Kyuss Lives! On Josh Homme Lawsuit: “We Have Decided To Fight For Our Rights”
Things are going from ugly to proper minging in the Kyuss camp as it has emerged that Kyuss Lives! intend to challenge former Kyuss member and Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme’s lawsuit over the band’s name.
John Garcia and Brant Bjork – who reunited with Nick Oliveri under the Kyuss Lives! banner last year – will attempt to keep the right to continue under that name, and according to Brant in a new interview with Rolling Stone, they’re prepared to fight hard for it.
“After Nick left, John and I sat down to talk about what we were going to do,” says the drummer. “Josh basically told John to give him what he wanted and he would then pull the lawsuit. After being bullied by Josh for 20 years, we both decided to stand up for our rights. We love music and we love our band, and we want to continue on and we feel we have the right to do so. So, we now know the lawsuit is not going away. Without Nick, I suggested to John we give Scott the benefit of the doubt — that he initially reacted the way he did because of his feelings being hurt — and ask him to now be the full-time player, which is what he wanted in the first place. John reluctantly agreed. I called Scott and we had a very nice conversation that ended with him saying he wanted to think about it and that he would call me in a day or two. Scott sent both John and I an e-mail two days later saying, ‘No,’ that he was going to continue siding with Josh and was moving forward with the lawsuit. I was shocked. John was not.
“I made a statement last year that without Nick or Scott, KYUSS LIVES! wouldn’t work. This statement was a show of respect directed to Nick, Scott and the fans. I now have decided that KYUSS LIVES! can and will work without Nick or Scott, and this is a show of respect towards John and me. For them to be denied the opportunity to participate in the beginning would, of course, have been disrespectful. But for them to individually not want to participate and expect John and I to sit down, that’s straight-up not cool.
“John and I — along with Bruno — have a new bass player and we will carry on. His name is Billy Cordell and he is a very old friend from our desert home. Both John and I have experience playing in bands with Billy. He is a monster player and a super-cool guy.
“Both John and I are sad that there is bitterness between members of KYUSS, but we are excited to go back to work and continue bringing the music to the fans. We have a new record deal and will begin recording in July.”
Read the whole interview over at RollingStone.com