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Newsletter Issue #41 - Nov 2003

Welcome to the forty first "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter! This includes a review of the California dates in early October {Review 2003_cal.htm} as well as of two weekend shows recently in Texas {Review texas_03.htm }. I hope you find both reviews of interest.

The following live dates are currently announced on the official CT website as at 20th November:

31 Dec 2003 - Orlando FL; 2 Jan 2004 - Clearwater FL; 3 - West Palm Beach FL; 12 Feb - Sanford FL; 14 - Hallandale FL.

As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling.

Along with several other bands, Cheap Trick played a number of shows in September right across the USA, supporting Cake's "Unlimited Sunshine Tour". Cheap Trick have then had their own multi-band run of shows during November, with one of the two support acts being long time friend and MC5 member, Wayne Kramer. During a few of these shows, Rick has joined Wayne and his band on "Kick Out the Jams" whilst Cheap Trick played the MC5's "Ramblin' Rose" in New Orleans.

The second single from the new CD was "Too Much" and was released to radio in mid October, but was superceded two weeks later by "My Obsession".

As well as touring, the band have made a number of TV and radio appearences over the past couple of months, including:
- On October 1st, Robin and Tom appeared on the US radio show "Loveline". An audio version of the broadcast can be downloaded from (though be warned, it's an extremely large file );
- The "Live From the Sky Church" show on the US version of VH-1 was broadcast several times from mid October, and featured the band playing at Seattle's Experience Music Project in August;
- The band briefly featured in the US show "I Love the 80's Strikes Back" broadcast in mid October;
- A long radio station interview with Rick, broadcast on 3 November can be downloaded from but again note that it's a very large file;
- The band recorded "Sessions@AOL" for the online media giant around August/September and this has been archived for AOL members to watch online (using keywords "Sessions"). The tracks played were "Words", "I Want You to Want Me", "Surrender", "Pop Drone", "Scent of a Woman", "Too Much", "My Obsession" and "If I Could". In addition, there is also a short audio interview.

The "Live in Australia" DVD was finally released in the UK (and Europe?) in October, over 5 years after its release in the USA. Surprisingly I found both a UK and an Australian copy in my local HMV in Leeds, and it is interesting to note that despite the same track listing, the Australian version is listed as running for 8 minutes less! Some of the cover artwork is different too, so worth looking out for by the collectors amongst us.

This isn't news as such, but I have recently added a new page to my website which relates to Cheap Trick and the Hard Rock Cafe chain. The band have played in a few HRC's, pieces of CT memorabilia can be found in many Cafe's around the world, and there are even some collectible pins inspired by the band or some of Rick's guitars. I've attempted to start to compile as much information as I can find onto this page. It's a work in progress, so I'd welcome any comments, information and photographs. The page can be viewed at hardrock.htm

The rest of my archive website can be found at All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photos are archived there. The official website is (as always) at and has gradually been upgrading various pages over the summer. Official merchandise can be found online at via the official website, and I understand that some new items will shortly be added to the range available there.

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 early in the new year, either January or February (depending on news). And to end up, may I take this opportunity to once again wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a good new year ahead!


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