Just days before Christmas, Kid Rock got the news that he was being sued by the company that owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily Circus for using their slogan ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ for his recent tour.
Kid announced the Greatest Show on Earth Tour in October at the same time he announced the release of his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar, and revealed that his run for the U.S. Senate was a joke.
According to Reuters, who obtained court documents, Feld Entertainment, which owns circus and it’s intellectual property, Robert Ritchie, known professionally as Kid Rock, and Live Nation Entertainment were infringing the circus’ “celebrated and valuable” trademark by using the slogan on the singer’s upcoming U.S. concert tour without permission.
“We have authorized licensees for Ringling Bros. and The Greatest Show On Earth, but Kid Rock is not one of them,” Feld general counsel Lisa Joiner said in a Friday statement.
The lawsuit says that the Feld Company has asked the court to stop the unauthorized usage of the slogan in connection with Kid Rock’s tour and merchandise, and award Feld profits derived from the slogan’s use and triple unspecified damages. it is also noted that they have contacted Kid Rock and Live Nation on multiple occasions asking them to stop using the slogan but have been ignored.
Kid Rock’s Greatest Show on Earth Tour is scheduled to kick off in January 19 in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. No comment has been made by Kid Rock or his camp on the matter as of yet.
Warning: “Greatest Show on Earth” video/song contains profanity.