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Bun E. Carlos on his fellow Cheap Trick “Shareholders”, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Man, this guy throws out the facts as fast as Cheap Trick releases any news. Not sure what happened but the band marriage is long over even though he is still getting his alimony…”On the drums, Mr. BUN E< CARLOS!” I never will forget that moment on the album…

Here is Bun E.’s latest FaceBook press release.

Re; Post R&R Hall Of Fame

When I heard that Cheap Trick were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and that the Hall and HBO had decided that the four of us would perform again it was humbling, and being re-united for that final performance was an overwhelming honor that I’m grateful for. I’m proud that the work we’ve done over the past 40 years was recognized.

This should be a time of celebration, we’re in the Hall Of Fame, Cheap Trick have a new record out, and I’ve got a new solo record coming in June. But it’s hard to celebrate when the other three Shareholders of Cheap Trick are in all the papers and on the radio calling me names and saying things that aren’t true. I don’t seek out the press and have laid low, sometimes making statements in response to theirs, and I don’t have a big machine behind me to promote myself. I’ve been in Cheap Trick for over 40 years and there’s a lot of dirty laundry I could air, but I prefer not to. It’s a bad look for Cheap Trick and for the four of us as individuals.

That said there’s a few things that now need to be addressed.

As was hopefully evident Friday night, I’m in great health and my back is fine, has been since the corrective surgery many years ago, neither my back or my health has ever limited me professionally. I continue to play drums everyday, perform about 3 dozen shows a year, and now that I have a record deal I look forward to recording regularly, I’m doing well.

I no longer tour or record with Cheap Trick because the other Shareholders asked me to allow them to use a hired drummer instead. I reluctantly agreed provided that I wasn’t thrown out of the businesses we spent our whole lives building together. But then they cleaned house and under the advisement of their new team tried to remove me from our companies, which at the end of the day didn’t end well for them.

From day one the four of us in Cheap Trick have been defined by the unique sound and energy we have when we’re on stage or in the studio together. When Tom quit in the ’80’s we brought in salaried musicians, and they were very good, but without Tom the recipe was different. And seven years later, after Tom returned, I was the one who insisted Cheap Trick restore his corporate rights. We all realized that the four of us together have something special, so special that it made it worth getting a quarter of the earnings instead of a third. Last week I finally saw them play with our salaried drummer on The Today Show and it was like seeing Cheap Trick without Tom, or perhaps to borrow from what recently Rick stated in Rolling Stone, “…three men and a baby.”

Few bands get along after 40 years but for the sake of Cheap Trick I truly hope that Rick, Tom, & Robin can drop the gloves, stop the ugly name calling, and find a way to live and let live.


Bun E Carlos
Cheap Trick
April 12th, 2016
Rockford, IL

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Posted by Chuck Gee - April 13, 2016 at 6:49 AM

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”Cheap Trick” is in!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Finally, the RNRHOF has a good line up this year to induct. Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, The Steve Miller Band and…NWA? Not sure how much “Rock” NWA is but I didn’t vote on it. Article is below this awesome gate fold  of Cheap Trick!




From Rolling Stone:

Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen is rarely speechless, but the news that his band got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame briefly left him unable to find find words. “Usually I’m a man of many words, but this has got me in a tizzy here,” he says on the phone. “I’m verklempt. I don’t know what to say. It’s very exciting.” The moment passed quickly, and soon enough he was chatting about the induction ceremony, a possible reunion with original drummer Bun E. Carlos and why Cheap Trick will never stop touring.

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Posted by Chuck Gee - December 17, 2015 at 10:50 AM

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Cheap Trick ‘Guitar Center Sessions’, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

You gotta love Rick Nielsen’s playing. Its on the verge of grungy sloppiness but super superb riff genius. Know what I mean?

I can’t wait for this episode! Air date is January 17th!


Posted by Chuck Gee - January 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

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Jake E. Lee is back and Robin Zanders VOCs’ on this song!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Posted by Chuck Gee - November 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

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Dave Rogers of the world famous Dave’s Guitar Shop, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
 interview by David Lee of the band Crimson Fool


Dave Rogers had little more than a handful of guitars and a dream when he opened the now world famous “Dave’s Guitar Shop,” located in the little known music mecca of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dave Rogers is living proof that with hard work, sacrifice and networking (and this is before the days of the internet and the world wide web, mind you) anything can be achieved. I have known Dave for over 25 years and as a punk kid, I was a regular in his store. I bought my first bass from him, and had to make sure I had a “Dave’s Guitar Shop” T Shirt (because no real musician would be without one! I mean, they are just waaaay cool.) I now sit in Dave Rogers office, that is actually bigger than his entire first store, to find out more about Dave, his beginnings, the ingenuity that got him to where he is today and hear some stories about rock and roll.

Dave, you have said what interested you in music and guitars was your older brother who played in bands when you about 12 years old. At what age were you when you first started playing guitar?
I was born and raised in Marshfield Wisconsin and that is where my brother’s band was based. My brother had a great record collection that he shared with me and both he and my Mom helped me get a guitar to get started, even though money was very tight at our household. As I remember it my first guitar came from Woolworths and we got it for $10 as it was missing Read more…

Posted by Chuck Gee - December 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

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