Bun E. Carlos

Born 12 June 1950.


Brad M. Carlson (born June 12, 1950), better known by the stage name Bun E. Carlos, is the primary drummer for American rock band Cheap Trick. He is the band's chief setlister and archivist, and maintains recordings of all the band's shows, some of which have been released under the title 'Bun E's Bootlegs'. Carlos has two side bands with former Cheap Trick bassist Jon Brant; The Bun E Carlos Experience and the Monday Night Band.

Carlos is left-handed, but has alternated between left and right-handed playing throughout his career. He has few writing credits, the most notable of which is the drum solo track "Who D'King", from the album All Shook Up and Bun E. in a Box (2004), a drum sample CD.

In the late 1990s Carlos introduced his own line of coffee. At one point he offered a Special Limited Edition hand-signed numbered bag of coffee. He continues to market the brand today.

It was announced in early 2009 that Carlos had, together with Hanson singer Taylor Hanson, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger, formed a new band called Tinted Windows. This new project ran alongside each of the artists' main bands. The band played its first publicized gig at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 20, 2009. Their first album was released on April 21, 2009.

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