Save Ferris Singer Sued By Former Band Members Over False Reunion Show

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Save Ferris frontwoman Monique Powell could find herself in legal hotwater over the decision to do a reunion show at the OC Fair without any of the other original members.

The singer was recently sued by her former bandmates for falsely promoting what's been billed as a reunion show at Costa Mesa's Pacific Amphitheatre on July 27. A conversation with the band's original guitarist Brian Mashburn confirmed that he and his former bandmates Bill Uechi, Eric Zamora, Brian Williams, Oliver Zavala and Evan Kilbourne were definitely not happy about the announcement about the show back in April. Now, they're seeking unspecified damages for promoting the Pacific date as a proper Save Ferris appearance and an injunction that would prevent Powell from using the moniker ever again. Harsh? Eh, not really, according to Mashburn, considering Powell never even told the band what her plans were for the show.

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"On [April 8] we found out that Monique Powell scheduled a Save Ferris "Reunion" show without inviting or telling any of the original band members," says Mashburn. "And because word spreads so quickly on social media these days and pre-sale tickets were going on sale Wednesday, the band wanted to do the responsible thing and inform the public and its fans before they purchased tickets that this wasn't a "reunion" show and didn't involve any band members other than Monique."

Powell joined the band in 1995 after original singer Adrienne Knolff quit. Mashburn says that most of the songs likely to be performed at the OC Fair gig were written either solely by him or as a collaboration between him and Powell. The band--still considered heroes in OC's Third Wave Ska scene--rose to prominence after 1997's ska-style cover of "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners but split in 2002 after two albums. The remainder of Save Ferris went on to perform as Starpool with lead singer Alan Meade.

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elvagotrago
elvagotrago

What a classy move, giddle.  Surprised they didn't let you get away with it.  Such an important part of the band WEREN'T you?

Ward Anderson
Ward Anderson

Did you call them ska hero's? Back it up a bit there....

OCLocal
OCLocal

I saw one of their shows in 1995 and Monique threw a bucket of lard into the crowd, she was upset about the mosh pit. I slipped and was trampled by guys in that mosh pit, it was not fun. I hope her band mates win.

Dawn Michele
Dawn Michele

I loved Adrienne.. Monique always had this self important bullshit attitude.. Not even surprised she pulled that. I hope if a suit is filed the boys are paid in full.

Demi Espinoza
Demi Espinoza

Hahaha no, why would she not include the original members? Hilarious!

Candace Lynch
Candace Lynch

Go see Starpool play instead. A better investment.

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