Kind of puts a damper on the whole "paying tribute" thing.
Joan Jett and bandmate Cherie Currie have filed a lawsuit against indie label Main Man Records, in an effort to stop them from releasing a Runaways tribute album without their permission.
According to Main Man Records' website, the album is a two-disc set, featuring covers of the band's songs by a variety of different artists.
The lawsuit says that Main Man used Joan and Cherie's names to promote the album without getting the proper permission first, and that an employee who used to work for Joan "used that connection to imply the project had her blessing."
Joan and Cherie are seeking "unspecified damages" in their lawsuit, but really they just don't want the album to be released.
Here's what their lawyer Oren J. Warshavsky had to say about it:
"This isn't about money. This is strictly about preserving reputation and quality that both Joan and Cherie are known for."
Guess we'll see how this plays out, but there's def something kind of gross about releasing a tribute album when the artists being honored are against the idea.
What do U think? Team Joan Jett or Team Main Man?
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