That’s right, folks. Former Kyuss members Scott Reeder and Joshua Homme — now, the frontman for Queens Of The Stone Age — have filed a federal lawsuit against their ex-Kyuss bandmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork over the use of the Kyuss name.
“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!,” says a statement. “The suit alleges trademark infringement and consumer fraud by Kyuss Lives!”
In a joint statement, Reeder and Homme said the following.
“It sucks. To think we went to a meeting in January solely to help them with their request to continue Kyuss Lives!,” the statement says. “With open arms, 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. It’s a sad day for us and for John — but most of all for the fans. What a needless mess,” the two said.
Later, Reeder further commented on the situation.
“Maaaaaaan, I’ve been called every foul name in the bool, 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.”