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Newsletter Issue #29 - September, 2001

Welcome to the twenty ninth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter. This includes a number of extras - my reviews from the West Coast in July {Review - californ2001.htm } and the Midwest in late August {Review - midwest_01.htm }, a bonus fan review of a special Chicago show on Aug 20 {Review - doubledo.htm }, and an order form for the latest Bun E's Bootleg CD.

First of all, I'm sure that the thoughts and sympathies of all Cheap Trick fans go to the victims, their relatives and all those affected by the horrific terrorist attacks on the eastern United States on Tuesday 11 September. Following the terrorist attacks Cheap Trick cancelled their 10 remaining tour dates in North America, including 3 shows supporting Aerosmith in western Canada, and currently have no plans to reschedule these or book new dates.

Bun E left the band's summer tour on July 15th, flying home from Las Vegas for back surgery. He had been in increasing pain during the past few years, and finally brought forward surgery to hopefully resolve the problem. Harmony Riley were touring with Cheap Trick on the West Coast when Bun E returned home, so Daxx Nielsen took over drumming duties, playing in both the support and headlining bands, and has continued drumming with Cheap Trick to the time of writing.

Whilst in California in mid-July, the band surprised fans by starting to debut new songs within setlists that also dusted off songs not heard live in a long time. To my knowledge, over 10 new songs were premiered at shows between mid-July and mid-August. August 20th saw the band play an unadvertised show at Chicago's intimate Double Doors venue, where the played 15 new songs followed by House is Rocking and Gonna Raise Hell. The new songs were:- I-95, Give It Away, Matter of Time, Mondo-raga, Pop Drone, She's So Bad, My Obsession, Night Time World, Special One, She's Alright, D-E-C-A-F, Words, Blues, Sorry Boy, Scent Of A Woman and Low Life. A further surprise was the return of Bun E on drums (for this show only). A review by a lucky fan at the show is enclosed.

Pre-orders for the limited edition 2-disk Silver DVD were shipped after 9th July. The DVD set was also sold at shows from that date in the US. This included the complete 25th Anniversary concert, plus the DirecTV broadcast, plus some archive, behind the scenes, and Trickfest 3 footage. A single DVD of "Silver" was due for commercial release worldwide in Sept.

The Japanese version of the "Silver" double audio CD was released in early July, and includes video of "He's a Whore". News from Japan also suggests that a DVD of the 4th April 2001 show at Tokyo's Akasaka Blitz will be released in Japan in October, though this is unconfirmed.

The "Sex.America.Cheap Trick" 4 CD set was re-released by Sony in mid Sept in the USA and late Sept in Europe. It has also been unofficially reported that the "Fuse" album (from 1969, featuring Rick and Tom plus bonus tracks) has recently been released on CD in the USA. One release that has occured is of a Queen" tribute CD in Japan in June, titled" Stone Cold Queen". The first track, "Stone Cold Sober" features Robin Zander on vocals. Finally, Cheap Trick can be found at the end of disk 5 of the 6 CD box set covering the legendary George Martin's career. Released in the UK in July, the compilation includes "World's Greatest Lover" from the George Martin produced "All Shook Up" album.

Orders are being taken for vol #3 of the Bun E's Bootleg series. An order form can be found on the official website for those online, and I enclose a paper copy for those receiving this by regular mail. Officially approved "Bun E coffee" is also available to buy! I have no idea if orders can be mailed outside the USA, but for details please see

The fourth fan tribute CD, "A.M.CT #4" is now available. This non commercial and non profit making CD can be ordered by either getting an order form online at or (for those receiving this by regular mail), by using the enclosed international order form. Hurry, limited stocks are going fast!

As ever, official merchandise is available from Trickstuff, the current range can be viewed on the official website, 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 All past issues of this newsletter, interviews, reviews and photos are archived on my internet site -

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 due in November, subject to there being news to report.

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