Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is upset with his bandmates for not including him on a tune the group contributed to the latest A Very Special Christmas charity album.
A note on Carlos's Facebook page reads, "Bun E Carlos, Cheap Trick's founding member and longtime drummer joins all Cheap trick fans in supporting the Special Olympics, but wants all his fans to know that he was not invited to participate in the track attributed to Cheap Trick scheduled to be on the Special Olympics Christmas album. Bun E stated, 'There are no Led Zeppelin records without John Bonham and there's no Leave It to Beaver without Jerry Mathers!'"
The note goes on to thank fans for support, and encourages them to support the Special Olympics.
Carlos goes into more detail in comments to Billboard.com, declaring that his bandmates “simply can’t make a recording without me and call it Cheap Trick.”
Carlos founded the band in 1973 with bassist Tom Petersson, guitarist Rick Nielsen and singer Robin Zander. Though he hasn’t toured with the band in the past few years, he insists he’s still a member with rights.
“I’m a full member of Cheap Trick in all respects," Carlos tells Billboard, adding, “Solely as an accommodation to some of the band members, I reluctantly agreed to take a temporary hiatus from touring.” Rick Nielsen’s son Daxx is the band’s touring drummer.
“The other members have never seriously talked to me about my leaving the band permanently,” Carlos says.
He tells Billboard the discovery of a Cheap Trick song without his involvement on the charity album came as “a real shock.” A rep for the drummer confirms to Billboard it’s “possible” Carlos may consider legal action to stop the song.
In an email to Billboard, Carlos writes, “The Special Olympics was as surprised by this as I was...they had no idea I wasn’t on the record. And I don’t want them to lose an opportunity to support this great cause because of this, but Tom, Rick and Robin simply can’t make a recording without me and call it Cheap Trick.”
The drummer asserts he is simply looking after his “interests in Cheap Trick and doing my best to make sure we stand for what is great and rock ‘n roll.”
The charity album series has generated more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics since 1987. A Very Special Christmas 25 Years also features tracks from Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz and others. It arrives in stores October 16.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio