John Paul Jones: There Are No Decent Band Names Any More
The Led Zeppelin/Them Crooked Vultures bassist reckons MySpace has ruined everything.
Talking to The Wall Street Journal, Jones complained:
“Every other name is taken. Think of a great band name and Google it, and you’ll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page.”
Technology has made it easier for bands to establish identities, so the issue of naming rights has become increasingly important.
Jones and his fellow members in Them Crooked Vultures – Dave Grohl and Josh Homme – initially wanted to name their band Caligula, after the Roman emperor, but found seven other acts online with the same name.
In trademark disputes, the band who can prove to have claimed a name first, wins.
However, Them Crooked Vultures worked Caligula into a song title instead: Caligulove.
Concerning the likelihood of another Led Zeppelin reunion, Jones said:
“I shouldn’t think so. Robert has stated that he doesn’t want to do it anymore, and that’s it really. At the 02 show [a 2007 tribute concert in London for late record executive Ahmet Ertegun], I remember thinking while I was playing something: ‘I’ll change that for tomorrow night. Oh, there is no tomorrow night.’”