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Newsletter Issue #50 - Sept 2005

Welcome to the fiftieth "UNOFFICIAL" Cheap Trick newsletter, and I hope you find it of interest. It includes reviews of shows in Reno in August ( reno.htm  ); and in Colorado & New Mexico in September (on the joint tour with Alice Cooper, col_nm_05.htm  ), which I hope you find interesting to read. In addition, Bun E was kind enough to allow me a short interview in Reno on the occasion of newsletter #50, so that's included too ( bun_aug05.htm   ). And again, my apologies for the longer wait for this issue, but news has been a little slow in the past three months.

With the month-long Alice Cooper joint tour now finished, the tour schedule is somewhat quieter, though new US dates with Def Leppard have recently been announced. The following live dates are currently listed on the official CT website ( as at 25 September. As always, dates are subject to confirmation and change so please check before travelling, and check the website for further additions:-

2 Oct - Willow Grove PA (free show); 8 - Marksville LA; 31 Dec - Las Vegas.
The following dates are with Def Leppard - 23 Oct - Detroit; 24 - Grand Rapids MI; 26 - Louisville KY; 27 - Columbus OH; 30 - Beaumont TX; 1 Nov - Denver CO; 2 - Albuquerque NM.

The band were due to play at the new Hard Rock Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi on 6 October, but that show has been cancelled following the severe damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

The bands shows with Alice Cooper have been well received, with both Cheap Trick and Alice each playing full sets at almost every show (weather permitting). Cheap Trick opened each show apart from the hometown date in Rockford, where Alice opened and Cheap Trick "headlined". A bonus at a few shows was of Cheap Trick and Alice and his band playing a short encore together to close the evening. At the tour opener in Cincinatti on 20 Aug they played "My Generation" and "Cold Turkey"; at Holmdel NJ on 29 Aug, Rockford IL on 1 Sept and at the tour closer at the Greek Theatre, Hollywood on 16 Sep they jointly encored with "My Generation" and "Helter Skelter".

In August, the band allowed The Animal Center in Connecticut to use "I Want You To Want Me" within their local cable commercial to encourage people to adopt a pet. You can find the commercial on the "links" page on the official website - or alternatively at

On Sep 16, Bun was guest DJ before New Model Army's show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, playing a selection of his favourite songs.

Do remember to check out the official website ( regularly, to get the up to date tour dates, to see the latest photo's (including new ones from the opening show with Alice Cooper) as well as to check out the merchandise store, where new items are regularly added.

Thanks to everyone who reads this for their continued support in helping reach issue #50, something I never dreamed of back in 1996 when I started this modest newsletter. I hope you've found this latest issue informative. If you receive this by paper mail, I'd be grateful you could send a stamped envelope 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 planned for Nov/Dec, depending on news.

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