Bun E. Carlos is the amiable and adroit drummer, archivist and set-list-writer for Rockford Illinois' illustrious Cheap Trick. Leaving behind the oldies circuit, Carlos fine-tuned his avuncular charm and steady beat as Trick became local heroes and then mega-stars rising to a brief platinum period in the late 70's. An obvious high point came working with John Lennon in 1980. The band weathered some hard times until '88 when "The Flame" became Trick's only number one (all four members hated this song-factory ballad.). Cheap Trick continues to work into the new century. Carlos holds drum clinics, produced the Blues Hawks and lent his talents (along with guitarist Rick Nielsen) to Jim Peterik's World Stage. Carlos quit smoking cold turkey in the 90's, losing his trademark, dangling cig; but his back problems threaten to interfere with Trick's still-grueling tour schedule.
-Stone, Cheap Trash NYC