Kid Rock had an interesting dilemma after naming his upcoming tour “The Greatest Show on Earth” tour. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus quickly sued the singer because they have the rights to that name. The name is also the title of one of the tracks on his latest album.
Rock took the news and the lawsuit in stride, however, and quickly changed the name. Rock’s even made a court declaration about the lawsuit and the name of the tour.
“While I firmly believe that I am entitled under the First Amendment to name my tour after my song, I have changed the tour name because I do not want this lawsuit to distract me or my fans from focusing on what is important in my upcoming tour – – my music,” he said.
That pretty much seems to settle things. Except that he still plans to use the name in the merchandise he sells at his concerts. Therefore, Ringling Bros. aren’t dropping the lawsuit at this time. The courts scheduled a court date in Florida over the issue this week.
Luckily, the song title where Rock took the name from doesn’t appear to be part of the lawsuit. According to Music Times, it looks like that type of thing is classified differently and wouldn’t infringe on the rights to the name.
Ringling Bros. officially ended the circus portion of their touring last year. They had toured, under the motto “The Greatest Show on Earth,” for a huge part of their 146 years in existence. However, while they are no longer touring, Feld Entertainment still holds the rights to the name and several other family businesses.
More than likely, there will be a lot more about this in the future. But, hopefully, everything will straighten itself out before Kid Rock starts touring in the spring. A pending lawsuit would definitely put a damper on his tour schedule.