Two of the former members of KYUSS, Josh Homme (guitar) and Scott Reeder (bass), recently filed a federal lawsuit against its other former members John Garcia (vocals) and Brant Bjork (drums) alleging “trademark infringement and consumer fraud” over the use of the KYUSS name.
Homme and Reeder released a statement on Saturday via public relations firm Nasty Little Man, claiming that their former bandmates “made every attempt to help 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.”
Reeder wrote the following message on Facebook regarding his reaction over the lawsuit:
Maaaaaaan, I’ve been called every foul name in the book [on Saturday], and all I did was make a choice to stand up to defend and retain small rights that I should be able to keep sacred and unhindered for the rest of my life and beyond. I didn’t have much of a choice: lose all of the rights in two weeks, or keep them forever. I didn’t choose to be in this situation at all — I was forced to react very quickly with a looming deadline, and it’s been rough. I saw people bitterly divided [yesterday] over this stupid stuff… crazy. But the overwhelming support from friends and family was very much appreciated and needed. Thank you.
Referred to as a “new version” of KYUSS, KYUSS LIVES! consist of three of the former members of that band, John Garcia on vocals, Nick Oliveri on bass and Brand Bjork on drums, who were joined by Bruno Fevery as Homme‘s replacement. This incarnation has been touring on and off for nearly a year, and recently announced plans for a live album as well as a brand new full-length.
KYUSS – “Green Machine” video:
KYUSS LIVES live: