"Kyuss Lives!", the star-less version of the legendary stoner-rock band that has been touring for the last couple of years are officially being sued by Josh Homme and Scott Reeder, two high-profile ex members. Though the group had been allowed to tour by themselves while Homme was busy with Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures, apparently the current members have been trying to establish ownership of the name Kyuss behind Reeder and Homme's backs.
In a statement released yesterday, Homme and Reeder fired back:
“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," the statement reads. "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," the statement continues. "It’s a sad day for us and for John – but most of all for the fans. What a needless mess."
The suit has been filed against early Kyuss members John Garcia and Brant Bjork. The suit is reportedly being brought against the pair for trademark infringement and misrepresentation.
Kyuss initially formed in the late 1980s, releasing 4 full-length albums and a slew of E.P.'s before disbanding. Homme went on to form the critically acclaimed band Queens of the Stone Age after disbanding Kyuss in 1995. One final release, a split E.P. with QOTSA followed in 1997. Since then, Homme has disavowed any talk of an official reunion.
Neither John Garcia nor Brant Bjork have commented on the matter yet, though an official statement is expected soon.