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Kyuss


Josh Homme is the person most closely associated with Kyuss, a '90's stoner psychedelic band. That makes sense since both Homme and vocalist John Garcia were the only two members around for the group's entire run.

Homme led the Palm Desert, CA band into the desert for 'generator parties' where they used gasoline-powered generators to provide electricity for the equipment while they performed before a usually small group of beer-guzzling fans. "(It) was the shaping factor for the band," said Homme. "There are no clubs here, so you can only play for free. If people don't like you, they'll tell you."

Also, it was Homme who developed the group's most identifiable attribute; a downtuned, psychedelic guitar going through bass amplifiers to create a heavy sound.

It certainly didn't hurt that Homme was later the mastermind behind the acclaimed "Desert Sessions" series and was the founder of Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal and other bands.





Impressive, but consider Nick Oliveri.

Following the release of a self-titled EP in '90, Kyuss recruited Oliveri, who had played rhythm guitar in the group when they were known as Katzenjammer (German slang for "hangover"). Oliveri switched to bass when he replaced Chris Cockrell. After the recording was completed for the '92 album "Blues For The Red Sun," Oliveri left again and was replaced by Scott Reeder. Ironically, the album was a critic favorite and led to an Australian tour slot opening for Metallica.

It looked like Oliveri had left too soon when Kyuss signed with Elektra Records, a major label. Their debut for the imprint was "Welcome To Sky Valley." However, label shuffling and drummer Brant Bjork's departure due to a distaste for touring and the band's road relationships, kept Kyuss from leveraging the opportunity. "...And the Circus Leaves Town," released in '95 didn't get much attention until Kyuss pulled the plug.

Homme reunited with ex-Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernandez in '98 for the Queens Of The Stone Age's self-titled debut. That success led to the addition of Oliveri who stayed until '04 when he was dismissed for being physically abusive to his girlfriend.

Homme, Bjork and Oliveri recorded three songs together ("13th Floor,""Simple Exploding Man" and "Cocaine Rodeo") for Mondo Generator's debut album "Cocaine Rodeo," released in '00. The songs for the Oliveri-led band were generally regarded as Kyuss' final recordings. That same year, a compilation album, Muchas Gracias: The Best Of Kyuss, was released.

Over the years, Homme expressed no interest in a Kyuss reunion. However, that didn't stop Oliveri, Garcia, and Bjork from touring as "Kyuss Lives!" with guitarist Bruno Fevery. At the time, Garcia stated that "there is never going to be a Kyuss without Josh Homme."

Touring was fine but once Kyuss Lives! announced plans to record, Homme and Reeder filed a federal lawsuit against Garcia and Bjork alleging "trademark infringement and consumer fraud" over the use of the Kyuss name. Oliveri resigned when it was revealed that Garcia and Bjork had tried to take control of the Kyuss trademark.

The courts ruled that Garcia and Bjork could not release any recordings, studio or live, under the Kyuss Lives! moniker but were allowed to continue using the name for live shows.

While the legal action was proceeding, Oliveri was arrested for suspicion of felony domestic violence after a standoff with police SWAT team. In the end, Oliveri was arrested and faced up to fifteen years in prison.

"Mr. Oliveri agreed to plead to one count of possession of cocaine and a dismissal of the remaining six felony counts," stated Oliveri's lawyer. "When he completes the probation period, the incident will be removed from his record."

Winding down the use of Kyuss Lives!, Oliveri, Bjork and Garcia formed Vista Chino in '12. The line-up also included Fevery from Kyuss Lives!

Garcia moved on with his solo effort, "The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues," a '17 release, via Napalm Records.

Kyuss Discography

Studio Albums:

1991 Wretch
1992 Blues ForThe Red Sun
1994 Welcome To Sky Valley
1995 ...And the Circus Leaves Town


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