More Details Surface Regarding Ill Niño Lawsuit

As previously reported, Ill Niño have split into two groups, who are both fighting to take control of the band. One group includes Dave Chavarri, Lazaro Pina, and Daniel Couto, along with new members Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas), while the other group includes Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco. MetalSucks have since obtained the 53-page complaint that Machado, Luster, and Verduzco filed against Chavarri and Pina and it offers more insight into the situation. The three are claiming that Chavarri failed to pay for band related services, kept money from bands that bought onto their tours, pocketed guarantees and tour advances, falsified documents for financial gain, slandered Machado by saying he’s a drug addict, and much more. They are currently seeking to remove Chavarri from the band and to receive damages in an amount determined by the court.


Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, & Diego Verduzco Say They Never Left Ill Niño

Yesterday (January 17), Ill Niño announced that they were planning on moving forward with a new lineup consisting of Dave Chavarri, Laz Pina, Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). However, Cristian Machado has now issued a statement saying him, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco never left the band and that they are planning to continue with their own version.

Machado told Blabbermouth the following:

“To all our family, friends, and fans, contrary to what you may have heard, Ahrue, Diego and I have NOT left Ill Niño and remain very dedicated to the band and all our fans.

We’re excited to be working on new music, partnerships, and opportunities. We will have more info for you all soon.”

Machado, Luster, and Verduzco filed a trademark application for the Ill Niño name on November 6, 2018. Pina then filed a request for express abandonment “without the authorization, knowledge and consent of the LLC” one week later. Machado, Luster and Verduzco claim this move was made in an effort to give Chavarri sole control of Ill Niño from the LLC. Shortly after, Chavarri filed a separate application alleging that he is the owner of Ill Niño. Machado, Luster and Verduzco have since petitioned the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to get Pina’s express abandonment request dropped. They are also seeking to have the LLC’s original application reinstated.

Ill Niño Announce New Lineup, Premiere New Song “Sangre” (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco are now claiming they never left Ill Niño.

Original Story:

Ill Niño have parted ways with singer Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco. Taking their places will be vocalist Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and lead guitarist Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). With this news, the band have also shared a new song titled “Sangre.”

Drummer Dave Chavarri commented:

“Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”

Leal added:

“Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider.”

Dope & (hed)p.e. Announce 2017 U.S. Tour, Ill Niño To Play Select Dates

Dope and (hed)p.e. have announced a fall tour together. Ill Niño will also appear on select dates.

Tour Dates:

10/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/05 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/06 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
10/07 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes
10/08 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
10/09 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
10/10 Waterloo, IA – The Reverb / Spicoli’s
10/11 Madison, WI – The Annex
10/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/13 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
10/15 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
10/17 Niagara Falls, NY – Evening Star Concert Hall
10/18 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
10/19 Lawrence, MA – Claddagh (feat. Ill Niño)
10/20 Laconia, NH – Whiskey Barrel (feat. Ill Niño)
10/21 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom (feat. Ill Niño)
10/22 Sayreville, NJ – The Starland Ballroom (feat. Ill Niño & 40 Below Summer)
10/23 Reading, PA – The Reverb (feat. Ill Niño)
10/24 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s
10/25 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
10/26 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
10/27 West Palm Beach, FL – Kelsey Theater
10/28 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
10/30 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/31 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
11/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
11/02 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/03 Lawton, OK – Great Plains Coliseum
11/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
11/05 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
11/06 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/07 Las Vegas, NV – Adrenaline
11/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
11/09 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

Ill Niño, 40 Below Summer, Dope & (hed)p.e. Announce “Halloween Homecoming” Show

Ill Niño, 40 Below Summer, Dope, and (hed)p.e. have announced that they will playing a show together at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on October 22. This date is expected to be a one-off.

Ill Niño Add More Dates To European/UK “Revolution Revolución” 15th Anniversary Tour

Ill Niño have added some more dates to their European/UK “Revolution Revolución” 15th anniversary tour. Ektomorf, Xtortya, and Madlife will serve as the opening acts on this trek.


Tour Dates:

03/07 Lisbon, POR – RCA Club
03/09 Malaga, SPA – Sla Eventual Musica
03/10 Murcia, SPA – Sala Rem
03/11 Madrid, SPA – Chango Live
03/12 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
03/14 Brescia, ITA – Circolo Colony
03/15 San Dona di Piave, ITA – Revolver Music Hall
03/16 Pratteln, SWI – Z7 Konzertfabrik
03/17 Cannes Cedex, FRA – MJC Picaud
03/18 Savigny le Temple, FRA – L’Emperinte
03/19 Sittard, NET – Poppodium Volt
03/21 Roeselare, BEL – Verlichte Geist
03/22 Utrecht, NET – De Helling
03/23 Norwich, UK – Waterfront
03/24 Manchester, UK – Manchester Club Academy
03/25 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
03/26 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
03/28 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
03/29 Southampton, UK – Talking Heads
03/30 Oberhausen, GER – Helvete
03/31 Cham, GER – L.A. Live Style
04/01 Berlin, GER – Ni Nuu
04/02 Dresden, GER – Konk Klub
04/04 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
04/05 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
04/06 Memmingen, GER – Kaminwerk
04/07 Oberhausen, GER – Helvete
04/08 Russelsheim, GER – Das Rind
04/09 Jablonc Nad Nisou, CZE – Eurocentrum
04/11 Bruneck, ITA – UFO Bruneck
04/12 Kiev, UKR – Metropolitan Beletage
04/13 St. Petersburg, RUS – Opera
04/13 Moscow, RUS – Volta
04/15 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
04/16 Obendorf, GER – Neckarhalle (‘Easter Cross Festival‘)

Ill Niño To Perform “Revolution Revolución” In Its Entirety On 2016 Tour With Bobaflex, Terror Universal, Etc.

Ill Niño will be performing “Revolution Revolución” in its entirety on an upcoming headlining tour to commemorate its 15th anniversary. The band will also be joined by special guests Bobaflex for most of the tour, and Terror Universal, Shattered Sun, Saint Diablo, and Voodoo Terror Tribe on select dates.


Tour Dates:

05/05 Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
05/06 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
05/08 Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut
05/07 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
05/10 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
05/11 Dallas, TX – Trees
05/12 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
05/13 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
05/14 Tyler, TX – Click’s
05/15 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
05/17 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
05/18 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
05/19 Manchester, NY – Jewel
05/20 Salisbury, MA – Splash
05/21 Hartford, CT – The Webster Underground
05/22 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/24 Syracuse, NJ – The Lost Horizon
05/25 Kent, OH – The Outpost
05/26 Columbus, OH – The Summit
05/27 Stevens Point, WI – Live On Main
05/28 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Club
05/29 Chippewa Falls, WI – Every Buddy’s Bar
05/31 Omaha, NE – Shamrock’s Pub & Grill
06/01 Springfield, MO – The Outland Ballroom
06/02 Janesville, WI – The Back Bar
06/03 Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew
06/04 Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill
06/05 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
06/07 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s
06/08 Waterloo, IA – The Reverb
06/09 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
06/10 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
06/11 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
06/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
06/14 Spokane, WA – The Palomino
06/15 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
06/16 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
06/17 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
06/18 Idaho Falls, ID – SERIAM Fest
06/20 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
06/21 Reno, NV – Jub Jub’s
06/22 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
06/23 Petaluma, CA – The Phoenix Theater
06/24 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
06/25 Santa Ana, CA – Malone’s