From: Palm Desert, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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"Lo Sound Desert," the video documentary about the Californian desert music scene (which gave birth to bands like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age and more) will finally be released worldwide this summer on July 1st via Monoduo Films.
A decade in the making by filmmaker Jörg Steineck (Truckfighters), "Lo Sound Desert" is the definite music documentary about desert rock. The video trailer can be viewed below.
The movie provides a deep, intimate look into the Low Desert music scene’s history with never-ending jams in the middle of the desert that continues to live on with the same vitality, authenticity and resilience as two decades ago.
"Lo Sound Desert" is narrated by Josh Homme (Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Orquestra del Desierto, Ten East, The Perfect Rat) and many other from bands like Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Mondo Generator, Dali’s Llama, Hornss, Slo Burn, Unida and Fu Manchu. More...
Former Kyuss and current Vista Chino frontman John Garcia has inked a solo deal with Napalm Records.
His new album is being recorded at Thunder Underground studios in Palm Springs, California with producers Harper Hug and Trevor Whatever for a late summer release. John Garcia also comments:
"I'm pleased to announce that after years of planning, I have finally signed my solo deal with Napalm Records. I'm extremely happy to be obligated to finishing this project that has haunted me long enough. Very excited to be working with Harper Hug and Trevor Whatever in the studio along with some other extremely talented musicians.
"This record will be coming out end of summer 2014 with extensive tours to follow. Thank you for your support and thank you to Napalm Records for making my dream become a reality."
Vista Chino, the band formed by John Garcia and Brant Bjork (formerly of Kyuss), is gearing up for the release of "Peace." The album will drop September 3rd in North America via Napalm Records.
Following a debut North American performance at the Orion Music and More Festival, the band has confirmed a North American headline tour in support of "Peace." Support on the tour will come from the Portland Oregon rock outfit known as Black Pussy. The tour kicks off September 6th in Calgary, Alberta and runs through September 28th in Columbus, Ohio.
Drummer Brant Bjork cannot wait to showcase the new music for the fans: "Vista Chino is super excited to bring the fresh VC rock to the American fans. We'll be rocking songs from our new Vista Chino record 'Peace' along with some Kyuss classics and the legendary Mike Dean from COC will be bringing the electric bass...so, be there or be square." More...
Brant Bjork, John Garcia, and Nick Oliveri -- formerly of Kyuss -- are pleased to introduce their new project: Vista Chino.
The group, comprised of the three founding members of the legendary rock band and guitarist Bruno Fevery, are currently recording new material in anticipation of a 2013 worldwide release that will coincide with major touring plans.
The final live appearances of "KYUSS LIVES!" will take place in early 2013 as part of Australia's Soundwave Festival. The guys are looking forward to playing their classic songs along with new material. More...
In March, former Kyuss members Josh Homme and Scott Reeder filed a federal lawsuit against ex-bandmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork over their involvement in the band Kyuss Lives!, alleging "trademark infringement and consumer fraud."
Garcia and Bjork have largely kept silent since the lawsuit's filing, but they recently agreed to answer questions from Rolling Stone over email. Here's an excerpt:
Rolling Stone: Did the federal lawsuit filed by Josh and Scott in March come as a surprise?
John Garcia: Completely. Originally, the suit was only filed by Josh. Scott was not even involved; just recently, he has decided to join Josh in the suit.
Brant Bjork: Was I surprised? As far as Scott is concerned, yes, I was very surprised. I wasn't surprised by Josh at all. They don't want to mention that they trademarked the name Kyuss after I left the band, assuring that I had no rights in Kyuss' future. They're both accusing John and I of doing something that they actually did themselves. Their inner conflict is this: both Josh and Scott want control and money from Kyuss Lives!, but they don't want to participate and they ultimately don't want us to exist. The double standard is unbelievable.
