How Long Will Kyuss Live?

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Kyuss members Scott Reeder and Joshua Homme have been forced to file 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!

Such an announcement may not come as a shock to readers. Over the last few years (since 2004), the members of Kyuss Lives haven't been the poster-boys for unimpeachable ethics or acts of perfect honesty, so some would say that such a case is inevitable; everyone patience can only be tested so far. Still Reeder and Homme felt it important to articulate their regrets on the matter, saying, "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, [both] Kyuss Lives' management and the band itself had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss.

“This is desperately what we were trying to avoid,” the statement continues. “It's a sad day for us and for John, but for the fans most of all. What a needless mess."

“Needless?” We at Ground Control can only say “maybe.” Without meaning to editorialize too much, it's not hard at all to believe that matters between the members of Kyuss both past and present have escalated to this point. After the conduct that Kyuss members Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri have exhibited over the years, most of us can agree that the word Reeder and Homme were searching for wasn't “needless,” it was “inevitable.”


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