Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen confirms the band will reunite with estranged drummer Bun E. Carlos to perform at their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in New York next month.
Carlos left the touring lineup in 2010, was replaced by Nielsen’s son Daxx, and then found himself suing his own group for monies owed before reaching a settlement last year.
The Rockford, IL band will enter the Hall during an April 8 ceremony at New York’s Barclays Center alongside Deep Purple, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A.
"He's going to play the inductions because they're inducting the people who made the records way back when, and that's good," Nielsen tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He deserves it."
At the same time, the guitarist notes that Carlos "has been gone almost six years, and Daxx has been playing the whole time. He revitalized the band totally."
As for communications between Carlos and the partners in the Cheap Trick corporation, Nielsen adds, "The relationship? I guess it's good, but we never see each other.”
Ahead of the Rock Hall induction, Cheap Trick will release a new album, “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello”, on April 1.
The project is the band's 17th studio album and their first in five years.
The record was produced by longtime associate Julian Raymond, who has co-written several Cheap Trick tunes through the years.
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