Due to Nick's [Oliveri's] personal legal issues, Scott played multiple shows with us last year. The shows were great, the fans were stoked and we gave Scott the salary he asked for, which made him the highest-paid member of the band. We have a lot of respect for Scott as a musician and had a lot of respect for him as a person. Based on the fact that John and I jammed with Nick at Hellfest in 2010, we asked Nick to be the bass player and its quite obvious Scott is bitter about that. Scott's stance is weak and shameful.
In the summer of 1987, I started a band with my best friend, Chris Cockrell. This band would ultimately become Kyuss. Kyuss was a name I found in a Dungeons and Dragons book called Fiend Folio. Kyuss is a big part of my life as a musician, and when someone asks me formal questions about Kyuss, or wants to discuss the band casually, I can't help having a point of view that is naturally inherited by someone who is the original founding member.
Josh filing this lawsuit is not an issue of today … it's an issue that began over 20 years ago. That is why the band was short-lived. Josh and I were the creative force within the band and after the completion of our second record, Blues for the Red Sun, we developed an opposing view on how the band should exist and operate. In 1992 Josh discovered publishing, which is the financial revenue stream for songwriting. After that, he wanted to write all the songs. As a drummer I couldn't make him play my songs. I wasn't going to compromise my heart and soul and play drums for Josh to make money in a band I started. So I left the band. I was a confused, angry and sad 19-year-old idealist who sacrificed my love of my band for what I believed in. Two-and-a-half years later, Josh would break up the band after John confronted him about the same thing; his need to control the band for personal gain.
After Kyuss broke up, Josh started a new band where he could have ultimate control. This band was Queens of the Stone Age, and with this band Josh arrived at the level of success and rewards that he was in pursuit of with Kyuss. It's very clear that Kyuss was not meant to be his vehicle for personal gain. Queens of the Stone Age was the effort that was proper for bringing him his fame and fortune. For years, understandably, there has been a misconception that Kyuss was Josh's band. I assume this is the result of his controlling the songwriting on the remaining records. 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 are all responsible for. The simple fact that we got the band back together and successfully brought Kyuss back to the people without him has left Josh's ego bruised. Even though I respected the music Kyuss made without me, I swallowed the bitter pill of watching the band carry on after I left, and now Josh is getting a taste. I dealt with that taste by learning the music business and carrying on with new bands and a solo career for the last 18 years. Josh is dealing with this taste by taking John and I to federal court. I've known Josh since I was 10 years old. How a person who has experienced the richness of life that he has would take the time to take his past band members and friends – guys who directly contributed to his ability to go on to have his own successful career – is sad. I feel sorry for him. But no, I'm not surprised. This is a classic conflict fueled by power, control, money and greed and this lawsuit leaves no question who is part of the problem and who is part of the solution.
Brant and John also go so far as to say that they plan to continue touring and hopefully even writing new records with Kyuss Lives!
Read the full article at RollingStone.com.
The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for this year's edition of the event. American thrash metal legends Megadeth will be performing, as will stoner rock kings Kyuss Lives!, death metal pioneers Possessed, English alternative rock outfit Young Guns and, making their fourth appearance at the festival, Jon Olivia's Pain. Graspop will take place in the town of Dessel from June 22nd-24th and now features the following lineup:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Jon Olivia's Pain
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Winds Of Plague
Kyuss Lives! has announced a very special one-off homecoming show, set for Friday, November 18 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will see the world famous band perform an extended two and a half hour long set showcasing songs from all of the band's records in addition to never-before-performed songs taken from the band's celebrated archive. This once in a lifetime, only in the U.S. gig celebrates the near total return of the California rock pioneers and will feature original Kyuss vocalist and front man John Garcia, original drummer Brant Bjork, original bassist and former Queens of the Stone Age four stringer Nick Oliveri plus "surprise special guests." Today, Kyuss Lives!! announces former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder as the first guest slated to join the band at the highly anticipated show.
Reeder, who 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, will share the stage with Kyuss Lives!! on what promises to be a momentous night in the band's ever-evolving legacy. Tickets for the Kyuss Lives! Los Angeles show on November 18 are on sale now at this location. Don't miss out!
