Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of FameCheap Trick will be inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame next Friday, April 8, in Brooklyn, New York, and although founding drummer Bun E. Carlos has been estranged from the band for several years, guitarist Rick Nielsen says the beat keeper will rejoin the group to perform at the induction ceremony.

In a new interview with Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer, Nielsen explains, “[Carlos is] going to play the inductions because they’re inducting the people who made the records way back when, and that’s good. He deserves it.”

As for the status of his relationship with Carlos, Nielsen says, “I guess it’s good, but we never see each other.”

Rick adds that he’s quite happy with Cheap Trick’s current drummer, who happens to be his son, Daxx.

“[Carlos] has been gone almost six years, and Daxx has been playing the whole time,” Nielsen points out. “He revitalized the band totally.”

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Carlos claimed that conflicts between him and frontman Robin Zander led to his ouster from the band.

Cheap Trick fans can hear Daxx Nielsen’s drumming on the band’s new studio album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello, which hits stores this Friday. The group has posted a series of video clips offering previews of all of the new songs at Cheap Trick’s official YouTube channel.

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