Kyuss - the sort-of-reformed influential stoner-rock band - has some timultuous goings-on. First, some background.
Kyuss broke up in 1995 with its former members graduating to a variety of projects; most notably guitarist Josh Homme fronting Queens of the Stone Age with a revolving door of backing musicians including bassist Nick Oliveri.
Kyuss members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork reformed the group as KYUSS LIVES! in 2010 and until recently had the blessing of Homme and guitarist Scott Reeder. Then Kyuss Lives! attempted to allegedly steal the trademark out from under the other two. Homme and Reeder have since filed suit.
Additionally, Nick Oliveri has his own legal problems - of a more criminal nature. Oliveri pled not guilty to five charges stemming from a five-hour standoff with police last summer. These charges - the most serious of which involving possession of guns and drugs - add up to a possible fifteen years in prison.
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