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Newsletter Issue #18 - November 1999

Welcome to the eighteenth "unofficial" Cheap Trick newsletter. This includes a review of the 4 shows in Japan last month. {Newsletter Review - japan.htm}.

Current live dates are as follows: 4 Nov - Fort Wayne IN; 5 - South Bend IN; 6 - Coal City IL; 7 - Carbondale IL; 9 - Champaign IL; 11 - Milwaukee; 12 - Minneapolis; 13 - Chicago (Riviera); 30 - Las Vegas ; 10 Dec - Appleton, WI WAPL Xmas Show; 11 - Chicago (Park West), WLUP Xmas Show; 31 - Disney MGM, Orlando FL. (Note: I understand that the 11 & 12 Dec shows are shows for which tickets cannot be purchased, only won via the radio station).

I understand that the band will definitely return to the studio around Jan/Feb to complete their next studio CD. Initial work on many songs took place over 3 or 4 short sessions earlier this year.

I understand Cheap Trick's management are still seeking a distribution deal for the Music for Hangovers CD in Europe, though US release was 7 months ago. It therefore continues to only be available here on import. The accompanying video footage is still planned for release in the US on both (US) VHS/NTSC video format, and enhanced DVD including some interview footage etc. The planned release (Oct/Nov) seems to have been put back due to delays in production, so it would appear more likely to be released in the US early in 2000. I've no idea if it will be released in Europe. The Live in Australia (1988) DVD had its US release on 19 Oct on the Rhino label. If you live outside the US, check whether the DVD can be played in your country or not, since DVD's are often "zoned". I'm awaiting my copy, so I'll confirm next time.

Cheap Trick were in Los Angeles on 27 Sept for the launch of the two "soundtrack" CD's linked to the American series "That 70's Show". They played a 7 song set (joined by the cast members of the show for "That 70's Song"), then held an autograph session, again with cast members. The two CDs are "Rockin" and "Jammin'" - the "Rockin" CD features two Cheap Trick songs - "That 70's Song" and "I Want You to Want Me" (studio version). The "70's Song" track can be downloaded in MP3 format from the official Cheap Trick website (see below), but the CD was only released in the US.

The official fan service, Trick International is at 1957 - 86th Street, Suite 149, Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA. Write to this address for membership details. Additionally TI can be contacted via e-mail at Merchandise is available from Trickstuff, and new merchandise has just been added following Trickfest 3. Orders and enquiries should be sent to Trickstuff, PO Box 1911, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA. The official Cheap Trick home page on the Internet can be found at and new merchandise can be found on the site.

This newsletter has also gone online. As well as being sent out to many people by e-mail, all previous issues of the newsletter can now be found at . The site also includes all the interviews and show reviews sent out with the newsletter, also some galleries of my (mainly fan) photo's, though there are some of the band and CT related items. As well as other excellent American and Australian fan sites that can be found via the "Cheap Trick (fan) Web Ring" (go to sites like or for the link), there's a Dutch site at, a Swedish site at a Uruguyan site at . All are well worth visiting !

I hope you've found this issue informative. 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.

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