Cheap Trick Drummer: I'm Still In The Band, But I Don't Talk To Them

Cheap Trick drummer Bun E Carlos confirms he's still a member of the band but adds he hasn't spoken to them for some time.

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Cheap Trick drummer Bun E Carlos confirms he's still a member of the band but adds he hasn't spoken to them for some time.

The pop-rock giants announced in 2010 that Carlos would no longer be their touring drummer, and replaced him with guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Daxx.

But the sticksman hopes they can rebuild their relationship at some point in the future despite believing they'll never make an album to follow 2009 release "The Latest".

Carlos tells PunkGlobe: "I don't see a next Cheap Trick record, really. I haven't heard any new songs from the songwriters in ten years.

"Every album we do, we get the tapes out and find out if we have enough for a record. We made The Latest the same way we make every record but there weren't very many brand-new songs laid out.

"I'm still in the band, but I don't tour. I don't hear from them. I prefer to be out on the road performing with them. Maybe we'll kiss and make up.

"I really like recording new songs, but I don't think that's going to happen with those guys."

Carlos is the band's archivist and over the years has released a number of recordings known as "Bun E's Basement Bootlegs". He says: "There are a couple I finished about ten years ago still sitting around in the band's office. I have the stuff to put out ten more but I haven't heard from anyone in a couple years, so I don't think they're really interested."

The drummer's last recorded output was as a member of supergroup Tinted Windows, featuring Taylor Hanson (Hanson), James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne). He calls it "the best album I've made in ten years" and remains hopeful they'll reform for a second edition.

Of Cheap Trick he says: "We wanted to be the loudest and the best. We wanted to be a great rock band, we weren't coming out there with capes on, we didn't have laser lights and bombs, we just wanted to be a band that played music and did it better than everybody else."

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    Man, this sucks. He's one of the best accountant-looking drummers out there, get him back! C'mon, don't pull a Van Halen, Nielsen.
    Cheap Trick has a TON of quality leftover tracks they can release across at least three more albums. I don't know what the hold up is in putting these out. There's a 14-CD bootleg online of a lot of these tracks, check em out! Key tracks: Don't Blame It On Love, Heart On The Line, Radio Lover, Turn Your Head Around, Don't Ever Let Me Go, Machines Make Money (Tom on vocals!).