Edgar Allen Poe died broke and mad—his creative genius never realized until after his death. It seems Kyuss’ influence wasn’t felt until after its demise. Fortunately for the group, these desert rockers didn’t have to literally die to make an impact. Sixteen years after disbanding, Kyuss has returned and judging by the massive gathering inside Stubb’s 2,000-plus-capacity amphitheater, their popularity has snowballed during this time.
I have nothing for comparison because I didn’t catch Kyuss during the first part of the nineties—their active years. If the few patrons I spoke to were a microcosm of the Kyuss live experience, most of the thirty-something crowd were also unable to catch them the first time around. Waiting fifteen years and wishing the group would get back together may be cause for such a large gathering, but the group’s status as the forerunners of the stoner rock movement, a hot trend in the modern rock scene, probably has something to do with the turnout.
The popularity of Josh Homme’s bands, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures may have also led many to hear Homme’s trademark guitar play in Kyuss. This would explain, in part, the large number of younger fans. Some of these youngsters came with their parents, as seen by the fans standing next to us. Homme wasn’t on hand and the group came out as Kyuss Lives!, but this didn’t seem to affect attendance numbers or crowd reaction.
New comers MonstrO warmed up an unassuming crowd. Consisting of Torche, Danzig and ex-Blood Simple members, these Georgians (and one Floridian) were a good fit for Kyuss Lives! stoner rockin’ style. Performing in front of the headliner’s backdrop, which depicted a silhouette of a hawk or raven soaring in the shadow of a multi-hued sun, MonstrO kicked out six or seven tunes of a varying nature.
Bevan Davies' drum play produced a big thud. It’s no wonder he has pounded skins for Danzig. The group’s grainy guitar sound brought to mind Kyuss, an influence bassist Kyle Sanders made known during an interview prior to the show.
Some of MonstO’s songs referenced early nineties grunge, ala Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. The song “Pyro” related an obvious Alice in Chains groove (William DuVall of Alice in Chains produced their current, debut album), while Charlie Suarez nailed down the melodious, skyward voice of Chris Cornell. MonstrO didn’t bring down the house, but their half-hour performance surely gained them a bigger fan base. More...
Kyuss Lives!, featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, has announced a handful of additional U.S. tour dates. These new shows are as follows:
November 18 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
December 7 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
December 8 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
December 9 Long Island, NY Paramount
December 10 Montclair, NJ Wellmont
KYUSS LIVES! will take the stage in New Orleans, Houston, Austin and Dallas, TX this week. Footage of the band rocketing into its set at NYC's Terminal 5 -- with its hit "Gardenia" -- this past Friday night (September 23) can be viewed below:
KYUSS LIVES! has made special fan VIP upgrade packages available which will allow concert goers to both connect with the band personally and collect rare KYUSS LIVES! merchandise
Here's the complete list of remaining KYUSS LIVES! North American tour dates: More...
Kyuss Lives! will be the featured musical guest on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit" tonight (Wednesday, August 31). Featuring Kyuss members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri, Brant Bjork and Bruno Fevery will perform "Hurricane" from "...And the Circus Leaves Town" album and "100°."
The show will first air this evening at 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT with subsequent airings to follow.
The air times for Kyuss Lives! live on Fuel TV's The Daily Habit are:
* Airtimes beginning 8/31/11
- 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT
- 2:00 AM ET / 11:00 PM PT
- 3:00 AM ET / 12:00 PM PT
- 5:00 AM ET / 2:00 AM PT
Kyuss disbanded in 1995 and reformed in 2010. The band will tour as Kyuss Lives! featuring original members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri, Brant Bjork with Bruno Fevery filling in for original guitarist Josh Homme, best known as front man for Queens of the Stone Age.
TMZ.com is reporting that former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri (also in Kyuss Lives!, formerly of Kyuss) was involved in a standoff with Los Angeles area SWAT officers on the evening of July 12, 2011 at his personal residence.
