Two weeks ago, Pando reported on a cease and desist letter sent by Steven Tyler’s daughter Chelsea and her fiance/actor/bandmate Jon Foster to a San Francisco band fronted by local bar manager Christian Zamora, which had ordered them to remove all traces of their band and music from the Internet within 48 hours.
Why? It was simply a matter of bad bad luck: Tyler and Foster were in a band called badbad, Zamora the frontman for bAd bAd.
Zamora’s bAd bAd had been tearing up Bay Area dive bars since April 2012. Tyler and Foster’s badbad had emerged online at the start of 2013 in a fit of glamorously Instagrammed photos, playing a smattering of corporate concerts. They seemingly had the upper hand, being able to afford a lawyer and having taken the time to trademark the name in the middle of 2013. The couple also made the additional bold claim in their lawyer’s letter to Zamora that they had owned the rights to the band name from the moment they had met in July 2011. The dispute was instigated when badbad and bAd bAd were mistakenly loaded up onto Spotify under the same name.
Despite making a heavy handed move to try and wipe bAd bAd off the face of the earth, following Pando’s reporting, on April 25 Tyler and Foster published a short statement on Facebook telling their fans that they would be changing their band name.
“There have been recent events in which many people have passionately become a part of,” the statement starts, cryptically.
“If there is anything we stand for, it’s fair business. It’s hard enough to choose a name, let alone build a band from the ground up. We have a lot of respect for those who work hard for what they believe in. We make all of our music independently, in our home in Venice, and truly know what it’s like to do so. We have no desire to become someone else’s obstacle in their efforts for success.
After reviewing the facts and looking deep within ourselves about how we truly feel towards the cause and effect of this situation, we have decided to change our own band name. We hope you understand. Please know that we support you and wish you a long and successful career.”
bAd bAd’s Christian Zamora, who was left scrambling for free legal help to respond to Tyler and Foster’s legal threat, said he was “surprised but relieved” at the change of heart.
“I’m not sure we would’ve ‘won’ had you not written that piece,” Zamora says, crediting Pando’s reporting as a key influencer in keeping the lawyers at bay.
Zamora, however, added that despite the couple coming to their senses, it didn’t excuse the initial intimidation. “After they shared their back-down letter everyone seemed to rally behind them for being ‘classy, real, great people,’ forgetting, or not realizing, how aggressive and sterile they initially were,” he said.
Like any independent band trying to build an audience, Zamora said that as the dust settled on a surreal episode in the band’s history he was just happy for the publicity. “In the end we’re stoked for the exposure it got us because ultimately we just want people to hear our tunes,” he said.
[image via https://www.facebook.com/badbadmusic]