Soul band The Commodores are suing former bandmate Thomas Mcclary for allegedly using the group's name without permission. The Easy hitmakers, who reached their peak in the 1970s, still perform regularly despite the departure of Lionel Richie and McClary in the 1980s to pursue solo careers.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ.com, McClary is allegedly using The Commodores' name for his current shows. They claim he is confusing fans by calling his group The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary and singing their greatest hits.
The current line-up is seeking the money McClary made from the performances which he used their name to promote.
"This is probably my favourite song for the Commodores, because there is not a day that goes by that those lyrics don't apply. Bob Dylan told me he uses it for his soundcheck. Are you kidding me? That's a great compliment." Lionel Richie on the popularity of his 1977 Commodores hit Easy.
Lionel Richie has given up on plans to reunite The Commodores because he cannot imagine performing tracks like Easy and Three Times a Lady without late bandmate Milan Williams. The Hello singer enjoyed massive success with the soul supergroup before his solo career took off and he often considered a get together up until Williams lost his battle with cancer in 2006 - and now he insists there's little chance his old band will regroup.
He tells EW.com, "Everything was great until we lost Milan, the keyboard player, which makes a reunion kind of strange.
"We'll always get together as a band for off-and-on things. But I think I lost the spark of that fantasy, of all of us crazy guys on stage."
"When I want to get really sexy with a girl and I want to sing to the girl, because I'm not really much of a singer, but I know the words backwards and forwards, I put on the Commodores' Just to Be Close to You, but the extended version, because Lionel Richie is talking for about three minutes before the actual song starts. It is, to me, one of the coolest, and at the same time romantic, records ever." Moviemaker Brett Ratner knows how to woo a woman with music.
Soul veteran Lionel Richie sympathizes with the plight of his reality TV star daughter Nicole, because her every move is monitored by fans using modern technology.
The "Hello" singer admits he has no idea whether reports Nicole is pregnant and engaged to marry her boyfriend, Good Charlotte front man Joel Madden, are true.
And Richie is grateful he didn't have to endure the media scrutiny Nicole is under during his '70s heyday in the Commodores.
He tells FoxNews.com, "She's just in an unfortunate situation. There's just so much information out there right now--MySpace, cell phones, the Internet.
"If we had all that when the Commodores were around, God only knows what my mother and father would have seen."
But Richie believes Nicole, who entered rehab in 2003 after being arrested for possession of heroin and is due in court in July to contest a driving-under-the-influence charge, is a normal 25-year-old.
He adds, "She keeps apologizing to me. I told her, 'You're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing to your father at this age.'"
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Nicole Richie ruined her family's name with her reality TV appearances on The Simple Life alongside ex-pal Paris Hilton, according to her dad Lionel.
The soul singer came in for some harsh words from his own father when he expressed his desire to start the Commodores, and he repeated them to Nicole when she and Hilton told him about their show.
He says, "I was not thrilled. You wouldn't be able to print what my father said when I wanted to play in the Commodores and I said the same words to my daughter when she explained that she was going to ruin the family name with a TV show.
"There's Paris and Nicole in my living room talking about this wonderful reality TV they're going to make, and my stomach leaps out the window."
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