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.
Posted on Mar 12, 2012 02:41 pm
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: