Three quarters of the influential stoner rock group Kyuss have regrouped for a European tour under the name Kyuss Lives. The news was supposed to be officially announced this week, but has been leaked on the website of Amsterdam’s Paradiso club.
The Kyuss Lives band features original Kyuss members singer John Garcia, bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork and will be joined by on guitar Bruno Fevery. Oliveri was an original member of the group, though he was replaced by Scott Reeder shortly after 1992’s Blues for the Red Sun album.
The fourth member of Kyuss Josh Homme will not be joining the tour; as Reeder explained in 2008 when asked about the possibility of a Kyuss reformation “I think everyone but Josh would do it in a heartbeat. Back in the day we were always told, “You gotta strike while the iron’s hot,” and Josh’s is still red hot.”
The inventors of Desert Rock have grown in popularity and acclaim since the breaking up in 1995 leading to a best of compilation Muchas Gracias in 2000 and numerous offers to reform the band.
The reunion follows a tour by Garcia under the banner ‘Garcia plays Kyuss’, which saw Oliveri and Bjork joined Garcia onstage to perform Green Machine and Gardenia during the bands headlining appearance at France’s Hellfest in June this year.
Before that show Garcia had told Blabbermouth that he wanted to tour Kyuss material “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.”