A week from now, on April 8th, pop-rockers Cheap Trick will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Brooklyn, New York.
For fans, the news they have been waiting for is finally here: estranged founding member and drummer Bun E. Carlos will be rejoining the band to perform at the induction ceremony.
In a new interview with a Cleveland newspaper, The Plain Dealer, Rick Nielsen explained, “[Carlos is] going to play the inductions because they’re inducting the people who made the records way back when, and that’s good. He deserves it.”
When asked of the status of his relationship with Carlos, Nielsen said: “I guess it’s good, but we never see each other.”
Neilson went on to say that he’s quite happy with Cheap Trick’s current drummer, who by the way is his son Daxx.
Nielsen pointed out that, “[Carlos] has been gone almost six years, and Daxx has been playing the whole time.” He added, “He revitalized the band totally.”
Carlos recently explained to Rolling Stone that it was conflicts between him and singer/ frontman Robin Zander that led him to leave the band.
“Me and the singer don’t get along very good. A couple of days before Austin City Limits in 2010, we had a big argument on the phone about scheduling for the summer and all this kind of stuff. We’d argued before over 40 years; all of us had. In the middle of the night, he called the office and said, ‘[Whiny voice] I can’t work with this guy. He hates me.’ He didn’t want me at Austin City Limits. I said, ‘OK, if you don’t want me there, we need to work out some kind of arrangement since I’m a quarter member of the band.’ They were like, ‘We don’t want you there. Can we use your drums?’ I was like, ‘Déjà vu all over again.’ ”
Contentious relationships between band members seem a matter of course at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, let’s hope this one goes well.
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