Published Nov 29, 2012Yesterday (November 28), we announced that on top of appearing on the upcoming Queens of the Stone Age LP, bassist Nick Oliveri had reunited with his buddies in Kyuss Lives!, following a brief sabbatical. Well, it turns out the last bit of news was a half-truth, as it's now been revealed that Kyuss Lives! are rebranding themselves Vista Chino.
The band features former Kyuss members Oliveri, vocalist John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork, along with Kyuss Lives! six-stringer Bruno Fevery, and the crew have plans to record a new album to be released sometime in 2013. Following the LP release, the group will head out for some worldwide touring.
The name change follows this year's legal battles between former Kyuss members Josh Homme and Scott Reeder against Kyuss Lives! The pair sued the band for trademark infringement and consumer fraud over the use of the name. While a judge ruled back in August that Kyuss Lives! could continue to use the name on the concert circuit, he added that they wouldn't be able to use the moniker for any recordings, hence the newfound name change.
The band will apparently play out as Kyuss Lives! at Australia's Soundwave Festival next year, but will be known as Vista Chino from there on.