Originally formed in the late 80s as Sons of Kyuss, before shorting the name Kyuss, and recently reuniting as Kyuss Lives!, you would be hard-pressed to find a band that has a more intriguing history of releases or who has played catalyst to the formation more power-house groups including, Queens of The Stone Age, Fu Manchu, Dwarves, Brant Bjork, Eagles of Death Metal, Mondo Generator, Hermano, Unida, Slo Burn and Them Crooked Vultures. You’ve heard of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, right? There should be a game entitled “The Six Degrees of Kyuss,” as the band’s influence can be felt throughout the rock world, with an indefinable impact on the history of American rock music. Whether your enjoy their music or their subsequent projects, their history is a fascinating one and should be looked into if you hope to grasp the current state of American rock music to any depth. On Sept 21, 2011, the reunited Kyuss Lives!, rocked Philly’s Trocadero Theater with Austin’s heavy metal titans, The Sword, and Monstro, who are are comprised of current and former members of Danzig, Torche, Bloodsimple, Medication and Skrew. Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging was on hand to capture the show in photos.
All Photos By Dante Torrieri. Words by Joshua T. Cohen.