Cheap Trick In The Spring & Summertime

Bow down to the gods of power-pop.

Cheap Shots, the Cheap Trick tribute album we reported on several months

ago, has been bumped back to a summer release. The album will feature everyone

from the Posies to Joey Ramone and 22 Jacks covering tunes from Rockford,

Illinois' favorite sons.

For those of you who can't wait to get a new

taste of the old Trick, their Steve Albini-produced Sub Pop 7"--a new version

of "Downed" and a cover of the Move's "Brontosaurus"--is still slated for a

late Feb. release. And the band's first album of all-new material since 1994

will hit shelves on April 29th, and, like their 1977 debut, will be called,

simply, Cheap Trick.

The band will do a warm-up gig at the Sundance

Film Festival closing party on January 24th (an event that has featured folks

like Devo and Beck in past years) in Park City, Utah, followed by a short

mini-tour before hitting the road in earnest in early April. Filming for the

video of the first single, "Say Goodbye," will take place in L.A. on Jan. 27th

with Kevin Donovan (the Heads).