LOS ANGELES, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiplatinum veteran rock group Cheap Trick return to Japan 25 years after recording their landmark "Live At Budokan" album for an exciting half-time performance at The American Bowl, the first official NFL Exhibition for the 2003-2004 season which culminates in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in late January 2004. The event takes place on Saturday, August 2 at the Tokyo Dome. ESPN will televise the game and Cheap Trick's performance live in the United States on ESPN2 at 5:00 a.m. and rebroadcast it during primetime on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play their first game since defeating the Oakland Raiders in last year's Super Bowl when they face the 2002 AFC East-Champion New York Jets. This is the first time in the American Bowl's history that a defending Super Bowl champion will be participating. In honor of "Live At Budokan," the NFL and the Hard Rock Cafe are teaming up to present Cheap Trick in an intimate acoustic performance on Friday, August 1 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Japan from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. By the time Cheap Trick take the field in Tokyo, they will have completed a full U.S. promotional schedule to coincide with the release of "Special One," their first studio album in six years. They celebrate the July 22 release date in New York with an acoustic performance and Q&A session at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square. On July 24, Cheap Trick will perform 'Scent of a Woman' on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" -- the track was the #1 most added R&R rock track the week of its release to radio. "Billboard" magazine raves, "Robin Zander's open-throated vocals are undimmed, Rick Nielsen's high-density guitar work pushes the pop-smart hard rock tunes along and bassist Tom Petersson and drummer Bun E. Carlos keep the bed rock sold. The quartet hasn't lost a step ... "
SOURCE d.baron media relations inc. on behalf of Cheap Trick