DOVER, Delaware (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Three members of the rock band Cheap Trick have filed a lawsuit against the group's former drummer Brad M. Carlson, claiming that he was properly removed as a director from the boards of the group's corporate entities.
Band members Richard Nielsen, Thomas Peterson and Robin Zander filed the suit in Deleware Chancery Court and contend that when Carlson, AKA Bun E. Carlos, stopped touring with the band and was ousted from the group, that this paved the way for him to be removed as a corporate director without a unanimous shareholder vote. The corporations were initially established to oversee revenue generated by the band's touring and merchandise. Carlson was ousted as a director from these corporations last month.
“Since March 2010, Carlson has not performed with the band as a touring musician,” Cheap Trick wrote in a court filing. “The plaintiffs were (and are) free to decide that the defendant is no longer a member of the band.”
In July, Carlson, and the band's former manager David Frey, sued the the remaining members of Cheap Trick, alleging that they were owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in tour proceeds and unpaid loans.
"Plaintiffs Carlos and Frey are, respectively, the drummer and manager for the world-renowned rock band Cheap Trick. Plaintiffs are forced to bring this action against the three defendants (who are the other members of the band) due to defendants' outright refusal to account for, or pay, hundreds of thousands of dollars which are owed to each of the plaintiffs, or to otherwise comply with their obligations to plaintiffs," the complaint filed on behalf of Mssrs. Carslon and Frey read. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers