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Cheap Trick drummer, manager, suing band

Cheap Trick drummer, manager, suing band

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Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos and the group's manager David Frey say the other band members owe them a lot of money, and they're taking legal action to get the group to pay up. 

In a suit filed this week, Carlos claims he's due hundreds of thousands of dollars stemming from an agreement with bandmates Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander.  He says he's still considered a "full member of the band," and will "continue to receive" compensation for concerts even though he's "no longer required to participate in live performances." 

He further alleges that Cheap Trick is violating their agreement by barring him from in-recording sessions and making other deals without his consent. 

One such deal was the termination of Frey as Cheap Trick's manager.  Frey claims in the suit that while Nielsen, Petersson, and Zander supposedly fired him, his "purported termination is null and void because Carlos did not consent to it."  Frey also says Cheap Trick defaulted on his personal loan to the group, which enabled them to continue their tour after losing all their equipment in the 2011 Ottawa Bluesfest stage collapse.  Both Carlos and Frey want a judge to award them the money they feel they're owed, along with "other appropriate relief" from the band's "acts of self-dealing and other corporate misfeasance." 

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