Cheap Trick Drummer Fends Off Lawsuit By Bandmates
A lawsuit filed by three members of the rock band “Cheap Trick,” against a fourth member of the band was tossed out Thursday by Delaware Chancellor Leo Strine.
In August 2013, band members Richard Neilsen, Thomas Peterson and Robin Zander sued drummer Brad Carlson in Delaware Chancery Court seeking to remove him as a member of the band’s board of directors, claiming he left the band in 2010 by no longer performing with the band on tour.
A month earlier Carlson (also known as Bun E. Carlos) and the band’s longtime manager had sued Neilsen, Peterson and Zander in U.S. District Court in Illinois with Carlson claiming the others owed him money and forced him out. On Thursday Strine said the Delaware case should be put on hold or dismissed in its entirety until the case in Illinois is resolved.
No members of the band – best known for songs “The Dream Police” and “I want you to want me” – were in court for the brief proceeding on Thursday.
Strine read his ruling from the bench, which largely centered on the intricacies of contract law, but did make a handful of pop culture references saying that the decision he read aloud lasted “longer than any live version of a Cheap Trick song, but not longer than any live Grateful Dead song.”
Strine also told the plaintiffs in the case that if they were looking for clarity and the ability “to free Cheap Trick to record another ‘Live at Budokan,’” they will find it in the federal court in Illinois.
He said the case in Delaware would only come back if the Illinois case fails to resolve any issues related to the Delaware corporations.