band biography, the complete promo video of "That 70's Song", and also a link to a secret page on the official website with a further live track in MP3 format for download. My apologies for forgetting to mention this!

Those of you linked to the internet may have seen that the official website at has recently been revamped and updated. Worth re-visiting often, as new features are promised.

No further news on the "Music for Hangovers" or "25th Anniversary, Rockford" DVD's, since the last newsletter.

Channel 5 in the UK started broadcasting "That 70's Show" early in September, and are showing two episodes each Monday evening. Cheap Trick recorded the theme song last year, which was used for season 2. I guess we'll start hearing the Cheap Trick version over the credits late this year or early 2001.

Bun E gave one of his informative drum clinic's in Los Angeles on 7th October. One of Rick's famous guitars will be part of an exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The exhibition, "Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar" will run from Nov 5th, 2000 to February 25th, 2001, and will show the development of the guitar using exhibits from 1590 to the present day. Rick's first 5-neck guitar, now retired from active stage duty, will be amongst those guitars on display.

As ever, the official fan service, Trick International is at 1957 - 86th Street, PMB #149, Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA and can be contacted via e-mail at Merchandise is available from Trickstuff and the current range can be viewed on the official website (see below). 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 photo's are archived on my internet site - And 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 is planned for early January. May I take this (early, sorry!) opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas, best wishes for 2000+1, and once again to thank you for your support of this newsletter over the past year. Your support since Issue #1 in Dec 1996 has been very much appreciated.

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