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Newsletter Issue #17 - September 1999

Welcome to the seventeenth "unofficial" Cheap Trick newsletter. This includes a long review of Trickfest 3 and the 25th Anniversary Show in Rockford IL, which I honestly tried to keep short ! {Newsletter Review -  trickfest3.htm}.

Current live dates are as follows: 10 Sept - Washington DC; 11 - Hampton Bay VA; 15 - New York; 16 Boston; 17 - New York (Virgin Megastore); 18 - Philadelphia; 2 Oct - Mobile AL; 4 - Dallas TX; 5 - Austin TX; 7 - Amarillo TX; 11 - Yokohama, Japan; 12 - Osaka; 13 - Tokyo; 15 - Tokyo; 31 Dec - Disney MGM, Orlando FL.

At one point recently it appeared that 4 extra shows had been added at Disney in Florida, making a 5 night run from 29/12/99 - 2/1/00, but it appears that there will only be one show there, on New Year's Eve. This emphasises that all dates are subject to confirmation and change, and you should check that shows are confirmed before making travel plans. If you are on the internet, the Cheap Trick home page contains the latest confirmed information (see below).

One question asked by several people at TF3 was about touring plans for Europe. I'm sorry to say that at present there are no plans to return to Europe or Australia, much as the band would like to. It appears that the first quarter of 2000 will be spent finalising and producing the new album, so perhaps next summer onwards will see the band in a position to consider returning here.

At present the band are still pursuing a distribution deal for the Music for Hangovers CD in Europe. It therefore continues to only be available here on import. The accompanying video footage is planned for release in the US in Oct or Nov. I understand that it will be available in both US VHS video format, and enhanced DVD including some interview footage etc. DVD movies are often "zoned" worldwide, to prevent viewing outside the territory in which it is released, but I believe music DVDs are generally freely viewable worldwide. But it'll be worth checking. The Live in Australia (1988) video appears slated for US release on 19 Oct on the Rhino label. List price appears to be around $25, but I understand it can be pre-ordered for $12 from For orders outside the USA, check on the extra mailing costs first though.

Further to "Surrender 99" and "Hot Love" being available to download from the internet in the new MP3 format, a further track from MFH (Ballad of TV Violence) is now available this way from

Cheap Trick recently recorded the theme of US TV's "That 70s Show", and also shot a video for the song with the show's cast. The song, "In the Street" (a cover of the Big Star song) will feature on one of two soundtrack albums for the show, to be released on 28 Sept I believe. The band will be at the Hard Rock Cafe, Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles on the release date for the launch. It seems possible that this song may be released as a single.

The KISS movie "Detroit Rock City" was premiered on August 9th in Los Angeles. At the post premiere party, Everclear were joined by Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen to perform "Surrender". This song appears on the movie soundtrack CD (freely available in Europe), but it is NOT the Surrender 99 remix as I reported in May, but the live Budokan version.

Swedish band Lambretta had a home #1 hit in July with a 2-track single with the main song being "Blow My Fuses". The second track was their live version of Cheap Trick's classic "Surrender".

I reported last time that Rick can be heard playing lead guitar on a few tracks on the latest Enuff'z'Nuff album, Paraphernalia, which also features a version of "Everything Works If You Let It". I've since been informed that the album is now available in Europe through Eagle Rock.

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 there is both a new DJ "On the radio", as well as new live tracks in Bun E's Jukebox there.

The next issue (#18 - November) should include a review of the October shows in Japan. Many thanks for the feedback received about the newsletter which is always welcomed (good and bad), as is your continued support.

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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