Kyuss Lives! Accuse Josh Homme and Scott Reeder of ‘Double Standard’
Last year, the group’s original lineup, sans Josh Homme, decided they wanted to tour together and they recruited Bruno Fevery to fill the void left by their onetime guitarist. But things turned litigious back in March when Homme and former bassist Scott Reeder filed a lawsuit against the group over alleged “trademark infringement and consumer fraud.” Reeder actually played some shows with Kyuss Lives! during a period where bassist Nick Oliveri was dealing with some legal issues, but things apparently turned sour after that.
Singer John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork opened up about the case to Rolling Stone, and Bjork explained, “They don’t want to mention that they trademarked the name Kyuss after I left the band, assuring that I had no rights in Kyuss’ future. They’re both accusing John and I of doing something that they actually did themselves. Their inner conflict is this: both Josh and Scott want control and money from Kyuss Lives!, but they don’t want to participate and they ultimately don’t want us to exist. The double standard is unbelievable.”
Bjork says that everything was fine last year with Reeder as he subbed in for Oliveri and was given the salary he asked for, making him the highest paid member of the group. But, he feels the fact that the band asked Oliveri to be their bassist instead of him has led to the disagreement. “Scott’s stance is weak and shameful,” says the drummer.
Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Nick Oliveri, who had other legal troubles, bowed out of Kyuss Lives! Bjork and Garcia state that they felt that Oliveri didn’t want to get caught in the middle and still had certain allegiances to Homme after repairing his relationship following his firing from Queens of the Stone Age. Garcia says that Kyuss Lives! are moving on with their fellow desert dweller Billy Cordell coming on board to play bass.