Inquiring Minds

SXSW: Bun E. Carlos Chills At Club De Ville

When someone offers you a chance to talk to the hands behind the driving rhythms of "Surrender" and steady swing of "I Want You to Want Me," you take it. So Friday night, Rocks Off found ourselves in the "chill room" of Club de Ville with none other than Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos.

As Gram Rabbit's Jesika von Rabbit and her bunny-fied friend readied their costumes for their impending performance and Carlos' bandmates in Chicago's Candy Golde made some pre-gig small talk, Rocks Off and Carlos had a brief chat.

The Chicago all-stars (read more about their performance Friday here) recruited Carlos for the drummer's chair via a phone call from Tremulis, who used to sneak into Cheap Trick's shows in Chicago bars like the Alley in the '70s. The two musicians were familiar with each other from their appearances at various Waltz benefits, fundraisers for a Chicago children's home featuring some of the city's A-list musicians like Billy Corgan and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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