By at 8:42 PM Friday, March 9th 2012


Josh Homme & Scott Reeder File Suit Over Kyuss Name: Read Their Statement

Kyuss, Music


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.


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  1. mutterhals says:


  2. b says:

    I hope this gets resolved peaceably and professionally.

  3. Blood says:

    This has nothing to do with Josh being “gay”. Kyuss Lives is only about the money. They have treated Reeder like shit and still keep up with that low life scum Oliveri.

    • Brad says:

      I don’t mind them including Oliveri. It sounds like he’s genuinely reformed and cleaned up his shit, so why not? He was an integral part of Kyuss, but then again so was Josh Homme.

      When I heard the news that Kyuss, in some incarnation was reforming, I was stoked. I love Brant Bjork, and Nick Oliveri, and really, who the hell doesn’t love Josh Homme? He is the very definition of rock ‘n roll badass. And without him, Kyuss Lives! is just a crude nostalgia-trip, a shade of the former glory that Kyuss was. As much as Garcia’s vocals define the sound, the band really was all about Homme and his guitar prowess. The guitar made the band. Sure, you could have someone else play it, but it just ain’t the same.

      But trying to underhandedly steal the Kyuss name is the worst of all of this. Garcia always said the band’s name was changed as a way to pay tribute to Josh Homme, and the fact that it really just is NOT Kyuss without him. And then he goes and tries to steal the name anyway, so they can record new material and cash in on the reunion trip. That sucks. That really sucks. No wonder Josh never wanted to get back with him.

    • mutterhals says:

      Of course it is, these guys probably all live in trailers somewhere, who gives a shit if they play out as Kyuss Lives? Like Homme doesn’t have enough money, pshaw.

  4. Dominique says:

    Hey … maybe now Brother Bjork can pay back the people he scammed with the orders that were never delivered.

  5. Jam says:

    Josh is Kyuss,end of story.

  6. manic rekallism says:

    Smells like management are angling for their slice of the royalties pie…”gotta get me my 10%!!”

    If the band toured as ‘Kyuss’ only, then maybe this has legs…but John Garcia was an original band member along with Oliver, so why not?

    Just look at Thin Lizzy…

  7. Richard says:

    Fuckin Josh!
    Let`s call Nick to back again cause your fuckin new music make me sleep!
    Btw You`re millionarie let`s Kyuss exist for the fans asshole!

  8. Blood says:

    Bjork, Garcia and fucktard Oliveri want to STEAL the name Kyuss and people bitch about Josh. Well. Time to read the article then guys. Josh AND Scott are sueing.

    Kyuss was about music. Not money. Kyuss Lives! is all about the $$$$ with their VIP-stuff.

  9. emege says:

    I totally agree.. Josh isn’t just the heart of Kyuss, it’s a rock-laws-defenfer. It’s just not cool to play that way on your mates back, it’s about being MEN.

    In Josh we trust.

  10. Gary Ramirez says:

    You guys don’t understand.. well.. most of you don’t.

    I grew up in Thermal California and went to CV High.

    I can play the cards of remembering Across The River, Katzenjammer and all that bullshit.
    I’ve been to Europe and I’ve seen how hard up and hard on these German and Dutch kids get off on Desert Rock. To be honest.. it was not all that great.

    We have a good time, we played where ever we could. Sometimes there would be 300 people and sometimes there would be 3 including my dad waiting to drive me home.

    Kyuss Lives for Money.. plain and simple.

    What about Chris Cockrell? What about Mario Lalli? What about Herb and John Summers and Bruce Fowler and that guy that used to sell Heroin behind the Alpha Beta by Indio High School?

    This whole scene has gotten way out of hand in its beliefs.

    Believe you me.. I miss Rhythm and Brews.. I miss the Nude Bowl.. I miss the Steps and The Iron Door and all that bullshit.

    Cheers to that German dude that spent time down here to try to capture where we came from… the desert.. isolation desolation.

    Brandt on the other hand is a joke, a confused hippie cholo wannabee that came from good stock and had a dad that sentenced many of Indio’s finest.

    It is what it is.. Kyuss Lives, Kyuss Exsists, Kyuss Needs, Kyuss wants our money to live.. I need your air to breathe and I also want part of the name.. I helped out.. I carried Scott’s Bass Guitar one night.. I also gave John a ride home.. I’m part of the band too ya know…..

  11. […] Nick Oliveri’s departure from Kyuss Lives!, all attention was turned to the messy legal issues surrounding the group. Regardless of that, Mr. Oliveri has kept himself busy after the incident, by […]

  12. […] name over the past year, with founding member and Queens of The Stone Age nucleus Joshua Homme filing suit alongside bassist Scott Reeder to prevent the current incarnation from continuing the Kyuss legacy […]

  13. […] nome. La formazione composta da Garcia, Oliveri, Bjork + Fevery, probabilmente convinta dalla causa intentata di Homme e Reeder (o forse è uscito il verdetto e l’hanno persa?) d’ora in poi si farà chiamare Vista Chino. A […]

  14. […] sides expressing enthusiasm and well-wishes. A lot can change in two years, however, and after a lawsuit was filed by Homme and former bassist Scott Reeder (which tells a messy tale), Kyuss Lives! […]

  15. […] Josh Homme & Scott Reeder File Suit Over Kyuss Name: Read Their Statement […]

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