Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Members of Extreme Sue Six Flags Over Amusement Park Tagline

Members of the eighties rock group ‘Extreme’ recently filed a lawsuit against Six Flags Theme Parks, for the use of the tagline “The Xtreme Park” with their flagship property in Valencia, California. The lawsuit comes after nearly two years of the ad slogan being used to hype Six Flags Magic Mountain as the home of some of the most thrilling, most exciting, most ‘xtreme’ rides in the world.

“This is an extreme case of obvious copyright infringement,” stated Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone. “People hear about Magic Mountain being ‘The Xtreme Park’ and venture there, thinking that they’ll see us performing on a daily basis. Most people think we're the opening act for the 'Just Wingin' It' bird show, for some reason. It's embarrassing for us to imagine that our fans think we are some washed-up rock band that can’t get a better gig than one at an amusement park filled with hyperactive teenagers. I mean, last week, we played for a crowd of sixty people in Valparaiso, Indiana---we damn near sold out the place!”

An outraged Del Holland, general manager of Magic Mountain, stated “[Cherone] is just upset because we wiped our asses with Extreme’s proposal for a 'Pornograffitti'-themed dark ride [based on the park's 1990 album]. I guess they thought that they were Aerosmith or Ratt and assumed that they deserved to be immortalized in a thrill ride.” David Bloom, an attorney representing Six Flags, added, “We are going to reciprocate with lawsuits of our own against both the band as a whole for being a second-rate rock act and thus diluting the meaning of the word ‘xtreme,’ as well as Gary Cherone personally, who is believed to have recently “rejoined” his former band after a twenty-two minute gig as the third lead singer of Van Halen, just for the sake of cashing in on what they believe is trademark infringement.”

Who Cares? Management, who represents the band, promises that the lawsuit will not have any effect on Extreme’s recently-announced 2003 World Tour, during which the band will perform at over three dozen local bars throughout the country for tens of rowdy fans, as well as open for Ratt during their summer tour of Europe.

--RMA

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