Josh Homme has filed a lawsuit against the members of Kyuss Lives!, the reunited incarnation of his old band Kyuss.
The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman and former Kyuss member Scott Reeder allege that Kyuss Lives! duo John Garcia and Brant Bjork have committed “trademark infringement, misrepresentation [and] false designation”.
Homme was the original guitarist in Kyuss until their split in 1995, but did not take part in the band’s reunion tour last year. Garcia had previously claimed that he and Bjork were planning on making another studio album under the Kyuss Lives! moniker, but Antiquiet now reports that they face legal action from Home and Reeder.
“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!,” said the pair in a statement. “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 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.”
They went on to add:
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.
In December 2010, Garcia claimed that he had not asked Homme to be a part of the reunion as he was too busy. “He [Homme] has Them Crooked Vultures, Queens Of The Stone Age,” he said. “He’s a father, a businessman and even if we asked him to do it I don’t think he’d say yes, so I don’t want to set myself up for a big fat no which is 99.9 per cent what he would say.”
Queens Of The Stone Age, meanwhile, are currently working on a new studio album. In December last year, Homme said that the band were “locked away in the desert” and claimed that the new material sounded “killer”. The LP, which will be their sixth studio album and the follow-up to 2007’s ‘Era Vulgaris’, is expected to be released later this year.