By Brian Ives
Well timed, Bun E. Carlos, and well played. On the day that his estranged band, Cheap Trick, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Carlos has announced his first solo album, Greetings From Bunezuela!.
The album, featuring mostly rock covers, will feature a number of guests, including Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum on Bob Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” John Stiratt of Wilco on the Who’s “Armenia City in the Sky” and the members of Hanson on Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Him or Me.”
The album also features indie rock legend Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices on an update of his own song “Do Something Real” (hear that at Rolling Stone) as well as on a cover of the Bee Gees’ “Idea.” Original Cheap Trick singer Xeno sings two songs as well.
Notably absent are any current members of Cheap Trick, whom Carlos has been publicly sparring with, although he will perform with them — perhaps for the last time — at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Radio.com will be at the ceremony, and we’ll file a full report tonight.