If you think Pink Floyd goes great with a little Mary Jane, Graham Heath strongly disagrees.
Heath, the former lead singer of local Pink Floyd tribute bands Pink Froyd and The Pink Floyd Experience, is suing the bands' management agencies over an alleged contractual dispute. In a complaint filed last week in Superior Court and posted on courthousenews.com, Heath alleges that Canada-based agencies Annerin Productions and Jeff Parry Promotions (JPP) violated his contract by continuing to use photos and recordings of him for promotion purposes after he was fired from the bands last September. [Read the filing here (PDF).]
But Heath's complaints don't stop there. While on tour, Heath took umbrage that his bandmates would hot-box their hotel rooms. “[H]e was concerned that his exposure to marijuana... would affect his health, especially because he had severe allergies, and would also expose him to potential criminal liability," the complaint says. Shortly after Heath complained to Tom Quinn, who works for JPP and Annerin Productions and fronts both tribute bands, he got the boot.
And as Heath tells it, the companies weren't content to simply find a new singer who'd be cool with puffing a spliff or two on tour. He claims that they intentionally published "the most embarrassing, and humiliating images and recordings" of him after he was fired, apparently in an effort to make him look bad.
Jeff Parry of JPP and Annerin Productions did not respond to email and voicemail messages seeking comment. Heath could also not be reached for comment, so it's unclear whether he's decided to start a group that's more straight-laced, such as an Osmond Brothers tribute.
Correction: This blog post misspelled the name of Jeff Parry in the last paragraph. Also, the photo caption has been removed because it portrayed Tom Quinn in an unfair light. We apologize for the inaccuracies.