Founding Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos hasn’t played with his band mates since 2010, but he reveals that all four original members will perform when the group is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
Carlos says in a message posted on his official Facebook page, “I’m happy to report that last Friday [Rock Hall executive] Joel Peresman…confirmed that all have agreed that the four of us will be featured performers in Brooklyn on April 8th.”
Meanwhile, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Carlos discusses the circumstances that led to his estrangement from Cheap Trick. The drummer says a series of arguments with singer Robin Zander were to blame, including a conflict over a Las Vegas residency the band was lining up. Carlos explains that Cheap Trick was offered 100 shows, but Zander only wanted the group to sign on for 50 because he wanted to be home when his daughter began kindergarten and didn’t want her going to school in Vegas.
Bun E. tells Rolling Stone, “I smartly replied something like, ‘We’re scheduling shows around your daughter’s kindergarten classes?’ Then he was like, ‘F*** you, you f****** a******.'” Then I just hung up the phone.”
The rift eventually led Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson to ask Carlos to no longer tour with the band. Bun E. says he agreed on the condition that he would continue to be considered a member of the group and keep his quarter share interest in the band.
“So we drew up a piece of paper, and a couple years later the check stopped coming,” he explains. “And then I had to sue them in federal court to get my money back. We did a settlement last spring and it’s all hunky dory.”
Asked about the chances of him rejoining Cheap Trick, Carlos says, “I don’t see it happening,” citing bad feelings over the lawsuit, as well as the fact that Nielsen’s son Dax now plays drums in the band.
“Rick’s kid got a gig here and Dad loves that,” he points out. “Even besides that, any friendship we had went away when I had to file a federal lawsuit. That cost a bucket of f****** money.”
As for whether he thinks it will be awkward reuniting with the group at the induction ceremony, Carlos says, “Nah. I’m assuming everybody is going to make nice. Me too. I have no agenda here.” He adds, “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a gas.”
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Source: Classic Rock News