Published Jul 16, 2020This month marks 25 years since Kyuss released their final album ...And the Circus Leaves Town, and while a 2010 reunion was close before Kyuss Lives! were legally forced to rebrand, Josh Homme isn't entirely ruling out the idea of getting the band back together.
In conversation with Kyuss World Radio, the Queens of the Stone Age frontman was asked how likely a reunion was, while also reflecting on the lawsuit he and former bandmate Scott Reeder filed against Kyuss Lives! in 2010.
"My philosophy has always been, never do a reunion, never do a sequel," Homme began. "It's not what it was; it's what it is. And that's kind of how I've felt. A legacy that involves having been at the epicentre of a scene that got created, it's so fragile; it's like an ice sculpture. And I don't wanna be a blow dryer on that thing. That being said, I was in full support of Kyuss Lives! and I would go to the shows and I told them as much, until what [Brant Bjork] and, unfortunately, what [John Garcia] tried to do. And that was terrible."
At the time, Homme and Reeder alleged that their former collaborators Garcia and Bjork had infringed on their trademark and committed consumer fraud, while accusing the new outfit's management of plotting "to steal the name Kyuss." Garcia and Bjork would be ordered by a judge to drop the Kyuss Lives! name ahead of changing their moniker to Vista Chino.
Homme explained that he would approach a reunion as a way to rewrite the band's final chapter. "To be honest with you, and to answer your question, there have been times I thought it cannot end that way, and the only real way to end it correctly now would be to play," he explained. "And because they sort of perverted the punctuation and they knocked the wing off this beautiful dragon that's an ice sculpture, and the only way to put the motherfucking wing back on would be to [play again]."
He added that the prospect of getting back together had crossed his mind "especially in the last few years...and even to make up for that mistake of Brant and, unfortunately, John, to make up for it. [I thought we should] play and give all the money away. Like, play for the fans — cover your costs and make it five bucks. Figure out a way to be, like, this is how the punctuation will end the sentence of this band. Because it was never about money — it never was about money. It never was about fame, and when it felt like that was the move they were making, I was so sad."
Homme would form Queens of the Stone Age a year after the breakup of Kyuss. His former bandmate in both those outfits, Nick Oliveri, revived his Mondo Generator outfit late last year.