I sincerely wish the above headline was a work of fiction, but unfortunately the news is very true. Yep, Queens of the Stone Age and ex-Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme, along with former bassist Scott Reeder, have filed a lawsuit against Kyuss Lives!, the reincarnated version of Kyuss formed by former bandmates John Garcia, Nick Oliveri, Brant Bjork, with Bruno Fevery enlisted in Homme’s former role.
Following a successful reunion at the end of 2010 which resulted in an excellent tour in 2011, Kyuss Lives! were all set to record a new album. They ploughed on in spite on Nick Oliveri’s arrest following a stand-off with police outside his house, enlisting the services of Reeder in his place. Now though, it seems the band’s name is about to get dragged through the courts, the mud, and all of befouling stigmas.
In a joint statement, Homme and Reeder 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 … It’s a sad day for us and for John – but most of all for the fans.
“What a needless mess. This is desperately what we were trying to avoid.”
Homme and Reeder have filed a lawsuit, citing trademark infringement and consumer fraud. Crikey.
Garcia and Bjork have since responded with the following statement:
“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.”
Any action which results in a band’s reputation being forever sullied is regrettable whichever way you look at it. I’m not Homme’s biggest fan – I respect his talents, his work, and without doubt he’s one of the greatest rock stars around. As a person I find him somewhat irritable at best. But I don’t want to get into all that. The charges are a big deal and supposing they are true, Homme and Reeder may have a point.
Still, purely as a fan, this news dejects me. I had a crazy, awesome night watching Kyuss Lives! with my brother in Manchester in April last year. It really felt like the good times were back for this band, even sans-Homme. Alas, it can’t be long before the mud-slinging begins. And there’s nothing I can add to the last part of that statement that can sum it up for the fans any better than Homme and Reeder can.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one. Let’s hope they can resolve this issue in a more savoury fashion than its heading right now.