Cops were called to the home of 39-year-old Nick Oliveri after a neighbor called 911 to report a domestic disturbance between the man and his girlfriend. The girlfriend, who was unnamed, told police the rocker struck her during an argument the day before and she had come back to the home to collect her stuff so she could move out. That's when the two got into another heated argument and the former Queens of the Stone Age bassist had locked themselves inside the duplex. When cops arrived, Oliveri refused to allow cops inside the residence and would not let his girlfriend leave.
A SWAT team was then called to the home and a standoff ensued. After two hours, Nick finally agreed to let his girlfriend leave the apartment and two hours later finally giving himself up without further incident. When police searched the residence they found one high powered rifle which was fully loaded.
Oliveri was booked on felony domestic violence. He has since been released after posting $100,000 bail.
KYUSS LIVES! -- featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery -- will unleash their desert rock fury on North America for the first time in over 15 years this fall. The eagerly anticipated near total return of the California rock pioneers follows the blanket success of the group's sold out spring European and Australian tours which have proven to be a feast of recognition for the legendary musicians. Now, due to unprecedented demand, KYUSS LIVES! has announced that they will perform their classic songs in the following North American cities this September / October:
Here are the latest KYUSS LIVES! North American live dates:
September 16 - Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 17 - Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 18 - Montreal, QC @ Olympia de Montréal (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 23 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 24 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 25 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 28 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 29 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 1 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 2 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 4 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
October 5 - Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Company (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 6 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 8 - Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
KYUSS LIVES! will also perform in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil in November, 2011. The just-announced dates are as follows:
November 9 - Mexico City, Mexico @ El Circo Volador
November 11 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Teleton
November 12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Teatro Colegiales
November 13 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Caricoa Club
KYUSS LIVES!, the band featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, will unleash their desert rock fury on the U.S. for the first time in over 15 years this fall. The eagerly anticipated near total return of the California rock pioneers follows the blanket success of the group's sold out spring European tour, which has proven to be a feast of recognition for the band. Due to unprecedented demand, the legendary musicians have announced two very special U.S. shows to take place this fall in New York and California. Openers The Sword will get each evening started.
KYUSS LIVES! U.S. live dates:
September 23 New York, NY Terminal 5 (tickets HERE )
October 8 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater (tickets HERE)
Additional KYUSS LIVES! North American tour dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
In a recent interview with Rock Sound, Kyuss vocalist John Garcia revealed that the band, now using the moniker, Kyuss Lives!, will be recording a new studio album once they've finished touring and recording their solo projects.
"Our rehearsals are going so well that we’re thinking of doing another record,” said the singer. “This is brand new information that has been leaked to Rock Sound first; Brant, Nick and myself have collectively agreed that once everything is done live and we’re done with our solo projects, we’re going to do another record."
Three former members of the legendary stoner rock band Kyuss, vocalist John Garcia, bass player Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork will be embarking on a tour of Australia next year. The six australian dates in May will follow the currently announced European tour. You can view the fill list of upcoming Kyuss dates below:
The tour dates are as follows:
* = Australian show
March 11 - Bergen, Norway - Rökeriet
March 12 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
March 13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
March 15 - Hamburg, ., Germany - Docks
March 16 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Halle
March 17 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
March 18 - Basel, Switzerland - Z7
March 19 - München, Bayern, Germany - Backstage Werk
March 20 - Budapest, Hungary - Gödör
March 22 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
March 23 - Milan, Italy, - Live Club
March 24 - Frankfurt, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
March 25 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
March 26 - Athens, Greece - Fuss Club
March 27 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
March 28 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
March 29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
March 31 - Nottingham, ., United Kingdom - Rock City
April 1 - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom - Wulfrun Hall
April 2 - London, United Kingdom - The Forum
May 04 - Gold Coast - Coolangatta Hotel (18+)*
May 06 - Brisbane - The Tivoli (18+)*
May 07 - Sydney - Metro Theatre (Lic A/A)*
May 08 - Melbourne - Billboard (18+)*
May 10 - Adelaide - Fowlers (Lic A/A)*
May 11 - Perth - Capitol (18+)*
Three former members of the legendary stoner rock band Kyuss, vocalist John Garcia, bass player Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork, will be embarking on a tour of Europe next year. Founding guitarist Josh Homme will not be taking part in the tour, which is expected to be because of his commitment to Queens Of The Stone Age, the band in which he performs vocal and guitar duties. Replacing him on the trek will be guitarist Bruno Fevery. This is the closest the band has come to a reunion since they called it a day in 1995.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Mondo Generator, featuring Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), Happy Tom (Turbonegro) and Marc Diamond (The Dwarves), has announced that they are postponing their current U.S. tour until December. Here's the update from the band:
"Mondo Generator have had to postpone their current US tour. The band are very sorry about this and would like to apologize to all involved; The shows will be rescheduled to run in December and January. New dates will be announced shortly."
