Cheap Trick: Suits and Countersuits
9/5/2013 2:07:00 PM
Things are getting pretty complicated among the members of Cheap Trick.
Rick Nielsen, Thomas Peterson and Robin Zander have filed a countersuit against their former drummer, Bun E. Carlos, after he initiated legal proceedings against the band earlier this summer.
Last year, Cheap Trick hit the studio without Carlos (whose given name is Brad Carlson), recording with Nielsen’s son Daxx instead. Daxx has been touring drummer since 2010. In July, Carlos and the band’s former manager David Frey took Nielsen, Peterson and Zander court in Chicago, alleging that they owed them thousands of dollars in compensation for what Bloomberg calls “various agreements,” apparently including one that allowed Carlos to remain a member of the band, even though he no longer performed with them.
But the other members of Cheap Trick aren’t quite ready to "Surrender" just yet.
The trio filed their own documents to the Court of Chancery in Delaware on Friday, August 30 that said since Carlos hadn't toured with the band since 2010, "The plaintiffs were (and are) free to decide that the defendant is no longer a member of the band." The band has also asked that Carlos be removed from his role of "director" in the band’s corporations.
So far, no comment on the countersuit from Carlos or his lawyers.
This video has Daxx on drums.