Kyuss members Scott Reeder and Joshua Homme have filed a federal lawsuit against John Garcia and Brant Bjork a/k/a Kyuss Lives! The suit alleges trademark infringement and consumer fraud by Kyuss Lives!
Reeder and Homme released the following statement:
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.
After four full-length albums, Kyuss disbanded in 1995, but in 2010 Garcia formed Kyuss Lives! with two of the original members, bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork. They were joined on tour by guitarist Bruno Fevery. Original Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme has stated on numerous occasions that he would not reunite with the band.
Garcia had previously toured under the name ‘Garcia plays Kyuss’, telling Blabbermouth “this could be as close as [fans] could get to the real thing.”
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