The affected tour dates are as follows:
Wed August 4th - Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Fri August 6th - Dante's, Portland, OR (USA)
Sat August 7th - Studio 7, Seattle, WA (USA)
Mon August 9th - Club Vegas, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
Wed August 11th - 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO (USA)
Thu August 12th - Riot Room, Kansas City, MO (USA)
Fri August 13th - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN (USA)
Sat August 14th - Frequency, Madison WI (USA)
Sun August 15th - Double Door, Chicago, IL (USA)
Mon August 16th - Southgate House, Newport KY (USA)
Tue August 17th - Smalls, Hamtramck MI (USA)
Wed August 18th - Bug Jar, Rochester NY (USA)
Thu August 19th - Santos, New York, NY (USA)
Fri August 20th - Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Sat August 21st - Northn Star Bar, Philadelphia PA (USA)
Sun August 22nd - 37th & Zen, Norfolk VA (USA)
Tue August 24th - Casbah @ Trenton Music Hall, Charlotte NC (USA)
Wed August 25th - Stella Blue, Asheville NC (USA)
Thu August 26th - Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis TN (USA)
Fri Augsut 27th - The Conservatory, Oklahoma City OK (USA)
Sat August 28th - Emo's, Austin TX (USA)
Sun August 29th - Skillman Street Bar, Dallas, TX (USA)
Tue August 31st - Launch Pad, Albuquerque NM (USA)
Thu September 2nd - Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
The band's new single, "Dog Food" dropped on August 10th.
Former Kyuss singer John Garcia has announced that he'll be touring and playing Kyuss songs. Since Kyuss, Garcia's musical projects include Sloburn, Unida and John's most recent band Hermano, plus side projects with The Crystal Method, Danko Jones and countless others who embraced the singer from the Southern California desert.
Why? Kyuss, the inventors of Desert Rock, have been in the last ten years much more popular than when they were still around in the early nineties. So, due to massive public demand over the years to play songs from his old cult band Kyuss, John finally made the decision to give the fans what they want. He will do this unique project with a few hand selected musicians.
The last couple of years John Garcia thought often about reviving his Kyuss-legacy on stage. The more he thought about it, the more he really wanted to do this. John commented: "I don't want to do this just for myself, but especially for the fans. Both for the ones that have seen Kyuss live back in the days, and especially for the ones who haven't had that chance. This could be as close as they could get to the real thing. Please bear in mind that this could be a one-off unique opportunity!"
So that being said, the Garcia Plays Kyuss-project (alias GPK) was born. Garcia, accompanied by these fine selection of musicians, Bruno Fevery (guitar), Jacques de Haard (bass) and Rob Snijders (drums), will head out to play all Kyuss set.
John Garcia (born in San Manuel, Arizona, September 4, 1970) is a vocalist who has been a member of Kyuss, Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano. His vocals have become synonymous with modern stoner rock and the desert rock sound. While still in high school, Garcia help start Kyuss (originally known as Sons of Kyuss) in 1989 with guitarist Josh Homme. The band produced five albums in total, all of which featured Garcia on vocals.
