I Owned the Name

"I owned the name. They didn't want to buy it back."

Guitarist Joe Wood wasn't one of the founding members of the Orange County punk band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), but as the original members left, he legally obtained ownership.

Wood joined the band in 1983. "They had already made two albums and one EP." Wood was with the band when they released Change Today, which had their big radio hit "Flowers by the Door." T.S.O.L. toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1987 and Guns 'N' Roses in 1989.

He said some of the band members "thought because they started the band they didn't have to pay anything. They got very angry." Eventually the band settled with Wood. He said he licensed the use of the name to the band to use "for two records...for a couple thousand dollars a record." They also have a gentlemen's agreement: "They can use the name in the United States, and I can use it in Latin America."

Joe Wood and the Lonely Ones appear Wednesday, May 4, 7--10 p.m. at Neimans in Carlsbad. Wood will be showcasing his acrylic paintings; free admission, must be 21.

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