Josh Homme is suing two of his former Kyuss bandmates over the revival of the band, who were originally active in the late 1980s and early 1990s before Homme went off and set up Queens Of The Stone Age.
Kyuss reformed in 2010 on the back of a solo tour by the outfit’s frontman John Garcia where he performed mainly songs from his former band. The reunion included Garcia and other former Kyuss members Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri, and subsequently Scott Reeder, but because of the omission of Homme they opted to use the alternative name Kyuss Lives!
Nevertheless, it seems Homme has some issues with the new outfit’s use of the Kyuss name and has been trying to negotiate some sort of agreement, but those negotiations have now faltered, leading to a stand off between Homme and Reeder on one side and Garcia and Bjork on the other (Oliveri being occupied with other legal matters, like the possible fifteen years in jail he’ll get after a two hour armed stand off with police last summer).
Confirming they are suing their former bandmates, Homme and Reeder have written: “With open arms, we made every attempt to help them continue Kyuss Lives! respectfully, only to discover while they looked us in the eye, Kyuss Lives’ management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss … It’s a sad day for us and for John – but most of all for the fans”.
Homme and Reeder are suing on the grounds of trademark infringement and consumer fraud. Garcia and Bjork are yet to respond.
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