In October 1995, just three months after releasing what could be argued as their breakthrough album "...And The Circus Leaves Town" (thanks to MTV airplay), Kyuss broke up. Their last recording was a 10" vinyl on the now defunct label Man's Ruin Records, which was later re-released on a split CD with Homme's soon to be famous project Queens of the Stone Age. The band has been on an indefinite hiatus ever since and has reached a legendary status, influencing thousands of new young (rock)bands. Read more about Kyuss and check out some videos in our recent "Sunday Old School" feature.
Here's a video announcement from Garcia:
Here are the GARCIA plays KYUSS tour dates:
Fr 28.05.10 DUBLIN Andrews Theatre
Sa 29.05.10 GENT Vooruit
So 30.05.10 AMSTERDAM Melkweg
Di 01.06.10 K?LN Underground
Mi 02.06.10 LUZERN Schuur
Do 03.06.10 ARAU Kiff
Fr 04.06.10 BOLOGNA Estragon
Sa 05.06.10 M?NCHEN Feierwerk
So 06.06-10 WIEN Arena
Di 08.06.10 BERLIN Festsaal Kreuzberg
Mi 09.06.10 KOBENHAVN Loppen
Do 10.06.10 HAMBURG ?bel & Gef?hrlich
Fr 11.06.10 FRANKFURT Batchkapp
In 1989, four young men who enjoyed playing Dungeons And Dragons would form a band that has since gone one to become a huge influence on thousands upon thousands of musicians, particularly in the doom and stoner areas of metal. Vocalist John Garcia, guitarist Josh Homme, bass player Chris Cockrell and drummer Brant Bjork formed the band with the original name of Sons Of Kyuss and released their debut EP of the same name in 1989. This would be the bands only release with Cockrell, as he was replaced by Nick Oliveri soon afterwards. The band shortened their name to Kyuss and developed a large following in their home state of California, where they would perform regularly at parties in isolated areas of southern California. These would become known as "generator parties" and included the use of gasoline-powered generators to provide electricity for the equipment.
The band released their first full length album, "Wretch" in 1991 after signing with Dali Records. Several of these songs wre re-recorded versions of songs from the "Sons Of Kyuss" EP that was released two years previous. Many felt the album was a poor showing of the band, owing to the lack of money and production skills. The band were able achieve critical acclaim with their next album however, when they released "Blues For The Red Sun" in June 1992. The success of the album allowed the band to tour as support to Metallica (who had just released the mainstream smash hit Black Album at the time) and perform with other notable bands such as The Obsessed. Nick Oliveri was not part of the touring cycle however, after he left the band shortly following the albums completion, being replaced by Scott Reeder. Kyuss continued their success by signing with major label, Elektra and releasing the classic "Welcome To Sky Valley" album (the album is self-titled, but fans refer to the record by this name.)
Kyuss would suffer the loss of another band member after this album was released, when original drummer Brant Bjork quit the band, citing bad relations between band members and a hatred for touring. Alfredo Hernández stepped in as his replacement and this incarnation of the band recorded their fourth and sadly final album, "...And The Circus Leaves Town," in 1995. The album was once again seen as a masterpiece from critics, particularly the outstanding cover of the Yawning Man song, "Catamaran," but failed to become as commericially successful as the bands previous release. In October of that year, Kyuss decided to call it a day. Ever since their demise, the band has been offered on numerous occassions to reform, although it seems highly unlikely due to the success of guitarist Homme's post-Kyuss band, Queens Of The Stone Age (which also featured Nick Oliveri for a time.) More...
Them Crooked Vultures, the upergroup featuring Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, Foo Fighters leader/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman/former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme, has announced a string of tour dates in the United Kingdom which will kick off this December.
The tour dates are as follows:
December 10 - Plymouth, UK - Pavilions
December 11 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
December 13 - Blackpool, UK - Empress Ballroom
December 14 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
December 15 - Edinburgh, UK - O2 Academy
December 17 - London, UK - HMV Hammersmith Apollo