Josh Homme Files Suit Against Kyuss Lives!

Homme says his old bandmates want to steal their old Kyuss name. Meanwhile, bassist Nick Oliveri pleads 'not guilty' to charges after a standoff with a SWAT team.

Josh Homme Files Suit Against Kyuss Lives!
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Josh Homme has filed a federal lawsuit against his former Kyuss bandmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork for allegedly scheming to steal rights to their old band name. Kyuss split in 1995, with many considering them a defining stoner rock band. Homme and bassist Nick Oliveri went on to form the better known Queens Of The Stone Age, though Oliveri was fired from the band in 2004. Fast-forward to 2010, and the entire Kyuss lineup (minus Homme) are performing under the banner Kyuss Lives!. Homme had previously said that he would never join a Kyuss reunion in case its perfectly rounded history as an influential rock band were punctured by accusations that they sold out in the end. However, he recently seemed supportive of their efforts, and was even seen nodding his head to one of their performances at a festival last year. But now relations between the band have turned sour, after negotiations surrounding the original band name led to Homme filing the new lawsuit, which is supported by former Kyuss stand-in Scott Reeder. "It sucks," said Homme of the new developments (via Blabbermouth). "To think we went to a meeting in January solely to help them with their request to continue Kyuss Lives! 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. "This is desperately what we were trying to avoid. It's a sad day for us and for John but most of all for the fans. What a needless mess." We're not lawyers, but it sounds like the Kyuss Lives! lineup want to perform under the original Kyuss name, and Homme wants to protect it so fans can't say Kyuss truly reformed. Time will tell. Kyuss are probably one of the heaviest bands in history, so we're praying that their reputation remains intact after all these crazy lawsuits. If you've never seen them, check out a Kyuss Lives! performance right here to see why this band and their music is such a big deal:

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    Alice2Mudgarden
    Right on, Homme. The guy wrote like 85% of the music and lyrics for Kyuss. It's mostly his.
    Soundservant
    KerNeL_KLuTcH wrote: I wish he would just join the reunion.....
    Nope, he has important QOTSA/TCV duties to follow.
    TK Flash
    "We're not lawyers, but it sounds like the Kyuss Lives! lineup want to perform under the original Kyuss name, and Homme wants to protect it so fans can't say Kyuss truly reformed. Time will tell." Why not save comments like this for the comments section? It really undermines trying to pass as a news site when you admit you don't know what your own article is about. Apparently the band name "Kyuss" is a shared property of the 3 original members currently touring, Homme, and presumably Mr. Reeder. Homme and Reeder apparently are okay with the three guys touring their old material as they met in January to sort things out, but as Homme states, "Kyuss Lives! management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss." There are two names here. "Kyuss Lives!" is the first one and "Kyuss" is the second. The second one is shared property and the new management has no right to try to take it over. That would presumably remove a portion of Homme's and Reeder's royalties for old Kyuss sales. Of course they don't want to let the new band take the old name because that's their property. Guys gotta read more carefully.
    Brandon1993
    i would kill to see Kyuss reunite with Homme there is absolutely no chance it would happen though but it would be amazing to see them live at least once granted hes onto other ventures with music (QOTSA & TCV)and im a fan of what hes doing lately. but it would awesome if great if he decided to put aside his differences with them and just get back together with them for at least a few shows or SOMETHING.
    kLeft
    Absolute petty bullshit. Anyone who's anyone knows who the real Kyuss is, even if they did manage to migrate back over to the original name.. I've always been on the same page as Josh for most things, but he seems to be shooting himself in the foot on this one.
    caseharr33
    yoman297 wrote: and "Time will tell" is right.
    so very true. At least it shows there are ways to fight to keep your intellectual property when people try and circumvent what is right.