Fan-filmed video footage of KYUSS LIVES!‘s May 28 performance at Kino Šiška in Ljubljana, SLovania can be seen below.
The current KYUSS LIVES! lineup features ex-KYUSS members John Garcia (vocals) and Brant 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.”
Reeder played a handful of European live dates with KYUSS LIVES! last year as a fill-in for Oliveri. He was also a “special guest” at KYUSS LIVES!‘s homecoming show on November 18, 2011 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Reeder played bass on KYUSS‘ classic LPs “Welcome to Sky Valley” and “…And the Circus Leaves Town” and was also a member of doom legends THE OBSESSED.
Regarding why Homme is not involved in the KYUSS reunion, Garcia previously told Rock Sound magazine, “I have nothing bad to say about Josh — he’s extremely intelligent, very smart, a great guitar player, great songwriter, a great vocalist — he is a bad-ass, there is no question, and I love him dearly but he is busy with his own thing. He has THEM CROOKED VULTURES, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, he’s a father, a businessman and even if we asked him to do it, I don’t think he’d say yes, so I don’t want to set myself up for a big fat no which is 99.9 percent what he would say.”
In a 2010 interview, Homme explained his hesitation to participate in a KYUSS reformation.
“The offers come in all the time,” he said. “They’re getting more and more expensive, and more and more elaborate. The money is crazy, but I’ve never been tempted — I don’t really care about the money, I never have. That’s not what KYUSS was about, so to punctuate the end of our sentence with that would be blasphemy… KYUSS has such a great history that it would be a total error. I like that nobody saw KYUSS, and that it was largely misunderstood. That sounds like a legend forming to me. I’m too proud of it to rub my dick on it.”