By Brittany Woolsey
9:26 AM PDT, July 26, 2013
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."
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.
"There's no excitement from the scene that has been around Save Ferris for all these years," said Jamie Nicole Rocha, 27, of West Covina, a fan for 16 years. "The thing that saddens me the most about it is that Monique actually believes she can fool the fans that have been with the band for so long. It really shows how big her ego is, thinking the band is all about her, where in fact it was the guys behind the instruments who are responsible for the songs we love."
Some non-supporters have turned to social media to share their disapproval of the show. Curt Silver, 21, of Burbank, said he commented on Facebook threads about the show, warning fans that this was not actually a reunion show.
"I'm not sure what Ms. Powell is doing with herself, but it concerns me that she's lying to the 6,000 fans she has fooled with this concert," he said.
If You Go
What: Save Ferris with the English Beat and the Originalites
Where: Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $19.70 to $32.95
Information: (714) 708-1500 or pacamp.com/pa