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Save Ferris, or save your money?

Band's upcoming show, which has spurred online complaints and legal action, features singer Monique Powell but no other original members.

July 26, 2013|By Brittany Woolsey
  • Lead singer Monique Powell from Save Ferris performs at the KROQ Weenie Roast and Fiesta in 1998.
Lead singer Monique Powell from Save Ferris performs… (Kevin P. Casey,…)

While fans would usually show excitement for a reunion show of a favorite band, Save Ferris fans are marching to the tune of disapproval.

In its heyday in the '90s third-wave ska scene, Save Ferris played hits like "The World Is New" and a cover of "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners. The band also performed in the Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles film "10 Things I Hate About You" before it broke up in 2002 due to creative differences.

Save Ferris is reuniting for its first show in 10 years at the OC Fair's Pacific Amphitheatre on Saturday. However, this "reunion" includes only one member — singer Monique Powell, who joined the band after former singer Adrienne Knoff was fired in 1995.

Other former members of the band said they found out about the show one night before it was announced April 17.

"None of us were contacted or approached directly," said guitarist Brian Mashburn. "We had all heard from people who knew Monique that the show was going on. It came out of left field."

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Powell maintained in a Facebook statement that the other members were unavailable to play the show due to their new band. But Mashburn, who plays with other former Save Ferris members in the group Starpool, said they were not invited to play at all.

"Nobody personally reached out to me or any of the other members," he said. "It was implied that [Powell] was doing the show one way or another and that she owned the name."

Founding band members Mashburn, Eric Zamora, Bill Uechi, Brian Williams and Evan Kilbourne filed a lawsuit June 19 against Powell, contending that Powell is not the sole owner of the name "Save Ferris" and could therefore not perform under the name, and that calling the show a "reunion" is misleading to the public.

"She is violating our rights," Mashburn said. "It seems like she is trying to fool the public by saying this is a Save Ferris show. People are going to go regardless because they want to see Monique, and that's their prerogative, but people who are fans of the whole group think it's disingenuous."

Powell declined to comment about the legal case, but has continued promoting the show on her personal and fan pages on Facebook.

While some fans have supported Powell on social media, often asking her to perform in other cities, many people from the ska community have shown disapproval.

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