Kyuss Lives! Respond To Lawsuit

QOTSA's Josh Homme is suing the band for attempting to steal the original Kyuss band name, because he thinks it could tarnish their stoner-rock legacy.

Kyuss Lives! Respond To Lawsuit
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Kyuss Lives! say they are "shocked and saddened" by Josh Homme's decision to sue them. Homme, who now fronts Queens Of The Stone Age, was an original member of Kyuss until their split in 1995. The other three members reunited under the banner Kyuss Lives! in 2010, but this week Homme claimed that they were attempting to steal rights to the original Kyuss name. At the time, Homme said: "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." Now the band have responded (via Spin), and seem disappointed that Homme decided to make the issue public: "We are both shocked and saddened that our friend and one time band mate has chosen to file a lawsuit against us, especially after having positive discussions since our reformation. "We look forward to resolving this private matter behind closed doors and moving forward with work on our new album and connecting with our amazing, loyal fans." While the legal tangle continues, Homme continues work on the forthcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album, due for release later this year. Does Homme have any right to the name if he refuses to partake in the reunion, or should the current lineup respect the untarnished legacy left by the original Kyuss, which pioneered the stoner rock genre? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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    Soundservant
    It's probably best to resolve this less publicly (it's not exactly pleasant news to read). I believe Josh is in the right for this, and as a Kyuss fan I don't want the other members making another "Kyuss " album. What's wrong with making a new album but calling the band something different? Makes me think their ulterior motive is commercial success.
    SuicidalFreak
    I'm glad this band is not calling themselves Kyuss. To me Kyuss without Josh isn't and shouldn't be Kyuss. This is like Megadeth without Dave Mustaine or Led Zeppelin without Jimmy Page.
    Mahabajaba
    I'm backing Josh in this one. I'm in no way a fan of either band, but it seems to me that Kyuss Lives! is calling for privacy because they know they committed a dick move and it's only going to make them look worse.
    Soundservant
    cool_hand_luc wrote: saying they invented stoner rock is sort of jumping the gun. there was a little band called pink floyd (among others) that was years ahead of them
    Stoner rock is not psychedelic rock.
    JRock1
    A lot of people seem to think Josh is trying to stop Kyuss Lives! from touring. The "they're called Kyuss Lives! now, leave them alone" argument doesn't work because they aren't trying to tour as Kyuss Lives!, but as Kyuss. The implication here is that Kyuss Lives! are trying to take over the name Kyuss so they can tour as Kyuss. Since Josh is a part owner of that name (and the band's legacy), the source of the conflict is in the fact that they seem to be trying to take over ownership of the name so they can tour as Kyuss again. He's not trying to stop them from touring. On all accounts, he seems to have been supportive of Kyuss Lives! despite personally not wanting to reunite the band. He just doesn't want the name he helped build and rightfully owns a part of to be taken from him.
    foofighters4eva
    this is very sad news to read. i loved seeing kyuss lives lives though it would certainly have been greater with josh. i agree with Soundservant that it would be better them making an album under a different name rather than potentially putting a dirty mark on the legacy that is kyuss.
    nickzippelli
    JRock1 wrote: A lot of people seem to think Josh is trying to stop Kyuss Lives! from touring. The "they're called Kyuss Lives! now, leave them alone" argument doesn't work because they aren't trying to tour as Kyuss Lives!, but as Kyuss. The implication here is that Kyuss Lives! are trying to take over the name Kyuss so they can tour as Kyuss. Since Josh is a part owner of that name (and the band's legacy), the source of the conflict is in the fact that they seem to be trying to take over ownership of the name so they can tour as Kyuss again. He's not trying to stop them from touring. On all accounts, he seems to have been supportive of Kyuss Lives! despite personally not wanting to reunite the band. He just doesn't want the name he helped build and rightfully owns a part of to be taken from him.
    THIS +1000
    burgernips
    bornIIhula wrote: This is sad. It's not like QOTSA have done anything useful of late. Until they release their next album Homme should just rejoin the tour to relive one of the bands that helped him form the one he's in today. He might own the name & legacy but it got him where he is today.
    You seem like an idiot. No offence.
    IGotIssues
    cool_hand_luc wrote: He is being greedy. He left that band and found so much success with various other things, these guys just want to continue playing music, its not like they are called kyuss, its something notably different that is seperate from his own stuff
    Why do you think Homme is suing them? "Kyuss Lives!" wants the rights to be called just "Kyuss" and Homme thinks with that name it would be misleading to people as if he rejoined the band.
    Randomrings
    I side with Josh Homme. And obviously you would be saddened, you just got sued. If they were privately trying to change the name to Kyuss behind his back, that's both pointless and shady. That was the one thing Homme told them not to do and they not only did it, but waited to do it and then tried to sneak it past him
    cool_hand_luc
    saying they invented stoner rock is sort of jumping the gun. there was a little band called pink floyd (among others) that was years ahead of them
    bornIIhula
    This is sad. It's not like QOTSA have done anything useful of late. Until they release their next album Homme should just rejoin the tour to relive one of the bands that helped him form the one he's in today. He might own the name & legacy but it got him where he is today.
    Soundservant wrote: cool_hand_luc wrote: saying they invented stoner rock is sort of jumping the gun. there was a little band called pink floyd (among others) that was years ahead of them Stoner rock is not psychedelic rock.
    Also, glad someone cleared this up. I saw the original comment and waited for someone to do it.
    cool_hand_luc
    He is being greedy. He left that band and found so much success with various other things, these guys just want to continue playing music, its not like they are called kyuss, its something notably different that is seperate from his own stuff
    strung_out1
    He is being greedy. He left that band and found so much success with various other things, these guys just want to continue playing music, its not like they are called kyuss, its something notably different that is seperate from his own stuff
    agreed
    T7E
    Its is really only the singer and drummer two, as Homme isn't participating, Oliveri will be in Jail soon and Scott Reeder has sided with Josh
    Gardenia3021
    Jesus Fucking Xrist babies, you should buy the original albums and not download all the Kyusss albums and say you are a great fun and say **** kyuss lives. If you check the original album and know the real Story of Kyuss you will realise that Brant Bjork has the same or more rights that josh to do whatever he wants with Kyuss and of course the unique voice of John Garcia, in fact Kyuss without John Garcia would be impossible. When the most important part of Kyuss left ( Brant Bjork) josh destroied Kyuss and nobody expect 4 or 5 fans all over the world ( not more at that time) told him what piece of shit you did man. So now start reading the real shit.