Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme Involved in Legal Battle With Kyuss Lives!
It's never a good thing when you have to take your former band mates to court, but that's exactly what Josh Homme is forced to do. The Queens of the Stone Age / Them Crooked Vultures frontman has taken legal action against members of Kyuss Lives!, the recent version of his former group Kyuss.
Homme, who was the original guitarist for Kyuss, and former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder have filed a federal lawsuit against Kyuss Lives! singer John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork. The suit accuses Garcia and Bjork of "trademark infringement and consumer fraud by Kyuss Lives!"
The original incarnation of Kyuss lasted from 1988-1995. While the stoner band didn't become a household name by any means, they have influenced many groups after their disbandment. Garcia, Bjork and original Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri announced in 2010 plans to tour as Kyuss Lives! Everything seemed amicable between the band and Homme until news of the lawsuit became public. Homme and Reeder released the following joint 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 that 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."
The show will go on for Josh Homme, despite his legal battle with Kyuss Lives! A new Queens of the Stone Age album is in the works, which will be the follow-up to 2007's 'Era Vulgaris.' Homme has stated that the record will sound "killer" and should be released later this year.