Holly of Total Rock conducted an interview with KYUSS LIVES! members John Garcia (vocals) and Brant Bjork (drums) at this year’s Download festival, which was held June 8-10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
The current KYUSS LIVES! lineup features former KYUSS members Garcia and Bjork (drums) alongside guitarist Bruno Fevery and bassist Billy Cordell.
Garcia, Bjork and ex-KYUSS bassist Nick Oliveri reunited for shows last year under the KYUSS LIVES! banner, in which they were joined by Fevery. The band has since toured on both sides of the Atlantic and is said to be currently working on a live album for a late 2012 release. There are also plans for the group to record a brand new studio CD — albeit without Oliveri, who exited the group earlier this year.
In March of this year, Garcia and Bjork were sued by their former KYUSS bandmates Josh Homme and Scott Reeder over the use of the KYUSS name.
In a recent interview with RollingStone,com, Bjork claimed that there was a “misconception” that KYUSS was Homme‘s band. “This untruth has affected Josh‘s ability to accept historical fact to the point that he truly believes he is entitled to dictate what we do with a band that we’re all responsible for,” he said.
“The simple fact that we got the band back together without him has left his ego bruised. I swallowed the bitter pill watching the band carry on after I left — now Josh is getting a taste.”
Homme was the guitarist in KYUSS from the band’s inception until its split in 1995.
Homme and Reeder released a statement on March 10 via public relations firm Nasty Little Man in which they claimed that they “made every attempt to help [Garcia, Bjork and Oliveri] 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.”