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Newsletter Issue #46 - October 2004

Welcome to the forty sixth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter, and I hope you find it (and the enclosed reviews  chi_oshkosh_04.htmduquoin_mke.htm  ,  cal_sep04.htm  ) of interest.

The touring schedule is currently pretty light (following a very busy first nine months of the year), with the following live dates currently announced on the official CT website as at 23 Oct (dates are subject to confirmation and change, please check before travelling): 23 Oct - San Juan, Puerto Rico; 29 - Edmonton, Canada; 19 Nov - Cleveland OH; 20 - Chicago; 31 Dec - Disneyworld, Orlando FL (2 sets)

The band performed at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on 18 Sept as part of the bill for "Miller's Rock Through Time" event celebrating Rolling Stone magazines 50 years. Cheap Trick played an hours set; "Voices" and "Dream Police" featured Ben Folds guesting on keyboards and the set closer was "Eighteen" with Alice Cooper. The headline act was Velvet Revolver, and one of their encore songs was "Surrender" with Rick and Robin guesting. A week later on 25 September, Bun E stepped up to the mic at the end of the Long Beach show to surprise the crowd by announcing that this was the band's 30th Anniversary that evening.

The "Essential Cheap Trick" double CD was released in Japan on 22 July (several months later than in the USA and Europe) and features two bonus tracks not found on the versions elsewhere - "Don't Be Cruel" and "Magical Mystery Tour" (thanks to Junko for confirming this information). In addition "Special One" was re-issued in the USA on 27 July with different cover artwork though the same track listing.

On 19 September, XM Satellite Radio premiered their "Then and Again..." show that featured Cheap Trick, with the show being re-broadcast several times over the following few days. The band had performed a full show in the stations Washington DC studio in June (see previous newsletter for full setlist), but this series was highlighting bands performing a classic album. So the broadcast actually featured the songs from the June show that had appeared on the famous "At Budokan" album. The tracks were sequenced in the same order as on "At Budokan" and short interview snippets with band members and Jack Douglas were interspersed between the songs.

British fans should look out for the current "Q Special Edition - Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever" which includes a nice 2-page feature about "Live at Budokan". I believe Q is also sold in Europe and the USA so fans there may also be able to find this issue.

The rest of my archive website can be found at The official website is at and check out the new items in the merchandise store including pre-sale for the new, limited edition Cheap Trick watch.

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 or e-mail me. The next newsletter is likely to be in January so let me wish everyone an early "Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2000+5!" and also belated 30th birthday congratulations to Cheap Trick!


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