Earlier tonight, we received the unfortunate news that the delicate balance that allowed Kyuss Lives! to exist and tour without founding member Joshua Homme has begun to unravel.
We’ve learned that underhanded business tactics may have taken place in order to secure rights over the original Kyuss name – the legendary Rock band that consisted of Homme, Brant Bjork and John Garcia, and later Nick Oliveri, Scott Reeder, Alfredo Hernández and others during its existence between 1988 and ’95. Within the past several months, while amicable meetings were taking place concerning the future of Kyuss Lives!, steps were allegedly being taken to establish ownership over the Kyuss name, something which Homme & Reeder were entirely unaware of.
The band Kyuss Lives! has been touring for the past year, playing original Kyuss songs without Homme & Reeder (though Scott joined the band on select 2011 dates). To fans’ delight, Homme & Reeder had consistently wished the members of Kyuss Lives! well, and their business arrangements had been seemingly productive. The idea of a new studio record was on fans’ minds, but seemed a nonstarter idea for a band using an altered name, only touring on older material. However it appears as if steps were being taken by the newer incarnation of the band to capitalize further, which ultimately has undermined the arrangement between friends that had allowed Kyuss Lives! to operate.
A statement from Scott Reeder and Homme:
Kyuss partnership members Scott Reeder and Joshua Homme have regretfully had to file a federal lawsuit against John Garcia and Brant Bjork AKA Kyuss Lives! The suit alleges trademark infringement, misrepresentation, false designation, etc.
“It sucks. 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.
It’s undoubtedly difficult on any side of the equation to envision John Garcia scheming to pull a bad one over on his old bandmate. As fans, we can only hope that it was the business people behind the sleight of hand. Either way, it appears that this will play out in a courthouse now between sharks in suits, rather than old friends with heartfelt intent.