Continuing the sad, long history of hyper-influential but commercially lukewarm bands that includes such luminaries as the Velvet Underground, Big Star and Japan, Kyuss, the progenitors of "stoner rock," broke up in 1995 amid in-fighting and bizarre major record label machinations. Kyuss released a few classics in the form of "Blues for the Red Sun" and "Welcome to Sky Valley," before splintering into a handful of equally memorable bands -- among them Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal and Mondo Generator.
Founding member and Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures singer/guitarist Josh Homme has consistently, and publicly, insisted that Kyuss did exactly what it should have, and that its considerable legacy should be left alone. Not surprising, then, that he is not involved in the birth of Kyuss Lives!, the rejuvenated ensemble featuring original Kyuss members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork, with guitarist Bruno Fevery filling Homme's slot.
The group has promised a new album for the summer of 2012. In the meantime, Kyuss Lives! has teamed with one of several younger bands clearly indebted to its influence, the Sword, for a tour that stops at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Black Cobra will open. Tickets are $21 in advance, $24 day of show (box office, Tickets.com).
-- Jeff Miers